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Comments on the October 8, 2017 Camp IOU newsletter.

“The roping was the Wrangler National Team Roping Finals. I have roped at the finals two other times, but have never had any luck. This is the largest payout I have received for an event. The horse I rode is a 9 year old mare that I bought about 2 months ago. She does everything right so it makes my part easy. Team roping is a sport that allows you to get away from the grind of the work week or day. You have to be focused and in the moment, much like golf. It’s also one of the few hobbies that will actually pay for itself if your lucky.” – Travis Nye

Re: Afternoon Tea at the Jersey Lilly 2016
Very many thanks for sharing this review – together with photos – of an astounding tea party. I was deeply impressed with the staging of the event and the trouble to which the ladies had gone to make it so special.

In Victorian and Edwardian times, the milliners of London created the most fabulous hats for ladies. Actresses led the fashions and not just the wealthy appearing in the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot Races.

I noted the beautiful tea services being used and the decorum of the event. Most impressive coming from our cousins over the pond!!!! At least some people appreciate the living standards and life style of a bygone age.

Please let the sentiments and admiration of a Brit be known to those who organised and attended this splendid function.
Warm regards as always.
Keith Shipman
Saarlouis – Nalbach
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

“My great uncle was Vern Thomason from Jordan area; since he also raised sheep we assume he may have taken the wool to Ingomar for shipping. We had some contact with him long ago, before he died; and we were able to go out to the old ranch with permission from the current owner (about forty years ago now). He told a story to my youngest brother, about a man who murdered someone in the area; and the law was going to be some days away at that time…Read more

LINDA LOU: Although Owen Badgett does not do email we got Peggy’s story to him by phone. And we will ask around for more information about the sheepherders that frequented Ingomar, and share with readers. Thanks Peggy!

“I knew Owen years ago when I lived in Miles City. I still have a poetry book that he autographed for me. Its in a box but I still have it! Owen used to come down to the Hole In The Wall where a bunch of us girls worked and he would come down and say hey and hang out for a bit.:) I hope he had a good turn-out at the Museum last night.” – Stephani S-C.

Camp IOU News

“Cowcamp Tales – Cowboy Trails”

Get on over to the Jersey Lilly, in Ingomar MT, Sat. September 17th, 2011 for an evening of Cowboy Poetry, Western Ballads and Great Grub.

Cowcamp Tales and Cowboy Trails at the Jersey Lilly, September 17, 2011 Eastern Montana cowboy poet Owen Badgett and western ballad singer Sonny Buckalew are performing at The Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, MT on Saturday, September 17th. Doors open for food at 6:00PM. The performance is at 7:15PM.

It is an evening for celebrating the colorful cowboy tradition, with a mighty combination of Sonny Buckalew’s songs and Owen Badgett’s words. Badgett, who now lives in Ingomar, has performed for crowds at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown, MT; at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV; at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, SD; at Salinas, Ridgecrest and Lone Pine, CA – during the Lone Pine Film Festival. Badgett and Eastern Montana are the subjects of a documentary, “The Gypsy Cowman…A Vanishing Breed”, produced by Linda Lou Crosby, of Ingomar, that premiered in Miles City, MT and Lone Pine, CA in 2009.

Sonny Buckalew, of Colstrip, is no stranger to the Jersey Lilly. Years ago he worked nearby and used to play there. In fact, last year, on a whim, Sonny came up and played at one of the popular Jersey Lilly Jam Sessions. As Badgett puts it, “Sonny can really play and he can sing those western ballads.” The entire Buckalew family is a family of musicians, according to Sonny, ” just about everybody plays an instrument or sings.”

For an evening of fun, food and cowboy lore, come to the Jersey Lilly, Saturday, September 17th…Tickets are $12.50 ea and available at The Jersey Lilly, Ingomar; The Lazy JC, Melstone; Forsyth Public Library, Forsyth, and Rowdy’s Ropin’ and Repair, Roundup. Call 406-358-3389 for more information. This is a Camp IOU production.

At a Glance:
The Jersey Lilly Bar and Cafe
Ingomar, Montana
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Cowcamp Tales  –  Cowboy Trails

An Evening of Cowboy Poetry and Western Ballads
Cowboy Poet Owen Badgett
Singer Sonny Buckalew

Tickets $12.50 ea
available at
The Jersey Lilly, Ingomar MT
The Lazy JC, Melstone MT
Rowdy’s Ropin’ and Repair, Roundup, MT
Forsyth Public Library, Forsyth, MT

Limited Seating
Libations available at the bar

For information please call 406-358-2289

FOOD & FIXIN’S, 6:00PM   SHOW 7:15PM

A Camp IOU Production . www.campiou.com