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TRAVIS NYE, ROPING CHAMPION
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

FROM ACROSS THE POND
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
Germany
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

MUSINGS FROM THE PRAIRIE
“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

2016 Jersey Lilly Old-Fashioned Afternoon Tea

See our photo gallery for MORE PHOTOS of the 2016 Afternoon Tea.

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Montana Reynolds pours tea for Cherie Heser of Forsyth.

A bevy of beautiful ladies from 6 to 90-plus came dressed in summer finery and fancy millinery to enjoy a selection of teas and scrumptious treats prepared by Jersey Lilly hostess (and Lilly Langtry stand-in), June Nygren. The occasion was the third annual Old-Fashioned Ladies Tea, held on June 12, 2016 in Ingomar, Montana. Once again, June’s cucumber sandwiches were a big hit as were her lemon bars and other bite-sized delicacies. Tiny sparkling lights, votive candles, and charming floral-themed table settings with real china cups and teapots transformed the rustic Jersey Lilly into a genteel frontier-style tea room. Door prizes and awards for the best hats added to the fun.
And those hats! They were the real stars of the day. June probably said more than a dozen times that she was not a hat-wearer. Usually. Or ever. Nevertheless she found one that suited her for the occasion, a sort of hybrid brown stovepipe-pillbox. She wore it slightly askew with, if not aplomb, then, perhaps one could say, spirited amusement, as she gave a brief presentation about the history of hats through the centuries.
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Mariellen Lee

Five judges were chosen from names in a basket to select winners with the best hats of the afternoon. There were so many pretty ones, both simple and elaborate – handmade, handed-down, historically accurate, regal, and quirky – bedecked with flowers, feathers, ribbons, netting, and more.

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Gina Asay and granddaughter
Mariellen Lee won first place for her hat, and Gina Asay was second. They received teacup baskets with various teas and tea cookies.
The “grand doorprize” went to Arlene Kope. Her basket was a teapot, with various teacups, teas and treats. Other prizes ranged from miniature teacups, to miniature tea sets and trinkets.
When guests were invited to tell the story of their hats, Cherie Heser of Forsyth, who brought members of the Forsyth Ladies Club with her, revealed that her blue satin turban was created from an exact pattern worn by Dolley Madison. “I thoroughly enjoyed not only the blends of tea but the blends of ages,” added Heser.  “Women in their 90’s down to girls in grade school enjoyed the event and contributed either to the group as a whole or to their tablemates. Costumes and hats were delightful, and the whole event was successful for everyone involved.”
A young girl described her last-minute inspiration of asking her grandmother for a feather for her hatband to complement a sprig of fresh-picked flowers. The oldest hat was 100 years old, of stark black ruched silk, with a broad brim. The High-Hatters from Hysham graced one long table, making quite a picture with varied hues of red. One of the group explained that members usually bought their hats, and then decorated them with their own individual touches.
As delighted tea-goers departed, dreams of “next year” were overheard. The lilt in June’s voice as she said goodbye to her guests leads one to imagine that June is already planning next year’s special event.
For more information, please call June Nygren at 406-358-2278.
 
Photos and story by Adele Field.