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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.

Jersey Lilly Old-Fashioned Tea a Delight

By Linda Lou Crosby and Adele Field

Fine china, sweet delicacies, whimsical place settings and exotic teas awaited ladies who attended the Fourth Annual Lillie Langtry Old-Fashioned Ladies Tea this June at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, MT.

Genteel tea goers enjoy the afternoon at the Jersey Lilly.

Adorned in their finest attire, genteel ladies, from 7 – 90+ years, were greeted by an enthralling setting, as Jersey Lilly co-owner June Nygren had transformed the western themed Bar and Cafe into a captivating tea room, with all the trimmings. June greeted guests with her new hat, and a lovely pair of white gloves, as this year’s theme was decreed a “White Glove Affair”. June then shared a short history of gloves, and a short history of the Jersey Lilly, for newcomers to the celebrated spot.

Tea was poured from six lovely teapots by Adele Field of Melstone. “This year’s tea was very enjoyable,” said Adele. Field mentioned talking with Tanya Hardgrove, one of former Jersey Lilly owner Bill Seward’s nieces, who brought the youngest member of the gathering, 7-yr old Rylee. Field also noted that the Double Chocolate Mocha tea was the hands-down favorite, followed closely by Cranberry Autumn.

In this genteel atmosphere, the early 1900s came to life, as ladies sipped, and spoke, and laughed throughout the afternoon. The outfits were sublime, the gloves were lace, velvet and the finest cotton; and fantastic hats grabbed much attention throughout the event. Guests thoroughly enjoyed June’s famous lemon bars and dill cucumber sandwiches.

Jersey Lilly Tea judges' pick for hat winner

Kasha Hogue was the judges’ unanimous pick
for winner of best hat award at the Jersey Lilly Tea.

Although hat-judging results were unanimous, each guest openly admired the myriad of gorgeous bonnets in the room. Hat winners were Kasha Hogue from Miles City in the women’s division, and Haley Hould in the young girls’ division. Both ladies were from Miles City. Red hat ladies visited from Hysham; the Forsyth Ladies came by American Legion bus – escorted by driver Larry Kautzman and his wife/assistant Karen. Larry was nattily attired, and he and his wife helped June with hat judging and the game session. Visitors also attended from Rosebud, Miles City, Melstone and Ingomar.

Each year June adds a new treat and this year, a new challenge. Besides the scrumptious strawberry short cake, which guests removed their gloves to enjoy, this year ladies were asked to join in a couple of fun games. Guests were asked to write down as many words as they could from the letters in TEA PARTY in five minutes, and for the next challenge a tray was shared at each table for a limited time, while guests memorized the tray contents. Ladies wrote what they remembered, and the most correct guesses won a prize.

And prizes were many, for ladies and young ladies alike. There were prizes for the best hat, the game winners, lots and lots of door prizes, a grand door prize (a stunning tea set won by Mija Hould of Miles City and the youth grand door prize won by Mija Hould of Miles City), and each setting had a fun candy dish, and journal. Next year’s tea is already in the planning. June found this year’s door prize last August! Enjoy 2017. See you next year!

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