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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.

2018 Jersey Lilly Old-Fashioned Tea

Lovely ladies who attended the 5th Annual Old-Fashioned Tea at the Jersey Lilly, Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Lovely ladies who attended the 5th Annual Old-Fashioned Tea at the Jersey Lilly, Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Jersey Lilly Old Fashioned Tea a “FANtastic Success!” 

Fans fluttered and lovely feathered hats floated in as ladies and younger ones from Miles City, Whitefish, Forsyth, Hysham, Custer, Rosebud, Melstone and Ingomar arrived at the fifth annual Lilly Langtry Old Fashioned Ladies Tea at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, Montana. Then, of course, there were the motorcycles. Four ladies on their ‘bikes’ pretty much roared in, and calmly took their place at the hitching post across from the Jersey. They unpacked their feathered hats, grabbed their fans supplied by none other than Ingomar’s post-mistress LaDawna Erikson, and took their place at the daintily decorated tables ready for a spot of tea.
It was a grand event. Jersey Lilly co-owner June Nygren had once again outdone herself with tasty treats, an assortment of teas, a pitcher of lemonade, lovely settings and a welcoming atmosphere that encouraged all to enjoy themselves for a fashionable afternoon reminiscent of high tea in the old west. It was certainly an eclectic group of tea-goers. The youngest was a nine-month old boy, Corben Koerper, accompanied by his mother, Salina from Rosebud. Other youngsters included Rylee (8 yrs) and Colt (5 yrs) Ogren, accompanied by their caretaker Tanya from Hysham/Custer. And, of course, Maggie Propp (8 yrs).
June shared some history of Lilly Langtry and Judge Roy Bean, and gave a copy of the story to each guest. Amorette Allison, who enjoyed a run away victory in the best fan contest with her peacock feather fan, is a historian from Miles City. Amorette engaged tea party guests with the proper way to signal one’s intentions with a fan. Guests were trying out the various techniques of fan etiquette as she read the list. It got a bit wild for a moment, especially at the motorcycle table.
Lori Tyner rode her Harley Sportster from Miles City, with her feather-bedecked hat safely in her saddlebags. Who were these gals? And how did they learn about the tea? Apparently LaDawna also rides a motorcycle (although not that day). She was in Harlem when she got a text from her friends looking for a fun place to ride on Sunday. “I just told them about the tea,” said LaDawna, who already had her red, white and blue fan, “and they were in. I’m riding my motorcycle to the tea next year,” she added. LaDawna realized they (which included her friend Cori Goddard who followed the motorcycles in her car) needed fans. So she zipped over to Havre and got a bunch of different fans at the Dollar Store. When asked what our motorcycle riders called themselves, “The Outcasts” (OuTKasTs and friends) was the reply, followed by gales of laughter.
Young Rylee Ogren decorated her own purple hat. “I like to add something new to my hat every year”, said the tea going veteran. Rylee also scored one of the grand prizes, a fabulous basket.
“I want to be sure every young person that comes to the tea goes away with a prize,” said June. And each one did, not to mention just about everybody else. June also shared that this event was the most time consuming one to prepare for of all she does at the Jersey Lilly. June also offered a special raffle for a gorgeous doll her grandmother had made for her. And already was thinking about next year. “I will begin planning right away for next year,” added June. LaDawna was already thinking of some fun things to donate to June for gifts next year. “This is my first Jersey Lilly tea,” said LaDawna, “It is so much fun. The food is so good. I am not going to miss one of them!”
Camaraderie continued throughout the event as tea guests shared tea stories from the past. Connie Brown in her fabulous feathered hat and fringed dress was tossing out ideas for next year’s features. Connie has been to just about every tea. “You could have shawls,” said Connie. And ladies chimed in with other thoughts as they departed the Jersey for an outside photo. It was fun. It was special. It was magical. The Jersey Lilly’s Lilly Langtry Old Fashioned Ladies Tea will live on in the hearts of those who attended until next year.