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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.

Cowboy Poetry in Ingomar October 25, 2014

Poster for the Cowboy Tales Cowboy Poetry Event in Ingomar, Montana October 25, 2014 held at the Jersey Lilly Saloon and Eatery.For an evening of tall tales, western songs, and great grub, join cowboy poet Owen Badgett, western ballad singer/song writer Bob Petermann, and singer/ songwriter Sandy Matheny Fennessy at the historic Jersey Lilly in Ingomar Montana Saturday, October 25th, 2014. You will be captivated, entertained and well-fed. The two Montana cowboys (Badgett, from Ingomar and Petermann, from Wibaux) are the “real deal.” They’ve roped their share of cattle, written about it and tackled gumbo in their spare time. Read more…

Badgett has performed in major cowboy poetry events; including Elko, Nevada; Lewistown, not to mention Ingomar, Montana; and Salinas, Ridgecrest; and Lone Pine, California, and with Bob Petermann in Spearfish South Dakota, where they brought the audience to their feet with their patriotic cowboy presentations. Badgett is featured in a documentary, “The Gypsy Cowman” that premiered at the Lone Pine Film Festival in Lone Pine, California, and Miles City, Montana. His newest book of poetry and stories became an instant success. And Petermann is also featured in a special music video segment on the “Gypsy Cowman” DVD.

Bob Petermann is a songwriter and ballad singer, with over 200 songs in his repertoire. He can spin a tale with music as gracefully as he swings a lariat. His music celebrates Montana skies, cowboys lookin’ for a few “good horses to ride”, and a hilarious song called “The Wiregrass Blues”. He has entertained audiences across the country with songs like the “Old Cowboy Waltz”, and even a poem “Ranching’s Final Stand”, which is a great read for any western cowpuncher.

To round out the evening, Sandy Matheny Fennessy, who splits her time between Whitefish and Ingomar, MT, will bring her melodious voice, talented guitar playing, and some great songs she’s written to the evening’s festivities. A real favorite is about Ingomar, “Two Old Cowboys and Three Guitars,” which takes us back to a mucky Spring day last year, as folks migrated into the Jersey Lilly. Sandy grabbed a nearby guitar, joining Joe and Bud for a three-person hoedown after a sloshy, rainy, gumbo-filled day.

Of course, Jersey Lilly owner June Nygren’s food is legendary, and she is “cooking up” a dandy set of recipes for the evening. “It will be the third time we’ve had our “Cowboy Tales” event, and we enjoyed entertaining and feeding a packed house each time,” added June, “with folks from all over Montana.”

The doors will open at 6:00PM, Saturday October 25th. Tickets are $15.00 for dinner and the show. Tickets will be available at the Jersey Lilly beginning September 24th, 2014. For questions please call the Jersey Lilly at 406-358-2287, beginning Sept. 24th. You can also call, 406-358-2289 for more info. This production is co-sponsored by Camp IOU of Ingomar, www.CampIOU.com.