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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 Tales 2016 - Rousing Success

“Cowboy Tales” at Jersey Lilly in Ingomar – Rousing Success

For Immediate Release October 20th, 2016

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Linda Lou and the Hamilton's

Linda Lou Crosby and the Jim Hamilton’s at the Jersey Lilly October 15, 2016.

A packed crowd from various parts of Montana, Georgia, Minnesota, and even Alaska enjoyed a wonderful evening of excellent grub, melodious Western music, and cowboy poetry at Ingomar’s Jersey Lilly this October.

“Great food!” “Lots of fun!” “Terrific show!” Co-sponsored by Billings radio station KGHL, the fourth annual “Cowboy Tales” was a rousing success. Audience comments were wildly appreciative of the Jersey Lilly’s superb meal and the spellbinding performances by 2016 Cowboy Idol-winning western singer/musician Almeda Bradshaw, 2016 Cowboy Idol-winning cowboy poet Jim Hamilton, and the outrageous, timeless, hilarious self-titled “cow poet” and author Gwen Petersen.

Bradshaw, whose song “Heavenly Here With You,” has been nominated for top song of the year by the Western Music Association, delivered her repertoire of a beautiful voice, fancy guitar play and terrific songs, with “Cowboy” being one of the crowd’s favorites. That song will be featured on her new project “Tribute,” along with another original, “Larry Dever Did,” about the life and death of “America’s Sheriff,” as he was dubbed by Sean Hannity. The album will be available around Thanksgiving. Keep track of Bradshaw’s rising star on her website,

Jim Hamilton, who peppered the evening with cowboy poet humor, brought in a serious note with his riveting poem “Changing of the Guard.” Dedicated to ranching families where the seasoned rancher realizes it is time to pass the baton to the upcoming generation, Hamilton’s poetry spoke to the challenges this brings. Hamilton is the real deal, a lifetime Montana rancher with a sonorous delivery that takes you out on the range.

“Each one of these performers could have a show of their own,” added June Nygren, co-owner of the Jersey Lilly with Boots Kope. “We are so lucky they are sharing their talents with us tonight.”

It was a mighty combination, and when the veteran poet, (Johnny Carson guest at one point in her career), and the gal who brought the original cowboy poetry gathering to Montana, Gwen Petersen, took the stage, all bets were off. “She is so funny,” said Vicki Ware, eastern Montana resident. And she was. With her poem, “Magnet Therapy,” she brought the audience to tears of laughter.

Amazing music, wonderful stories, crowd-pleasing fun, not to mention great grub, culminated with Bradshaw and a 2014 “Cowboy Tales” performer Sandy Matheny holding a rip-roaring jam session in the Jersey Lilly bar well into the night. Planning for next year’s “Cowboy Tales” is in the works. Stay tuned!

Contact Linda Lou Crosby, for further information.