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Our Readers Write

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”: A Western Treat at the Jersey Lilly

“Cowboy Tales”: A Western Treat at the Jersey Lilly

From the chuck wagon dinner (roast beef, baked potatoes, homemade apple sauce and pumpkin bars), to a homespun atmosphere, to the most wonderful western entertainment, the 2018 Jersey Lilly “Cowboy Tales” event was top notch. Members of the audience hailed from as far away as Memphis, Tennessee, Kalispell, Jordan, and Baker, MT to closer in from places like Forsyth, home town of Deb Anderson, “We had a great time last night, food was great, music was great……so worth the drive “

Vince Royer aka Uncle Vinny with Linda Lou Crosby (center) and Alice Cameron (right)

Vince Royer (l), Linda Lou Crosby(c), Alice Cameron(r), and Boots’ campfire.

It was definitely a full evening of events. After great grub, June Nygren (co-owner of the Jersey Lilly with Boots Kope) sent the crowd out, while a select few set up the campfire (which Boots had created) and chairs in a horseshoe shape for the audience to gather round the entertainers.







Sandy Matheny Fennessy sings Campfire Waltz

Sandy Matheny Fennessy

The melodious Sandy Matheny Fennessy, from Whitefish, MT, drew the guests in with a beautiful rendition of “The Campfire Waltz”, followed by a song she wrote about Ingomar and the Jersey Lilly, “Two Old Cowboys and Three Guitars”. Sandy sings with a band called “Cowboy Country and the Gold Dust Girls” and if you find out they are coming to your town – go see them!






Uncle Vinny Royer

Uncle Vinny Royer

Sandy introduced Vince “Uncle Vinny” Royer who put everybody on the edge of their seats with his rendition of Lloyd M. Gerber’s cowboy poem, “It’s a matter of Taste” …..if you weren’t there and look that poem up, you will see why whenever Uncle Vinny started to speak for the rest of the evening….everybody was listening and laughing. Bertha Gadabout – the Ingomar K.MU.K. news reporter brought a lot of levity to the gathering as she shared some news stories about goings on about town. Stories like ”The Late Ball Playing Raccoon”, “Arlin Sanders’ Shocking Behavior”, and “The Confrontation at the Dump”….as Bertha puts it, “You just can’t make this stuff up!”


Western singer Almeda Bradshaw

Almeda Bradshaw

For this year’s “Cowboy Tales”, straight from performing during the NILE, singer-songwriter Almeda Bradshaw shared her program, offered through Humanities Montana, “Into the Sunset: The Forgotten Cowgirl Singers”. As Bradshaw explains, “Dale Evan’s success as Queen of the West is owed to a century of cowgirls in show business. From Mary Ann Whittaker’s horseback exhibitions in the 1850s, to the Wild West Shows and vaudeville acts of the early 1900s, to the pioneer radio and recording artists of the 1920s, forgotten women entertainers wore buckskins and boots while yodeling their way into America’s heart.” And Almeda wowed the crowd with wonderful songs from these entertainers, and added some of her other repertoire as well. Bradshaw is not only a grand singer-songwriter, but a terrific musician. Bradshaw had the evening’s guests traveling back in time to the old west, helping her yodel, and pretty much being mesmerized by the talent she brought to the evening. Bradshaw led the audience and the cast (except for Bertha Gadabout who retreated to a corner and wrote news stories) in singing, “Happy Trails” at the close of the show.

Then Marsha Kuykendall (lucky lady) and Glen Simenson (lucky guy) won special door prizes. When all was said and done, it was just a darned great evening. According to Ingomar Postmaster LaDawna Eriksen, “For a fun filled night, the Jersey Lilly ‘s Cowboy Tales was the way to go!  The food, songs, and stories were something we will never forget.  The campfire that Boots put together was just awesome! Sandy, Almeda, Uncle Vinnie, and Bertha Gadabout were very entertaining. We are already looking forward to next year!!! “By the way,” LaDawna added,” the Jersey Lilly tea is in early June right? Don’t want to miss that either…….”

Cowboy Tales 2018 at the Jersey Lilly poster