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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 June 2015

June and Montana at the Jersey Lilly
June Nygren (left) and Montana Reynolds (right) serving tea at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, June 18, 2015.

By Linda Lou Crosby and Adele Field

Who would imagine that a small crowd would come together for tea in a remote rustic outpost in dry land ranch country? Well, come they did, to the Jersey Lilly Saloon, transformed for the day by June Nygren with a myriad of tiny sparkling lights and flowers, linen tablecloths, and beautiful place settings with real china cups. The aroma of Cranberry Autumn, Decaf Paris, Organic Green and Mango-Flavored Black Tea filled the Jersey Lilly as guests enjoyed the second annual Old-Fashioned Tea in Ingomar, Montana June 18th, 2015.

A definitely Eastern Montana entrance was provided by photographer Jackie Jensen as she pulled up to the event in her truck and horse trailer; then expertly transformed herself (in the horse trailer) into a fashionably attired guest. It was a multi-generational, delightful afternoon party, a reminder of the genteel side of the taming of the Old West. Ladies and children dressed in a range of finery from historical turn of the (20th) century costumes, to charming summer dresses, to neatly pressed jeans.

Personal reminiscences of family tea traditions and proper decorum were shared much to the amusement of everyone. Linda Lou was not able to attend this year, as she was being towed around Nevada (long story for another time. She is finally back in Ingomar — thank heavens), but Adele Field came over from Melstone, and (besides co-writing this story) took the photographs you see on our website. Adele had some extra insight to add, “While we all sampled the variety of delicious hot teas served by June — chocolate chai was the hands-down kids’ choice — we learned that plain black tea is the go-to favorite across the pond. And, apparently, our American penchant for iced tea has been viewed with disdain or utter confusion elsewhere!”

June Nygren enjoyed herself as always, and along with many guests, is looking forward to the next tea extravaganza. “We have some fun ideas for next year, with intriguing suggestions from attendees. We continue to explore the possibilities of our Old-Fashioned Tea in Ingomar, Montana.” To find out more, or get on our newsletter list, send Linda Lou an email at ll@campiou.com


From left foreground around table: Cheryl Heser, Ginny Weber, Marion Shaver, and Terry Billings, all of Forsyth, MT. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Heser.)

Tea table food by June Nygren
Tea guest at the Jersey Lilly
A beautiful costume!
 Guest storytelling at the tea
 Tea guests shared amusing personal reminiscences about tea.