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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.

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Inducts Jersey Lilly

It’s Official: Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Inducts Jersey Lilly at Ceremony held at Great Falls

Compiled by Linda Lou Crosby, from notes by June Nygren
Photographs taken by/or Courtesy of June Nygren

It was a gala event. Folks from all over Montana (and Alaska, New Mexico, Washington and even Florida) came together February 3rd, 2018, to celebrate newly inducted members to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Among the honored people and places that made contributions to Montana’s history and legacy, were June Nygren and Boots Kope, co-owners of Ingomar’s famous Jersey Lilly Bar and Cafe – the official inductee. “There are 12 districts in Montana,” added June, “Each district having 3 inductees, totaling thirty-six inductees for the state.” The Jersey Lilly is in District 3. In our district, besides the Jersey Lilly, a Legacy inductee, there were Bob and Helen (Fulton) Askin (also Legacy), and John L. “Jack” Bailey, a living inductee.

“It was pretty much a whirlwind of activity”, added June.

The weekend started Friday night with a social welcome gathering and a hosted appetizer hour, where folks from across the state had the opportunity to meet each other. “There were about 600 people at Saturday morning’s Brunch Induction Ceremony,” said June. “Our biographies were read by talented ‘story readers’. The shared stories were truly amazing, of personal struggles and triumphs, and how each inductee contributed to the continuation of the cowboy way of life.”

“It was a gathering to celebrate the unique and exceptional lives of everyday people, places and organizations from all kinds of different backgrounds”, added Boots.

To learn more about the inductees, you can view each biography online at www.montanaCowboy And you can enjoy the Induction ceremony video on their facebook page. (The Jersey Lilly is featured about 47 min into the video).

June reflected on the event, “This was such an incredible journey from the very first moment this project was suggested to me, all the way through and past the ‘award’; really makes you sit back and ask yourself – what will your legacy be?” (Authors note: The journey back to Ingomar was quite an adventure as well, as June and Boots were treated to the aftermath of a big storm, and snow covered highways.)

To keep up with Jersey Lilly activities, follow them on Facebook. And you will find event stories on

For further information contact Linda Lou Crosby

Snow covered HWY on return

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