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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.


“The Gypsy Cowman…A Vanishing Breed” Reviews

Rick Huff, Best of the West Reviews,
“Badgett’s Law For Younger People: Never break your word, never lie to yourself, never quit trying, be proud and be observant. That “code of conduct” list is the shortest I’ve ever seen from a cowboy hero. And make no mistake, in the real sense, as evidenced in film producer Linda Lou Crosby’s excellent DVD portrait of Gypsy Cowman and cowboy poet Owen Badgett, that description is not too much to apply.” Read more at

Jeri Dobrowski, Cowboy Jam Session: Western Culture News & Reviews,
“The Gypsy Cowman…a Vanishing Breed might make you appreciate the heat. There are several winter scenes included in the documentary. Filmed over a 10-year period, primarily in eastern Montana, the 41-minute film focuses on Montana-born Owen Badgett. His mother’s family came to Montana Territory in the 1880s, establishing the Knowlton community east of the Powder River. His father’s side came to Otter Creek in 1893. Both families learned to survive in below-zero weather or 100-degree-plus heat. A project of longtime newscaster and public television producer Linda Lou Crosby, it captures the essence of Badgett’s life: honor and friendship.” Read more at