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Boy Scouts Enrich Jackson Hole Community


									VOLUME XXVV NO. 1                                                                                                          SPRING 2010

   The Boy Scouts of America celebrate          was sixteen years old and had worked          belt buckles, jewelry, etc. It wasn’t until
their 100th Anniversary this year, having       at Scouting since I was twelve,” said         later that the Asian buyers showed up on
been incorporated February 8, 1910.1            Lamb. To become Eagle Scouts, Lamb,           the scene to buy them for aphrodisiacs.
They have played an integral part in the        along with Theodore Bessette and Grover          At first the Boy Scouts kept 100% of
community heritage of Jackson Hole for          Bassett, had to earn twenty-one merit         the profits, but when the money the boys
eighty of those years.                          badges in different fields. “We spent a lot   were “racking in” (pun intended) became

           Boy Scouts Enrich Jackson Hole Community
                                                                                                                   by Liz Jacobson

   Although an exact date of the                of time camping, swimming and canoeing        so bountiful, the NER reconsidered the
formation of the Boy Scouts in Jackson          at Two Ocean Lake,” said Lamb. “There         arrangement and decided to keep 80%.
has not been determined, the February           were quite a few Scouts back then. It         After all, the elk antlers belonged to the
27, 1930 issue of the Jackson Hole Courier      was exciting; we got to camp and cook         federal government, and the money could
mentions that the first Court of Honor of       outdoors. It was a lot of fun.”3              be used to feed the elk. She remembers
the Boy Scouts of Jackson was held on              The local Boy Scouts participate in        Jim Griffin, then manager of the NER,
February 14 of that year. Remarks about         a community service project unique to         saying that the money was never put
Scout work were made, songs were sung,          Jackson Hole. Every spring since 1957,        into the general fund of the budget, but
and merit badges were presented. Some           they have been allowed on the National        was put into a savings account. Over
                                                                    Elk Refuge (NER)
                                                                    to collect elk antlers.
                                                                    Beginning in 1968, the
                                                                    elk antlers have been
                                                                    auctioned off at a sale
                                                                    on the town square.4
                                                                       Peggy Jensen was
                                                                    born and raised in
                                                                    Jackson, and was
                                                                    involved with Scouting
                                                                    for thirty years. Her
Boy Scouts from Alta, Wyoming, c. 1918.              2003.0117.316 recollection about the
                                                                    Boy Scouts gathering
years later, the newspaper reported that        antlers was that the antlers were a
the local Scouts traditionally celebrated       nuisance to the NER because they got
National Boy Scout week by taking over          in the way of raising hay to feed the elk.
the local government for two days. Scouts       The Refuge couldn’t even give the antlers
were sworn in as Mayor, Town Marshall,          away in the early days. The gathering of
Deputies, Councilmen, Town Attorney,            antlers first became a fundraiser when
and Justice of the Peace. Going along           the Rotary Club offered to donate $500        Scouts raise flag at Teton County Courthouse
with a general movement of Scouting             to the Boy Scouts if they would pick up       dedication, 1968                         HS.1080
throughout the United States, the idea          antlers to build an elk antler arch on the
was to place future citizens and office         town square. This was the case for each       time the Refuge was able to build up
holders in community governmental               of the four arches.                           enough money in the fund to purchase
positions in order to instill civic pride and      Peggy isn’t sure who thought up the        equipment, the first being a large Thiokol
responsibility. To conclude the festivities,    idea of an auction to sell the antlers, but   for elk feeding. The Scouts use their
Bruce Porter offered a free motion              it has always been a joint effort of the      portion of the funds raised for operating
picture show at the Rainbow Theater for         Boy Scouts and the National Elk Refuge.       expenses, equipment, supplies, banquets,
registered Scouts of Troop 66.2                 She says the buyers have changed over the     and sustaining membership dues.
   Tom Lamb, Sr. became one of the first        years. At first they were craftspeople who
Teton County Eagle Scouts in 1936. “I           would use the antlers to make furniture,                                  continued on Page 4

      Staff and Board of the
  JackSon hole hiStorical Society
           and MuSeuM
                                               Organizational News
                 Staff                             Chris Tice Joins Board of Directors
 Lokey Lytjen                                Chris Tice came to Jackson with
   Executive Director                     his family in 1966, and has been a
 Robin Allison                            resident of Wyoming for 42 years. He
   Assistant to the Director              owned and operated several healthcare
 Mindy Barnett                            pharmaceutical companies from
   Office Manager                         1990 through 2006. Chris is currently
 Sue Cole                                 involved in real estate investments
   Assistant                              and entrepreneurial ventures in the
 Jean Hansen                              healthcare field. He earned two degrees
   Museum Manager                         from the University of Wyoming: a
 Gary Hughes                              B.S. of Finance in 1983 and a Master of
   Development Director                   Business Administration in 1984. Chris is
 Liz Jacobson                             currently a board member with Habitat
   Membership & Program Assistant,        for Humanity, the KOH Foundation, Terra Firma, and Killmer and Associates.
   Newsletter Editor                      During 2006 he participated in Leadership Wyoming, and served on the St. John’s
 Karen Reinhart                           Medical Center board of trustees as the Vice Chairman. He enjoys sports such as
   Curator of Education & Outreach        skiing, running, biking, hiking, tennis, fishing, and hunting—a fulfilling Jackson
 Shannon Sullivan                         Hole lifestyle. His wife Carmel is a pharmacist at St. John’s Medical Center, and their
   Curatorial Assistant                   daughter Amy is attending pharmacy school at Oregon State University. They are
                                          members of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.
            Board of Directors
 Jim Luebbers
                                                           Voices of the Museum:
 Jacques Dubois
                                                           New Advisory Council
 Shay James                                  Last year, the board of directors            These members are voices of the
   Co-Secretary                           decided that the Jackson Hole                Museum of Jackson Hole, and are
 Stan Klassen                             Historical Society and Museum needed         charged with raising awareness and
   Co-Secretary                           a group of interested persons to be          expanding the sphere of influence of the
 Marion Buchenroth                        ambassadors for the organization.            museum with Teton County and State
 John Carney                              This new Advisory Council consists of        of Wyoming officials. Not only are they
 Rod Everett                              individuals who represent a cross section    ambassadors of the museum, but they
 Matt Montagne                            of our community and who can assist          are primary partners of the staff and
 Jackie Fernald Montgomery                in capital campaign efforts as the new       board of directors. Although they don’t
 Pamela Rankin                            museum progresses. Marion Buchenroth         have legal or formal responsibilities,
 Rudy Sanford                             volunteered to be the board of directors’    council members are encouraged to give
 Chris Tice                               liaison for this new council, and has        advice and support.
 Stan Trachtenberg                        put a lot of thought and effort into its        By opening a window of exchange
 Berniece Turner                          development.                                 with members of the broader
 Matt Turner                                 We are grateful to the following          community, Advisory Council members
                                          community leaders who have agreed            may help the museum with a host of
           Mission Statement              to serve on the Advisory Council this        important functions such as promoting
                                          year: Ed Cheramy, Bob Dornan, Missy          public relations and improving
   The Jackson Hole Historical Society    Falcey, Lynn Friess, Clarene Law, Nancy      relationships with other organizations;
   and Museum collects, interprets,       Riddle, Chris Sandvig, Bob Shervin,          raising funds; and strengthening our
   and preserves our unique heritage in   Judy Singleton, John Turner, and Mike        mission, programs, and services.
   an engaging and enriching manner.      Wardell.

                                             Welcome First Time New Members
                                            (December, January, and February):
                                               •   Dan and Pat Baker                   •    Mike and Carol Marshall
                                               •   Terry and Laura Bart                •    David and Diane Muskat
                                               •   Peter Boerma                        •    Our Town Directories
                                               •   Norris and Layne Brown              •    Dr. Alice Eve Richter
                                               •   Cindy Budge                         •    Russell Scott
   The Jackson Hole Historical Society
                                               •   Deborah and Jon Dawson              •    John Sidle
   and Museum Chronicle is published
                                               •   Douglas and Linda Eggers            •    Robert and Amanda Turner
   quarterly for members and friends
                                               •   Chris and Lori Erickson             •    Dell and Kate Tyler
   of the Jackson Hole Historical
                                               •   Larry Feuz                          •    Warren and Martha Van Genderen
   Society and Museum. Suggestions
                                               •   Wes and Jennifer Flanagan           •    John and Rilla Varley
   and comments are always welcome.
                                               •   Dennis and Sharon Gralund                          Thank you!
                                               •   Hawkins, Kominsky, DeVries
 Jackson Historical Society & Museum
             P O. Box 1005
                                                   and Associates                                     Correction
                                               •   Philip Hicks
         Jackson, Wyoming 83001                                                            Last newsletter we welcomed new
                                               •   Minnie Irwin
  (307) 733-9605, Fax: (307) 739-9019                                                      member Floyd Cooley, but his last
                                               •   Roy Kinsey                                                               name was inadvertently spelled
                                               •   Stacy Kopper                                                            Looley. Our apologies to Floyd!
                                               •   Lake Creek Ranch
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        Calendar                                          “Hole-Hearted” Storytelling
                                                                                                                          By Karen Reinhart

                      April                         People sat at the edge of their seats        to Teton County Library. Once again
                                                 (if they could find one) during the the room filled. American Avalanche
  Thursday, April 15, 2010                       storytelling programs JHHSM hosted              Institute experts, Rod Newcomb, and
   Dinner program at the Senior Center           this past winter. “Jackson Hole Stories: Don and Sarah Carpenter, had great
   6:30 p.m.                                     Voices of the Valley” apparently struck a       PowerPoint programs and stories to tell
   Film “Before There Were Parks:                chord with residents of the area. People of backcountry skiing, safety and the
   Yellowstone and Glacier Through               were eager to hear well-known local             science of avalanche predicting. Don
   Native Eyes” (28 minutes)                     adventurers who delivered compelling reminded the crowd—many of whom
                                                stories. We successfully captured the were young backcountry skiers—that
                                                attention of the valley’s younger things can change very quickly in the
                      May                       generation.
                                                    For those of you who
                                                                                                 backcountry and preparedness is key.

                                                didn’t join the storytelling
  Friday, May 28, 2010
                                                action, here’s a recap: The
   Museum Open House
                                                promise of alpine skiing
   10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                                                stories by Olympians Tommy
   Refreshments, door prizes, and free
                                                Moe and Pepi Stiegler packed
                                                an exuberant crowd into the
  Saturday, May 29, 2010                        Wort Hotel on January 14.
   Old West Days Parade                         Tommy, as a twelve-year-old
   10:00 a.m.                                   skier, cried in fear at the top
   Watch for our entry.                         of Snow King because the
                                                mountain was so steep. Of
                                                course, he made it down the
                      June                      town hill just fine, and in 1994,
                                                he went on to be the first U.S.     Pepi Stiegler and Tommy Moe, Olympic gold medalists, at the
                                                                                           skiing storytelling program on January 14, 2010.
                                                skier to win two medals in the
  Tuesday, June 1, 2010                         same Olympics at Lillehammer, Norway.            Kirby Williams, thirty-five year veteran
   Walking tours begin.                         As Tommy does today, Pepi Stiegler also ski patroller on Jackson Hole Mountain
   Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout            worked for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, told stories about an avalanche
   the summer, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.               Resort. Pepi won three Olympic medals, event of 1986. Renny Jackson, part of
   Meet at the center of the town               winning the gold in 1964 at the Innsbruck        Grand Teton National Park Mountain
   square and bring your friends and            Olympics. Pepi joked that he had already Rescue since 1976, emphasized the
   family. Free.                                won the medal before Tommy was born. importance of including the human story
                                                Originally from Lienz, Austria, Pepi when talking about avalanches.
  Thursday, June 17, 2010                       has now spent more time in Jackson                   On February 11, John Simms and Tom
   Dinner program at the Sr. Center             Hole than Austria. He showed great               Montgomery, fishing aficionados and
   6:30 p.m.                                    film footage from the 1970s: training for        guides, wowed the audience with true
   Keith Watts, “Geological Evolution           skiing, flying through the air on skis, and tales and photographs from nearly eight
   of the Tetons”                               teaching local ski school students.
                                                    Two weeks later the programs moved                                        continued on Page 6

 Interview with a Firefighter: Willy Watsabaugh, February 23, 2010
                                                                                                                               by Liz Jacobson

   Imagine the bell rings and the              when Mayor Harry Clissold, councilmen             firefighters relied heavily on drafting
telephone operator calls the firefighters.     Ray Reed, George Poulsen, and Homer               water out of a creek.
Sometimes the firefighters hear the            Richards, and other interested persons               In the mid-1940s, Willy’s father, Tom
alarm, pick up the phone, and                                                                              Watsabaugh, joined the Jackson
the operator tells them where                                                                              Volunteer Fire Department.
the fire is. Some firefighters go                                                                          Tom was a firefighter for forty-
directly to the fire, and others                                                                           six years. From a young age
pick up the fire truck. The                                                                                Willy knew about the volunteer
truck is parked in a garage                                                                                fire department and wanted
somewhere near where the jail                                                                              to be a part of it. He joined
is now. Oftentimes they have                                                                               in 1976, became chief in 1995
to push it down the street to                                                                              (the same year his father fully
get it started.                                                                                            retired), and served until 2001
   “They made it work. They                                                                                when he retired. After taking a
had meetings and a little                                                                                  couple years off, he returned as
training but it was more like                                                                              training coordinator when the
flying by the seat of their                                                                                fire department and emergency
pants. Nothing too organized                                                                               medical services merged in 2004.
– they just came and did what     Demonstration of the 1930 fire truck purchased in 1939. 1958.0742.001
                                                                                                              Willy    remembers       some
they needed to do.”—Willy Watsabaugh,          agreed to buy a fire truck and form a             firefighting stories his dad told him.
Interim Chief of the Jackson Fire volunteer fire department.1 In 1939, the “Dad told the story of being up on the
Department.                                    Town of Jackson bought the first fire roof for a chimney fire. The chief said
   The Jackson Volunteer Fire Depart- truck – a 1930 Ford. The truck only held
ment was organized in July of 1938             100-200 gallons of water, and therefore                                    continued on Page 5

continued from Boy Scouts Page 1

   Peggy recalls that only cash was            his cycling badge. He went on to own and         Another service project benefiting our
accepted for purchases at the auction,         operate Teton Cyclery. Cile Lamb, Tom         community is Scouting for Food. The
so Jackson State Bank stayed open to           Sr.’s widow, said that Tom Sr. felt that      local Boy Scouts joined this national
provide cashiers’ checks to buyers. In         his Scout experience equipped him for his     Scout campaign in the 1980s. Around
1988 when the auction brought in the           career as a lumber yard owner.                Thanksgiving time the Scouts collect
most money ever made, Peggy literally             The Boy Scouts in our area have made       food from neighborhoods and donate it to
sat on the money bag filled with $111,000      a substantial impact on our community         provide food for those in need. Through
cash raised at the auction!                    in many ways. One noticeable way is           the years the Scouts have partnered with
   She was instrumental in starting and        through Eagle Scout projects. Eagle           local organizations for distribution of the
leading Cub Pack 66 in 1965 when her           Scout is the highest rank a Boy Scout can     food—Department of Social Services,
son was eight. In 1989 she was awarded         achieve, and in order to achieve this honor   Browse ‘N Buy, and now through the
the Silver Beaver Award which is the           one requirement is to develop and carry       Jackson Food Cupboard.
highest honor bestowed by a council to a       out a community service project. Carolyn         The mission of the Boy Scouts of
volunteer. In her words the award is given     Mellor, Jackson Boy Scout District            America is to prepare young people to
to “a gray-haired senior citizen that goes     Advancement Chairperson, recalls a            make ethical and moral choices over
around damming up the works.”                  number of the worthwhile projects             their lifetimes by instilling in them
   Tom Lamb, Jr. participated in the elk       that have benefited our community:            the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
antler pickup in the late 1950s and early      conservation work at Crater Lake on the       The Scout Oath states “On my honor I
1960s. Tom realized at an early age that       old Teton Pass Road, a graveyard map          will do my best to do my duty to God
selling elk antlers was a good way to          at the Aspen Hill Cemetery, benches           and my country and to obey the Scout
make money. When he was around twelve          and landscaping on the Pathways, the          Law; to help other people at all times; to
years old, he successfully hunted his first    observation deck on Flat Creek at the         keep myself physically strong, mentally
elk. A tourist saw the antlers outside his     north end of Jackson, a kiosk on the          awake, and morally straight.” According
home, and offered to buy them for five         top of Teton Pass with winter recreation      to the Scout Law, “A Scout is trustworthy,
dollars. Tom jumped at the chance, but         information, and improvements at the          loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind,
his dad was upset with him for selling         Senior Center including benches, planters,    obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean,
the six-point antler set, and for so little.   and closet remodeling.                        and reverent.”6 It is evident the Boy
Tom wanted to make some more money                Carolyn has been involved with Boy         Scout program has not only made a
and decided to take action. He rode his        Scouts for over 25 years, and was at one      significant impact on the lives of the
bike onto the NER with his hacksaw,            time a Den Mother for Cub Scouts. She         boys involved, but has enriched our
and found a fine set. He was about to          believes the number of Eagle Scouts per       community in the process. Jim Wallace,
cut the antlers off the skull when he was      number of Boy Scouts in our district is       former Jackson District Chairperson,
discovered by game warden who told him         higher than the national average, and         sums it up well. “There’s so much good in
he just couldn’t do that!                      attributes this to good adult leaders,        this organization. It’s all about giving.”
   Tom remembers another Scout project         the visibility of Boy Scouts in our area,
selling paper poppies to raise money for       and involved parents. She says her
the American Legion. Tom was pretty            involvement in Scouting has been very            Thank you to the Boy Scout enthusiasts
enterprising, and discovered a great           meaningful. “To see the growth, progress,     who were consulted in the writing of this
source for donations. Dressed in his           and development in moral standards of         article:
smart Cub Scout uniform, he would go           boys has been very rewarding.”
into the Log Cabin Saloon and the Wort            According to Rod Everett, former           Rod Everett, former Jackson District
Hotel near the roulette wheel where the        Jackson District Chairperson, Major C.           Chairperson
drunks would hang out. When he asked           C. Moseley donated one million dollars to     Peggy Jensen, former Jackson District
them for donations, they were amazingly        the local Boy Scouts in 1972. According          Chairperson
generous! His father, Tom Sr., asked him       to his obituary, Moseley was a veteran        Cile Lamb
where he got all that money, and Tom           airman of two World Wars, retired             Kerry Lamb
Jr. proudly told him. Even though Tom          aircraft executive, well-known cattle         Tom Lamb, Jr.
Sr. could hardly keep from laughing, he        and horse breeder, and Jackson rancher.5      Carolyn Mellor, Jackson District
informed Tom Jr. that he was too young         For legal reasons the funds are managed          Advancement Chairperson
to go into bars and wouldn’t be doing          by the Grand Teton Council in Idaho           Russell Scott
that again.                                    Falls who put them in a trust governed        Richard Tolman, Jackson District
   Russell Scott spoke about his Boy           by a volunteer board from the Jackson            Executive
Scout experiences at the Historical            District and the Grand Teton Council          Paul Vogelheim, former Jackson District
Society’s dinner program on February           that approve all expenditures from the           Chairperson and Commissioner
18, 2010. Some of his fondest memories         fund. Because the Moseley Trust is a          Jim Wallace, former Jackson District
include winter camping up Cache Creek,         perpetual fund, only the interest can            Chairperson
in Black Canyon, and at the ski cabin          be spent; therefore, other fundraising
up Sheep Creek near Goodwin Lake.              projects are necessary.
He enthusiastically recalled gathering                                                                       Resources
elk antlers—“what kid wouldn’t love
roaming the hills, finding enormous                                                          1
                                                                                               Scouting. January-February 2010,
antler racks, and encountering badgers!”                                                         Volume 98, Number 1, p. 28.
Of course, what would going to camp be                                                       2
                                                                                               Jackson Hole Courier. August 10, 1939,
without singing around a bonfire with                                                            Volume 32, Number 8, p. 1.
older Scouts trying to scare younger                                                         3
                                                                                               Jackson Hole Guide. Wednesday,
ones with ghost stories . . . and an adult                                                       February 22, 1989, p. C5.
coming up at the appropriate time and                                                        4
                                                                                               “Chronology of Historical Facts
grabbing them by the shoulders?                                                                  Related to National Elk Refuge.”
   Boy Scout merit badges give Scouts                                                            Fact Sheet of the National Elk
the opportunity to investigate new areas                                                         Refuge.
of knowledge and skills, and the merit                                                       5
                                                                                               Jackson Hole Guide. June 27, 1974, p.
badge program plays a major role in                                                              20.
the Scouting advancement program and                                                         6
                                                                                      “Overview of Boy
participation. Russell worked with his                                                           Scouts of America.”
“cycling counselor” Tom Lamb, Sr. to get
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continued from Interview Page 3

‘it looks like it’s out but why don’t you
shoot the fire extinguisher down the                                        Story Quarry
chimney to make sure.’ At the same time
two firefighters opened the door to the                  Every row, column, and 3x3 box should contain one of each digit, 1-9.
chimney below, and needless to say, they             Decode the highlighted boxes from left to right, top to bottom to find a message.
came out completely black, covered in
    Willy told another story about
firefighters and a fire in a small house.
They tried to push a firefighter through
a window, but inside was a lady taking
a shower in her bathroom. While the
firefighters were pushing the man in from
the outside, the woman was pushing him
out from the inside. The firefighter got
pretty beat up. Turns out the “fire” was
only steam from the shower.
    Willy remembers a story told by
firefighter Roy Ransom of a fire that
occurred in 1953 at the Cowboy Bar.
There was a propane explosion right
in the middle of cocktail hour. No one
missed a beat in terms of pouring drinks
or continuing on with happy hour.
    Through the years, fundraisers were
held to fund purchasing of equipment
and apparatus, and to augment fire
service and training. Willy said that
the Fireman’s Ball started in 1949
– “essentially the bars set aside a time
period when the cover charge money
would go to the fire department. There
could have been a drawing for a turkey
or a fifth of whiskey when bands took
a break. Somebody like firefighter Stan
Wilhelmson may have come up with the
saying ‘You come to our ball, and we’ll
come to your fire.’ Stan used to say when
someone wouldn’t buy a ticket because
they were going to be out of town ‘well,                          This sudoku puzzle was created with the assistance of
are you taking your house with you?’”                             Steve Schaefer, Solution on Page 6.
The other outlying fire stations conceived
successful fundraising endeavors as
well—the Wilson chicken fry, Hoback              a heart attack. Brings you back to the           When Willy became a volunteer
barbecue, and the Moran picnic. “All of          reality of how dangerous firefighting is.     firefighter in 1976, the average years of
the fundraisers are successful financially,      He is the only firefighter to have died in    service for a volunteer firefighter was
but are also important in building               the line of duty.” His death was stress-      twenty years or more. “Not so much
strong community ties and recognizing            related, and now the fire department          anymore because it is hard to afford
volunteers. This is how the community            ensures that firefighters are healthy.        to live here. The population is more
                                                 They are required to have a medical           transient and the fire department mirrors
                                                 evaluation and rigid training. “We have       that. Housing costs are too high. In the
                                                 identified specific physical requirements     past, volunteers were more a part of the
                                                 such as lifting, aerobic exercise, dragging   community because they had businesses,
                                                 hose, carrying weight up stairs, dragging     homes, extended family . . . they had
                                                 a dummy, and using a sledge hammer            history here. Currently, the average time
                                                 simulating forcible entry.” These tests       of service is under ten years.” Today
                                                 are done at the Watsabaugh Training           paid staff includes emergency medical
                                                 Facility at the Adams Canyon Station          technicians, inspectors, administrative
                                                 which was completed in 2002. It was           staff, and chiefs. However, fire suppression
                                                 named in honor of Tom Watsabaugh,             is wholly dependent on the 135 volunteers
                                                 and a plaque graces the tower noting his      from all of the stations.
                                                 years of service.                                Why do so many past and present
                                                    Other notable fires include a series of    volunteer firefighters continue their
                                                 arsons in the mid-1980s to 1991. “They        work for so many years? “The sense
                                                 were serious in terms of property loss,       of camaraderie . . . it is a fantastic
Wilson Volunteer Fire Department Chicken Fry,    but no lives were lost. The first rash        atmosphere. It is hard, hard work but
1986.                            2005.0019.017
                                                 happened one night in 1985 when Jackson       incredibly fun because of the people you
can give back in a meaningful way.”              Hole Hardware on the town square, the         work with.” Our community owes a debt
   Willy remembered that probably the            Virginian Lodge, and Gray’s Pawn Shop         of gratitude to all of the firefighters who
most memorable fire for local firefighters       all had fires. Other arsons occurred in       dedicate years of service to the safety of
was the Wort Hotel fire in 1980. It was          the late 1980s and early 1990s when fires     our community.
caused by a bird’s nest in a neon sign           broke out at Orville’s Mission, Riggan’s
transformer.2 “The Wort Hotel fire taxed         Motors, Jack Dennis, and the Anvil            1
                                                                                                   Jackson Hole Guide. Feb. 13, 1964, p. 5.
the fire department to the max, and we           Motel.” Willy said the arsonist was never     2
                                                                                                   Jackson Hole News. July 15, 1998, p.
lost one of our own. Cecil Lynch died of         caught.                                             10B.
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   Sudoku puzzle solution                            History Mystery
                                                                                                    Wish List for
                                                                                                    the JHHSM
                                                                                                •   Funding for a Point of Sale
                                                                                                    system for the Museum store.
                                                                                                •   Flat screen tv with hookups
                                                                                                    for vcr and dvd players.
                                                                                                •   One or two shop vacs.
                                               1991.3621.010                                    •   Small color printer for
                                              In the last newsletter, we asked if anyone            printing photographs.
                                              could identify these goose hunters. The           •   Volunteer event
                                              description on file says George Lumley is             photographer to attend
                                              on the left and Jimmy Riggin on the right.            most events and take candid
                                              Beulah Riggan confirmed it is George and              photos for the newsletter,
                                              Jimmy, and said the two in the middle are             annual report, and publicity.
                                              the Dawson boys—she remembers them
                                                                                                •   Ideas for speakers, activities,
                                              being called “Big” Dawson and “Little”
                                              Dawson.                                               events, and newsletter
                                                                                                    stories. Someone to give a
continued from “Hole-Hearted” Page 3                                                                talk about an historical topic
                                              Jim began with a story of the “Art of the
decades of helping people catch fish on                                                             or their family history.
                                              Hunt” saying that “all his stories are true,
the Snake River. Program attendees will                                                         •   Ideas to interest people in
                                              they just haven’t happened yet.” Harold
remember the “Money Hole” story: an                                                                 becoming members.
                                              and John told stories of wilderness pack
afternoon when John repeatedly reeled                                                           •   Volunteers!! People willing to
                                              trips, an attempt to rescue stranded
in one-hundred dollar bills, losing his                                                             help with mailings, research,
                                              horses in nearly sixty-degree below
interest in trout. Watching John and Tom                                                            and at events.
                                              zero weather, and a story of a pet mule
perform that night—volleying stories          named Idaho. Idaho would eat or drink
back and forth—it was clear to the crowd      just about anything, and acted like a dog.
that they were long-standing and                                                             was thirty or so years old, occasionally
long-casting buddies.                                                                        nipping children, so he was relegated to
   Two weeks later Medicine Tree                                                             the far pasture. A campaign by dudes
Music recording artists, Dan                                                                 ensued; they made T-shirts that delivered
Thomasma and Terry Yazzolino                                                                 the message “Save Idaho,” picketed
thrilled the toe-tapping audience                                                            the main house with posters, and wrote
with the sounds of guitar,                                                                   petitions. Management acquiesced and
keyboards, and vocals, as well                                                               allowed Idaho to return.
as natural-world inspiration                                                                    Many thanks to the Community
stories behind their music.                                                                  Foundation of Jackson Hole for
History themes were brought                                                                  providing grant funds; Teton County
to life through all of their                                                                 Library Foundation and The Wort
tunes, telling of the Kelly Slide                                                            Hotel for room and refreshments; Sava
and Sacagawea, to name two.               Jim Garry, Harold Turner and John Turner at the    Malachowzki of Sava Films and Charlie
Watching the spectators was fun            hunting storytelling program, March 11, 2010.     Craighead for program documentation;
as people responded emotionally                                                              and to Marisa Laugen and Tom Jacobson
to Yazzolino’s fantastical, fast-paced       He once stole a sandwich directly from          for volunteering. A special thanks to
stories—each interwoven with Jackson         the hand of a stubborn trail-blocking           the speakers who shared their exciting
Hole and Yellowstone history.                backpacker. The mule was popular with           history, and to the people of the Jackson
   This season’s finale was led by Harold    dude ranch clientele, sometimes climbing        Hole community who enthusiastically
and John Turner of the Triangle X            up on guest cabin porches in search of          attended the programs. Without an
Ranch, and Jim Garry, oral historian.        food. But Idaho became cranky when he           audience there can be no story.

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