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www.LovellChronicle.com January 20, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Cowley news ople in the news Looking backon DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 Last week, Colleen Powelson Thorstenson, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, formerly of Lovell, sent an article taken from the "Daily Her- ald" about Thelma Yorgason who celebrated her 101st birthday on Dec. 20, 2010. Vern Moulten Wrote the article and another in- teresting fact is that Vern mar- ried a girl from Cowley, Linda Jensen, who is the daughter of Theron Jensen. The Jensen fam- ily lived on a farm by the road to- ward Cowley Airport, which Todd Evans now owns. Mrs. Yorgason was born to Ne- phi and Ellen Snell Robertson who came to the Big Horn Basin with their five children in the spring of 1901 and lived in a tent at a rail- road construction camp near War- ren, Mont., for some time before living in Lovell. Then they moved to a farm in Cowley. The couple had 13 children and lost seven of them before their deaths in 1948 and 1952. Mrs. Yorgason was born at their farm home. In the article she recalled that they had no elec- tricity, plumbing or running wa- ter, and she especially remem- 101 years of life in the Basin bers having to go to the outhouse on cold winter days. One day she came from high school and her dad surprised her when he turned on a switch and lights came on in the house. About the same time her dad bought the family their first car. Mrs. Yorgason graduated from Cowley High School in 1928 and went to college at the University of Wyoming. This was her first time away from home and family. She then went to Salt Lake City to study at LDS Business School. There she met another young student, Robert Yorgason, who was studying at BYU. They both graduated, but the Great Depres- sion hit and he could not find a job, but she landed one for which applicants had lined up for two blocks. She felt her schooling in Wyoming and the LDS Business School helped her get the job that so many had applied for. In 1934, the couple mar- ried. Mrs. Yorgason said that she and Mr. Yorgason sneaked off to Tooele to get married because it was the practice of employers to hire only single women and she wanted to keep that job. Any mar- ried woman, the reasoning went, had a man to support her and Thelma Yorgason therefore she didn't need to work. Mr. Yorgason couldn't find work, had no job and no money, so she bought her first wedding ring for $6.50. Eventually they came to Cow- ley. Mr. Yorgason was from the Burlington area and he became principal and then superintendent of the Cowley school district. He taught history and also coached football, basketball and track. He was greatly overworked and had little or no office help, so Mrs. Yorgason came in to help out. She was later hired to teach classes. She attended college in Billings and was working on her master's degree when they left Wyoming in 1977 for Pleasant Grove, Utah, where they both worked at their respective jobs until retirement. Mr. Yorgason died two years ago at the age of 98. Mr. and Mrs. Yorgason raised five children in Cowley -- Rod- ney Bob, who lives with his wife, Mary, in Cowley; Ellen Yorgason Welch, who married Mike Welch, son of Ford and Ruth Welch; Keith Yorgason, a widower living in Fruit Heights; Eileen Yorga- son Edson, who lives in Califor- nia with her husband, Stephen; and Larry Yorgason, who lives in Georgia with his wife, Darcie. They lost their sixth child, Lee, who was premature and died 10 hours after her birth. Mrs. Yorgason is still living at her home although her children visit often to look after her needs. She uses a cane when she leaves her. house, but doesn't need one while inside. She is very thankful for her health. "It's marvelous," she said. "I haven't even had a cold in years." Mrs. Yorgason said she loves to read and focuses much of her attention on LDS scriptures. She participates in Sunday school class discussions and has a great knowledge of the scriptures. She writes letters to her grandchildren and great-grand- children to encourage them to make right choices in life. She attends the LDS temple once a week. She has 22 grandchildren, more than 46 great-grandchil- dren and more than 60 great- great grandchildren. Mrs. Yorgason said she re- ceived a blessing that she would live long enough to complete her mission on earth. "I'm trying to figure out what that might be so I can finish the job," she said, adding that she suspects her mission might be to encourage her many grandchil- dren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren to al- ways do the right thing. What an amazing elegant woman who has been an inspiration to not just her own family, but everyone she has encountered on this earth. Byron news Search and rescue considers Byron for demo derby RACHEL GEORGE 548- 7170 The mayor's lunch was held last Friday at the Byron Town Complex. This was the first time I had the pleasure of attending and would highly recommend the event to others in the com- munity. The menu consisted of several kinds of soup including homemade tomato, beef and bar- "ley,ipotato anehfli. These were brought in fr0different volun- teers in the community. Simmone Rausch was also kind enough to provide tasty cupcakes. It has been settled for now to leave the event on the sec- ond Friday of each month. The time is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., which it is hoped, will hopeful- ly allow for people to attend as their schedules permit. Although numbers were slightly down this month, I am told that there is usually a sizeable gathering of people. In the course of my conver- sations at the luncheon I met Sandy McGee who lives south of town just off the old Powell road. Those of you who already know Sandy know what a warm per- sonality she has. I enjoyed visit- ing with her and was interested to learn that she has a grandson, LJ, who just this month entered the Navy Seal program in Coro- Gruell's furniture making en- nado, Calif. terprise. Many of you are famil- The monthly Byron Town iar with the hand-made wooden Council meeting was held Tues- scale structures Gary makes fit- day, Jan. 11. One of the items ted with a light inside. His cre- of general interest included dis- ations range from churches and cussion about the possibility of lighthouses to barns and more. bringing the Search and Rescue He's even done a custom request demolition derby to Byron dur- for a two-story outhouse. ing Byron Days. The planning Gary's first project was to and zoning committee also pre- make a birdhouse at the sugges- sented a master plan for street tion of his wife, Joann, in an ef- expansion. There will be a public ' fm't to Coger an axle from n' old''  hearing on this item to be sched- merry-go-round that used to be uled at a later date. in their backyard. They both Additionally, as is custom- thought the birdhousewould ary at the first council meeting look nice with a light inside, and under a new administration, the so Gary began making the lamps, mayor made several appoint- which are intended more for use ments to various boards, commit- as a soft illumination piece rath- tees, and other officialpositions, er than for lighting a room. The Most of these recommendations business is formally knows as were for people already serving J-3 Lites. The three J's stand for in that duty. his three children, Josh, Jacob In writing this column one and Jeannette. of the things I've learned is that Gary's lamps have foundtheir although Byron has only a few way to several states all over the storefronts, there are many peo- country primarily through word ple around town who use their of mouth. I also know that Gary skills to run businesses out of donates a lamp to the Byron Li- their homes. Some are full-scale ons Club auction each year. The small businesses while others operation has recently expanded are simply a way to make money into cabinet and table making. on the side. Still others are hob- Gary's brother, Pat, who built bies that through the years have cabinets professionally for years transformed into something in Oklahoma and his son Jacob, more. have joined him in the family Such is the case with Gary business. RACHEL GEORGE Gary Gruell's first project was to make a birdhouse at the suggestion of his wife, Joann. He turned the hobby into a business that he runs out of his home in Byron. , \\;Cle00t Parmer's lcc,th br'rthcla 9 Open House January 29, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. New Horizons Care Center 1115 Lane 12, Lovell No gifts, please. Wellness Specialist Services Family Members, Survivors, i Everyone is .... welcome. in the Multi-Purpose Room 'rti ' ',n syital'gistrict NEW HORIZONS CARE CENTER i 548-5200 * 1115 Lane 12 * Lovell, WY 82431 I