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CHRONICLE February 25, 20161 The Lovell Chronicle I 17 g while + +++ +ii++++++ ++++++++++++i .... +++++,+++!++mlII|MW I% ++,,+ ............. ...... $91 00 PATTI CARPENTER North Big Horn Hospital ER Coordinator Julia Haney, RN (left) is promoting a safe-texting campaign to high school students this week. Shown above with Sarah Wilkerson at Saturday's basketball game at Rocky Mountain High School, Haney plans to have an informational booth at the LoveI1/Lander basketball games in Lovell on Friday, Feb. 26. Students are given the opportunity to sign a text-free driving pledge while discussing the dangers of distracted driving with Haney at her booth. Senior Chatter Leap year is a good time to be kind BY PHYLLIS BRONKEMA The shorter month of February is almost over. Enjoy Monday, Feb. 29, as that exact date will not come around for anoth- er four years. Perhaps it's a good time to perform a special act of kindness for someone. The North Big Horn Se- nior Citizens Center card players met on Thursday, Feb. 18, and had their usu- al enjoyable afternoon. Pinochle players were pleased to see fellow mem- ber Linda Spragg get the highest score for the day. In bridge, sensational Shei- la Hansen took the highest score of the afternoon. Way to go, ladies. The card players will meet three times in March, on the 3rd, 17th and 31st. Domino players are en- couraged to come play on the llth and the 24th. The AARP tax aide will be at the Center on ev- ery Thursday in March. Call 548-6556 for an ap- pointment. Participants are asked to bring a copy of last year's return, as well as any W-2, 1099 or SSA-1099 forms and other tax-relat- ed documents. The tax aide is knowledgeable and very helpful. Byron News 'On The Road Again' brings white knuckles BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 307-272-8979 pamhopkinson@gmail.com Those of you who like Willie Nelson will be famil- iar with the line from the song about travelling, "Just can't wait to get on the road again:' After heading away from here during our 50 degree "heat wave7 we hit Utah during an inversion. Burrr! We then got a reprieve with sunny 80 degree weather in Las Vegas, but came back home through a horrific snow storm that hit Echo Canyon and stayed with us all the way to Rock Springs. We talked to truck- ers and looked at the photo it), but it allowed us to have from Byron to be football an impromptu picnic along players at BYU. the way. My dad left his Bob remembered the pocketknife in the chicken football games where By- when the trash was thrown ron trounced Cowley and away. Dad never felt ful- the basketball games where ly dressed without a pock- his home trounced Byron. etknife handy, so he was a They remembered the ri- bit frustrated. We stopped valry being fun and excit- at the Corn Palace in South ing, and it certainly creat- Dakota and my mom got a ed a certain momentum and set of salt and pepper shak- a drive to excel. I remem- ers to remember the strange bered the Cowley pep club, building full of souvenirs, which sang (between reg- Back in those days (the ular cheers) in harmony. It 50s) when we traveled, was really beautiful and at there were no fast food the same time kind of in- joints, no golden arches, no timidating. It is no secret Taco Bell, no Kentucky Fried that the voices were spe- Chicken, no "nuthin fast7 cial...perhaps it's the Cowley but our moms were good at water, I don't know. slapping together a sand- Jim Dalton shared that wich while we tooled down Cowley was down at the the road. State Championship in radar and went forth hoping My mom would pre- 1954 and losing (after many the weather held good over pare the day before a trip. state championships) when the pass, but it didn't and She would cook a roast, the pep club began singing the top of South Pass was then grind it and add Mir- "Don't Give Up The Ship" awful again. After that, I am acle Whip (yes, not mayo) through their tears. It was really not anxious to hit the and sweet pickle relish. She touching at a championship road any time in the near made the best sandwich- game where losses are al- future, es, which were individu-ways keenlyfelt. We got to visit fami-ally wrapped in wax pa- It is so good to be home. ly along the way, and that, per squares and packed in I was able to see Macey plus an art show, was worth a cooler ready for the first George for a few minutes the white-knuckle tray- "I'm hungry:' Glen's morn on Sunday before she head- el. We were visiting with fixed ham sandwiches on ed back to Salt Lake City for friends who do a lot of va- white bread while sitting more treatments. She was cationing and they asked if in the front passenger seat smiling as usual and upbeat, we ever just vacationed for and handed them over to anxious to bebackhome for the purpose of a vacation, the first hunger pang. longer than a few days. On We had to admit that from On the trip for the this trip she is with "Aunt the beginning of our fam- school bus, though, we Karma:' ily, we traveled a lot, but it made stops and ate at ca- I wasn't able to see Jar- was always for business, art fes along the way. That was ed Bates, who has been shows and clients. We took the first real vacation I re- home this week and just left our family and even hit Dis- member where we weren'tSunday to go back for some neyland a few times, but al- visiting relatives and we more testing and visits with ways combined it with work took lots of time to see the his doctors. I did get to vis- related stuff, sights along the way. It was it with his mom Beckie and I thought back to when a real "joy in the journey" I think she has been im- I was growing up. We did experience, mersed in a crash course in take a few trips as a family, It never fails that we nursing. but very few, because Morn run into some folks from My heart goes out to had the store and when Dad our area wherever we roam. both families as they make had his vacation there were This trip while visiting the the necessary adjustments always jobs to catch up on. sisters, Judy (Jim) Dalton, and accept and face new The trips we did have were Cindy (Brad) Welch) andexperiences that go with memorable, though. Wendy (Greg) Welch and the territory. Both Macey I was pretty young their families, we crashed and Jared seem to be bless- when we traveled by train a Sunday dinner, which in- ed with a great attitude and with the A1 Davis family to cluded Bob and Ann Nichols extra sparkle that belies the Indiana to pick up a school and Tim and Joan Welch.surgery and testing they are bus and drive it back home. They were having funenduring with grace and We got to go to a game at reminiscing and although hope. They are truly an ex- Comiskey Park (demolished they were a few years ahead ample of taking adversity in now) in Chicago and ate at a of us, we knew the By- stride and fighting the fight place in the hotel called the ron kids they knew, like with strong courage. Tip Top Tea Room. Some- John Abraham, outstand- I hope they know how where along the way we ing quarterback, and Doug much support there is in stopped at a local fair and and Colleen Powelson. They the area as they move. for- won a prize for being the couldn't remember who ward. Lots of prayers are farthest from home. The the Byron boy was, tall and expressed on behalf of these prize was a cooked chick- blond, who dated Colleen. Byron kids and others who en (which seems like an odd Davey Jones, Alan Doty, Bob are dealing with the blows prize when you think about (Robert Dan) Olsen went on of serious health trials. Cowley News BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 307-548-6901 Peggy Rasmussen has just returned from Lehi, Utah, after her visit with the first settlers in Cow- Warren at the Limestone ley. The home was a two- Company for 10 years. room sawed log house After his father died, with a dirt roof. It was Harold and his mother built during the winter of bought a large trailer. He A- 1900-1901, and I believeput it on the land where ,f her daughter Ronda Yor-the home had a dirt floor, he grew up and took care gason, her husband Steve It still stands to this day. of his mom until she died. and their two sons Colton,When I was growing He has lived on in the 18, and Ken, 22. She stayed up I was a good friend of trailer for many years. for a week and had a wonderful visit with her daughter and family. She was able to attend an open house for the new LDS Temple in Provo. It's built on the ashes of the Provo Tabernacle, which was built in the 1800s. Peggy said the wood in the building is just exquisite and replicates the orig- Harold's sister Nancy and we rode horses every day and played at the house. Mrs. Cook was a won- derful cook with a joyous personality, and Warren (Hoosty) was a small man with a great heart and a great sense of humor. They always welcomed me to visit. Every 4th of July and Cowley's Day, Harold never married and became active in the LDS Church and served as a clerk in the second ward until his health failed. He was a faithful member of his church and he had friends who helped him by driving him to church and to medical appointments. The North Big Horn Senior Citizens Center in inal building. The doors Hoosty would shoot off Lovell brought him meals and windows have stained dynamite and wake us all at noon and drove him to glass with pictures on up at 4:30 a,m. He also had them and the building is a pet crow, who he trained full of gorgeous antique to talk, and it jabbered furniture and unforget-words at us kids whenever table paintings. She not- we were at the home. That ed that the temple is filled was the smartest crow I've with beauty and peace ever met. and the whole experience Hyrum Cook helped held a serene and spiritual build the railroad north essence. The other high- light for her was to go to a display of art by Nor- man Rockwell, the well- known American illustra- tor. Those of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s can recall the "Post" maga- zine whose covers always contained Rockwell's art + depicting the lives of ev- eryday people. My moth- er saved the covers for quite a time but through the years they have disap- peared. It would be such a thrill to see those mag- azines again. It might be worth a trip to a bookstore to buy a book or catalog filled with his illustrations. Harold Cook, a long time resident of Cowley, moved to Billings to live at Autumn Springs Assisted Living. Harold was born in Cowley, raised in Cow- ley and graduated from Cowley High School in 1952. His father was War- ren Johnson Cook and his mother was Elena Lauki- tus. He was raised with his two sisters, the late Edith Cook Barnes and Nancy Cook Engen. He grew up in a small log pioneer home built by his grandparents Hyrum H. and Annie Vaterlaus Cook, who were among of Frannie and farmed in Cowley. He produced good gardens and was one of the first to raise a flower garden of poppies and sweet peas. He was a freighter and did con- siderable work in those mountains. The Cooks had four children: Hyrum V., Lillian, Nellie and Bessie. His first wife died and after a few years Hyrum married Nancy Johnson Smith, a widow with three children. Five children were born to Hyrum and Nancy: Warren (Hoosty), William, Vivian, Harriett and Joseph. Harold graduated from Cowley High School in 1952 and served on var- ious ships. He was on one of the ships involved with the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and was ready to go to war with Cuba when President Kennedy was in conference with Khrush- chev and averted war. Harold said the ships and from to his appoint- ments and to the grocery store. When he was un- able to drive any longer, he drove his power mow- er to town to collect his mail and his neighbors and friends kept a close eye on him. Harold also helped at the cemetery by placing flags on all of the veterans' graves. As times changed, plaques were put on the graves. Later, Sylvia Gams helped him with the graves and he took this service in solemn pride to ensure the veterans had flags for their service in the various branches of the military. Friends and relatives will miss his presence, and his fellow church mem- bers will miss him, but are all relieved that he will have what is necessary for his well-being and safety. He had many people who helped him, cooked and cleaned for him and visit- ed with him. Now he will find peace and he is ready to begin his new life. Good luck, Harold. We'll miss our presence in your ometown and hope your spirit will be renewed and your loneliness abated. Harold's nephew told were big and had thou- me tonight that the orig- sands of soldiers and one inal log house will not day he discovered the late Max Burke of Lovell was on his same ship and they became friends. Lat- er, Max and his wife lived in Cowley and he was a Bishop in the LDS Church. Harold retired from the Navy in 1972 and worked in be disturbed and the re- minders of three genera- tions of Cook families will be remembered by those who love Cowley and its history. We hope Harold finds peace and safety and enjoys the benefits of care he will receive. 4