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CLE April 26, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle [ 13 Byron News Elden solves mystery of the Littlefield house BY E. DENNEY NEVILLE 548-7829 nevilleart@tctwest.net Some mystery solving re- search was recently done by El- den Sanders regarding the con- struction of the Littlefield log house on Main Street by gnomes. Just kidding. We know somebody built it. Gnomes were probably not the contractors, unless one comes forth with an ancient building permit proving that he, and or a clan of his kind, actually did the work. History sometimes needs cor- recting, especially the word-of- mouth or foot-in-mouth kind. Nei- ther is more reliable than what I hear from the local gnomes. Elden Sanders (not a gnome) gave me some information re- garding what is referred to as the Littlefield log home on Main Street in Byron. A letter from Darrell Sand- ers dated May 11, 1966, points out that it was built by Christian Sanders sometime before 1925. The Sanders family moved from Denmark to Utah in 1886. Chris- tian moved to the Byron area Oc- tober 10, 1923. From a letter written by Dar- rell Sanders dated May 11, 1966, I quote, "The little log house in Byron, across from the (LDS) church was built by Christian Sanders . . . That's where Chris- tian died. Loa(?) said he hauled in two big wagon loads of wood and his wife made him haul in a third load. After he got back, he collapsed in the doorway and died shortly thereafter." In a letter written by Fannie Wolz, who lived close by and knew the Sanders family well, Chris- tian is praised as being a good and kind man, and being very helpful with all things around the home. He helped with canning, kept things repaired and always cleaned up after finishing projects he worked on. This paragraph from Fannie's letter refers to a kind favor he did for her. "One day he asked me if I minded if he cut a piece of a limb from an apple tree. As we visited and worked in the kitchen, Broth- iiifiiiii;iii,i!i ,,,iiiiiill i  !!iiiliiiii!iliii!iiiiii i  !i , COURTESY PHOTO Mike Johnson playing Santa. Special thanks go to Eagle reader Ed Johnson for sending this er Sanders kept whittling away on this apple tree limb. The first thing I knew he had made a beau- tiful butter paddle for me. One that did not stick to the butter and make the cube rough. I have the paddle, Grant. Now the mystery is, who has the paddle now? Mak- ing butter at that time was the biggest part of our income. For many years, this paddle was my favorite utensil. Many pounds of butter were made with it that were sold to the store for soap, sugar and rolled oats. Those were the day.s neighbors were close. We did not dress up to vis- it. We helped with the work that was being done." I would like to thank Elden Sanders for sharing this with the Byron news readers. It is a privilege to learn more about the people in our community's past. If you have stories to share, please send them. We are trying to create a more complete writ- ten history of our community. An interesting note on ge- netics. Elden Sanders and his brother Merrill are both accom- plished and prolific whittlers. The following paragraph about the 1950 fire was sent to me by Vern Keith Dove, a former resident and longtime, faithful Byron Eagle: "Several of us kids had been out swimming in the old 'Soak' Cozzens' swimming hole and were just coming up to the top of the road up from the river bridge when we saw the fire. We hur- ried and tied our horses, I think somewhere near your folks' place, and joined my grandpa Vail and many other town folk in fighting the fire. Just as I ran up to join Grandpa, a can of peas exploded close by and the boiling contents impacted in grandpa's left ear. It left a small scar in that ear the rest of his life but did not damage his hearing. "Some of us boys were later hired to begin the cleanup after- wards. We started on the freez- er lockers that folks rented from them first. We opened the lock- ers, inventoried and recorded the renter's names and the contents in the lockers, then dumped the meat or whatever. Whew, that was an aroma I'll never forget. "Just as an aside, we also found a wad of various coins melt- ed together inside the old cash register-- pennies to silver dol- lars. The paper money was pret- ty much gooey ashes. It was im- possible to count (the money) due to the intense heat of the fire. Another article very well done and thanks for the memories." -- Vern (Keith) Dove It is always exciting to get feedback and additional informa- tion about historical events in our community. A special thanks to Keith for taking the time to read and respond to the Byron News in the Lovell Chronicle. Another interesting response to the Byron News is the pho- to included above. It was sent to me from another faithful, former Byron Eagle-ite, Ed Johnson, el- dest son of Byron's famous mom and pop Santa Claus, Mike and Rula Johnson. Cowley News Spring clean.up and Arbor Day celebration planned BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 The Cowley Tree Board has been busy this spring. Five mem- bers of the board traveled to Wor- land on April 11 for the statewide tree retreat put on by Wyoming State Forestry. The members all agreed that it was very in- formative and enjoyed sharing ideas with other tree boards from around the state. The Cowley board was flattered that other members attending the event complimented Cowley on its great appearance and hard work. The board sponsored the an- nual 2012 Wyoming Arbor Day poster contest at Rocky Mountain Elementary School recently. All fourth and fifth grade classes were encouraged to participate. Post- ers were judged by the board with the winner being entered into the statewide Arbor Day poster con- test. All posters entered may be viewed at the Cowley Post Office. Winners were: first place, Mack- enzie Allred; second place, Gabie Christensen; third place (tie) Kal- ley Collins and Lizzy Crawford. The beautification committee spent an afternoon planting the hanging baskets for Main Street at Greenhouse Gardens. On May 12, the committee will host a bake sale to raise funds for flowers. Anyone who would like to help by donating items may contact Moni- ca Miller or Marguerite Strom. On May 19, Cleanup Day and Arbor Day will be celebrated in Cowley. The Town of Cowley will be honored by the state for their seventh year as a "tree city." The cleanup will be held in the morn- ing followed by lunch. Jim and Clara Smith McDer- mott hosted a Cowley reunion on Saturday, April 14, at their Twin Ponds Estate in St. George, Utah. The weather was unusu- ally bad for a spring day in St. George, but the obliging hosts just moved those attending into their lovely home. It was a great get-together and much visiting and renewing of old memories was done. Those attending from St. George, Pat and Sidney Tebbs Whalen, Terry and Jo Tebbs, Melvin Smith and his son Heman and wife, Don and Glo- ria Black Tew, Robert and Tonie Wilcock, Jack and Marjory Wil- cock, Ira and Lee McIntosh, Bob and Faye Olson, Jerry and Ter- ry Welch Brown, Ken and Lizzy Peterson and Joy Marchant Bloom. Attending from Las Ve- gas were Nick and Joan WelCh, Tim and Judy Doerr Welch, Golden and Gae Welch, Bob and Carolyn Crosby Titmus, Marian Tebbs Pursel and her son, Erv Tebbs Nelson. Those attending from Springville, Utah, were Da- vid and Pamela Welch and from Roy Utah- Daryl and Barbara Green. The group enjoyed the good food and a fabulous visit with old friends. Jim and Clara outdid themselves again. Senior Chatter Volunteer Day a success BY PHYLLIS BRONKEMA Lovell's Senior Center would like to say thank you to anyone who helped in any way with last Friday's Volunteer Appreciation Day. Many people turned out, and all seemed to enjoy them- selves. Every volunteer received the prize of their choice, and there were some nice choices. A special thanks to the Bank of Lovell for providing meals for each volunteer and to Ray Pe- terson for speaking. A number of people have been asking for a copy of his speech. On May 11 there will be a special meal for morns at the cen- ter. Morns may bring other peo- ple with them to the meal. Each mother will receive a special to- ken of appreciation. The May birthday party will be on May 16, and will feature roast beef. Also coming up in May will be two new menus. On Wednes- day, May 9, a turkey filet will be served and on May 10, a 'pork wing' will be featured. No, pigs do not have wings. It is basically a good-sized chunk of juicy pork on a bone. Come try out both meals, and be sure to tell a staff member what you think. One last piece of news is that the senior center has purchased all new drinking glasses for use by its guests. Don't forget to join all the fun in cards, dominoes or both. Cards will be played on May 3, 17 and 31. Dominoes will be played on May 10 and 24. Dustin and Kaiister Thompson, Anderson to wed Mr. and Mrs. Jayson Thomp- son of St. George, Utah have an- nounced the forthcoming mar- riage of their son, Dustin, to Kalister Anderson, daughter of Kathy Charles and Scott and Jana Anderson, of St. George, Utah. The wedding will be held at Sand Hollow Resort in Hurri- cane, Utah, on May 5 and the re- ception to follow. Illl I I Please submit wedding and engagement announcements to us via ernaih Icnews@tctwest.net; fax:307-548-2218; or send to our office at 234. E. Main St., Lovell, Wyoming 82431 ........... iiii l]llj I Get Growing with Gary It's berry time in the garden, but think before you plant BY GARY EMMETT getgrowingwithgary@gmail.com Now is the time to be plan- ning and planting your small fruits. This would include raspber- ries and strawberries. If you want other types of berries, currants, gooseberries, grapes and blackber- ries will fit the ticket. As for blue- berries, these need a lot of extra care to be successful. You are able to find berries as bare root plants at most greenhouses, garden cen- ters and other home improvement stores. But remember not all berries are easy to grow by just placing them in the ground. Think before you buy. Plan out where you are going to grow these wonderful lit- tle morsels and then wait to enjoy the harvest. Strawberries are mostly divid- ed into two categories: Day neutral and June bearers. Day neutral varieties will pro- duce a heavy crop in June and then continue with another flush in July and then another crop as it starts to cool in the fall. These are the most commonly planted for the homeowner. Varieties that you will find would be Sea- scape, Heck- er, Trib- ute and Ft. Laramie. Ft. Lara- mie is a very hardy vari- ety that has a parentage claim to Wy- oming. June bearers will usually give one flush of fruit in June and then be very spo- radic with any other fruits for the rest of the season. However, June bearers will usually produce the largest berries of all varieties. Raspberries are quite com- mon and fairly easy to grow with- out many problems. You will find everbearing varieties and stan- dard. Everbearing will give you two crops: early summer and then again in the fall. Watch out for early frosts in the fall. Standard raspberries will give you a large flush, lasting for a couple of weeks. These are ide- al for jams and jel- lies. Other berries such as currants, goose- berries, grapes and blackberries are not as common in the area but do quite well. Wild currants have dwindled in the area but many ru- ral homes still have the bushes. I am still looking for some home- made currant jelly like my grand- mother used to make. Gooseber- ries are a wonderful sweet treat. Both grapes and blackberries will need strong fencing to hold their running branches and brambles. Another note about blackber- ries is that you will not want to plant them near your raspber- ries. Blackberries can carry a virus that will infect your rasp- berry patch that can eventually wipe the whole patch. So, plant with caution. Blueberries require a will- ing and patient gardening hand. Blueberries are normally grown in areas of high acid soil and soil that is very rich in organic mat- ter, neither of which is found in our area. However, if you are ready for the challenge there are certain steps that you can take to try and get blueberries to grow in Wyoming. For each plant you are wanting to plant, you will need two different varieties for pollination. You will need to dig a hole that is about three feet by three feet and about two feet deep. You will then need to loos- en and moisten a couple of peat moss or coconut coir bales. If you have rich compost that is really broken down, mix to- gether and fill up the hole and plant your plants. This will cre- ate an environment that is good for growing blueberries. We have a tendency to stick to what we have grown in the past. Gardening should be about the adventure. Try something new and different. Wouldn't you like to be the one at the local social gathering to say, "Guess what I am growing this year?" If you have any garden- ing questions, please feel free to email at getgrowingwithgary@ gmail.com