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[Pllljql PII!!iIDHQIDIIIIINI![ glJlq ilia Bi [qilf ill IllOilpilmlll]laJt Iq'dqll | NIL H ! I,lajiJ INlUL;!;R EiUiWillJ www. July 30, 2009 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Five generations Virginia Fink and her daughter Bev Becker of Deaver recently posed for a pair of five-generation photos. Pictured at the left are (l-r) granddaughter Lorry Christensen of Northglenn, Colo., great-grandson Elliott Christensen of Northglenn holding great-great-granddaughter Leila Christensen, Bev Becker and (seated) Virginia Fink. Pictured at the right are (l-r) great- grandson Cody Wagner of Byron, granddaughter Coleen Wagner of Deaver holding great-great-granddaughter Aubbri Wagner, Bev Becker and (seated) Virginia Fink. Sanders family remembers good times in Otto Anyone who has driven the road be- tween Basin and Burlington over the years should remember Belle's Store that sat at the corner in Otto. It was the hub of excitement during the days of the workers who came in to work the beet fields in the summer when cus- tomers filled the store for lunches, a place to find a book, a slice of meat for a sand- wich or somewhere to just sit and visit with Belle. Family members recall opening the door to the store, which triggered the bell that rang in the back telling Belle that someone had come in. They'd shout, "Just me," so that she'd know that she didn't need to hustle up front to wait on a customer. Many recalled working in the store during the summers helping to dust or price mer- chandise, sometimes earning an ice cream bar or a small bag of candy. Frequent customers may remember chatting with Elden as he sat taking a break for a few iutes after being outside  g: he g.'gi:or taking care of ani- mals:- ' ;, il- Belle told many people that no matter where she travelled, no matter how far she went away from Otto, to her there was noth- ing quite as beautiful as the sight of home coming into view. There was nowhere quite as beautiful as Otto. Eight children grew up there. Many grandchildren spent count- less hours playing in the yards, helping in the store or following Belle around as she watered her plants. Belle's was the indication that one had entered Otto, that they needed to turn to go south or that they needed to grab a few things in the store before heading on down the road. It was a place to admire all her beautiful flowers, many of which were planted in anything that stood still for more than a few minutes. After many years of sitting empty, no more custom- ers, no more flowers, it was sad when the old Belle's Store was demolished, leaving a void at that corner that many will never get used to. On Saturday, July 18, 78 members of the Elden and Belle Sanders family met for a reunion at the Greybull Park hosted by Richard and Beverly Sanders. The remain- ing six children who grew up in Otto were there. Of the eight children of Elden and Belle Sanders, the six surviving children, along with many grandchildren and great-grand- children, were present. The six children are Richard and Beverly Sanders of Basin, Merrill and Sharon Sanders of Cody, Doro- thy (Sanders) and Kent Lytle of Salt Lake City, Elden and Connie Sanders of Byron, Paul and Maryann Sanders of Logan, Utah, and Ellen (Sanders) and Bill Gotfredson of Worland. Sons Grant and Leon were re- membered. Daughter Dorothy from Salt Lake pre- pared her annual trivia sheet for testing everyone's memory of their family. While reviewing the trivia, she mentioned that she had spoken in church about having grown up in Otto. She said that someone asked her one time if ',anything good had ever come from,,WYgJilg ': ' .: As she looked over thg'grdup tryirig t6 gather a count of teachers, doctors, vetei: narians, business owners, nationally-hon- ored educators and other descendents of Elden and Belle, the count went on and on of the "good things" that came from Otto. There are grandchildren that are fluent in five or more languages, some who had or are serving missions and others who have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions. There have also been more than 25 medically trained members of the family including doctors, veterinarians and EMT's; more than 30 teachers, three de- scendents serving in the military, one who served in the state legislature, many who hold bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and PhD's. One granddaughter works with the governments of countries all over the world. Family members live all over the United States and at least one is presently living in Africa. Submitted by Corby Sanders Layer, granddaughter of Elden and Belle Sand- ers. Byro news Record rainfall aids Sidon Canal collapse GARY GRUELL 548.2220 The rain received on Monday was one for the record books. I do not recall being hammered by water like that for a very long time. Needless to say, all water deliv- eries were swollen from the heavy rains to include Sidon Canal. Early Tuesday morning the canal wall collapsed causing a tremendous wa- ter surge cascading down the hillside and across highway 14A, three miles west of Byron. Due to road damage and flooding, high- way 14A was temporarily closed from the city limits of Byron to the county line. The lunchroom project is moving along very well. All the carpet has been installed and a crew has been working on tile, both floors and walls. The restroom hardware has been installed and kitchen counter tops are in place. The new clerk's office and mayor's office are complete and awaiting inspection by architect Mike Quinn, sched- uled for Monday. The town council expressed dissatisfac- tion with some of the work, more specifical- ly the white stain on the concrete outside of the building, the tiles in the restroom and the cabinets in the new chamber hall. In addition , the chair railing and hard- wood floor material was short. A special or- der had to be done to accommodate the ad- ditional rafting and flooring, which is not included with the grant. The flooring was scheduled to be in- stalled last week, but due to the change or- ders and the shortage of hardwood flooring and railing, installation has been delayed by a couple of weeks. The committee met last week and again this week to discuss blinds for the hall, fur- niture for the restrooms and the multime- dia system. Once completed, the facility will have state of the art technology includ- ing wireless Internet, a public address sys- tem, a projection system and sound system and surveillance throughout the entire fa- cility. Additional cost will encompass the stucco outside the building and retiling the restrooms. Due to these changes and oth- ers already addressed, the completion date has been moved back to approximately mid-October, possibly November. Conse- quently, the dedication of the facility has not yet been determined. The upcoming special election sched- uled for Aug. 18 will give residents the opportunity to decide which way to go on the raw water issue. As no public hearings have been scheduled to address the issue, I have tried to explain the pros and cons of the bond issue. What I have not mentioned before is the cost of the election itself. If the coun- ty was to conduct the election as originally planned, the cost would have been nearly $10,000. With the town now conducting the election, the cost has been greatly reduced. That being said, regardless if the bond is- sue passes or not, the cost of the election will have to be passed on to the residents of Byron. Prior to you casting your vote on the 18th, carefully consider all aspects of the piped system versus open ditches. Keep in mind what expenses have occurred to date. Those expenses will have to be covered ei- ther way. What we must decide is simple. Should we leave things the way they are and pay an additional $15 to $20 a month for an in- definite period of time or should we move into the 21st century with a nearly carefree system with a mill levy extended over a 20- or 30-year time frame? The choice is ours. May that choice best serve our community and the generations to come. As always, have a great and safe week. Walker-Bischoff mountain wedding set for August Greg and Gwen Walker announce the engagement of their daughter, Christy 25th Anniversary Hank and Joyce Jackson of Byron celebrated their 25 th wedding anniversary at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell on July 26. Cheri Bischoff. The couple plans to make th-eit home in Lovell after a mountain wedding in late August. Christy is a 2004 grad- uate of Lovell High School and a 2006 graduate of Northwest College. She is currently employed at North Big Horn Hospital Clinic. Wade is a 2001 graduate of Lovell High School and a 2002 graduate of the me- Wade and Christy chanic program at Casper College. He is employed at GK Construction. The Lovell Chronicle welcomes your wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements. There is no charge but we reserve the right to edit and will not include any advertisements in the announcement. Ireta Musgrave one of Lovell's 'Grande Dames' BY PHYLLIS BRONKEMA I recently had the honor and privilege of visiting with Ireta Musgrave, an extraor- dinary lady who just celebrated her 98th birthday. A birthday reception for her was held Sunday, July 19, at the New Horizons Care Center, where she currently resides. "Oh my, it was something," she said about the party, which was hosted by var- ious family members. "It was such a big bash, you would have thought I was Miss America. So many people surprised me." While visiting with both Ireta and Joan, I was given a glimpse of what life in Lovell had been like in the 1930s-60s. It was a mor e gracious period in both Lovell's and our country's history, a time women took pride in dressing up when they left home, a time when they wore dresses, hats and black silk stockings, with a seam up the back, which always had to be perfect- ly straight. Ireta was no exception. She enjoyed dressing to the hilt and especially loved wearing hats. "Those were the good old days," she said. AS a young woman, Ireta married John Fuller, who was the manager of Lovell's Montana Dakota Utilities Co. The couple lived and raised their three children in the big brick house on Lovell's Main Street, right next door to the MDU building. As an avid bridge player, Ireta hosted the Newcomers Club in her home for many years, always providing them with a deli- cious dessert. She also did some catering, once serving 200 people a chicken breast dinner. She was one of the first members of the Lovell Woman's Club. The club's pur- Ireta M usgrave pose at the time was to bring culture into the area -- and bring culture they did. They brought numerous community concerts to Lovell, even one time bringing in the Vien- na Boys' Choir. Soloists and groups on con- cert circuits throughout the U.S. performed in the Hyart Theatre and were stunned at its magnificence. Woman's Club members wore formals when they passed out pro- grams at these events. What an era. Ireta also became one of the first "gray ladies," volunteering in the old Lovell Hos- pital. She also participated in Eastern Star for many years. Another interesting fact is that Ireta and her husband, John, were the ones who saw to it that the fountain on the old road to the Big Horns, just below Five Springs, was in working order. They were the ones who drained the pipes in the fall and got the water going again in the spring so peo- ple driving up the mountain could stop there for a drink and use its water to cool down their overheating engines. In her younger years, Ireta, of course, had no inkling that she would live to be 98 years old. She just enjoyed her life as it came, surviving its varying ups and downs. Her first husband died in 1977, and she said her strength and sense of humor kept her going. Later, she married a man who had a beautiful home in Hyattville. She moved and lived there for 10 years, loving life there as well. When her new husband, Robert Mus- grave, became ill, she brought him back to Lovell to tend to him, because "this was where her home was." After his passing, she lived in her home on Shoshone Avenue until she finally entered the New Horizons Care Center. She said she survived every- thing that entered her life because she be- lieved in making the best of every situa- tion. "You need to put humor into every- thing," she said, "because that's the way you get through it." Her life spanned many of America's greatest inventions. She remembers the time when there were no phones at all, then boxes on the walls, party line phones, the first rotary phones and now today's cell phones. She recalls the days when there were no bridges crossing the Shoshone River. She and her family found the low- est spot on the Shoshone, then forded it in their wagon. Some of the earliest cars ex- isted, but not very many people had one at first, she said. Thus, she went from having to ford the river by wagon as a child to driving her own Buick to Alaska with a friend when she was in her early 80s - a trip of some 3,000 miles. Her daughter, Joan Hansen, shared a couple of birthday letters that a grand- son and great grandson had sent Ireta for her birthday. It was obvious from the let- ters that they loved and admired her deep- ly and that their grandmother had had a huge impact on their lives. One family tra- dition that the boys enjoyed was having hot chocolate, at "Grandma's house," and being given hot buttery toast to dip into it. The boys remembered their grandma as being a no-nonsense lady who always spoke the truth to them with love. The only regret one grandson had was that he had never gotten to take her with him to Par- is, because the two of them had planned to walk together in the rain, which Ireta fig- ured would be gentle and warm. Her great grandson, Austin Hansen of Alaska, summed his feelings up by saying, "Through my great-grandmother's eyes, I can see more clearly the way things used to be, the way things ought to be, and most important, the way things really are." What a grand life Ireta has led, and what a blessing and influence she has been to all whose lives she has touched. Happy Birthday, Ireta!