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12 J The Lovell Chronicle J October 6, 2011 k BY PATTI CARPENTER A group of 42 people embarked on a bus tour, on Sept. 24, that included a stop at the old Kane town site, the Mason-Lovell ranch and the Kane-Ionia cemetery. Kane history aficionados Karen Ellis Spragg, Betty Beech Hubbell, Sharon Gams Cornwall and Mollie Gams Olson acted as tour guides. Over the course of the day the four, who are all from the Kane area, acted as tour guides and took turns sharing the colorful history of the area with participants. The tour, which was sponsored by the Homesteader Museum in Powell, attracted participants from Cody, Powell, Byron and Lovell. "Some were descendents of Kane rela- tives and some just didn't know the history of Kane and wanted to know more about it," said Spragg. Spragg is the president of the board of directors for the Lovell-Kane Mu- seum project. The tour began at the site where the town of Kane once stood. The speakers took turns discussing the lives of well-known his- torical figures from the area. Participants heard the story of how Ste- ven Pete Gervay froze to death on a hunt- ing trip in the Big Horns after leaving his pregnant wife to fend for herself. They also heard the story of the hermit John Blue and saw a photograph of the stone house he lived in. They heard the tragic story of how a dis- traught woman named Matilda Waters shot her own children before shooting herself in the early 1900s. The tour took an interesting turn when the group reached the Kane/Ionia cemetery. Arleen Kessel of Powell demonstrated a grave finding technique called "grave dows- ing" for the group. Dowsing is an age-old art I Guide Karen Spragg tells a story about one of the historical figures from the Kane area. that has been used for centuries to locate water and graves. The technique involves holding rods over a suspected gravesite. Some believe that the rods will not only point to where the bodies are buried but will also identify whether the interred are male or female. Kessel learned the technique while on a genealogy research trip in South Dakota. She demonstrated the technique for the group at the Kane/Ionia cemetery and even let some try their hand at the technique. "Some were skeptical when the dem- onstration first started but got converted I think," said Spragg. The group hopes to offer the trip again next spring. "It was a fun day and everyone was re- ceptive," said Spragg. i i ii:i i/i :: PATrI CARPENTER PHOTOS Arleen Kessel of Powell demonstrated a grave finding technique called grave dowsing at the Kane cemetery as part of a historical tour of the area. Welcome to Everyone is invited to a Planning Meeting Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 pm Lovell Town Hall .... ~~~:e and let us know your design ideas for ~l Lovell's entryway corridors and volunteer to be I on the development committee. Dr. Paul LaVeau Cardiologist Seeing patients Monday thru Wednesday To schedule an appointment, Call Powell Valley Clinic P wel! 307-754-7257 or 1-888-284-9308 Valley althcare Comp ......... Quality .... 777 Avenue H Poweli, Wyoming Are you happy with Carpets, Dusty Air Ducts, or Soiled Upholstery? Did you know L'Yis certified to Clean CLEAN CARE Call TODAY 347-6161 800-660-6181 www varneycleancare corn Over 1/3 our Chips. Bacon and Cheese Swiss and Mushroom Jalapefio and Pepper Jack Grilled Onion and BBQ Sauce Or Create Your Own! Add: Blue Cheese, American, Swiss or Pepper Jack, Jalapefios, Mushrooms, Green Chilies, Bacon Speciality Sandwiches! Served with FHes or our Chips. French Dip with hot Au Jus; add Swiss Cheese Wyoming Philly - Beef, Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes with Swiss Cheese Reuben Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich BLT Sandwich Triple Decker Club Sandwich Open Mon.-Thurs. 6am--Spm Fri. & Sat. 6am-9pm Sun. 6am-3pm Call us at (307)548-9370 Our Grilled Sandwiches.t Served with Fries or our Chips. Grilled Roast Beef and Cheese Grilled Turkey and Swiss Grilled Ham and Che, ese Grilled Cheese Grilled Crab Salad For the Hungry! Served with Dinner Salad or Soup. Huge Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes Hot Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes Hamburger Steak and Mashed Potatoes Liver and Onions ore proud to otter :!:iii:!!!i?17 ~i:: :: ~ !: NORTH BIG HORN HOSPITAL CLINIC 1115 Lane 12 * Lovell, WY www.nbhh.com 82431 307-548-6707 www.lovellinc.org Dr. Karla Wagner OB/GYN Powell Valley Healthcare welcomes OB/GYN Compassionate Quality Care ............................. ? .............