Circling the Square

Jim Wallace walks his daughter, Grace, down the aisle.

Linore and Jim Wallace are happy to announce the June 22 marriage of their daughter, Grace Linore, to Jonathan Burke.

Grace was born and raised in Jackson and graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 2004. The marriage ceremony and reception were described as “better than perfect.” Grace and her mom did most of the planning, though Jim Wallace, Leslie Kraft, Kathy Warner, Rene Woodmencey, Christine Goodman, Mary Schwendeman and a team of family and friends were also part of the process. It was a year in the making and excellently executed.

The Rev. Carl Beavers was the wedding officiant at the ceremony, held at Our Lady of the Mountains Church and attended by 200 family members and friends.

Lisa and Paul Burke, of Simi Valley, California, are the parents of the groom. The maids of honor were Grace’s longtime best friends, also of the Class of 2004, Bree Warner Westfall and Hailey Morton Levinson. Best men were Jonathan’s brothers, Robert and Matthew Burke. Laura Huckin was the pianist, and Laurie Arnold the vocalist.

Tears of joy turned into dancing (that lasted until 10 p.m.) at a tented event held at Susie and Stuart Palmer’s pasture, with a full view of the Tetons. Fine Dining catered the event, and Chris Davis DJ’d. Tim Miller, Class of 2007, was the lead photographer.

Grace and Jonathan met in Tokyo five years ago while on business assignments. Jonathan is global manager for Solar Adhesives with Henkel Corporation, and Grace is senior marketing manager with Genentech. They will live in Seattle after honeymooning on the Mediterranean coast of France.

Ferrin family plans visit

Descendants of Josiah “Si” Ferrin will gather in Jackson Hole this weekend for their family reunion. Nine of his 14 children will be there. The highlight is expected to be Saturday morning, when the family visits the old Elk Ranch, located near Moran. Si and Edith Ferrin homesteaded there. The family will picnic at String Lake on Saturday afternoon, with dinner at Dornan’s to follow.

Si came to Jackson in 1895 and moved his growing family here before the turn of the century. The Ferrin family operated the Elk Ranch, the largest outfit in Jackson Hole by the mid-1920s, for over 22 years. At the peak of the operation, the family ran about 2,500 head of cattle and 400 horses.

The Ferrins sold the 3,629 acres of the Elk Ranch in 1928 to the Snake River Land Company. The land was donated in 1949 to the Jackson Hole National Monument and became part of Grand Teton National Park the following year.

Classes of ’49 and ’89 reunite

The Jackson-Wilson High School class of 1949 will hold hold a 70th reunion luncheon July 16. Class members Lynn Clark, Jeanine Seaton Mayer, Bob McIntosh and his wife, Rosemary, and Gene Jansen are planning to attend.

Kay Benson, who was in the Class of 1950, has also been invited because her husband, Ted, was in the Class of 1949. Other surviving classmates are Bill Leeper, Diane Fleming and Sylvia Steed.

Member of Jackson Hole High School’s Class of 1989 will hold their 30th reunion July 26 through 28. Alumni from all years are invited to come 5 to 10 p.m. July 26 at the Elks Lodge No. 1713.

Legion gets boost

Shelly Bray, of Big Piney, made a quilt for American Legion Post No. 43 to raffle, and Robert Sidler, of Pinedale, was the lucky winner. The raffle raised $1,500 for refurbishing the war memorial on Town Square.

In other Legion news, positions have been filled for the 2019-20 year. Greg McCoy will serve as post commander, Joe Burke as vice commander, Don Perkins as second vice commander and club manager, Ray Pilgrim as treasurer, Wayne Flittner as adjutant, Lee Cutler as chaplain, Oly Olson as sergeant at arms and Larry Kummer as historian.

Email your Circling the Square information to Connie Owen at or call her at 734-9512.

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