Social distancing makes gathering new news difficult, so I dug these tidbits from a 50-year-old edition of the Jackson Hole Guide. Let’s hark back to April 1970, shall we?
• Fifty-two-year-old Richard Ream, said to be an expert skier, was in serious condition after having been swooped down 1,500 feet in an avalanche in an unpatrolled area in the Green River Basin. Jerry Amadon was one of the first ski patrolmen to the scene. Bob Sealander, ski patrol leader, praised Ream’s reaction to the accident. The slide was spotted by avalanche control assistant Rod Newcomb, who was running a regular patrol. Later, a Rich Ream Weekend raised $2,725 for his medical expenses.
• Phil Major, Jeff Sweet, Martin Hagen, Lesley Clark, Penny Morgan and coach John Curtis were on their way to the Arctic Circle to participate in a cross-country ski competition, the Top of the World Championship, in Inuvik, a town in Canada’s Northwest Territories. A few weeks later Curtis was applauded for his years coaching for the Jackson Hole Ski Club.
• From “Circling the Square” columns: Nancy Takeda, a student at Sioux Falls College, toured Nebraska and Iowa with the college orchestra during Easter vacation. Tommy Lamb, of Laramie, was elected president of the Wyoming Rocky Mountain Rescue Organization. Thais Graham, who was majoring in humanities and arts, was among the Utah State University students who made the honor roll.
• Bob Lucas was honored as Jackson-Wilson High School Student of the Month. He was noted for being a true cowboy with almost all of his activities centered around a Western theme: four years in rodeo club, eight years in 4-H, and the Jackson Hole Elks Most Valuable Student. It was announced that Bob would attend Colorado State University that year.
• The majority of Wyoming residents responding to a poll sent out by U.S. Rep. John Wold indicated they would be willing to spend additional tax dollars for cleaning up the environment.
• The Wyoming Highway Department announced plans to dismantle and store its avalanche bridge over the 400-foot Glory Bowl runoff on Teton Pass. The bridge was damaged in a Jan. 22 snow slide that twisted the deck. Plans were to rebuild the bridge with an earth and rock fill.
• Dr. Don MacLeod, a well-known Jackson resident, said he believed the fiasco over the avalanche bridge on Mount Glory and the proposal to use an earth fill was throwing “good money after bad,” arguing any action should be delayed until proper study can be made.
• James Wimberley, a senior at Jackson-Wilson High School, received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
• The Wort Motor Hotel advertised a Sunday night family-style chicken dinner for $1.75 for adults and $1.25 for children under 12.
• The Jackson Hole Guide sold for 15 cents a copy or $5 for a year. The press run was 3,550.
The Spanish influenza — named as such because the Spanish press first reported the virus, but not believed to have originated in the country — swept through Wyoming in the fall of 1918. The last cases were reported in early winter of 1919.
In Wyoming 780 people died, many of them healthy young adults. More Wyomingites died of influenza than were killed serving in World War I.
75 years of memories
This week I went through all of my old photographs, all 75 years’ worth. I scanned some and sent them by email or Facebook to those who might have interest. Some were of the recipient, others of family members who had passed.
The response was overwhelming. I think it brought back good memories to those who received them, and I really enjoyed getting in touch with my relatives and old friends.
I am one of those older people with underlying health issues who has benefited from the generosity of this community. I walk over to the Senior Center of Jackson Hole each weekday and pick up my curbside lunch. The Senior Center also brings me my groceries each week and my mail twice a week. (There is no charge for grocery or mail delivery because of a grant from Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.) My medications are delivered by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, and a good neighbor delivers the newspapers to my door. I don’t have to leave my home except to take a walk every day, and for that, I am grateful.
Lifetime of wisdom
We seem to devalue people’s lives as they get older, but it’s important to respect our elders. We have no idea who they were before we knew them.
Which reminds me of this quote: “Every time an old person dies, it’s like a library burning down.” — Alex Haley