I spent an enjoyable afternoon at the library last week looking up articles printed in October 1969 in the Jackson Hole Guide. Here are some news items from 50 years ago that I thought you oldsters might find interesting.
• Big game guide Larry Pastor shot a wolf along Sheep Creek between Hoback and Alpine junctions. That was the first wolf taken by a hunter in Wyoming in three decades, after bounty hunters drove the animal out of the state.
• Julie Hagen was crowned homecoming queen, with Jerri Jo May, Patsy Lorenzo and Trudy Owen serving as her attendants. The photo of the royalty was taken by Francis Warziniack.
• Wardi Keevert was chosen Student of the Month at Jackson-Wilson High School. Wardi was a member of the ski team and drill team, was cheerleader, was on the honor roll and served as a representative to wonderful Wyoming Girls State. Her plans were to attend the University of Wyoming. (This tidbit was found in the Circling the Square column.)
• Miss Roberta Sperl was married to Steven Despain on Sept. 12 in an informal ceremony at the Sperl home. Donald Kent, uncle of the bride, solemnized the double ring ceremony. Darlene Imeson, sister of the groom, was matron of honor, and Sparky Imeson served as best man. Gladys Kent sat at the punch bowl and served the wedding cake.
• Lt. David Larson completed 23 weeks of Officers Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. He is the son of Afton Larson. David is a 1967 graduate of the University of Utah.
• Jackson-Wilson High School Principal Fritz Lawton announced two National Merit Scholarship recipients: Anita Woolwine and Jim Wimberley. (We have two semifinalists this year; turn to page 3B to read more about them.)
• A new Ford Maverick was selling for $1,995 at Riggan’s Automotive. A two-bedroom, 8-year-old home was selling for $34,500, and a two-bedroom apartment 4 miles south of Teton Village was renting for $150 a month.
Blue Sapphire anniversary
Now back to 2019. Sen. Grant Larson and Maralyn Larson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Sept. 17. A dinner at Teton Pines marked the occasion. Celebrating with the couple were Dave and Judy Larson, Terry and Jackie Larson, Karin Larson and Frank Kobielusz.
Maralyn and Grant were born in Utah. They met in 1952 while working at the same firm in Salt Lake City and were married in 1954. Grant’s parents owned the Silver Spur Restaurant, which was first located where Skinny Skis is today. The restaurant later moved into the building where Local now sits. Maralyn and Grant owned the Valley Shop. The first location was where the Pink Garter is now. Later it was situated next to the old post office.
Grant was a county commissioner for several years and later was elected to the Wyoming Senate. He served for 16 years, including two as president. He has served on the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole board.
Maralyn has been a longtime volunteer at St. John’s Medical Center. When the Senior Center of Jackson Hole was built in the mid-1990s she raised thousands of dollars so that the project could be completed. She also delivered for Meals on Wheels.
Maralyn and Grant spend their winters in St. George, Utah, and come home to Jackson for the summer months.
Congratulations on your 65 years of marriage!
9,000 rehomed animals
PAWS of Jackson Hole is celebrating 20 years of serving pets in our community, and I am so impressed with what the nonprofit has accomplished. Among other achievements, PAWS has:
• Helped more than 9,025 shelter pets thrive.
• Spayed and neutered 6,755 local pets.
• Distributed 2.1 million mutt mitts.
• Taught hundreds of kids through its classroom programs.
• Sheltered more than 100 pets of survivors of domestic violence.
• Saved more than 1,074 animal lives through financial assistance.
The nonprofit has also developed and trained a disaster animal response team, aka DART, which provides shelter for pets during an evacuation.
Happy Birthday, Rena
A happy belated birthday to Rena Guest who recently turned 90 years old.