Remembering the days in Jackson Hole that took place 50 years ago: October 1971. These stories came from the Jackson Hole Guide.

• The city OK’d a dog leash law, which made it so dogs could no longer run free within city limits. Fees for registering dogs was $3 for spayed dogs, $20 for unspayed females. Impounding fees were $1.50 a day. Dogs would be kept for at least six days. All dogs had to be vaccinated for rabies and wear tags.

Wesley Marks of Wilson was piloting a plane that crashed at the Jackson Hole Airport. No injuries were reported.

• A Pontiac GTO was stolen from Belden Dodge. Rolf Belden accompanied Jackson Patrolman Lloyd Laker to the company, where they found glass broken in a rear door and the door open. Returning to town they spotted the car and stopped it. The car had been stolen by its owners, who were from Utah, as there was a $488 lien against it for repair work.

Abi Garaman said the sinking of his 25-foot cabin cruiser at Colter Bay was the work of industrious muskrats. The muskrats chewed through a heavy rubber seal housing the propeller shaft, and the inboard-outboard filled with water. Two divers, Blake Chapman and Johnny Curtis, raised the craft using an inflatable rubber tube called a “weiner.” The operation took eight hours.

In her “Circling the Square” column 50 years ago, Cile Lamb reported:

• The Birthday Club met at the home of Frieda Bryant and elected Ruth Roice as president, Josephine Roice as vice president and LaVerne Barnes as secretary. The next meeting was set to be hosted by Ida Chambers and Vesta Linn.

Jane and John Curtis had family visiting, Jane’s mother and sister.

Cody Feuz was named new junior high student body president.

Loretta Scott headed up a throat culture program in the schools with 17 volunteers.

Ed and Vera Cheney were spending time at their beach house on the Oregon coast.

And here are a few noteworthy advertisements from that month:

• Williams & Ree were performing at The Wort.

• Ridenour’s Sandwich and Pastry Shop advertised a continental breakfast for 49 cents and a luncheon special for $1.26.

• Jackson Food Market advertised 30 apples or nine grapefruit for $1.

A short visit

Julie and Larry Kummer were in Jackson for a few days a couple of weeks ago. Former longtime residents of Jackson, they moved to Ocean City, California, to be near their son, Mike. The lower elevation has been good for their health, they said. In Jackson they were guests in the home of Dail Barbour. I was able to spend a couple of hours with them on a sunny afternoon.

Remembering Marsha Cheney

It has been over a year since Marsha VanDeburg Cheney died. She was born to Robert and Barbara Clissold VanDeburg on Aug. 17, 1945, and passed away Sept. 7, 2020.

A Jackson Hole native, she was strong and determined until the end, and is greatly missed by her husband, her large posterity, and her many good friends and neighbors.

She had many accomplishments during her life of service to family and country. Her favorites were her husband and six sons, with whom she traveled in 48 states during her husband’s military service. She was always so proud of her sons’ progress in church, Scouting, community, college and career.

Marsha excelled in music, earned a bachelor’s degree in French at Brigham Young University and later a master’s in strategic intelligence while serving her country in the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.

On the side she studied art at City Colleges of Chicago and later under a German master painter, Albert Herzfeld. While living in Germany with her family she created original watercolors and Old Master-technique oil paintings, and produced limited edition prints, including complete matting and framing.

Her lifetime with the Latter-day Saints included serving as primary president, Relief Society president twice, ward and stake Young Women’s president, seminary and gospel doctrine teacher, and two French-speaking senior missions, to Quebec, Canada, and Ghana, West Africa. During her life she experienced 20 years of foreign residency. She especially loved being a temple worker in Washington, D.C.; Friedrichsdorf, Germany; Montreal; Provo, Utah; and Ghana.

Marsha is survived by her husband of 52 years, Col. Craig Cheney; sons Douglas, Daryl, Daryn, David, Dan and Derek; and sisters Judy Kortum (Rick), Peggy Mathiesen (Jan), Bertie Eastman (Mike) and Christine Eastman (Rod). She is also survived by 19 grandkids, 10 great-grandkids and friends throughout the world.

Marsha’s legacy combines unselfishness, hard work, service, compassion for the underprivileged, patriotism, optimism and strong religious commitment.

Connie Owen would love to hear your stories. Call or email her at 605-593-2730 or connie_owen@msn.

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