Lots of awards handed out during Old Settlers Days

Jean Skillman

There were lots of winners at the Shields Valley Old Settlers Days held in Clyde Park over the weekend. 

In the parade, the best of theme winners were Shields Valley Bible Church’s Awana Club, first place; the Don Elliot family car with “Yellowstone or Bust,” second place; and Wendy Bauwens of Sunnyside Clydes, third.  The children’s entry winner went to Remy Sexton and Kieara Malloy as park rangers with a goat. 

 In the car show, the Robert Olmstead Memorial Trophy went to Pam Arnold of Bozeman with a 1955 Chevy Nomad wagon. The People’s Choice was the 1935 Chevy owned by Jim Gibson of Big Timber; and the Judge’s Choice, a 1950 green Ford Business Coup owned by Steve Sorg of Bozeman. There were 22 cars in the car show from many places across the state. 

Both rifles, the Henry 17 and the Ruger 10-22, were given with one drawing and went to Scott Lehman.

Bill Held won $10 for guessing the closest on the number of buttons in the jar at the museum, and David Bristol won the $10 for guessing the closest on the number of marbles in the jar.

There were 42 quilts in the quilt show. Dorothy Lucas’ red appliquéd quilt won first place and Lorraine Bohleen’s 80-year-old quilt made with flour sacks won second place. Quilts by Elaine Logan and Roberta Carlin tied for third place. There were several first time participants and quilters from Missoula, Helena and Rock Springs, Wyoming, entered quilts in the show. One hundred twenty-five people signed the guest book at the quilt show from seven states.

Winners of the Bracketteers 4-H Club Rubber Duck race were: Shane Baukol, $150 first place; Taya Cromley, $100 second place; and Leslie Herda, $50 third place.

Old Settlers Ranch Run was helped by the following businesses and groups, listed with what they donated: Yeti Printing and Embroidery donated two hats; the Shields Valley Booster club donated six free throws at the dunk tank as well as a Shields Valley Rebel T-shirt; the Shields Valley School donated two free activity passes, good for free admission to all home sporting events; D.A. Davidson donated a $10 gift card to Drinking Horse Coffee Cabin and also a $10 gift card to Sunnyside Pizza. The committee thanks all who helped.

Runners in each event are listed in the order they finished:

• 10 K, Jerome Rusdahl;

• 5 K, Lynn Crawford, Maggie Stein, Taya Cromley, Remy Sexton, Barb Marshall, Dorothy Bradley, Jennifer Engle, Elaine Peterson, Josie Vermillion, and Pat Vermillion;

• 1 mile fun run/walk, Eli Johnson, Kieara Malloy, Kade Lannen, Hank Stein, Isla Vermillion, Jen Vermillion, Kaii Jarvis, Keegan Jarvis, Gus Stein, Marissa Marshall, and Ashtin Chambers.


Upcoming events

• County Commissioner Clint Tinsley will be in Shields Valley Friday, Sept. 2. From 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. he will be at the Old Wilsall Hardware Deli and from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. he will be at the Town Hall in Clyde Park  

• The Shields Valley School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7,  in the Wilsall school multipurpose room. 

• Shields Valley Schools Open House will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the elementary school in Wilsall.



The Clyde Park High School class of 1966 held a reunion during Old Settlers weekend. Saturday they gathered at the dinner at the Community Hall and  Sunday they attended a potluck at the home of Bob and Debbie Boyd. 

Those attending were Tim and Sandy Tangan of Livingston; Tom and Barb Croston of Red Lodge; Virginia Kirk Sandoval and son-in-law Nick of Pueblo, Colorado; Beverly Dickenson of Fort Collins, Colorado; Mike Lannen of Park City; Barb Logan Doty of Wilsall; Becky Beekman and Dave Amunrud of Clyde Park; Tom and Mary Jean Hunter of Mandan, North Dakota; Connie Kirscher Miller of Boulder and her sister Diana Kirscher Miller of Clyde Park; Rosie Dunn Queen of Clyde Park; and Bob and Debbie Boyd of Clyde Park.


Church news

• Shields River Lutheran Women’s monthly Bible Study meets at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the church in Wilsall. 

• The Women of Shields River Lutheran Church met Thursday afternoon at the church. Summer activities were discussed. The annual Bazaar date was set for Thursday, Oct. 20, and the Lutefisk Dinner for Sunday, Dec. 4. Quilt raffle tickets are available from church women. They are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing for the quilt will be at the Lutefisk Dinner. The next women’s meeting will be after worship on Sunday, Sept. 18.


Club news

Happy Homemakers will hold their first meeting of the fall season at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall.



Winners of the Aug. 29 Senior Citizens card party were Marie Smith, first; Jean Landers, second; Dorothy Lucas, low; and Georgia Hogenson, traveling.


School schedule:

Sept. 1: The varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams play Harlowton starting at 5:15 p.m. in Clyde Park. The junior high volleyball teams play Harlowton starting at 4 p.m. in Wilsall.

Sept. 2: The junior high and varsity football teams play Absarokee at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, in Wilsall.

Sept. 3: The varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams play Lone Peak starting at 5:30 p.m. in Big Sky. The junior high volleyball teams play at 10 a.m. in Gardiner.

Sept. 5: There is no school on Labor Day.

Sept. 6: The junior high volleyball teams play starting at 4:15 p.m. in Big Timber.

Sept. 8: The varsity volleyball teams play Manhattan Christian at 5 p.m. in Clyde Park. Open House will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the elementary school in Wilsall.


Jean Skillman may be reached at (406) 578-2570.