Old Settlers Day to be celebrated this weekend

Jean Skillman

The 42nd annual Clyde Park Old Settlers Days is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27. Come to Clyde Park for a full day of family fun.

Saturday events start with the Firemen’s breakfast at 7 a.m. at City Fire Hall.

The car show begins at 8 a.m. and entrants will be eligible for a People’s Choice Trophy, the Judge’s Choice Trophy and the Bob Olmstead Memorial Trophy. Entry forms may be obtained by calling Kevin Olmstead at 220-3197 or at the show.

There is a $10 entry fee to cover costs, including the dash plaque each car owner receives.

The quilt show starts at 8 a.m. in the Community Hall. Quilts may be brought to the Community Hall in Clyde Park after 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, or by 8 a.m. Saturday. The Hunter family is awarding first and second place gifts. The places are

selected by viewers. For Quilt Show information call Mary Karell at 222-1728.

Vendors, arts and crafts are open at 8 a.m. in the Community Hall and along Miles Street. The Clyde Park Women’s Club will have a coffee bar in the Community Hall. A silent auction will be going on until 3:30 p.m. at the Community Hall.

The museum and history area is at the community hall this year and opens at 8 a.m. Call Helen Cassidy at 222-6325 to learn more about participating in the museum displays.

Registration for the Old Settlers Ranch Run starts at 8 a.m. at Holliday Park. The 10 K starts at 9 a.m., the 5 K at 9:15 a.m. and a one mile walk/run at 9:30 a.m. Runners of all ages are encouraged to enter. The fees for the run are $2 for

children and $5 for adults. Prizes are planned for the winners of the Ranch Run. This  is a ranch run as part of the trail is along the streets of Clyde Park and part is in a rancher’s field. For more information contact Annie Beaver at 224-3117.

The Old Settlers rifle raffle is for a Winchester 270 and scope with a case. Look for the booth to buy tickets near the Community Hall.

Old Settler wearables will be on sale in the Community Hall.

There will be entertainment all day at the patio near the community hall.

Area groups and organizations are urged to plan a float for the 11 a.m. Saturday parade. The theme is “Crazy About the Crazies.”  Entries should gather at the high school about 10 a.m.

There is special seating for past Grand Marshals on the north side of the town hall for the parade, but if the weather is bad it will be at the Community Hall patio.

Lunch of pulled pork, coleslaw, chips and a drink, and an ice cream social is available at noon at the Shields Valley United Methodist Church. Music, with an open mike, will take place there from noon until 2 p.m. The Methodist church also has a country store from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. selling baked goods, homemade articles, cutlery, jewelry and collectables.

Also at noon hamburgers and hot dogs will be for sale at the City Hall.

There will be children’s games at Holliday Park at 1 p.m. The pie auction is at 1:30 p.m. at the patio. Contact Teresa Lehman at 220-2958 about donating a pie.

Conversations with “Old  Timers” starts at  2 p.m. at the Community Hall.  

A pork barbecue will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Community Hall with Country Traditions playing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the dance following dinner on the patio.

Watch for the Bracketteer 4-H Club members with Rubber Ducks for that race starting at 11 a.m. Sunday.

A very special Old Settlers Church Service starts at 10.30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, in Holliday Park and will feature the Rosebud Ranch Singers with a Gospel and Patriotic concert.

A potluck picnic begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Community Hall with a program honoring Grand Marshals, Jim and Wilma Held and Barbara George; raffle drawing; and giving of awards.


• The Shields Valley Farmer’s Market starts at at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at Holliday Park in Clyde Park. Special music for the evening is Tyler Potter. This is the last Farmer’s Market for the season. Watch for information on the Oct. 8 Harvest Dinner. For more information or to make reservations for the dinner call Monica at 686-4444.

• Kindermusik is coming soon to the Shields Valley. Kindermusik with Miss B will be starting Monday, Sept. 11, 2017; There will be classes for ages 18 months to 5 years. Classes will be held each Monday morning at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall. For more information or to see what class would best fit your child, please contact BreeAnna Benz (Miss B) at 406-580-8517 or visit www.bozemanmusicandartsacademy.com.

The Clyde Park Bridge Club met Aug. 16 at Clyde Park Tavern and Cafe with Kathy DeBoer as hostesses. Prize winners were Shirley DePuy, high; and  Joyce Sarrazin, bingo.

Winners of the Aug. 23 Senior Citizens card party were Marie Smith, first; Georgia Hogenson, second; Marge Briggs, low; and Jean Skillman, traveling.

Guests, visits
Jan French of Hobson was a weekend guest of her sister Cheryl Robinson.

Ellen Woodbury of Houston is spending a couple weeks with her parents, Jim and Audrey Winkley. Monday overnight guests of the Winkleys were Loraine May and son Tim Newman of Wellington, Colorado, and five of Loraine’s grandchildren from Billings.
School Schedule:

Aug. 26: The varsity football team and the junior high play White Sulphur Springs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.,  respectively in White Sulphur Springs. The varsity volleyball team plays in the Lone Peak Tournament in Big Sky.

Aug. 28: There will be an open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the junior high and high school at the Clyde Park school.

Aug. 29: There will be an open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the elementary school in Wilsall.

Aug. 30: School pictures will be taken.

Jim and Wilma Held    

Wilma Lundvall was born April 13, 1933, to Mabel and Albert Lundvall at the home of her grandparents Oscar and Mabel Frances near Chadbourne. Her parents lived in Potter Basin and Livingston before moving to Clyde Park. She attended school at East Side and West Side schools in Livingston and was in fourth through eighth grades in Clyde Park.

Jim Held was born Sept. 8, 1931, to Ed and Olga Larson Held at the Lott Hospital in Livingston. His parents lived on Mill Creek in the Paradise Valley at that time. He attended grades one through four at the Elbow School and grade five through eight at the Mill Creek Flat  School, now Arrowhead. Then his parents moved to Clyde Park.

Both Jim and Wilma were at Park High during the year that Clyde Park did  not have a high school but came back to Clyde Park to graduate, Jim in 1949 and Wilma in 1951. They were married in 1951.

They worked for Tom Metier that first summer and lived in a pickup camper set on saw horses. Jim later worked for the railroad in Livingston.

In October of 1951 Jim enlisted in the Air Force and was sent to San Antonio for basic training. He attended Jet Aircraft School and became an instructor. This was the beginning of a 21 year career in the Air Force.

After retiring from the Air Force they moved back to Clyde Park and he again worked for the railroad in Livingston.

Their daughter Karen and husband Danny Foster live in East Helena. Their son Rick and wife Lisa live in Clyde Park. Their daughter Kathryn died of cancer in 2002. They have ten grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Over the years they have been active in the American Legion, VFW, 40 and 8, the Park County Pioneer Society and 4-H.

Barbara George

Barbara George was born July 13, 1931, to Velma and J.E. “Skeeter” Frame in Livingston and joined an older sister Louise. Velma came to the Shields Valley from Missouri in 1912 with her parents John and Sadie Lear.

Velma was cooking for thrashers on the Bright place when she met a thrasher from Missouri, Skeeter Frame.  They were married  and first lived on what is now the Goffena place on Horse Creek. Barbara  attended school through the sixth grade at the Horse Creek School. Then her folks bought a place on Porcupine and she attended the Pepper School through the eighth grade. She and her sister drove to Wilsall for a couple years of high school before transferring to Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta.

Barbara was working for J.C. Penneys and attending the Livingston Bible Church when she met Kenneth George. They were married in 1952.

Clarence Walton had some trees he wanted taken out, so Kenneth started  logging there.

He and Barbara bought a house from Herb and Doty Gilbert on Horse Creek Road near Wilsall. Their first baby, Judy, died at 18 months of age. They raised their other five children here- Donna, Dan, Jim, Mark and Becky -in the house on Horse Creek Road. This house burned in 1997 and she and Kenneth moved into his parents’ house near Pine Creek.

Barbara’s church and faith have been an important part of her life. When her son Mark was killed she was comforted by the words from Phil. 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” And when her husband died in 2004 she  looked to Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”