Retired colonel donates musical instruments to schools

Jean Skillman
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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Retired U.S. Army Col. Verne Campbell, left, and Shields Valley music teacher Mark Mills look at and talk about the instruments Campbell donated to the Shields Valley School last week.

Retired U. S. Army Col. Verne Campbell and his wife, Virginia Campbell, of Colorado Springs gave nine musical instruments to the Shields Valley Schools last week. 

This makes a total of 44 instruments they have given over the years.

Verne is a retired U.S. Army Band member. He purchases instruments at pawn shops, second-hand stores and other places he finds them. He then restores the horns and gives them to schools. 

His interest in Shields Valley comes from his mother, Jennie Pearl Lovely, sister of Bryan and aunt of Wendell. She taught at the Brackett Creek School in 1918 and 1919.


Old Settlers winners

There were many winners at Old Settlers Days in Clyde Park over the weekend. 

In the parade, the Business Best Overall winner was Wendy Bauwen’s Sunnyside Farm. The Children’s division winner was Braden Payne on a kid’s motorcycle. In general parade entries, Troy Hyde’s Animals of Montana with wolves, a bear and a mountain lion with a cub won first place; Thompson’s 1947 Gibson tractor, second place; and Murdoch’s and Western Cafe’s wagon, third.  

 In the Car Show the first-place winner was Michael and Cindy Adams of Livingston with a 1963 Chevy Econoline with a small block; second place, Bob and Fern Bradley of Bozeman with a 1952 F-1 Custom Crew; third place Gary Taylor of Whitehall with a 1934 Chevrolet two-door coupe.

The Robert Olmstead Memorial Trophy went to the 1980 Chevy owned by Sammy Nelson of Clyde Park. The People’s Choice was the 1963 Chevy Econoline with a small block; owned by Michael and Cindy Adams of Livingston. There were 47 cars in the Car Show from many places across the state. 

The rifle, a Savage 243 with scope, sling and case, was won by Sandy Hogstad.

Bonnie Barnhart guessed the closest on the number of marbles in the jar at the museum and won $10, and Deb Hamilton came closest on the number of M & Ms in the jar and won them.

There were 35 quilts in the Quilt Show. Sue Fisch’s Mariners Compass won first place and Nancy Gilbert’s Cream Candlewick won second place. They each received gift cards to the Clyde Park Tavern. A total of 134 folks from 10 states signed the guest book at the Quilt Show and 147 voted for the winning quilts.

Teresa Powell was honored with the Kathy Logan Memorial Award for outstanding Community Service in Shields Valley. The story of her work in the county was read by Dolores Davis.

Rubber Duck Race winners were Brittney Schaefer, first; Terry Sarrazin, second; and Nels Swandal, third.

The Old Settlers Ranch Run Committee thanks the Boyds and Arthuns for letting us run through their properties. Many thanks to volunteers Jennifer Engle and Remy Sexton. 

There was a total of 48 runners and walkers. Runners in each event are listed in the order they finished:

• 10K — no entries.

• 5K: Jim McKenzie (27:01), Alicia Hunt (30:42), Pat Vermillion, Remy Sexton, Reagan Long, Colton Silverwood, Danner McDuffie, Josie Vermillion, Henry Walter. Jessica Pope, Stacey Raw, Michael Raw, Sarah Lookhart, Ashton Lookhart, Jackie Jones, Hank Stein, Maggie Stein, Andrew Long, Desiree Pope, Lacey and Tryg Arthun,  Barkley Walter, Yeal Walter, Cruz Walter, Toosh Walter, Ava Walter,  Addison Lookhart, Braden Lookhart, Barb Oldershaw, and Pete Soper.

• 1 Mile Fun Run: Chase Vermillion (7:35), Ben Vermillion (7:42), Elijah Glover, Shayne Taylor, Gaige Taylor, Savannah Browning, Isla Vermillion, Violet Browning, Teah Vennes, Lydia McDuffie, Ivy Gaisford, Will Gaisford. David Glover, Trinity Armstrong, Kyna Huntm, Catherine Hunt, Angie Armstrong, Heidi Glover, and Jean Skillman.


FFA news

During the month of June Shields Valley FFA officers attended the annual FFA Officer Retreat and Training at the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.  They learned how to work as a team and the importance of being positive toward one another. 

In June Gwen Collins attended the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., while Reace Lannen and Nikki Robinson attended Alumni Leadership Camp in Highwood, Mont. 

The Shields Valley FFA wrapped up their summer in July with Gwen Collins, Astin Chambers, Kayla Johnson, Sage Willis, Jaiden Huttinger and Reace Lannen competing at the 2019 Park County Ag Fair. Members were able to place in multiple classes and showcased their projects to the public. Members and the Shields Valley FFA Alumni helped host the second annual Lawnmower Derby as well.

Shields Valley FFA Alumni hosted a Cornhole Tourney and Chicken Bingo at the annual Old Settlers Days in Clyde Park. Thirty-one teams competed in three different divisions. The winners for the tourney in the CoED Division were Johnson/Wirtz, first; Nobody Puts Baby in a Cornhole, second; and Flo Jo & Dilz, third. The winners for the men’s were Shag’em & Bag’em, first; We Can’t Be Friends, second; and Cowboys and Indians, third. In the women’s division Mtn. Trash, first; Wild Flowers, second, and T&B, third. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the competitors and volunteers that made the event such a success.

Chicken Bingo was a great neat concept the public enjoyed, though the chickens became escape artist and a search and rescue was conducted. The FFA is proud to report all the chickens were found and are safely at home.


Church news 

Stephen Fanning of Bozeman will be the guest speaker at the 10:45 morning worship service Sunday,  Sept. 1, at the Wilsall Community Church.



• The Clyde Park Bridge Club met Aug. 21 at Clyde Park Tavern and Cafe with Sharon Jones as host. Prize winners were Kathy DeBoer, high; and Shirley Wilson, bingo.

• Wilsall Women’s Pinochle Club met Monday afternoon at the Shields Valley Senior Center. Prize winners were Jean Landers, high; Linda Wilson, low; and Marge Briggs, traveling. 

• Winners of the Aug. 27 Senior Citizens card party were Marie Smith, first; Marge Briggs, second; and Linda Wilson, low.


School schedule

• Aug. 30: The junior high and high school football teams play Sheridan in Wilsall at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

• Aug. 31: The high school volleyball teams play in the Lone Peak tournament starting at 10:45 a.m.

• Sept. 2: There is no school on Labor Day.

• Sept. 3: The junior high and high school volleyball teams play in White Sulphur Springs starting at 2 p.m. 

• Sept. 6: There is a full day of school.