Wilsall celebrates Thunder Jack statue and maker

Jean Skillman

Several people joined artist Gary Kerby to celebrate the 10th anniversary of statue Thunder Jack, located near the historical marker north of Wilsall along Highway 89. Kirby gave a history of the statue, telling of the Shields Valley school children giving the name. Folks reminisced about the tourists they have visited with at the sight and how many facebook and other sites they have seen pictures of the statue.

Rodeo Bible Camp
Rodeo Bible Camp, sponsored by the Wilsall Community Church and free, will be held Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25, at 153 North Fork Horse Creek Road seven miles east of Wilsall. The pre kindergarten, age four, through third grade day camp is from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Children are to be picked up at the camp Friday and Saturday. The fourth through sixth grade is an overnight camp. It starts with registration from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday. Registration is the same time for the younger children.

There will be mutton bustin’, horse riding, singing, dummy roping, goat roping, snacks and meals, steer riding, Bible lessons, barrel racing and more.  Snacks and meals are provided, with lunch for the younger children. The  camp ends with a church service at 10 a.m. Sunday followed by lunch, hosted by the Wilsall Community Church; and a rodeo performance. It is advised to bring a chair.

For more information and to obtain a registration form, call Duane or Judy Vincent at 578-2190, Duane or Janet Clark at 578-2327, Tucker or Kaitlyn Boyd at 220-2474, or Mark or Cindy Danielson at 599-0074.


• A graveside memorial service for Robert and Carol Bishop will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Wilsall Cemetery. A time of refreshments and sharing memories will follow at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall.

• The Wilsall Wranglers 4-H Club will be around Wilsall for a food drive the evening of Sunday, June  26. They will be asking for one item to be donated to the Livingston Food Resource Center or you may call Patti at 578-2134 for pick up.

• The Shields Valley Farmer’s Market is Monday, June 26, at 4:30 p.m. at Holliday Park in Clyde Park. Special music for the evening is Ian Thomas.

• A craft group meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall.


• Marta Barnes of Clyde Park won the bear at the drawing at Glenn’s Shopping Center’s one year anniversary celebration.

• Parade winners at the Wilsall Rodeo Parade were the Girls Scouts, first place with “Peter Pan” themed float; Hogenson Construction’s sand box toys, second place; the Swandal family fishing and kayaking float, third place; the Build a Better Wilsall “Young at Heart” entry, fourth place; and the Wilsall Community Church’s rodeo Bible camp, fifth. The Women of Wilsall (WOW) thank Jean Skillman for serving as Grand Marshal this year and also all who helped make a parade by putting entries in it.

WOW also thank Charles “Butch” Hewitt of Chinook for bringing the train that his father, Chuck Hewitt, along with Jack Fowler, Marty Bates, Dud Milam and possibly some others built to represent the American Legion 40 & 8 in parades in Wilsall and Livingston and at American Legion conventions during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Butch added the train cars when he took the engine to Chinook for parades there.

• Local Kids Barrel Race winners at the Wilsall Rodeo Sunday were Teah Vennes, first; Everly Sarrazin, second; Nikki Swandal, third; and Jenna Wensink, fourth. Other young people participating were Cheyenne Danielson, Kassidie Rock, Abigail Robinson and Kale Rock.

• Winners of the $50 Murdoch’s gift cards were Myrt Woosley, Lee Pinkerton, Jack Bordewick and April Leasell. Norma Lindseth guessed the closest average age of the Wilsall Fire Department volunteers for a fire department cap. The average age is 54.75.


• The Clyde Park Bridge Club met June 7 at the Clyde Park Tavern and Cafe with Bob Eyman as host. Prize winners were Shirley Wilson, high; and Ken DeBoer, bingo.

• Card winners at the Senior Citizen potluck card party were Jean Landers, first; Georgia Hogenson, second; and Jean Skillman, low.

• Winners of the June 20 Senior Citizens card party were Jean Landers, first; Marge Briggs, second; Marie Smith, low; and Dorothy Lucas, traveling.