Daily Archives: April 19, 2012

Simpsons raise money for library

Sen Alan Simpson visits with one of the attendees at Thursday night's After Hours at the Greybull Public Library.

by nathan oster

With nearly 20 years in the U.S. Senate, Alan Simpson is no stranger to the spotlight. But for one night, he was more than happy to share it with “that lovely Greybull girl,” his wife Ann Schroll Simpson.

The two were the guest speakers at a National Library Week “after hours” fundraiser Thursday for the Greybull Public Library. By night’s end, nearly $2,500 had been raised for the library’s endowment fund, all of which will be eligible for the three to one match.

Some of the money that was raised, in fact, came in the form of a generous donation from the Simpsons themselves, whose ties to the community date back many decades to when Ann was living up on the Greybull Heights and Alan was attending high school in Cody.

Ann shared fond memories of her roots in this community.  Her grandparents were on their way to search for gold in California when they stopped in Shell. “Well it must have been a perfect day because they bought a ranch, and on that ranch was a store,” said Ann. “People kept coming to that store … eventually they thought it would be easier to run a store than a ranch, so he built the Shell Store, and lived in a house adjacent to the store.”

When the store was no longer profitable, the family — they had two girls, Ivy and Pansy, and a boy, Jack — moved to Greybull. Pansy eventually married, and to that union, two girls and a boy were born.

Ann said her father died of a brain tumor when she was a junior at Greybull High School.  At the time, her brother was attending the University of Wyoming. Her mother, feeling it important for the girls to get their education, moved the family to Laramie, where Ann finished high school.

Ann said it was her mother who told her about “two tall boys from Cody,” but Ann admitted that she and her sister immediately ruled them out because they wouldn’t dance.  “Back in those days, our weekly dances were big social events in Greybull,” Ann said. “Worland boys, they were preferred because they were dancers.”

Ann would eventually backtrack and come to like one of those “tall Cody boys.” She was in her senior year at college when she got two teaching opportunities — one in California, the other in Cheyenne.

“I think he panicked … and said if I stayed in Cheyenne, we could get married. Well fortunately for him, I said not for another year.  He was relieved.”

They married in 1954 and Ann shared memories of campaigning for Alan’s father, who was running for governor. “We went door to door and through the process, I learned a wonderful life lesson,” Ann said. “That is, if you extend yourself, people respond.”

They eventually had a small, intimate wedding.

Al went on to serve in the military, spending time in Germany.

As he looked back on those days, Alan said, “When she first saw my brother and I, she was not enamored at all,” he said. “I weighed 230 pounds and had zits.  She came to a junior high game in Cody one day…she was a knockout then and still is.”

Alan said he “took a lot of abuse” when his team played in Greybull. “I couldn’t run, I couldn’t jump, but I could shoot that basketball,” he said. “We won the conference championship that year, beating Lovell and the Goodriches.”

Laughed Ann, “And because we were all fair-minded people, we called him ‘Fatso’ when he was making all of those shots.”

Ann said that she and her family lived on the property that is now home to Dan Brown Trucking, which is in the Greybull Heights. “My life here started me on a good course, and what I learned here carried me through life,” he said.

At one point during their talk, Ann was asked about the dances, which were held in what is now the Herb Asp Community Center.  She said her dad was strict — and made it a requirement of the girls that if went to the dance, they could not leave at intermission.

“Often my sister and I were the only ones in there,” Ann laughed.  “And we weren’t allowed to sit on boys’ laps.”



Alan represented Wyoming in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997, and the couple shared a few memories of their time in Washington, D.C.”

Ann and Alan both laughed about an experience while with the Bushes, George and Barbara, at Kennebunkport.  It was a small, intimate gathering, and everyone who attended was asked to do something unique.  Ann stood on her head and recited poetry. According to Alan, George still chuckles about it to this day.  Says Ann, “I haven’t stood on my head for 20 years!”

Ann said the most interesting person she met was Anwar Sadat, the former leader of Egypt. It was on a trip to Egypt with her husband that was led by Howard Baker.  “We went to the summer palace, and there we met him,” she said. “He looked as though his head had been polished…he had beautifully tailor-made clothes, and he gave a talk with PowerPoints that was just magnificent.”

Sadat was assassinated a few months after that encounter. “He was beloved by the American people…but sadly, he wasn’t as honored by the people of Egypt,” said Ann. Alan said that in that way, he was much like former Russian leader Mikael Gorbachev.

Alan was asked at one point if it was true that President Reagan called him into the Oval Office to tell jokes.

“Reagan was a piece of work,” said Simpson. “When Nancy would go to see her father in Scottsdale, he’d call and say, ‘Come over to the White House. We’re going to have a drink and tell stories — and not talk anything to do with business.”

Simpson said he and a small gathering of “about six” other legislators, including a couple Democrats, “would sit, tell stories and laugh” until the 10 o’clock hour arrived and it was time to go home.  Often times, Reagan “would have on those green pants with the ducks, a pink turtleneck and a pink sport coat,” chuckled Alan.

During this time, Ann helped the family make ends meet by selling real estate in Washington, D.C.

Alan and Ann continued sharing stories — of the times Sen. Bob Dole asked him last-minute to fill in for him at official state events and the working suppers at the home of Washington Post chief Kay Graham.  But in the end, they came back around to their roots.

“Thanks to Al, I had a wonderful life,” said Ann. “But I was prepared for it in Greybull, Wyoming.”

Cameras catch park vandals in the act

by nathan oster

With a big assist from the new security cameras, the Greybull Police Department was able to solve two recent acts of vandalism at the city park.

Police Chief Bill Brenner said video footage from the cameras helped investigators identify a 15-year-old Greybull girl who egged the pop machine on April 9 and get a confession out of a 14-year-old boy who admitted damaging the porcelain tank cover of a toilet bowl in the women’s restroom.

The security cameras were installed earlier this year to address the concerns of members of the town council and town staff about vandalism in the park.  The restroom building, in particular, has been a target of vandals in recent years.

The cameras captured the egg-thrower in the act, said Brenner.  The girl at first denied her involvement, but later confessed after being informed she had been caught on video.  According to Brenner, she was cited for property defacement.

The incident occurred during the weekend of April 7-8.

Also after that weekend, town officials found that someone had lit toilet paper on fire in the men’s stall and broken the porcelain tank cover off the toilet in the women’s restroom.

After a review of the camera footage, police were able to identify a group of teenagers who were acting suspiciously, going in and out of both the men’s and women’s restrooms.  While under questioning from an officer, one of the suspects, a 14-year-old boy, confessed to damaging the cover.  The teen denied it was intentional, saying it had been “messed with” before he got there and that he was simply in the process of putting it back when it dropped.

Police gave him the benefit of the doubt, opting not to cite him and instead simply working out an agreement with him and his family to pay for the damaged cover.

Frazier, Petty contribute to WHS soccer success

Austin Frazier advances the ball upfield during a recent Worland High School soccer game.

by nathan oster

Worland High School’s varsity and junior varsity boys soccer teams each entered play this week with 7-1-1 records — and two of the biggest contributors to their success have been a pair of imports from Greybull, Austin Frazier and Connor Petty.

Frazier missed last season due to an injury, but has come back strong in this, his senior season.

He has scored one goal this season, but has primarily been used to fortify the Worland defense.

“Austin’s very versatile for us,” said Ron Overcast, an assistant coach for the Warriors. “We moved him to a left fullback position this year, but he can also play center mid for us.

“We think he can help us most on the defensive line, but we’re working him more and more into our offense as well.”

Overcast said the entire Warrior coaching staff is new this season, and that the team put in an entirely new system of play.  “Austin’s been great.  He’s been learning it, playing hard and is a real asset to the team.”

The Warriors went two-and-out at last year’s state tournament, but hope to do better this year. According to Overcast, the team had a big conference game Tuesday night against Powell. With a win, the Warriors would inch closer to securing a berth in the state soccer tourament.

Overcast explained that the Warriors are in the same conference as Cody (who they have yet to play) and Powell.  Worland beat Powell earlier in the season, and has yet to play the Cody team, which made Tuesday’s game all the more important.

The only team to beat the Warriors thus far has been Sheridan, which at the time of the game was ranked No. 1 in 4A.

Worland tied Jackson.

Other than those two blemishes, they’ve been perfect.

If the Warriors win their conference, they’ll automatically advance to the state tournament, which is May 17-19 in Sheridan.

Rest assured, Frazier will be right in the middle of things, if they do.

“We wouldn’t be where we are as a team without him,” Overcast said.

Petty on JV team

Danielle Warren, who coaches Worland’s junior varsity team, said her team’s only loss has been to Evanston.

Like Frazier, Petty has primarily contributed on defense.

“He’s a strong defensive player with an amazing kick,” Warren said. “Once he gets down his dribbling, and all that kind of stuff, he’s going to be a big asset to our team. But right now, he’s just a strong defender who understands the field and is very athletic.”

Warren said she expects Petty, who is just a freshman, to eventually become a big contributor at the varsity level. “I am excited for next year … we have a good group of freshmen, which includes Connor.  And that is huge, as far as our program developing.”

Helen Peters Rutherford

Jan. 14, 1925 – April 15, 2012

A memorial service for Helen Peters Rutherford of Basin will be held Tuesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull. Helen, 87, formerly of Ogden, Utah, died at her daughter’s home in Basin on April 15.

She was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Bay Shore, Long Island, N.Y., the daughter of Clarence Sylvester and Albertine Crane Peters. She received her schooling in Santa Monica, Calif.

She married Ranier “Ray” D. Rutherford April 9, 1944, in Santa Monica.

Helen began working at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, in 1965; she retired in 1995.

She loved spending time with her family and made friends wherever she went. She enjoyed embroidering, painting, cooking and researching family history.

Helen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the Family History Library. She was a member of Lewisia Chapter 16, OES, Basin Lions Club, the American Business Women’s Association and was past secretary/treasurer for Riders of the Wasatch.

Her parents, husband Ray Rutherford, two sisters, brother, grandson, great-granddaughter and son-in-law preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter Michelle “Shelly” Hayes of Basin; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild and many adopted grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at a later date in the Farmington, Utah cemetery.


Tedford Arthur “Handy” Mann

June 25, (unknown) – April 10, 2012

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time for Tedford Arthur “Handy” Mann of Basin. “Handy” died April 10 at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings, Mont.

He was born in Missouri the son of Thomas and Mae Mann. He lived in many place and worked as a logger and sawyer.

He married Sharon Lee Nivens.

His parents, his wife Sharon Lee Mann and his son Tedford Arthur Mann Jr. preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Ann Nelson of Stevensville, Mont., and two grandsons.

Burial will be in Victor, Mont., where he will be laid to rest by his wife and son.

James ‘Jim’ Weaver Clack

July 24, 1937 – April 11, 2012

Former Basin resident James “Jim” Weaver Clack, 74, died April 11, 2012.

He was born July 24, 1937, in Havre Mont., the son of Weaver D. and Gladys L. Clack. The family moved to Basin in 1944 where Jim grew up and received his education. In high school Jim was student body president, class president, played basketball, and quarterbacked the football team. He graduated from Basin High School in 1956.

He attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D., and graduated with his degree in mechanical engineering in 1960.

Jim married Jeanette Hartman, also of Basin. After graduating from college, Jim and his family moved to Roseville, Minn., where he worked for Univac, a division of Sperry Rand Corporation. While employed there, Jim obtained his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota.

Jim and his family moved to Lakewood, Colo., in 1972 where Jim worked for as a project manger for Golden Aluminum Company, a subsidiary of Coors Brewing Company.

Jim retired in 1998 and he and Jeanette became “snow birds,” spending winters in Surprise, Ariz.  He spent years restoring a 1930 Model A Ford.

Jim loved people and helped anyone that needed it. He prepared income taxes for many families; served as a Stephen’s Minister and served on the Finance Committee for Faith Presbyterian Church in Sun City, Ariz.; helped build several homes in Arizona for Habitat for Humanity and served on a homeowner’s association board in Littleton, Colo.

His father, mother, and sister, Carol, preceded him in death.

Jim is survived by his wife Jeanette; two sons and daughter‘s-in-law, Jefffery Craig and Terri and John Carl and Linda; one daughter, Jennifer Christine; three grandchildren, and two nieces.

Jim set a wonderful example by enjoying every moment of life, making friends wherever he went, helping people in need and being a wonderful husband and father.

Laurie Rae Lipp

June 20, 1967 – April 16, 2012

A Funeral Mass for Laurie Rae Lipp will be held Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greybull. Laurie, 44, died April 16 at the Billings Clinic Hospital after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma and Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. today (Thursday, April 19) at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull.

Laurie was born June 20, 1967, in Cody. When she was 7 years old the family moved to Gillette and when she was 13, they moved to Greybull where she attended school and graduated with the Class of 1985.

She married Jack Lipp on June 21, 1986. She was employed at Ohman Chiropractic, Big Horn Federal Savings and Loan and at the time of her death was a real estate appraiser at Wright Appraisals.

Laurie was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. After battling cancer for many years, she devoted her time and effort as a member and team captain for Relay for Life. She was a member/officer of the Greybull Booster Club for many years and was also involved with a local 4-H Club for several years.

Laurie was a loving, caring person who gave to others without expecting anything in return. Family and friends were the most important things in her life. Everyone she knew was a friend. She will be greatly missed.

Her grandfather Ed Knopp and brother-in-law Mark Lipp preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband Jack; son Matthew and daughter Melissa; her parents Ronald and Patricia Wright and Donald Barnett; her sister and brother-in-law, Carrie and Paul Hesco; two stepsisters, Dena Kittelson and JoLynn Wright; grandmother Joyce Knopp; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Al and Betty Lipp; brother-in-law Mike and Serena Lipp and sister-in-law Jane and Chris Clevenger.

Burial will be at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull. A reception will be held following the mass at Jack and Laurie’s home at 3682 Greybull River Road.

Memorial donations can be made at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Box 471 Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to either the Greybull Booster Club or the American Cancer Society.

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