The Sisters Nation Color Guard at the Veteran's Fair and Stand Down.

Sisters Nation Color Guard visited Wind River Reservation this past week

(Arapahoe, Wyo.) – They come from the Four Directions, and from many tribes across Indian Country. They are the Sister Nations Color Guard. Four of the Sisters were in Fremont County this week, to provide a second color guard at the Grand Entry of the Stand Down/Veterans Fair Friday and Saturday at Great Plains Hall.

The original dugout where the Schlicting's live (now used as a chicken coop). (JM Mathisen collection)

Little Bit Of Local History: Schlicting Ranch has a long history

By Jean Mathisen Haugen
Lander Historian & Writer
(Lander, Wyo.) – The June 6, 1940 issue of the Wyoming State Journal mentioned the death of pioneer stockman, William Schlicting who had spent 70 years building the west.
The ranch, known today as the Malmberg Ranch on Twin Creek, dates to the earliest days of ranching in the area.  William Schlicting was born at Davenport, Iowa in 1860.  Not long after the Civil War ended his mother brought him west.  She moved to South Pass and the boy got what education he could at the school there, but after a few years branched out on his own.
Rich grasses grew on Beaver and Twin Creeks and with cattle driven in from Oregon (descendants of the oxen that had gone west some 30-40 years earlier with the wagon trains), William Schlicting set about starting up a ranch.
In 1888 he married a second time to Ella Wise (his first wife had died leaving a son behind named Fred. The house was moved in from buildings sold at auction when Camp Stambaugh near Atlantic City was shut down in 1880. The barn also came from the Camp.  The home was situated on an old trail into the mining country and was a favorite stopping place. In the roundup records of the 1880’s and 1890’s the roundup tallies mounted year by year. Children born to the family were Otto, Emmons, Mrs. Anna Mae Goodrich and Miss Ellen.  A rural school was conducted on the ranch. By 1908 Schlicting bought a home in Lander so the children could attend high school. The Twin Creek holdings were later sold to the Greenough Brothers, who also owned land in Red Canyon. The ranch was leased out over the years and among those leasing the place was Walt Mathisen, in 1929. In 1934 Walt homesteaded on some open land just below the ranch and built a cabin out of logs recycled from old buildings at Camp Stambaugh.
Later Stuart Nalls owned the ranch and then Bart and Katherine Bergstedt bought the place. In 1951 Walt’s son, Bob and wife Betty moved back and worked there. Some of the ranch was enlarged by Walt, Gillis and Red Mathisen’s homesteads. Walt’s cabin is long gone and Gillis and Red’s cabins are in ruins.  But the old Schlicting house, dugout and barn remain to silently speak of a long history of ranching in the Twin Creek Valley.
Bob Mathisen by the Mathisen Homestead 1951 (1) JM Mathisen Collection

Bob Mathisen by the Mathisen Homestead 1951 (1) JM Mathisen Collection

Wind  River Heritage Center President Lew Diehl used maps to explain the history of the fur trade era and how Riverton was involved. (Ernie Over photo)

Wind River Heritage Center hosted Riverton’s 4th graders Friday

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Wind River Heritage Center and Old West Wax Museum on South Broadway Friday was the spot to be for a Riverton 4th grade student. As part of their Wyoming History Curriculum, the students, in two large groups, descended on the museum for a field trip and lessons on the fur trade era.

Gray Wolf. (Photo by Gary Kramer/USFWS)

WGFD to hold meetings to discuss wolves, other regulations

(Jackson, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information gathering meetings and has opened a comment period to gather public input on proposed 2014 gray wolf hunting seasons, changes to license issuance and hunter safety regulations. The proposed 2014 gray wolf hunt area mortality quotas will be available on the Game and Fish website May 1 and discussed at the upcoming meetings. Hunting season dates are proposed to be similar to 2013 hunting seasons.

The Airport Cafe at Riverton Regional Airport was a popular dining option for many in the county until it abruptly closed earlier this spring. Fulmer's Fat Boy is the successful bidder to reopen the restaurant. (file photo)

Fulmer’s Fat Boy successful bidder to operate Riverton’s Airport Cafe

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Dining will soon be available once again at Riverton Regional Airport. After the abrupt closure of the Airport Cafe in February, the city put out a request for proposals for a new operator there. After four establishments submitted applications, and that list was narrowed to two finalists, the city has chosen Fulmer’s Fat Boy to be the new operator.

Wyoming Golf - 2014

Woodard leads Cowgirls Golf Team at MW Championships; Final round today

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (April 25, 2014) – The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team turned in a score of 317 (+29) on the second day of the Mountain West Championship on Friday on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club. UW is in ninth place in the nine team event at 627 (+51). Sophomore Emily Woodard continues to lead the Cowgirls sitting in 14th place on the par-72, 6,324 yard course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Three-year-old Darian Fritz got a pencil and a sucker with Mom Andrea at the Fremont County Public Health table from Connie Gatenbein. Darian had to carry an egg on a spoon to win his prizes. (Ernie Over photo)

Information Fair for kids ongoing in Riverton Saturday; Child Abuse Prevention Month

Photos by Ernie Over,