Olney Green – a Dubois Homesteader
Olney Green came to the Dubois area about 1894 or 1895. He homesteaded and ran a cattle ranch using the brand “seven HR”. Green also operated a sawmill near the mouth of Sheridan Creek about 1901. A simple one-room log building served as the Green School in 1895. It sat on one acre which the family had set aside for that purpose in the Red Flat area. About 1923 or 1924, a new log cabin was built for the Green School, which was the first schoolhouse in the Dubois area. This building now sits on the grounds of the Dubois Museum and Wind River Historical Center as the School House Cabin.
Olney and John Hough were the first forest rangers appointed in 1908 to the new Bonneville Forest, which encompassed the Wind River Mountains and part of the Absaroka Mountains. In 1911, the forest was divided, with the Bridger and Washakie Forest replacing the Bonneville. As ranger, Olney had to snowshoe over Union Pass into the Pinedale country as part of his duties!
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Next up for the Fremont County Museums
Aug 17th, 7pm at the Dubois Museum, “Eclipse 101: A Primer on What How and Why…” Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series
Aug 17th, 7pm at the Pioneer Museum, “1918: The Last Total Eclipse Over Wyoming” Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series
Aug 18th 3pm at the Riverton Museum, “Eclipses in History” by Mel Tucker from the Jackson Astronomy Club, Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series
Aug 19th 10-2pm at the Pioneer Museum, “South Pass Hind-Hindle Trail Trek” Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek
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