I had a really good time with seven scintillating dinner companions at Great Conversation in Helena on Wednesday. I was impressed with the Helena Education Foundation, who sponsored the event and recognized ten great teachers from Helena schools. What a wonderful show of community support for schools, teachers and — most important — students.
I truly enjoyed my dinner companions. They laughed when I told them about Eleanor Corthell who announced to her husband that he should expect a bill because she had bought a team and wagon and was taking their seven children to Yellowstone Park for the summer in 1904. My companions were full of questions about Truman Everts and how he survived thirthy seven days alone in Yellowstone in 1870. And, they were eager to share their own experiences from the time when bears would stall traffic to beg from cars.
I was an overnight houseguest of Denny DeRozier and his wife, Nikki. Denny is a friend from my childhood in Silver Star. After we had a drink at Helena’s Silver Star Steak House, we spent a few minutes reminiscing in front of a historic photo of the Silver Star School.
— Photo from the Yellowstone Digital Slide File