The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad gave us a grant and the Museum is currently working on gathering and preserving the railroad history for this area.
Military History – Lovell-Kane Area Museum
Rich Fink has loaned the Museum an assortment of Military memorabilia which is currently on display. National Guard records, photos, medals, and miscellaneous other artifacts are among the items. Please come by and see them. You may find yourself or your relative in the photos, or records.
Speech by Mrs. Bessie Tillett
Memories from Tom Tippetts
A Shultz family lived in the Swan Emmett house on Vic Winterholler’s lane. The kids all went to school when we did. The dad was a prisoner in Lovell the immigrated back to the US when the was over. Dieter Shultz was a grade ahead of me, rode the bus with us, and was in the Lovell National Guard at the same time as I. I remember sitting on a hill overlooking the artillery target area with Dieter during summer camp a Camp Guernsey. I commented that I wouldn’t want to be down there, Dieter replied that was nothing , compared to what he saw in Germany during WWII. I guess that was true, airplanes were dropping 2000 pound bombs on Germany, our artillery shells weighed 60 pounds.
I remember them digging the well, and constructing the shop and corrals out back, I remember going with Dad in the old International truck to Orlan Cox’s sawmill on Bighorn Moutain to load up the “logs”. I didn’t think the rectangular sawed logs were cool at all. I knew from my Lincoln Log set that logs were supposed to be round. I hung around them while they built all this stuff, and probably was a pest. They were all very friendly. I can’t remember clearly any of their face. I went with Dad to the mine on the Bighorn River where the wallboard plant is now, several times, to load up gypsum The prisoners unloaded the gypsum on to the fields east of the house, and spread it around to neutralize the alkaline salt. Dad got sited in the Lovell Chronicle for that. It worked, and those fields actually became productive.
Mark visited Paul Stauga when he was stationed in Germany, they lived in Hamburg. Mark relayed the comment Paul made that he was very grateful and appreciative of Dad for how he treated them during their time in Lovell. They corresponded with each other for years, with Paul’s intent to immigrate to Lovell. His family was eventually able to escape East Germany to Hamburg. He found work there, ultimately deciding to stay in Hamburg, as his family was growing older.
This is a picture of the German crew harvesting beets. I recognize Grandpa’s old homemade beet loader, pulled by the old Case crawler tractor, and Dad’s and Grandpa’s Ford tractors. It looks like either Dad or Ivan driving the crawler, which was parked out back of the corral for yers, but is gone now. I wish we still had them, they would be worth the entire value of the farm now.