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More recent reading

I’m still reading a lot of books, some of which are very good. I checked out two books from our library which impressed me. “Eyewitness to Power” was written by David Gergen and it’s a first-rate memoir by a man who worked directly for presid...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    October 31, 2017

January 1950

It’s a long story how I came to research January, 1950, but, generally, it came about because I wanted to learn in detail about the big move of the Lower Hanover Canal in the 1940s or 1950s. That resulted in a wild goose chase that had, as an...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    October 3, 2017

Recent readings

I’ve been reading a lot of odds and ends in the last month or so, I suppose because Celia and I have been so busy that I just grab what reading I can fit in. That trend is unlikely to change soon: We plan to go to Jackson Hole at the end of the...

 

Remembering June 1, 1956

I’ve mentioned in earlier columns that I delivered the Northern Wyoming Daily News for four years. That period began on June 1, 1956 (when I was 12 and headed into the eighth grade) and ended on June 1, 1960. For some reason I recently started...

 

Leaving or staying home

After the great eclipse trip, my next trip (only four days later) was considerably longer, to Seattle, to visit my daughter and her family. Celia and I have five children between us and they are scattered all over the country. The closest one is in...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    August 29, 2017

The great 2017 eclipse

When we first thought about the coming eclipse, my wife and I felt that the experience of an eclipse was over-hyped and that we could enjoy it as much on TV as seeing it live. And we sure didn’t want to drive through areas that promised to be chaot...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    August 1, 2017

My columns

I usually send in my column on Friday, for publication on the following Tuesday morning. From the moment I hit “Send” on my computer, I’ve got one week to submit another column. That one week limit is usually not onerous, but it is a persistent...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    July 25, 2017

Much to learn at museum symposium

This last Saturday (July 15) the Washakie Museum held its annual Washakie Museum Paleontology and Archaeology Symposium. I’ve attended these through the years, and they’ve been wonderful sessions. I learned that the Big Horn Basin is considered...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    May 30, 2017

The Battle of Britain

I’ve been doing a lot of reading in the last few weeks, and most of the books I’ve read are about the World War II era, especially the Battle of Britain. There are times in history when events are so chaotic and momentous that fate teeters...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    May 9, 2017

The glossy ibis

As I’ve stated in early columns, I’m not what you would call a birder, but I still watch for birds whenever I’m out. A few days ago, I took a walk over the old bridge and then came back to Worland via the new bridge. While crossing the new...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    May 2, 2017

More rain brings more plants

Three weeks ago I wrote about all the rain we’ve been getting in Worland. Most of the rain fell in March, and I assumed that the unusually rainy March meant a drier April. It seemed that the season was just getting ahead of itself, that we were...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    April 11, 2017

Loving rain in the spring time

As I’m writing this column (on Tuesday, April 4), we seem to be in the middle of our monsoon season. By my count, using figures set out in newspaper weather reports, we’ve received over 1.4 inches of precipitation since the middle of March. Somew...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    March 28, 2017

Birds in spring

I’m not what you would call a “birder”; that is, a person with a deep fascination with birds, who invests a lot in seeds and binoculars, but I do notice birds, especially in the spring. And what I’m seeing recently are creatures that migrate;...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    March 14, 2017

The history of downtown

The other day one of my readers stopped me, said he’d enjoyed my columns about gas stations, and suggested that I write about the history of Worland’s downtown. I was immediately intrigued, although knowing that a discussion about property owned...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    March 7, 2017

Roger Youtz tribute

As all of you know who read the Daily News, Roger Youtz died on Feb. 24 in Billings. Roger was one of my favorite people and I was distressed that he’d passed on, even though he was 93. I first met Roger in the fall of 1958, when starting my...

 

The beauty of living in Worland

The beauty of living in Worland is that you’re so far from major population centers. So, we can enjoy the advantages of small town living, such as knowing your neighbors and having their friendly support, a lower cost of living, and avoiding the...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    February 7, 2017

The 10th Street service stations

In addition to all the gas stations on main street in Worland in the 1950s, there were still more found on 10th Street and further north. Following a hypothetical driver coming from Thermopolis, such a driver could take a left at 10th Street and Big...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    January 31, 2017

The main street service stations

Last week I talked about how a driver coming into Worland from Thermopolis during the 1950s would first cross the bridge that we now know as the old bridge. The first gas station encountered would be Scotty’s Texaco (or, perhaps, Scotty’s...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    January 24, 2017

Geezers know a lot

In my short and modest career as a newspaper columnist, I’ve learned a few things. Importantly, I have learned that geezers know a whole bunch of important things. They may not know much about the Theory of Relativity or the artwork in the Sistine...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    January 3, 2017

How Worland's grocery stores have changed

I’ve noticed how Worland’s grocery stores have changed during my lifetime, but only recently have I looked more closely at this change and realized how extensive it has been. Today, the great majority of the grocery needs of our town are met by...

 

A look at the Electoral College

I don’t usually write about controversial subjects in this column, but there’s one subject that’s arisen lately that I want to talk about. I’m referring to the Electoral College and the push by some folks to abolish it. I’ve also read colum...

 

More notables in the cemetery

As a boy, I always wondered about the source of the street names in my town, and about the men after whom they were named. My recent investigation into the Worland cemetery has provided me with interesting new information. One of the longer streets...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    December 6, 2016

Notables buried in the Worland cemetery

I took a drive into the Worland cemetery last week, entering by the middle gate. My purpose was to find the graves of some of the prominent people in early day Worland. Close to the top of my list was the grave of C. F. (Charles Fremont) Robertson,...

 

Memories of elk hunting

The other day as I was coming home from a walk along the river a young friend drove by and offered me a ride to my house. I climbed in, noticed that my friend had a rifle (he said he was going elk hunting in the coming week) and I asked him the...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    November 1, 2016

Walking with Worland wildlife

I like to take walks from my home at Sixth and Culbertson to Worland’s River View Memorial Gardens. It’s a pleasant trek, with great views of the Big Horns, and I like to commune with my relatives buried in the cemetery (my grandmother, three...

 

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