Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Quick Trip, But Worthwhile

By Edwin B. Petersen

HELLO FOLKS — The minute men of today are the ones who can make it to the refrigerator and back with a sandwich while the commercial is on. 

FOR A MAN with no experience you're certainly asking a high wage," said the prospective employer.

"Well sir, the work's so much harder when you don't know what you're doing."

WE GOT A fill-in on the Yellowstone Earthquake. My in-laws came to visit us. Some of the incidents were pretty gruesome, but there were some amusing.

Some of the 'shirt tail' relatives had gone up into the mountains near West Yellowstone to cut timber. They took a car and trailer along with enough food to last them several days.

The night of the earthquake they were awakened by a lof of rumbling (missing text).

So they turned over and went back to sleep. The next morning they went to work little knowing what had befallen the area.

Back home the family was greatly concerned when the didn't hear from the 'boys'. So they send word to the rangers to look them up.

The ranger found them busy cutting timber.

"Don't you boys ever get in contact with the folks back home?"

"We do when we get tired of cutting timber?"

"Don't you ever read the papers or listen to the radio."

"Don't have a radio and haven't been to town to see a paper?"

The ranger rode off. A couple of days later they ran out of food and decided to drive into West Yellowstone and stock up. There they found the town in a mess. Stores were closed and streets broken up. They had been almost on top of the disaster and didn't know anything about it until they got back to civilization. It hadn't been bears at all.

I guess the ranger had at least notified the home folks that they were all right.

"No use bothering to tell busy (missing text) the burning issues of the day? Try cutting timber.

THE BLARNEYSTONE Ranch near Hebgan dam had a big barn that stood right in the way of the fault the earthquake made. Part of the barn went down with the fault and the other crumpled to kindling. The drop is 15 feet. Fences were torn down by the quake and one place the cracks appeared every few feet, varying from a few inches to a foot. The horses won't go near the cracks and water and sand bubbled out of them.

FOR ONE fellow the quake was a blessing. Nephew Paul Bragg who covered the disaster for the American Broadcasting Company was offered a handsome position with another radio station. They now live in Idaho Falls.


The 1959 Yellowstone earthquake also known as the Hebgen Lake earthquake was a powerful earthquake that occurred on August 17, 1959  at 11:37 pm (MST) in southwestern Montana, United States. The earthquake was registered at magnitude 7.3 – 7.5 on the Richter scale. The quake caused a huge landslide that caused over 28 fatalities and left $11 million (1959USD, $74.1 million 2006 USD) in damage and also blocked the flow of the Madison River resulting in the creation of Quake Lake. Effects of the earthquake were also felt in Idaho and Wyoming.

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