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J By Red Fenwick Empire Magazine, Denver Post day four years ago, AI Urness walked Yellowstone river at Billings, Mont., into an eight-foot kayak and started way to Miami, Fla. A small crowd on wished him godspeed although they been more dubious about him making if he had set out in the smaller half of bounced around in the water like a at a country dance and when it sun- the rapids a few miles downstream, to wish he had learned how to swim. SeCond day out the kayak leaped skyward Particularly rough stretch of white water, its pilot and took off for Miami alone. boating experience totaled exactly two Saved by a cork lifejacket and caught the next bend. that AI did considerable praying when during that episode because a ago he confided in me that his adven- him many things but that principally a new faith in God. to Go hasn't reached Miami. It is two seasons AI travels only in summer. In the returns to Bill Driskilrs Campstool ranch Wyo., and punches cows. Thus of travel, AI has reached Green- first year he got to Intake, Mont., the second to Vermillion, S. D., the third to Cairo, II1., on the Missis. (March 29) Pat King and sons in Rapid City on and Bill Blakeman re- this weekend from where they attended meting. of Woriand, Wyo. spent Saturday forenoon at the He also called home. Harry Vore were in Belle Fourche Mrs. Gene Reynolds supper guests home. at the W. H. Yore and Mrs. Loy and Mrs. Joe Wyo., Mr. and and daughters, Sharon of Gillette, The upper rivers traversed wild and beautiful country. Deer, coyotes, racoon, muskrat and be~er came to the shores to regard the man in the little boat with curiosity. Those first few years A1 saw few people. There were lonely nights beside a camp- fire and skimpy meals of bacon and beans. The kayak can't carry great provisions. There's barely room for some dry socks and, before he put on the outriggers, A1 says, the darned thing would tip over if he so much as shifted his pipe from one side of his mouth to the other. The River's Own Story Along the way he made sketches from which he l later completed 100 paintings. Now and then he sold portraits to folks he encountered but mostly he just swapped them for grub. Thus far he's been photographed 76 times for newspapers, given,nine radio interviews and been on television five times. He's been spilled 21 times, once made 80 miles in six hours but usually goes far slower. At Memphis, Tenn., a man watched him come ashore, then ran down to express his envy of Al's way of life. He thought it wonderful that A1 could drift literally and figuratively. AI asked what the man did for a living and was told he managed one of the south's higgest industrial enterprises. AI weighs only 130 pounds Wringing wet and per- haps he challenged the river to show he is bigger than the river. Instead, he says, "I learned how insignificant all mankind is -- how puny are our efforts and how fruitless the mad pursuit of wealth. We're only passing through this life -- like a man in a boat. The currents take us where they will." Wyo. and Mrs. Mary Lynn of Sun- dance. Mr. and Mrs. G. E. O/son and children were Sunday visitors at the R. E. Vote home. The men spent pert of the day fishing. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Vore were fishing at the John Crago ranch Sunday forenoon. The pancake supper held at the Farrall hall Friday evening, March 23 in conjunction with the regular meeting of the Redwater Farm Bureau local, was well attended and a good many pancakes disap- Newland peared. Our thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Butt Myers of Hulett; Willet Keyser and Jm Larson for their help. Callers at the Harry Vore ranch this week were Harold Bovee of Belle Fourche, Mr. McDonald of McDonald I m pl e m e n t, Belle Fourche and Floyd Marchant of Spearfish, S. D. Sundance, Wyo. March 29, 1956 Established ISS5 James L Newland, Manager There are over 800 Navy schools, specializing in a multitude~ ~nb~- ~t the education of the sailor. Church News The Mt. Calvary Lutheran con- firmation class met in the church Tuesday afternoon, March 27 with Rev. Robert Hackler of Newcastle in charge. The adult inquiry class also met that evening with Rev. Hackler. Calendar of Coming Events Sunday, April 1st 8:30 a.m.: Easter Worship. 9:30 a.m.: Sunday School. The usual Tuesday meetings will not be held April 3 since Rev. Hackler's Newcastle congregation will be hosts for the Western Pas- toral Conference on that date. Rev. Robert Hackler of New- castle serves the local congrega- tion as vacancy pastor. Friends and visitors are always welcome at services and church activities. Mr. and Mrs. George Watts, Jr. Parents of Son Mr. and Mrs. George Watts, Jr. of Hulett became the parents of a son born March 19th at the John Burns memorial hospital in Belle Fourche. The infant weighed 6 lbs., 13 ozs. and has been named James David, after his great tmcie Jim Watts of '~ortland, Ore. This is the Watts' fourth child and second son. Sunday guests at the Vernon Dick home were Mr. Dick's brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dick of Belle Fourche. Mrs. A. B. Durfee spent Wednes- day to Sunday visiting in Rapid City with her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Kellogg. Mr. Durfee drove to Rapid and brought his wife home Sunday afternoon. Bobby Ewing visited his grand- mother, Mrs. Joe Frank, Saturday afternoon while his mother, Mrs. Gene Ewing was in Spearfish on business. INCOME TAX Byron Bush Hulett, Wyo. 6-15 I sale so that consignors having other than calves and yearhngs nmy , them with their calves and yearlings to i the same sale. This sale is well advertis- i ', ed throughout the corn belt states. Early ' listings of your consignments will be appreciated. Sales Every Thursday Belle Fourehe, 8. D. Tinme 888 Everybody knows about Easter Eggs that the East- er Bunny brings. Lots of folks know about the fine Easter Hams that are al, ways on hand at the Model Grocery. If you have nev- er had a wonderfully ten- derized ham from us, now is the time to sit in on the finest taste treat of your life. Stop in and leave your order for a ham that will make your Easter feast the most successful In years. CATI E REASONABLY PRICED NEWLAND & 80N COLONY, WYOMING Phone 8-1041 WE DELIVEB 8undanee, Wyo.