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Letter to the editor

I have a crazy idea, I am a crazy idea sort of guy. Anyway, you know how we used to have several news columns from various parts of the county. Now we are down to Capitol News. How about having a news column about people who used to live in Ekalaka,...

 

What I have been up to lately

I haven’t written a story for the Eagle recently and I thought some of you might want to know what I have been up to. My daughter Brenda, recently got a job in Sacramento in the field that she was in before she came up here to help me with her...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    August 10, 2018

Snowball fights

One of the things that I enjoyed the most while growing up and going to school in Ekalaka was engaging in snowball fights. New snow did not hold together well enough to make a snowball so you had to wait for awhile. Of course, you couldn't walk on...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    July 20, 2018

Carnivals, circuses and fairs

We always had a carnival come to town, usually in the middle of the summer, during the early days in Ekalaka. Everyone looked forward to it and enjoyed themselves thoroughly when it came. Of course there were the carnival rides, I don't believe that...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    June 29, 2018

My grandma's blindness and other health concerns

We had quite a discussion on Facebook awhile back about my grandma, Lena Coon’s, blindness, so let me tell all of you the story about this and other things. My grandparents, Lena and Fred Coons, homesteaded near Belltower around 1910. My mother...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    June 8, 2018

Rooting for the team

All my life I have seen people rooting for their team or players and have done so myself. My earliest memories are going to the high school football and basketball games as a grade schooler in Ekalaka. That would have been in the 1940s and the early...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    June 1, 2018

Fishing

Fishing was a big part of our life growing up in Ekalaka and Carter County. I have told some of my fishing stories before, but I don't think that I have ever written a story about fishing, so, here goes. Grandma and Grandpa Coons kept a good supply...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    April 20, 2018

A tribute to Ernest Tooke

I don’t remember when I first met Ernest Tooke. I don’t believe that he went to grade school in Ekalaka, but I might be wrong. So when I arrived at CCHS, as a freshman, he was a junior in the same grade as my sister, Bertha. I’m sure that I...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    April 6, 2018

Salesmen and others

Every once in a while, after I tell my daughter, Brenda, a story about Ekalaka, she tells me; “You should write a story about that!” This is what happened with this story. I was telling her about this salesman, Lee Bair. Later I realized that he...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    March 30, 2018

My father's philanthropy

My Father, Lee Lavell, was a most unusual character. Some of you older people in Ekalaka knew him or of him, but I am going to tell you something about him that probably none of you knew. He just did it and never told anybody except his family about...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    March 16, 2018

A tribute to women

Upon reading the latest Sykes-Belltower history in the Eagle, I am reminded once again about the great debt that we owe to women and how important they are in our history and indeed to our present. Two ladies stood out in this story. One was...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Opinion    March 2, 2018

Letter to the editor

Someone close to me told me recently that my last two stories in the Eagle were hurtful to the descendants of those that I wrote about. If I have hurt anyone by my stories, the last two, or the ones before that, I sincerely apologize. I especially...

 

My adventures with bananas

Bananas are a wonderful fruit. They are easy to peel and eat; most people like them although some more so than others, of course. My wife Joanne, usually called Jo, took a notion that she didn't like them some years back. She thought that she saw a...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    February 9, 2018

Colorful characters of Carter County

There were a number of colorful characters hanging around Carter County in the early days, probably still are. When I first thought about writing about this I figured that I would have a wealth of persons to talk about but after thinking more didn't...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    February 2, 2018

A tribute to Tootie Boggs

I was saddened to read in the Eagle about the passing of Tootie Boggs. My brother Charles had already told me about her when he saw it online in the Miles City Star. Tootie was a real friend and fixture in the lives of all of the Lavell children....

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    October 13, 2017

My chores growing up

Growing up in Ekalaka and Carter County, I always had a lot of chores to do. I first milked a cow and retained the milk, at the age of 4 and that was pretty much my job from then on. We always had a milk cow and sometimes more than one. One time my...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    August 18, 2017

Exploring the hills and forests

I had to do a lot of chores when I was a kid and teenager in Ekalaka. Despite that, my favorite thing to do was to explore the hills and forest behind and around our home. Sometimes I went with other boys from town and sometimes I even went alone. It...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    July 14, 2017

School lunches in Ekalaka

When I read in the Eagle about our Ekalaka school lunch system getting an award from the state it reminded me of my experiences with Ekalaka school lunches. Congratulations to all of the workers and to Eric’s mother who heads it up. We didn’t...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    June 16, 2017

Fun and games on the farm

We never actually lived on a farm or ranch during my stay in Ekalaka and Carter County but I spent a lot of time on my grandparents farm. In a sense, we lived on a farm also because even on the 4 acres at our first house in Ekalaka or the 152 acres...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    May 5, 2017

Houses where we lived in Carter County

We lived in numerous houses in Carter County and some out of it when I was growing up. Some of them, I do not remember so I will tell you about only the ones I do remember. We do have some writings by my mother called, The Travels and Travails of...

 

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