Cooking in the West


February 19, 2021

Three Japanese officers signing surrender documents on board the USS Bagley, August 31, 1945 off Marcus Island. Virgil E. Gust, second sailor from the left, welcomed them aboard.

I always marvel at the connections I make with people from around the country and the world through writing a humor/recipe column. One day while sitting in my County Superintendent's office, I received a call from Don Williams of Eugene, Oregon. He was researching his relative, Violet Widdecombe, who taught in Sweet Grass County decades ago. After several conversations and emails, we have become e-pals. He was particularly interested in my recent column on Virgil Gust, because he remembered visiting Gust's Department Store in Big Timber as a child. He went on to research Virgil, and he has...

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