Eighth Annual Reunion
Bennie and Louis Baker
Daneil and Bob Bartlett
Dana and Mary Neidhardt
Joann and Hank Neidhardt
Don, Terry, and Jennifer Petersen, and friend Carrie Evans
Karen, Kevin, and Nikki St. George
Dorrie and Charlie Simpson
Lois and Ray Smith
Ray Jr., Lyrra, and Jason Smith
Linda and Joe Summers
From the Journals of Bennie Haines Baker
A total of twenty-nine family members and friends attended the
eighth reunion. Attendee list was derived from the cabin log, and Bennie Baker's journal,
and may not be complete. Any corrections or additions would be welcome.
From the Homestead Cabin Log
Friday July 11, 1986 Homestead
Left home at 9:07 a.m. Weather nice. Went via Gt. Falls. Stopped in Wolf Creek canyon to
eat our lunch. Got here about 2:00. Don P. & David, Lois & Ray were already there.
Dorrie Chas., & Cecil came shortly after. Then Joann & Hank. We all ate supper together.
Terry, Jennifer & Kerry, Dana & Mary, Daneil, Bob, came later. We walked to outer gate - met
Peg, Penny & Denise, they went back.
Saturday July 12
Cool & cloudy until late afternoon. A bunch of us went up to Park Lake for picnic in
afternoon. Went wading but it was too cold for swimming. Back about 6:00. Karen & Nikki,
Joe & linda, Ray Jr. & kids Lyrra & Jason arrived. Had a bonfire & Joe & Daneil sang &
played the guitars. Bob was at Natnl. Guard & came about 10:00. He flew the helicopter
over & circled & blinked the lights.
Sunday July 13
Lovely day - warmish. D. & I climbed the cliff the easy way. We & Karen hiked to the
lower spring & up over the hill. Men played pinochle and gabbed - women played scrabble &
fixed food, etc. D., Jo, D. and I hiked over to the Clarabelle mine to see where the fire
was last summer and to get quartz chunks for Dorrie. Gregg St. George came out after Karen,
Kevin & Nikki. Others left in late afternoon. Neidhardts, Smiths, Don, David, Daneil & Bob
still here. To bed early.
Monday July 14 - Home again
Nice day. Drove non-stop to Lewistown. Arrived about 2:30.
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July 11 (Friday)
Light breeze & partly cloudy at 7 AM - 52 degrees. quiet, but expected to change
today. Ray & Lois from Gt Fs - 1:30 PM or so. David Petersen from Lakeside 1:45
PM - Ben & Louie Baker from Lwtn 2:10 PM - Dorrie & Charlie Simpson & Cecil from
Libby - 2:35 PM. 8 PM Joann & Hank in. Dana & Mary, Daneil & Bob in at 10:30
Terry & Jennifer & friend Carrie right after. Peg, Penny, Denise up at gate.
July 12 (Saturday)
46 degrees @ 7 a.m. Clear. Karen, Kevin, Nicki out from Hln. 1:30 PM. Part of
crowd going to Park Lake for a picnic. Back about 6 PM - good time. Ray Smith
Jr. Jason, Lyrra came to Park Lake then to homestead. Joe & Linda Summers in at
8 PM. Big fish feed! Bonfire and singing.
July 13 (Sunday)
50 degrees clear - calm. Warm day. Troops started leaving 2:30 PM. After the
hub-bub pinochle and scrabble sessions were held. Women walked over to fire site.
(Dorrie, Bennie, Joann, Daneil, & Lois S.) Some picked rocks. Daneil, Bob, &
David P. went carousing after sun went down. Bright moonlight. Greg St. G. out.
July 14 (Monday)
50 - 7:15 AM - Sunny & calm. A few more people gearing up to leave - DHP, Ben &
Louie, DKP, Cecil, Daneil & Bob, Dorrie & Charlie. 68 degrees - 9:30 PM. Hank &
Ray orgainized supper. Hauled a pickup load of pine needles to mine hole.
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Photos provided by Bennie Baker and Joann Neidhardt.