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By on November 12, 2013
Kroger Family Rams
Kroger Family Rams

Kroger Family Rams

The Billings Gazette ran a feel-good story about a father-son team that both drew an elusive bighorn sheep tag, and harvested monster rams on the same day.

Jacksonite Brett Kroger and his 12-year-old son, Adam, both drew permits for sheep with Adam scoring his on the first try, which is rare.

Brett knocked his bighorn down on the final day of August outside of Meeteetse. By the time they packed the ram out it was getting late and Brett was willing to call it a day. But Adam, who was still recovering from major surgery on both his thighs, was raring to go back out and look for a different large ram they had seen earlier.

Caught up in his son’s enthusiasm, Brett agreed and they soon came upon the ram again. Adam made the shot from 225 yards out. His dad took down his sheep with two shots from 125 yards. Both rams scored well with a 16-inch base and 35-inch horns for Adam’s, and a 15-inch base and 39-inch curls for Brett.

Adam also became one of the youngest in the state to bag a bighorn.

James Cash Penney

James Cash Penney

Wyo. business renegades
James Cash Penney put Kemmerer on the map with his flagship retail outlet that became the nationally known department store chain of its day. It all began with a $1,500 loan and the idea that customers willing to pay cash should be offered the lowest price possible.
The original store went up on the corner of Kemmerer’s downtown Triangle in 1902. The store and eventual chain was first named Golden Rule. By 1929, a newer building was erected on the corner of Main and JC Penney Drive with the new store and nationwide chain taking the name of its founder.“By the first store’s 25th anniversary in 1927, the company’s new moniker, ‘J.C. Penney,’ was a household name around America and boasted 892 stores in the country and $151 million in sales,” wrote Leah Todd of the Casper Star Tribune.

Penney’s story is being recycled in newspapers across the state because JC was inducted into the newly established Wyoming Business Hall of Fame along with W. Edwards Deming, H.A. “Dave” True, Homer Scott Sr. and Clarene Law.

Law, who owns and operates 400 rooms worth of hotel in Jackson will be inducted as a Contemporary Award honoree – a category created to recognize post-1986 contributions to business excellence in Wyoming.

Law came to Jackson in 1958, working as a bookkeeper for The Wort Hotel. She bought the Antler Inn in 1959 and has since gone on to become a mainstay in Jackson’s hospitality industry.

Law intends to be on hand for a kickoff gala dinner at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne on November 19.

Painting by Guy Coheleach

Painting by Guy Coheleach

Cool cat
It’s not exactly National Geographic but Guy Coheleach’s painting of a cheetah resting on a tree branch made the cover of Wealth Management digital. The work called Pensive sold for $19,890 at the recent Jackson Hole Art Auction on September 14.

Coheleach is a well-respected wildlife artist known especially for his numerous adventures in Africa.

Dog heaven
First off, welcome to Jackson Hole, Arlene. And that goes for your little dog, too.

Arlene asked Fresno Bee advice columnist Jack Haskins (“The Old Trainer”) column by Jack Haskins the other day about her Samoyed who showed a penchant for staying outdoors on cold nights.“My husband and I moved from Wichita, Kan., to Jackson, Wyo. Lola, our 5-year-old Samoyed, stayed outside in the winter in Wichita. It is much colder here and gets down to zero at night, but she still insists on staying out at night. Last night and I heard her howling … when I called her in she wanted right back out. We have a good doghouse, but can she take that kind of cold?”

Haskins told Arlene not to worry, Samoyeds originated in the Arctic area of Siberia and, comparatively, a Jackson Hole winter would be “child’s play” for her.

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