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Centenarian to give personal history of Dunoir Valley

Aug 11, 2014 - From staff reports

The Dubois resident will speak in the Wind River Lives and Legacies series.

Esther Pickett Wells, a 103-year-old Dubois resident, will be the featured speaker at the third annual Wind River Lives and Legacies presentation Saturday at the Dennison Lodge.

At the free event, Wells will recall her memories of childhood and adolescence in the Dunoir Valley 20 miles west of Dubois, where she lived as a child and spent her summers as a teenager on the HM Ranch, which she later came to own and operate with her husband until it was sold and renamed the Diamond G.

Interviewed on film by part-time Dubois resident Marian Neutra, who has been recording an oral history with Wells over the past year, Wells offers a first-hand account of the life of the Wind River Valley homesteaders: how children amused themselves before electricity, what it was like to cook three meals a day for the haying crew on a wood-burning stove, and life during the long, isolated winters far up a road that was not plowed after snowfalls.

The Wind River Lives and Legacies series is sponsored by the Dubois Museum Association in conjunction with its annual meeting.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. A light reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the DMA Annual Meeting taking place at 6:30 p.m. The event is free of charge.

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