Walpole; and am now reading a biography of Cecil Rhodes. Have I ever mentioned Son’s book, “Paul Bunyan?” Very interesting – magnificent absurdities. I do not recall the names of the others that I read. Son is still working on “The Wyoming News,” at Worland. How I so hope he will succeed!

Postal stamp Nov. 28, 1935, Lysite, Wyo – Thanksgiving day, in the morning (8:30 am). Rex Lewis & wife (Frances), Glenn & will, Swaim, Dad, Don and I are to eat dinner at Lewis’. Son may be home from Worland in the evening, for the dance.

Dec 3 – Books I am going to read. I have them from the library. “The Economy of Abundance,” by Stuart Chase; “The Oregon Trail,” by Parkman, and, “The Spy Paramount,” by Oppenheim.

Page 152 – Postal stamp, Dec. 4, 1953 Lysite Wyo. Today is our wedding anniversary. We were married two years ago.

Dec. 5 – Stuart Chase, in his book, “The Economy of Abundance,” on page 250, says, “Even as I write, the Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago “Tribune,” impressive organization of bankers, frozen with horror at Mr. Roosevelt’s appraisal of technological realities are crying, ‘Back, back to the good old days.’ And how, pray, are they crying? Through printing presses controlled by photoelectric cells; through a telephone network covering 20,000,000 unit instruments; through the ether whose waves must be counted and allocated; through a telegraph system which spans the globe; through… but what’s the use? These gentlemen have their legs in a live world and their heads in a dead one. They apparently want to retreat to stagecoach institutions, yet fly about in airplanes.”

Dec. 19 – More Books – Also have been reading – have read in fact, “Without Armor,” by James Hilton; “Two Black Sheep,” by Warwick Deeping, and I sketched because I did not have time to read, “Charmed Circles,” by H. C. Chatfield Taylor. Don also read a book about Scotland. Also, did I mention that I read a biography of Cecil Rhodes. Am afraid I’ve missed putting down a lot of them. One of them was “Cannibal Quest,” by Gordon Sinclair.

Postal Stamp Dec. 20, 1935 – The anniversary of my birthday. I am 45 (Dec. 20)

Jan. 22, 1936 – Books I am now reading or have read. “While Rome Burns,” Woolcott; Haggard’s, “The Lady of the Heavens;” “Panorama of Modern Literature” – a collection of short stories; “Pride &

Prejudice,” by Austin; “Native’s Return,” by Adamic; “A Lantern in her Hand,” by Aldnich; “Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire,” Vol. 1 by Gibbons; and “Enchanted Here,” by Hambridge.
In the latter book the author says he grows only special hard to get vegetables; asparagus comes on first in spring, then peas; then immature string beans; then corn, golden (illegible) tomatoes –( These latter can be planted to last a long time) lima beans, swiss chard & carrots & lettuce. Plan garden care fully on paper. First, have new coming on when the old goes. A packet will do of almost everything except corn – for it, 1 ½ lbs; peas 1 ½ lb; limas ½ lb, and string beans 1 ½ lbs. Keep a drawing of the garden, with beds numbered & written down – helps in rotating corps. Grow beans, peas or limas in each bed, and then, lime the garden occasionally (but not the strawberries). Also use fertilizer. Use manure if you can get it.
King George IV39> of England died just before midnight day before yesterday, Jan 20. We got the news earlier in the evening here, for when it is midnight in England it is several hours earlier here. The news came over the radio, of course, and was re-enacted by the “March of Time,” a program put on at (here) Mountain Time at 8:30 pm by the weekly news magazine, “time,” for Remington Rand typewriter Co. Page 153 -- Also, it came earlier over another news broadcast. Within 12 hours the Prince of Wales – Edward, was proclaimed Edward VIII40, King of England. Edward is about four years younger than I am. He is 41, and a bachelor. He was (and is) very popular with everyone. Queen (mother) Mary will be his official hostess. He will be crowned about a year from now.
Don is out in camp again, herding the bucks – about 60 head, and a few small lambs and an old ewe or two. He is camped at the Robson & Scott sheds & corrals. He went out on the 13th.
There was a dance here on Dec. 28, and there is to be another on Jan. 25.
Lillian, Howard’s wife sang over the radio again the 20th – one of her own songs. Swaim (Lewis) is up in Billings just now, and he says the orchestras in Billings are asking for the music for the song she sang. Howard has been cooking at the Heidelberg Inn, and is going to take charge of the restaurant part as soon as it is remodeled. Swaim is up there just now, and is working.
Son Henry is doing very well in his work on The Wyoming News, I believe.

39Should be George V.
40Edward abdicates and his brother George becomes George VI.


I got 96 lbs. of “pinto” beans the other day, and am canning some of them in glass. They make good eating. I use the pressure cooker. Did I mention that I have a new little dog – a cross between a toy and fox terrier? He is about 4 months old – I call him “Robbie.” (He is Robbie, Robson a euphonious41 sounding name, isn’t it?) Rudyard Kipling died a few days ago, too – just before King George died.
There is a good deal of snow up on “our mountains” – ie – on the Bighorns to the north & east of us – and we are hoping for more water this year for crops, etc.
Everyone is pretty well here this winter, so far. Not many cold’s nor much illness.

Jan. 23 – How oddly the weatherman behaves! Yesterday was a wonderful day here, it was thawing, the sun was shining, and there was a smell of spring in the air. It is now about 6:50 am. And I just heard over the radio from the Lincoln (Neb.) station that it has been eleven below zero for the past 15 hours!

Postal Stamp Feb. 29, 1936 Lysite, Wyo. On Feb. 15 – Arthur MacNee died in the Bishop Randall hospital in Lander and was buried in Lander. I understand he had about $120 in traveller’s checks and a sheep wagon – which should be about enough, in all, to pay his funeral expenses.

Mar. 30 – “Wake up and Live,” by Dorothea Brande. Ten exercises for success: 1 Spend an hour every day without saying anything except in answer to direct questions; 2 Learn to think for half an hour a day exclusively on one subject; Page 154 -- 3 Write a letter without once using the following words: I, me, my or mine; 4 Talk for fifteen minutes a day without using I, me, my or mine; 5 Write a letter in a successful or placid tone (must be true) 6 Keep a new acquaintance talking about himself without allowing him to become conscious of what you are doing 7. Talk exclusively about yourself without complaining, boasting or, (if possible) boring your companion. 8 Plan two hours a day, and live according to the plan; 9 Arrange to put yourself into situations where you must act nonhabitually , where you must adapt yourself; 10 (an alternative to the above) From time to time give yourself a day in which you say “yes” to every request which is at all reasonable.

April 4 – Well, Hauptman was sent to the electric chair last night about 6:47 pm. Mountain Time. Many doubt his guilt. But I believe he was guilty.

41eu•pho•ni•ous adj. Pleasing or agreeable to the ear.

Undoubtedly, politics played a large part in the affair. Governor Hoffman of New Jersey, intervened, and caused a stay of execution two or three times.
Easter will be on April 12 this year.
Did I say that our pup, Robbie got run over by Jack Golder’s truck, and Josie (Carson) got us another from the same litter – we call him “Pal.” He looks almost like Robbie?. We got a harness for him yesterday & chain. He is about 7 months old now. I just read Christopher Morley’s, “The Haunted Bookshop.” It is fairly good, but reeks with remembrances of the world war. The villain is a German! We prepared our front room in March, after much labor and pain. Also varnished woodwork and waxed the floor – which latter is hardwood maple with the scars of many battles on its surface.

Apr 10 -- Today is Frank Philp’s birthday. I did not ask him his age.

April 13 – Don is gone out to camp & prepare for shearing, and Son & Dad are working at Lost Cabin on the “shed-lambing.” We had a dance Saturday, April 11. Although we had not advertised it much, we had quite a crowd. Had an orchestra from Paradise Valley, and some “Townsend Old Age Pension” talks. They were trying to get members. Also, Mrs. Jensen, our teacher, had a tap-dancing program for her school.
Page 155 -- I must tell you Diary, what Don (my husband) said to me at the dance – it pleased my 45 years so much! “La Visa is the prettiest girl here tonight.” I said to Don, while we were seated together watching the crowd ad the dance. “Yes,” he said, “Prettier than everyone except you.” I looked at him, expecting he was joking, but he said, with sincerity – “I mean it – you are the best looking woman here tonight.” “In your eyes at least,” I said. “No,” he insisted,” I’d say it whether you were my wife, or not – “… How lovely!! Even though I am past 45 years old! Don is a sincere person, and not given to undue complimenting! So I believe he meant it..
Herold Day is seriously ill with pneumonia.
What a lot of scribbling in this book I have done? What memorable things I have mentioned, and what memorable happenings I have left out! One does not mention all things, even “important” ones, in a diary.

(Top Margin) “Death Valley Scotty” says: “Never show your hole card; never commercialize yourself, and always play to the gallery.”

May 4 – Son’s “Birthday” – 27 years old.


Have been reading a little – Ann Lindberg’s, “North to the Orient” – not very good; and “Katharine, Portrait of an Empress,” by Gina Kaus. Also have ordered more from the library.
Baby chicks came in (I believe) Apr. 30 I have some specially prepared feed – Purina Baby Chick Starter, and I never saw chicks eat like they do – or grow as they are growing. They are the finest white leghorns I could buy.

June 9 – Mrs. Theo Johns was 65 years old last Nov. 29 – (on Nov. 29, 1935). (Later note – She died a few days ago. This date Nov. 7, 1942.)

(Top Margin) Drain hole in well made for 3/8 inch pipe July 14, 1936.

Dec. 9 – Among many other books I have read, “More Zest for Life,” by Laird. “Life in Elizabethan Days,” Davis, and “Walk with me Lad,” Monroe –

1937 Feb. 17 – Yes, here we are in another year, and I have not been writing in this book much lately. Most of my extra writing efforts have gone in on a story of my life, written down in a big scrapbook42.

Mar 12 – T.S.Stribling in the last of his three book, “Unfinished Cathedral,” (the two preceeding ones are, “The Forge,” and, “The Store.”) has one of his characters Jerry Catlin, to say, in his theme, “If there be no God, the Christian Attitude is Best.” He showed them that not only was it best ethically, spiritually and socially, but it was best biologically. Only religious nations were crescent nations. Only religious people with the vision of God in their hears moved undauntedly forward through the accidents and disasters of this life to high racial destinies. The ancient illustration in Exodus, God led the children of Israel as a pillar of fire by night and cloud of smoke by day is as true of modern nations today as it was of a handful of wandering Jews three thousand years ago. “I do not ask you, friends,” said Jerry in his peroration, “What is your literal faith. I am no inquisition probing the cloistered chambers of the soul. All that I ask is that you lift your eyes to the noblest, the most inspiring ideal ever figured on the heart of man. Be that figure real or ideal, no man can say. But the categorical imperative of its existence in the lives and hears of humanity today, no skeptic can question.” Page 156 – (Top Margin) Mrs.O. was “afraid of what he (Hal) might say” when he was drunk in Nov or Dec 1935.

42March 2004, the whereabouts of this scrapbook are unknown.

Sept. 24, 1937 – The President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt came through Lysite on the C.B.& T. Railroad, at about 7:50 or 7:55 pm. Today. A number of us were down to the train, which topped to take water. President Roosevelt was in the back coach and we went back there and saw him. We also saw his wife, Mrs. Roosevelt, through the car window.
So many thing happening that it is hard to think of them all. Bertha (Logan) is home on her holiday – she is to take her last year of training (6 mo.) in Denver. Swaim Lewis also was home for a few days, before starting for Hawaii, where he is to be stationed for the next two years. He is now radio man third, and I understand, has climbed rapidly to his present position. Son is herding sheep for Knapp & Philp. Father is down from the mountains. Aunt Rachael Swaim and her grandson Ted, (Ed Fairchild’s boy) were here this summer on a short visit. She and mamma were good friends when we lived in Minnesota. I did not remember her, as I was only a little past two when we left there. Howard & Lillian separated, and Howard is married again, and I think Lillian soon will be. Lillian got Miriam. Howard and his second wife Dorothy, have a baby boy, born in Aug. I believe, named after Will – William Irvin Lewis. Rex and Frances also have a boy, born this month, Richard Glenn Lewis.
All of Pearl’s children are now married, except Richard and Wayne. Page 157 --
Regarding lists of books read – it becomes somewhat boring eternally to be listing them here. But I have read a good many recently – some “murder mysteries” and some good books. At present am reading, “Once a Grand Duke,” by Alexander, Grand Duke of Russia. It is very interesting. We are having a “cold snap” just now – the first of the season.

Nov. 9 – Today, Jack Wynn told me this is his birthday, and he is 79 years old. He must have been born Nov. 9, 1858.

Nov. 29 – Time does indeed fly. I have been busy, as usual, and am feeling well when I take care of myself. Soon will be forty-seven years old. Have read a good deal in the past year or so, but have neglected recording it here. Well, you who read this probably will not care what I have read, will you? Only I am interested in the matter. But for me life has been a continual progression of – shall I say knowledge, or wisdom? The latter, I hope. I like people, but I no longer believe in them explicitly – an am not worried about it. In all my life I have tried to be true to the “truth” as I saw it. This inevitably has led to a knowledge of reality of life. It is very satisfying – to


be completely honest and unpretentious. What a nuisance it is to be otherwise. But I know that youth is the time for learning self control and self respect. It would be hard to learn in later years.

Postal Stamp Dec.20, 1937 Lysite, Wyo – Forty-seven years old, today. And here’s a picture taken on Nov. 25 – (Thanksgiving), at the house across the street.

Thanksgiving day, 1937 – Nov. 25: Pictured are Henry E. Jensen (Son), Lovina, dad – (CC Swaim) and Don – Dog - Pal.

April 11, 1938 -- Mrs. Wm. Igoe told me today that she read her fortune in a teacup today, and saw “KA.I 1-J – and a coffin.” She thinks she is going to die on June, July or Jan. 1. Let’s see if it happens!
Rex Lewis’ wife and baby are at sister Glenn’s place now. Francis is about 20 years old. The baby “Dickie” is about 7 months old. Glenn got the Star route mail contract between Lysite and Badwater – (former Badwater post office).
I think I will finish the puff quilt this summer, or possibly this spring. I started it a couple of years ago, got sick of it and quit it. It is going to be pretty, although my machine stitches show on the right side. There are 1116 puffs in int. It is 36 puffs long and 31 puffs wide. I have bought some cotton flannel to go next to the puffs (on the back) and then will put silk on the outside.

Page 158 – Mar. 20, 1942 – It has been almost five years since I wrote last in this book. There are many things I could say – many events of which I could tell – but somehow one doesn’t tell them in her diary. Perhaps I shall write some them elsewhere.
Son, Hal is married. He was married on Jan. 6-1940 to Clara Patterson Tisdale. She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Henry H. Patterson, of 1115 South Jackson St. in Casper. She had been married to John Tisdale of Bigtrails, and had divorced him. When Hal met her, she was teaching school out southwest of

Hiland, Wyo. Hal was teaching the Bird School – his first year of teaching – in the fall, I believe of 1938. She is a very charming and capable woman.
Well in this year of our Lord, AD 1942 we are again at war with Germany – also with Japan.
In 1939-40 Germany successively, and without much opposition took nearly all of Europe – one country at a time. England finally got into the affray, and on Dec. 7 while the special Japanese envoy was at Washington, D.C. negotiating for peace, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, our great Naval Base in the Pacific Ocean. Japan has been preparing for war with us for years – beyond question.
The whole trouble is, of course, commercial, as are all other national troubles. Greed and selfishness wreak havoc with the human race, and with all of nature, as well.

Sept. 10, 1942 – The war advances. Our forces are all over the world – Australia, India, China, Africa, North Ireland, England, Aleutian Islands, South Pacific Islands. We were unprepared for war, of course, as usual. We must have several million men under arms, and in foreign countries, now.
Son, Hal, hasn’t been called yet, being married. But we don’t know when he may be called.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is president for a third term, a fact unprecedented in United States History. For the third term he was opposed by Wendell Wilkie, Republican nominee.
Page 159 – There are so many things about which to write, that I do not know which to choose. Perhaps history can do a better job of it than I can do.
In northern Wyoming, near Cody, is a camp of Japanese. It was found that too many Japanese on the pacific coast were aiding the enemy Japanese, so all Japanese were moved from that area. Wyo. got some of them at Cody. They are on land that is under an irrigation project. They are paid $50.00 per month, I understand, for living expenses. I hear some of them are to help harvest beets, etc. in this state.
We have been rationed on sugar and probably will be rationed on other foods soon, beginning with meat. Of course, we who raise meat are not so strictly controlled.
Rubber is a vital necessity to our civilization – or shall I say barbarism? – The Nips have taken our rubber source. We could easily obtain more from South American forests, but politics play funny tricks. Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, now in the U.S. says she can’t pay back her war debt to us if she can’t sell us her rubber. So we aren’t beginning the importation of South American rubber. Some – yes, probably many of our boys will die because Holland must pay her war debt to us in rubber.


I think we will own the whole world when this war is over and can’t collect. This Lease Lend Bill should have included a mortgage of land to put teeth in it.

Apr 19, 1943 – Apparently Hitler will be 54 years old tomorrow – April 20, 1943.
Dad (C.C. Swaim) is very ill. He is 81 years old.

April 12, 1944 9:30 pm – Dad died on May 5, 1943 at about 2:30 am. He was buried at the Lost Cabin graveyard. We miss him.
Page 160 -- Today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died, at Warm Springs, Georgia, at 3:35 pm, eastern war time (one hour ahead of correct time) of cerebral hemorrhage. I think I got the first news of it flashed to the world over the radio. I had tuned in to get the correct time, and was listening – (or rather not listening) to a current serial play, when in the middle of the play over KOA in Denver came an interruption, “The President, Franklin Roosevelt is dead. I repeat, the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, is dead.” I was shocked, until I shook. And I am not easily upset. I went to the post office door, and shouted to the women emerging from the clubhouse, and told them. They relayed it on to someone, (Bill Ramage’s , I think) and in a few minutes it was all over the village. Since then I have had the radio turned on constantly, (except when I was at the train for mail) and have heard the comments of the world. Vice President Harry Truman, of Missouri succeeds him and has already been sworn in. Mr. Roosevelt was starting in on his fourth term as president of the United States. He was respected and revered all over the world. The usual radio programs are cancelled, and I haven hearing of all that occurred in the Capitol today & recently. High officials of church & state, hymns, exquisite music. The President’s four sons are all in the war, and, I think overseas. We have eight or ten millions of men in the armed service.
My son, Hal (Henry E. Jensen) has still never been called, but he tried to join and was told to go back to his work. His work has been school teaching and sheep camp moving, so it is “essential work,” apparently. He will be 36 on May 4, 1945.
We have sold our sheep, but kept the land.
We have $7500 or more in bonds.

Aug. 14 – Japan sent a note of surrender, which was received by President Truman today. Germany fell in May – about May 9, I believe. The Allies are now occupying Germany. There is a great celebration going on tonight, all over the U.S.A and in England, Russia, and China.

Aug. 15 – We sat up until almost midnight last night, listening to the radio, from all over the USA – and the Pacific Islands where our forces are located. Japan’s surrender was according to the Potsdam ultimatum, total. They had previously asked that their emperor Hirohito (? Spelled right?) be retained, and the Allies believed he would be a good “head” to work through, in re-establishing order in Japan. Our General Mac Arthur, who had charge of the Pacific war is to be in charge of Japan.
Page 161 – About ten days ago, our first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. The Second one was dropped a few days later, and it was after that that Japan sued for peace. Russia entered the war against Japan after the first atomic bomb struck. She had her forces massed and ready. She is now driving through Jap held territory. There is still some fear of treachery from the Japs. Their word is not to be trusted. They are very treacherous – backstabbing.

May 19 – 1956 – It has been 12 years since I last wrote in this book. I am now 65 years old – and still at my “postmastering” job – It is over 40 years since I was appointed postmaster here in Lysite, Wyo. Don and I are both pretty well – so are Hal & Clara, who live here in the old Lloyd house.
The older I grow, the less I am inclined to talk. I look back on the 44 years of writing in this book – see foolishness, vanity, & some wisdom, & service. I now know that “love is the fulfilling of the law.” Love is the ideal transformer of character, & life, if we use it wisely.
On June 29 – 1947 I began an experience which has led back to the Father’s House for me.
Fear has largely been overcome in me, and I am in a peace that is seldom broken. It is not an accident. I have worked for it. Lovina.

Aug. 26 – 1958 – I retired from my postmaster’s job here in Lysite last Nov. 30 – (1957). I had served for 42 years – from Nov. 18, 1915 to Nov. 30 – 1957. Actually my commission was dated Nov. 19 – 1915. As soon as I could do so, after retiring, we took Don to the Veteran’s Hospital in Cheyenne, (Wyo.) where he was for 5 weeks, and underwent an operation removing his gall-bladder – He seems to feel all right again.
I shall be 68 this coming Dec. 20. Don was 71 last Apr. 15: (1958)
Hal & Clara are teaching at Jeffrey City, Wyo. this winter. Each will get a salary of $4500.00 in 12 payment – instead of nine. They went to school in Laramie the first half of the summer quarter, this year.


Page 162 – Bill Ramage Sr. died about 3 weeks ago – heart.
I am still reading – though not so much as I used to do. Am at present interested in “the ancient wisdom,” occultism, and theosophy – and the new books on religions. I have quite a good – though small – library on these subjects. Have such books as Dr. RM Bucke’s, “Cosmic Conciousness,” Fort’s Books, Stewart, Edward White’s books – “The Betty Book,” & the following books of Whites: 43
We have free television – channel 10 comes in fine from Boysen Peak.

May 5, 1981 – Have been reading back over this diary, and I find that as wisdom has come to me with age – at least some wisdom, I know that there is a real truth in Christianity, but it is not totally what we were taught in the church.
I was ninety years old last Dec. 20 – 1980, and I have had some long thoughts. (My eyes are not so good any more. But I still read – though my tastes have changed.) And the world around us has changed – especially in morals and not entirely for the better.
I have had some strange experiences – or strange to me.
I have no one left now except my son, Henry (Hal) and his wife Clara. Also Dorothy Logan Kohler – who is now 60 years old.
My dear Don died Dec. 23 – 1971 – I still grieve for him.
There are many things that I have not told.
Looking back, though, at all the writing I did in this book, I read things about which I had forgotten, and some things that I could have included that I left out – perhaps wisely.
Looking back into my ideas, in many ways, they have changed – or, I might say, have grown. I have been well grounded in the Christian faith, and believed – or rather hoped that I believed it. Then came a phase of questioning . I have now weathered that and am back again to the Christian faith, but with something added. Page 163 -- For I do now know that the Bible is true – a history, and a directive way of life, and also in some instances, a symbolism –
I now believe that we are indeed “Sons of God”. I know, within myself, that there is only one reality in the Universe, from which came all creation: that reality is “Conciousness” or “awareness”. For lack of a better name, I call it “God” – a great wise and (basically) good soul. We are atoms of that soul – all creation is.
Our racial awareness – the degree of it, depends upon our ability to think and to know. We are human – and as such are somewhat further up the

43She does not list the books.

ladder to God than are the non human. But many non humans – animals, birds – etc innately “know” anything they should know.
I believe in “miracles, in the Holy Spirit, too – wherein we can at least momentarily contact the mind of God – because we are indeed “sons of God” and these beliefs are all a part of the teaching of our Christian Bible – though they have not been sufficiently taught.

Thursday May 7, 1981 – I just ran across my mention, farther back about the $75.00 a year I was rated or paid, for my work at Treasurer of District 40 – that did not last long, as we found out that the State (Wyo.) had a law against it. I did not reimburse – never thought of it. But recently I got to thinking of it, and gave Clara a check for $225.00 (more than enough, I’m sure) to buy some new drapes or curtains for the schoolhouse windows, in the south room here in Lysite – re-payment of an old debt.
I have a mind to see if this community can’t raise enough money to buy a standard size movie camera, so the community can have some of those nice old movies we used to have – Many of the present movies are unacceptable in many ways, to a great many people – I am one of these.
Page 164 – I believe I have failed to mention that our Badwater valley is a good sized gas (natural) producing field, and some of us who happened to have a little land filed on before FDR and others took the Oil and Gas rights from Wyo. citizens have been profiting – more or less by our ownership.

May 9, 1981 – When Don died he and I had made his part of the sheep land to Hal & Clara, with survivor control by us – Don & me. We have 320 acres of his 640 acre homestead on Poison Creek, and 40 acres of originally script land in the “Shallenberger Spring”. Also my father have his 400 acre homestead to Glenn & me – undivided, Glenn gave her half (still undivided) to her sons, Rex and Swaim Lewis (Howard was dead and Glenn had given his family a year’s rent to help them afterward, and that was all she could afford.) Of that 400 acres, 200 was mine, and it was for Son Hal & Clara –
We leased it for Oil & Gas a while back for $1500.00. I could not see why it was wanted – the lease for gas & oil, but the Energy Co. spoke of the “over thrust” – a possible source. The land of ours, listed above carries with it the oil, gas & mineral rights. The Badwater drainage area has a good many oil wells – (a little oil, and a lot of gas)
We are living here in this small village of Lysite in the midst of a lot of heavy traffic. The Moneta-Lysite and the Lysite-Lost Cabin road is


paved – the big oil companies saw to that. The Fremont County Commissioners, in charge of roads, for many years promised us a paved road, and each year some other part of the county got it.
We also have our town lots here leased, as a part of a unit.
There are quite a number of mobile homes here now. Things have changed greatly here. Most of the original inhabitants of Lysite have either died or have moved away. I am the oldest one around here – 90 yrs old on Dec 20 – 1980.
Page 165 – I believe I failed to note here in this book that Minnie’s oldest daughter, Bertha, killed herself in 1978. Why, none of us know. It was a blow to all of us. Dorothy, Minnie’s youngest daughter (Born Mar. 13, 1921) is now 60 years old. Had 4 children – divorced John Kohler, and is living in Riverton Wyo. Has a job, too.
Ronald Reagan won the presidential election last Nov. I am afraid of what he will do to the country. This country – the USA – is being overrun with many millions of aliens, illegally entered – from Mexico, West Indies & other places.
Prices of commodities and also wages are extremely high, but the average citizen, including ourselves also, is living much better than we used to live. We have all the conveniences of these times – electricity & what goes with it.
The Willoughby Hotel is gone – no hotel here now. The Lysite Store is owned by Bill Ramage Jr and sister Mavis Braddock – We still have the two room schoolhouse, but no school here. The Wyo legislature passed a ruling that school districts without a high school much merge with a near district that had a high school. We now belong to the Shoshoni school district and the children here are bused to Shoshoni. It is too far for small children – about 56 miles daily, from Lysite, but going up the creek (Badwater) the distance runs much more.
I shall be leaving some books that I hope and pray will be place in sympathetic and appreciative hands – My “special” books on religion and allied subjects. They have been carefully chosen, some hardback and some paperback – and many of them are now out of print. Also I sent to London, England for a few of them. They are not the ordinary run of these kind of books – those that are just made to sell, but are worthwhile reading.

May 12, 1981 – I have written more about things in my big blue address book – the big “Christmas list & address” one44 – I seem to have a limited amount of psychic (and or) occult ability for years unknown to me.

44 March 2004, the whereabouts of this address book is unknown.

Page 166 – Dec. 5 – I have had quite a number of psychic – or really, occult experiences in the past years. For instance, I get people’s feelings what they are feeling, as if they were my own, but they do not connect up with my own thoughts. This frequently happens.
Last night, (night of Dec 4, 1981) I went to bed early, slept 3 or 4 hours and awoke, restless. I got up & sat in the chair in front of heating stove. There came to me a terror, and I mean terror as if it were mine, but it had no connection with anything of that sort in my thoughts. I do not know from whom it came. (Sometimes I know), but I am concerned about it. Who is in terror near or far? I wonder if it could be Dorothy Logan-Kohler? She is having eye trouble & operations – is someone menacing her for her lately received lease money on her father’s land – (oil & gas lease).
I put in a good part of last night praying over the matter. But it may not be Dorothy – maybe it is someone else.
I pray God to protect us from the evil ones.
The present trend seems to be groups of criminals preying on the helpless.
God help us! Where is it going to end?

Page 169 – Oct. 19- 1982 –Tuesday – I have been thinking of times long past. The special reason for this remembrance is that Dr. Juan Okie, of Mexico – (his mother was J. B. Okie’s third wife) was here last Saturday evening, with his wife, looking for information about his father.
It has brought back memories, long forgotten – Mr. Okie (J.B.) told me he could (or did?) marry a woman in Mexico, in the Catholic Church, and it would not be legal since Mexico requires a civil ceremony also in order to make it legal. He said something like that to me, and I was astonished that he would think of such a thing. I said, “You had better look out, or you will get into trouble, the Catholics take these sort of things seriously.” J. B. Okie sired two children in this third marriage of his – apparently the Catholic ceremony, or did he marry her civilly also? J.B. Okie told me he was dividing up his property among his children.
Apparently, he left out the two Mexican children.
Their mother is said to have been the daughter of a former Mexican president – not of humble birth, by any means.
The Mexican children apparently did not share in Okie’s fortune. Could it have been that he actually believed he was not married to her? Was that remark he made to me about having a religious marriage ceremony only? I can hardly believe such a contemptible act made by him. But looks like he did


such a thing, for these two children did not receive their shares of the fortune, apparently.
Juan is a doctor – a physician, his card says. It is said that the two children had a hard time financially.
Juan was here last Saturday (Oct 16) looking for information about his father. My niece Dorothy Logan Kohler was here visiting with me then when Juan & his wife came. I loaned him, Dr. Okie, my copy of Karen Love’s book about J. B. Okie – he was going to try to get a copy for himself.
Son, Hal had got permission of Karen Love to make a copy for himself – he made 2 or 3 copies I think, on the Hot Springs County copying machine. (the REA machine) Hal said the book was copy righted, but never (at that time) officially printed.
I had sent Juan over to see Hugh Day at Riverton. I called up Hugh today and told him I was worried because I had not known about the copyright & I was afraid Juan would get into trouble over it – (Printing one copy for himself) Hugh said he did not think so, since he is – or was – J B Okie’s son.
I am inclined to now to think that J B Okie’s death by drownding was not accidental.

Lovina S. Robson, Lysite Wyo.
Box 165 82642 Oct. 20 - 198245

Handwriting – 1912

45This is the last entry in the ledger book Lovina used as a diary. The other books she references have not been located at this printing. She lived 5 more years and died 3 days short of her 97th birthday, December 17, 1987.

Handwriting – 1982


All page numbers refer to Lovina's page numbers regardless of formatting.

Ackenhausen, Charles: 150
Adams, Effie: 61
Arksaben: 54
Bader: 3
Batchellor, Rosy: See McGeath, Rosy
Bausman, Barney: 6
Berleen, Fannie: 59
Berleen, Ida: 59
Big Horn Sheep Co.: 83
Books Read: Not Itemized
Bootleg: 57
Braddock, Mavis: 165
Bradley, George: 9
Brown, Mrs. (Logan Housekeeper): 68
Bryant, Ann Eliza: 143
Bryant, Archibald: 143
Bryant, Wm. G. : 143
Bundy, Mr.: 59
Burlington Railroad: 11, 48
C B & T Railroad: 53, 83, 131, 156
Carpenter, Wm: 59
Carson, Josie: 154
Clark, Henry: 41
Clark, Pete: 41
Communism: See Economics
Conscriptions: See Draft
Cook, Tommy: 95, 96
Crop Failure: 50
Crossley, A. J.: 4, 54, 60
Crossley, Billy: 54
Crossley, Charles: 54
Crossley, Hugh: 54
Crossley, Jeannette: 54
Crossley, Pearl: See Hartley, Pearl
Crossley, Pearl Jr.: 54
Crossley, Richard: 53 - 54, 56
Crossley, Wayne: 156
Crowley, Mrs. Fred: 146
Crum, W. J.: 58
Cunningham, Ben & Mrs. : 48, 49, 85, 146
Daniels, Margaret: 61
Dart, Helen: 61
Dauguard: 41, 43
Davis, Allie: 82
Davis, Amanda: 141
Davis, Clifford: 131
Davis, George: 3

Day, Harold & Mrs. [Esther]: 5, 81, 137, 140, 155
Day, Herold: See Day, Harold
Day, Hugh: 167
Day, John: 141
Delany, Raymond: 50
Delle: 42
Depression: See Economics
Dingle, Charles Archibald: 143
Dingle, Winder: 143
D'Joe: 147
Dorothy: 41
Draft: 51 - 52
Eclipse: 49, 62, 139
Economics/Weather/Politics: 71, 83, 84 97, 99, 129, 143, 150, 159, 164, 165
Edmundson, Charlotte: 61
Edward VIII: 153
Elections/Presidents: 51, 57, 91, 165
Elliot, Sarah: 58
Elliott, Hiram: 59
Elliott, John: 59
Fairchild, Rachael: 59
Father: See Swaim, Charles Columbus
Foreman, John: 60
Fuller, Dug: 5, 6, 136
Fuller, George: 141
Fuller, Mrs. Douglas Jr. (Chris): 136, 137, 140, 146
Galveston Disaster: 48
Goediek, Paul: 6
Golder, Jack: 154
Golder, Quinn: 85
Greer, John: 59
Guss, Ida M.: 59
Hall, W. H.: 50 - 51
Hartley, (Vitalia) Pearl: 3, 4, 10, 39, 52, 54, 60, 115
Hartley, Nancy Berthena: See Ricketts, Nancy Berthena
Hartley, Thomas: 60
Hauptman: See Lindberg Case
Hendry, Scotty: 142
Hines, Sallie: 58
Hinshaw, Susan: 58
Indiana: 4
Indiana, Blackford County: 1
Indiana, Jasper County: 1, 2
Indiana, Medaryville: 1

Indiana, Wells County: 1
Infantile Paralysis: 50
Irwin, John: See Klondike
Irwin, Nancy: 59
Iten Biscuit Co.: 55-57
Jensen, Alfred (Al): 41, 61
Jensen, Christ. (Crist): 61, 62
Jensen, Clara: See Patterson, Clara
Jensen, Clark W.: 61
Jensen, Henry E. (Hal): 7, 18, 24, 30, 35, 39, 48, 51, 52, 66, 69, 70, 97, 101, 132, 142, 150, 151, 153, 155, 157, 158, 160, 162, 164, 167
Jensen, J. C.: 61
Jensen, James (Jim): 35, 37, 60, 61
Jensen, Sarah: 61
Jensen, William H.: 61, 62
Johns: 136, 155
Johnson, Ben: 52
Johnson, E. E.: 59
Johnson, Frank L.: 42
Johnson, Henry E. (Jensen): 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 23, 30, 33, 34, 37, 39, 40, 50, 51, 54, 60, 61, 62, 70, 100, 151
Johnson, Monroe: 10, 52
Johnson, Will: 57
Kansas: 48
Kansas City: 9
Kilpatrick, Margaret: 60
King George: 152 - 153
Kipling, Rudyard: 153
Klondike: 5
Knapp: 131, 136, 156
Knutilla, Lillian: 153, 156
Kohler, Dorothy Logan: See Logan, Dorothy
Kohler, John: 165
Laughlin, James: 58
Laughlin, Mary: 58
Lawrence, Jennie: 58
Lewis, Charles Swaim: 64, 67, 135, 143, 153, 156, 164
Lewis, Francis: See Luckett, Francis
Lewis, Glenn: See Swaim, Beatrice Glenn
Lewis, Howard : 49, 134, 153, 156, 164,


Lewis, Miriam: 156
Lewis, Rex Glenn: 134, 151, 156, 157, 164
Lewis, Richard Glenn: 156, 157
Lewis, Swaim: See Lewis, Charles Swaim
Lewis, W. I.: 2, 40, 49, 60, 135, 1512
Lewis, Will: See Lewis, W. I.
Lewis, William Howard: See Lewis, Howard
Lewis, William Irvin: See Lewis, W. I.
Lewis, William Irvin (Bill): 156
Lindberg Case: 138, 140, 141, 154
Logan, Bertha Ruth: 64, 68, 83, 135, 143, 145 - 147, 150
Logan, Dorothy Pearl: 64, 67, 68, 101, 135, 162, 156, 165
Logan, Floyd Harrison: 49, 52, 54, 60, 67, 68, 135
Logan, Maurice: 147
Logan, Minnie: See Swaim, Minnie
Love, Karen: 167
Luckett, Francis: 151, 156, 157
Lusitania: 45 - 46
Lybyer: 148
Lysite, Jim: 94 - 95
Lysitte, C. E.: 94
Mac Lee, Scotty: 40, 43
MacNee, Arthur: 153
McGeath, Jansy: 60
McGeath, Louis: 60
McGeath, Rosy: 60
McPherson Aimee Semple: 68
Minick: 61
Mother: See Ricketts, Nancy Berthena
Newman, Eliz: 59
Nichols, Claude: 141
Nichols, Courtney: 42
NorthWestern Railroad: 53
Okie, Dr. Juan: 167
Okie, J. B.: 52, 167
Parks, Laurence: 141
Patterson, Clara: 158, 161, 163
Patterson, Henry H.: 158
Patterson, Mrs. Mabel: 81
Pearl Harbor: 158
Phelp (Philp), Frank: 154
Phelp (Philp), John: 81, 131, 135, 156
Piay, James J.: 10
Politics: See Economics

Pool, Dan: 3
Post, Wile: 147
Prohibition: 57, 90
Push Root Tigers: 96
Quinn: 41
Ramage, Bill: 158
Ramage, George: 96
Renwick, James: 52
Rickett, Issac: 59, 60
Ricketts, Charity: 60
Ricketts, Cynthia: 60
Ricketts, Cyrus Frank: 60
Ricketts, Emery (Em): 60
Ricketts, John: 60
Ricketts, Nancy Berthena: 1, 2, 4, 59, 60, 62, 133, 146, 156
Robbins, Daniel: 58
Robson, Donald: 60, 100 - 102, 128 - 130, 132, 134, 140 - 141, 148, 151 - 155, 157, 160 - 162, 164
Robson, Lovina: See Swaim, Lovina
Rogers, Will: 147
Roosevelt, President & Mrs.: 156, 158, 160
Scott, James: 101, 102, 129, 130
Scott, Mrs. Jimmie (James): See Elsie Thoren
Shallenberger, Persy: 6
Sherwood, Elizabeth: 58
Shoening, David: 95, 147
Signor, Lessie: 3
Snyder, A. C.: 59
Snyder, Ora: 3, 57
Son: See Jensen, Henry E.
Spencer, : 95
Stack, Charlotte: 146
Stack, Lovina: 59, 62, 139, 146
Swaim Genealogy: 58 - 61
Swaim, Ashley: 58
Swaim, Beatrice Glenn: 1, 2, 4, 49, 60, 64, 67, 83, 102, 104, 133, 151, 157, 164
Swaim, C. C.: See Swaim, Charles Columbus
Swaim, Charity: 58, 59
Swaim, Charles Columbus: 2 - 4, 58 - 60, 70, 102, 104, 133, 137, 139, 141, 145, 151, 157
Swaim, Charlotte L. : 59
Swaim, Christopher: 58, 59
Swaim, Clarence: 60, 69
Swaim, Cynthia: 59
Swaim, David A.: 59
Swaim, Ed: 59, 69, 70,

Swaim, Elizabeth: 58
Swaim, Geo. W.: 59
Swaim, Glenn: See Swaim, Beatrice Glenn
Swaim, Hugh: 44, 54
Swaim, John: 58 - 60, 139, 141, 146
Swaim, John A.: 59
Swaim, Joshua: 58
Swaim, Lovina Rosalie Note: significant life events only: 1, 4, 34, 38, 50, 52, 60 - 62, 64, 66 - 71, 80 - 84, 91, 99, 100, 102, 128, 129, 132, 136, 137, 140, 141, 143, 145, 146, 151, 152, 157, 163, 164, 165
Swaim, Marmaduke: 58
Swaim, Mary: 59
Swaim, Massa: 58
Swaim, Michael: 58
Swaim, Minnie: 1, 4, 5, 13, 14, 18, 22, 24, 30, 32, 39, 49, 60, 62, 64, 67, 68 135, 165
Swaim, Moses: 58 - 60, 62, 139
Swaim, Nancy: 59
Swaim, Nancy Berthena: See Ricketts, Nancy Berthena
Swaim, Ora: 69
Swaim, Rachael E: 59, 156
Swaim, Robert: 146
Swaim, Sallie: 59
Swaim, Simeon: 59
Swaim, Susanna: 59
Swaim, William: 58, 59
Swaim, William Milton: 59, 70
Swarenger, Geo: 58
Swindell, Addie: 58
Swindell, Elizabeth: 59
Swindle, Elizabeth: See Swindell, Elizabeth
Thoren, Elsie: 130
Tisdale, Clara: See Patterson, Clara
Tisdale, John: 158
Titanic: 10
Tonkin, Dr.: 42
Vicory, Elizabeth: 58, 60
Waln, Florence: 141
Walton, Sarah: 58
Weather: See Economics
Welch: 136, 137, 146
White, Bob: 150
Willoughby: 2, 165
Willoughby, Walker: 52
Woolf, Gilbert: 52


World Wars: 43 - 47, 50, 52, 54, 158, 161
Wright, Old: 139
Wyatt, Emily L.: 59
Wynn, Jack (John B.): 134, 156
Wyoming: 2, 9, 38,
Wyoming, Alkali Creek: 39, 48
Wyoming, Badwater Creek: 3, 48
Wyoming, Casper: 2, 4, 42
Wyoming, Fremont County: 54
Wyoming, Lost Cabin: 2 - 4, 6, 9, 13, 24, 34, 39, 164
Wyoming, Lysite (incl. History of): 41, 48, 95, 143, 156, 158, 164, 165
Wyoming, Meeteetse: 43
Wyoming, Moneta: 6, 40, 53
Wyoming, Shoshoni Dam: 16
Wyoming, Thermopolis: 4
Wyoming, Yellowstone Park Trip: 5 - 39


Deb Murray