Dubois, WY - In this centennial year of the founding of Dubois, probably no one alive has more personal memories of its history than Esther Pickett Wells, who continues to delight her visitors at the new Warm Valley Lodge at the age of 103. Esther will be the featured speaker at the third annual Wind River Lives and Legacies presentation Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Dennison Lodge.
Esther will recall her memories of childhood and adolescence in the Dunoir Valley 20 miles west of Dubois, where she lived as a child and again 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 Esther over the past year, Esther offers a first-hand account of the life of the Wind River Valley homesteaders: how children amused themselves before electricity (let alone electronics), what it was like to cook three meals a day for the haying crew on a wood-burning stove, 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 PM, preceded by a light reception beginning at 6 PM and the DMA Annual Meeting (also open to the public), taking place at 6:00 PM. The event is free of charge. duboismuseumassociation.org