PICKIN' in the PARK at MUSEUM!
With the cooler weather the popular Pickin' in the Park Musicians have moved to the
Miracle of America Museum - It is warm and dry inside and there is a great floor for
dancing if you want! The group will be jamming' there every Saturday from 1 to 4 pm.
So EVERYONE, for a toe tapping good time, join us for some great music!!
newsreels before the movie started that being buzzed right
in Ronan caused quite a stir. Reportedly everyone vacated
the theater to see if they were being attacked. If anyone
knows the date and type of airplane, please let us know. A
photo does not do this display justice. Please come in and
get the “feel" of it.
James Dudley Kemp
from Ronan High School in 1934. He joined
the Army Air Corps in 1940 and retired from
the US Air Force as a Brigadier General in
1978. His widow,
Wanda Kemp Maxson
Kerrville, TX recently donated a very
complete grouping of his flight jacket,
helmet, medals, flight log and miscellaneous
related memorabilia, enough to fill three
showcases. She then generously donated
$1000 to purchase three matching showcases
to use in displaying and protecting the items.
Many of the awards are “One-of-a-kind".
of Polson is Kemp's nephew
and helped pay for the repairs necessary after
the postal service damaged the boxes and one
item. Jim also helped arrange his uncle's
souvenirs. As a lad Jim remembers going to
Missoula to see his uncle. Kemp would fly different
airplanes and occasionally needed to land in Missoula.
One time he “buzzed" Ronan's Main Street. Of course
this was war time and it was movie time at the Gaiety
theater . You can imagine after watching WW II
No question about it – the biggest and heaviest
donation this quarter was a circa 1910 Rumley Twin
Cylinder Steam Tractor. It spent its prior life between
Lewistown, Bozeman and Phillipsburg running sawmills
and thrashing machines. In fact, thanks to
we also have the
separator) that this
Gil's brother, Art,
hauled that from
Bozeman for us.
One of the donors,
Coffee Creek, MT,
hauled the engine
for us. He was one
of the three-part ownership. The other partners agreeing to
donate it to the MOAM were
Phillipsburg and the late
The tractor runs and we drove it a couple of hundred
yards into one of the large tractor buildings using
compressed air. David likes
running the engines, but he
does allow Gil to blow the
Because of liability issues
and the large amount of work
involved to build up a head
of steam. we operate our
steam tractors and switching
engine with compressed air,
using one of two antique air
compressors. We can operate
them in about 5 minutes after
starting the compressor.
Gil is nearly dwarfed by the Rumley Twin Cylinder steam tractor