|My name is David
Kapral, and my friend, Jim Coletta and I were in Cooke City
for about a month in August of 1963, as part of a full summer
Western fishing trip. We had $500. each for the trip, and we
only spent three nights of the summer out of the tent The people
in Cooke City, and everywhere in Montana were wonderfully friendly,
and a month in Cooke City wasn't enough!
To the Pictures: We have Sam and Betty from the Cooke City General
store. Prior to the Sinclair station, there was a much smaller
gas station, and I don't remember everybody's name sitting on
the Jeep, but the Blond haired young man was named Donnie, and
the tall youngster next to him was Odie, as I recall. There were
two Rangers who frequented our camp [just about Breakfast time,
every day]. One was named Joe Israel, and the one with a hand
on my shoulder by my 1955 VW bus is Jack Chapman. That was a
neat vehicle it had no gas gauge, but that was considered a "feature,"
not an oversight. Getting it up to 55 mph was possible, on straight
runs and any downhill road. It went through everything, however.
The picture of Donnie and the man and boy was part of
a rescue mission: the Man was a dentist trying to get up Granite
Peak when his jeep got stuck. We walked out and got Donnie, who
pulled him out. the Mountain pictures are at the lake at the
base of the summit of Granite Peak. It had a considerable cutthroat
population at the time. As I said the time was August, and that's
when we got hit with the snow.