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Opinion / Religion - July 25, 2016

Dear Editor,

On Tuesday, July 12th, the community came out to see Medicine Lodge’s famous home-town crusader who came back to see what we’ve been up to. Carry A. Nation, who was being portrayed by Ellie of Ellie Presents from Chicago, did just that.

Some of you came to see if she was that loving, caring mother and grandmother who cared deeply about the evils of intoxication and tobacco. Some of you may have been transported to a time so different from our own when Demon Rum was an evil that could be fought with a hatchet because the ballot box was not an option. Whatever reason you came for, you certainly came and shared a good time. Both bars, Ryno’s and Finnigan’s, were packed, and even with the extreme heat, we had a great turnout to watch Carry being placed in the old county jail at the Stockade. The temperance rally and speech on the corner by The Grand Hotel, before marching down to Finnigan’s Bar & Grill, grabbed the attention of all ages as well.

Your outpouring of monetary sponsorship, great coverage in our local Gyp Hill Premiere newspaper, the water bottles and ice that were donated by EcoWater Systems and Sonic Drive-In, volunteers, and certainly our local sheriff, Justin Rugg, was greatly appreciated. Certainly, everyone who took part, or just came and observed, deserve a HUGE ‘Thank You."


Mariann Jarboe

We are always amazed and humbled to see our community passion and response to the mission of FGBR. With our auction so soon after our residence remodel with the help of World Mission Builders, we had only a few weeks to advertise and gather items donated for the auction. With our local economy still recovering from the dramatic drop in oil price, the drop in wheat price, and the Anderson Creek Fire there was uncertainty of whether this years auction would be successful. But God shows us again that his blessings are not affected by our economy. With the hamburgers being donated, bread and condiments donated, cooks donating their time, and auctioneer donating his time the evening was a great success. We had over 115 people show up, over 120 items donated, and raised over $9,300!

We had everything from pies that sold for $90 to bracelets that sold for $900. The most touching thing I saw that evening was a $200 gift certificate to our local meat store that was bought for over $200 and then donated to FGBR. We would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support in helping us give the tools to young men that they can use to shape a God honoring character of a man.

God Bless,

Michael Simpson

Freedom Gates Boys Ranch


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