From the Fortress of Solitude
Overlooking the Valley of the Pleasant Grove
Tonight I present two photographs for your consideration. The first comes with questions.
In this photograph, taken around 1976/7 we see Grandma Violet Mattson. I believe the young boy standing in front of Grandma is Forrest DelGrosso. Notice Forrest is packing heat. This is South Dakota mind you. In Dakota Territory we arm them young. Its every man, woman and child at the windows shooting if them injuns attack.
If I'm not mistaken, the young lady next to Forrest is Lisa Willamson. I'm waiting to be corrected. Now, who is the lady in the background holding the baby? Anyone related to us? The young lady with the bleached face in the lower left corner of the photograph is another mystery . Any help on this would be appreciated. This looks like it could have been taken in Grandma's trailor, parked in Rapid Valley.
Our Second Photograph comes from 1975/76. Kevin looks to be about 13/14. Luckily for us, Kevin wrote the following on the back of this picture.
Brad Bishop, top. Scott Bishop top right. Randy Weeks top left.
Middle Row: Carry Gilles, Jim Lamphere, Bruce Middleton.
Bottom Row: Brad Haugen, Rick Olmstead, Kevin Williamson and Jeff Gilles.
Kevin also wrote the following: "Picture taken at Casper, Wyo. We won. Now we go to Denver. Unfortunatly we lost at Denver. We played Friday the 13th. Then on the 14th we lost because Jeff was there Ha Ha.
There you have it, a picture of the Rapid City 2nd Ward Youth Basketball Team and there in the center, our Kevin.