Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Daily Life in Rapid City. 1974-1975

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove.

Hello All,
     Today we travel back to 1974 / 75 in our digital reunion and see a few snapshots of our life in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  I'll do my best to remember names, and trust you'll send in the names of those I've forgotten.  My email address is spacecamputah@gmail.com

 This was taken on a late Wednesday afternoon in the late fall of 1974 I believe.  Our Mormon MIA group has crossed the street from the church and walked over to the park at Storybook Island for a game of co-ed football.  Rick Olmstead is on the far left in the hat.  Brad Bishop is in the BYU jersey.  I believe Loren Finn is the blurred figure.  I think that's Bonnie Story in far background.  That's the Sioux San water tower in the background.  

The gang.  From left to right as far as I remember:  Don Policky, ? , ?,  Brad Bishop, his brother Scott is "kissing" someone.  Rick Olmstead, Randy Weeks and the rest.

Our priest quorum on a campout to Pactola Lake 1975.  Rick Olmstead, Brad,  Carey Gilles, and Randy Weeks on a hike above the lake.

The group at the campsite.  I'm in the back with the glasses partially hidden.  Scott is picking on Rick. the boy in the v-neck sweater is a Middleton.  Carey is the one falling forward.  

Bro. Smith is on the far left.  Brad has his back to us.  Carey is on the left with Randy Weeks with the apple.

Unpacking for the campout.  

The girls walking near Sheridan Lake in 1974.  Lisa, Janice, an unknown friend, and Jilane.

Two weather extremes.  I took the picture above in 1974 from the front porch of our home at 2214 39th Street, Rapid City.  I believe it was the first good snow of the winter.  

Summer of 1974.  Gully washer rainfalls always brought a torrent of water down from the red cliffs uphill from our house at 2214 38th Street, Rapid City.  This is looking up Lilac Lane from our front lawn.  Notice the white hail on the lawn.  Our decrepit mailbox is in the steam.

Charles Williamson with Janice Williamson at a Daddy / Daughter Date in the Rapid City LDS cultural hall either in 1974 or 75.

And finally, one of the rare photos of me sitting outside the LDS chapel in Rapid City.  There was a bench by the chapel's double doors.  I took third place in the District public speaking festival.  You've got to love those shirts and ties and what hair :) 


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