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Marilyn Caplett

Funeral Mass for Marilyn Gail Burgess Old Horn Caplett, 64, of Hardin was celebrated Monday at St. Dennis Catholic Church in Crow Agency.

Burial was in the Crow Agency Cemetery under the direction of Bullis Mortuary of Hardin. Mrs. Caplett, died June 20, 2006 at her home.

She was born Jan.14, 1942 in Lawton, Okla., to Dudley Stephenson and Leona Burgess. Her grandparents, Allen and Ida Motah-Burgess, reared her. She grew up and received her education in Oklahoma and later attended the Haskell Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas.

She married Robert Old Horn in 1962 in Lawrence, Kansas, and the couple made their home in Crow Agency. She married Albert “Apple” Caplett in August 2004 and the couple lived in Hardin.

She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, beginning in law enforcement and retiring in the Crow Tribe education department after nearly 30 years of service. She was a member of the Little Pony Society of the Comanche Nation, a Greasy Mouth Clan member and a child of the Piegan Clan of the Crow Tribe. She was a member of St. Dennis Parish and the Native American Church.

Her parents, daughter Cheryl Deputy, son D’Armon Old Horn and brothers Dennis Burgess, Derak Stephenson and Keith Kingfisher preceded her in death.

Besides her husband, survivors include a daughter, Kim Walks of Hardin, a son, Barney Old Horn of Dunmore, several grandchildren, several uncles and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

 Ronald Francis Clark

Ronald Francis Clark was born February 22, 1944 in Hardin, the son of Francis “Ted” Clark and Flora Landon Clark. He attended Wolf and Spring Creek Schools on Sarpy, and graduated from Colstrip High School. Ron passed away suddenly on April 9, 2006, after several months of declining health.

After a period of time in the service and employment in Lodge Grass he married Rose Curtis of Billings in 1965. In 1966, he and Rose moved to the Seattle-Burien area where he enjoyed 38 years of service with Seattle City Light. He took pleasure in fishing, boating, woodworking, camping, gardening, and tinkering with old machines. An avid reader, he liked to read history and was enjoying the pursuit of genealogy.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rose; children, Becky Moore, Bobbie Clark and Rodney Clark all of Seattle, Wash.; two grandchildren, Melissa and Holly Moore; mother, Flora of Hardin and many friends and extended family.

Graveside memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 26 in the Hardin Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary of Hardin is assisting with arrangements

 Eugene Guy Conner

Eugene Guy Conner, 74, was called home on Oct. 23, 2006, surrounded by his loving family after a hard-fought, four-year battle with cancer. Gene was born in Crow Agency in 1931 to Clara and Ern Conner.
After graduating from Hardin High School and serving four years in the Navy, he earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering at Montana State University. He married Jeannette Lepird in 1957. After numerous moves around the country they settled in Arizona in 1964 and raised two daughters, Cheryl (Gary) Gross of Lewisville, N.C., and Susan (Randy) Forrest of Phoenix. Gene will be remembered by all as a hard-working man who loved his family and lived life to the fullest with ranching, fly-fishing, duplicate bridge and market model analysis. He also enjoyed visiting with friends and sharing his opinions.
In addition to his wife of 49 years and daughters, he is survived by a sister, Gloria Johnson of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, three grandchildren, Ginelle Marie, Danielle Elizabeth, and Nathaniel Conner Gross, and several nieces and nephews.
Remembrance of his life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Eight (PBS Channel 8 KAET) in honor of Gene’s passion for life-long learning. Arrangements are under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral Home, 187 N. Adams St. Wickenburg, Ariz. i

Mary Frances Sands DENVER - Mary Frances was born in the Depot in Lodge Grass, the second daughter of Arthur Gerald Westwood and Hilda Westwood. She was born following her older brother, Arthur G. Westwood Jr., and her older sister, Geraldine W. Mann, who both preceded her in death. She is survived by one brother, Jack Westwood of Hardin. Mary Frances grew up in Lodge Grass and attended the Lodge Grass Schools, later attending college at Montana State University in Missoula. While in Missoula, she met her husband, Warren Sands. They were married while attending school there. Frances and Warren had five children. Twins, Mike and Van, Mike was killed in the Korean War and Van, Art and John live in Colorado, where their mother also lived. A daughter, Margaret Sands, is presently living in California. Mary Frances' husband, Warren, preceded her in death in Colorado. Mary Frances Sands died March 18, 1998, in Denver, at the age of 75. A Memorial Service was held in Denver on March 23. A Graveside Memorial Service will be given by Pastor Pateng Makdoh, from the First Baptist Church of Hardin at Mountview Cemetery in Billings at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. Cremation has taken place.






,Robert T. Clawson,

he was a lifelong Montana resident. In 1941 he began his areer as a lineman for Big Horn County Electric in Lodge Grass. In 1965 he was employed by Pacific Power and Light in Libby, where he retired after 34 years of service in 1985. He was an active citizen and community member. He was a rescuer for “power lost” folk, stranded kittens in trees. To his co-workers Robert T Clawson


Robert T. Clawson Sr., 86, passed away at his home on Tuesday June 13, after a lengthy illness. He was born on Sept. 11, 1919 in Rockvale and friends he was referred to as “the Singing Lineman” and to the children, as the “lollipop” man.

He served as Field Wire Chief in World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater for 10 months where he supervised 56 enlisted linemen and other personnel directing the construction of telegraph, and teletypewriter communication systems in Japan. He was among one of the first troops to arrive in occupied Japan after Hiroshima. He was a decorated veteran and received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Victory Medals, Good Conduct Medal, and Meritorious Unit Award, and Army of Occupation Medal.

He was an avid sportsman, gardener, mentor, loving father and husband. He and his wife Margot were married for 66 years.

He is survived by his wife Margot and seven children, Bob Clawson Jr. of Whitefish; Kay Lewis of Spokane, Wash.; Donna Zinn of Missoula; Linda Clawson of Sandpoint, Idaho; Debbie Messick of Libby; Jack Clawson of Seattle, Wash., and Darcy May of Libby. He had 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held June 16. Services were held in Libby on June 17 at Nelson and Vial Funeral Home in Libby with internment in Rockvale, Montana. Memorials may be made to the Bighorn County Historical Society or to St. John’s Hospice in Libby.

 Mary E. Collins FORSYTH - Mary E. Collins, 89, formerly of Billings, died Saturday,May 23, 1998, at the Rosebud Health Care Center Nursing Home.Interment has taken place and services will be at a later date Beals Mortuary of Forsyth is in charge

Anna Singer Costa

Anna Singer Costa, 90, died June 15.She was born Sept. 29, 1915 to Victor Singer and Agnes Owl Above. She belonged to the Big Lodge Clan and was a child of the Piegan Clan. She lost her mother at an early age and for a brief time was adopted by Chief Plenty Coups and his wife, but later returned to be with her brothers.

She was known to the Crow people as “Baapu’xtak Bialeeitche” Pretty Otter Woman.She worked as a nurse’s aide when her father was hospitalized in Rapid City, S.D., in the 1940s. She married Augustine “Gussie” Costa in 1945.She was a member of the Four Square Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, brothers, sisters, daughters Claudia Dawes and Agnes Ann Singer, and son Clifford Singer Jr.

Survivors include children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Died. Shuh-shee-ahsh, 68, also known as Curley, (Curly) (Ashishishe) a Crow Indian scout,

(there were other scout survivors, see picture below.

 Custer massacre, of cancer of the liver, at the Crow Agency, Mont.

He is buried at the Custer Battlefield. (Time, 1923) webmaster’s note, there are various listings of cause of death.

June 4, 1923 Died. Shuh-shee-ahsh, 68, also known as Curley a Crow Indian scout, the sole survivor.

Ashishishe was born in approximately 1856 in Montana Territory , the son of Strong Bear (Inside the Mouth)

and Strikes By the Side of the Water. Curley resided on the Crow Reservation in the vicinity of Pryor Creek,and married Bird Woman.He enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Indian scout on April 10, 1876 and was later chosen to scout for theSeventh Cavalry during the Little Bighorn expedition in 1876 along with fellow Crow warriors








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