In honor of the state’s declaration of 2019 as the Year of Wyoming Women, The Campbell County Historical Society will be printing a deck of cards to honor local, historical women. Patrons are invited to submit the name of a woman they’d like to see honored on a card for $150 for a face card and $75 for regular. The fundraiser will go to help support other programs throughout the year. Out of the deck, there are still about 12 left for sale. The deck of cards can be purchased for $10, and will be available upon the sale of the last card. For more information, contact Charlene Busk at charbusk@gmail.com.

Anna Montgomery

sponsored by Mary Kelley

Roy Montgomery married Elizabeth Frieda “Anna” Warkow, a German immigrant, in 1903. Anna was born September 15, 1880, in Hamburg, and came to American in 1895. I chose to honor Anna Montgomery with a playing card because she was a saint, having been married to Roy Montgomery!  Roy was a rowdy character. He beat up Mayor Mark Shields and took over the Mayor’s position in 1911, moving the office into Montgomery Bar. He also owned and operated a brothel, the Pea Green, for which he earned several years at Leavenworth Penitentiary. She died May 27, 1936 and is buried beside her husband Roy at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette. 

Catherine M. Parks

sponsored by Nolene Wright

Catherine was born April 27, 1920 in Spokane, Washington, the daughter of French parents, Gabriel and Marie Rangunot, and graduated from Johnson County High School in Buffalo. Catherine married William “Bill” Parks in 1938 and served six years in the Wyoming House of Representatives and six years in the Wyoming Senate. She was also a world traveler and enjoyed painting oil and pastels, wood refinishing, bridge, golf, dominos, and fishing in the mountains. She was also a history buff, especially Wyoming and ranching history. She and Bill had three children: Bill, Helen and Jan.  She died Sept. 20, 2009 and is buried at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Genevieve “Viva” Rohan

sponsored by Maggie McCreery-McCoy

Newlyweds Bert and Viva Rohan moved from Iowa to Campbell County in 1911 to make a life together. They bought a homestead someone else had given up on, 10 miles south of Gillette. Shortly after, Bert’s parents moved to homestead next to their son. Between 1914 and 1917, several other relatives and their families arrived from Iowa and homesteaded next door. Six generations helped hold onto the McCreery ranch that celebrated 100 years in 2011.  Viva was Irish, like the family she married into. She loved her beer and was quite a joke teller. She was part gambler, too; always right there with Bert as far as new horizons and “let’s see what happens.”  Viva died in 1963 and is buried at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Photos courtesy Campbell County Rockpile Museum. Editor’s note: Profiles written by Mary Kelley and have been abbreviated for space.
2009.045.0020 – 1911 Portrait of Bert & Genevieve Rohan. 1995.082.0223 – Catherine Parks with her son and daughter. June, 1945.

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