Feature Story - I Camped at Camp Coyote

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by Chris Wilbeck
September 2009

Seated with matching t-shirts are Alice Cozad (left) and Linda Young (right).  In front (left to right) are Nick, Cara and Sammy Perez. 

No, we're yet not open for business.  But, when Linda Young asked if she and her clan could camp at Camp Coyote, we couldn't say no. 

Why?  Well, Linda and her siblings (Mary Ann and Dennis) own the century farm across the road from us.  And, they donated the old grain shed which became The Bunkhouse for our camp (Click here to read the story about its move).  And, our property was once owned by Linda's grandparents - Hazel and Samuel Beaman (read the interesting article about Hazel and Samuel's marriage, below, which describes our house as a "new modern residence" for its time). 

So, we let them stay overnight as our personal guests.  When they arrived, they were decked out in matching t-shirts that read, "I CAMPED AT CAMP COYOTE, RIPPEY IOWA, AUGUST 6, 2009."  They even surprised us by giving us some shirts!  Now that's a fun group!

Contents of article from an unknown local paper, year 1918.

"The spirit of concealment or covering up known as "camouflage" is extending even into the realms of romance as was evidenced here last week when the announcement came out Saturday morning of the Marriage of Miss Hazel Crumley to Mr. Samuel I. Beaman which took place without the knowledge or connivance of their friends, on April 30 (1918) at Guthrie Center, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Lower of Bagley.  Neither one of the contracting parties need any words of introduction to the people of this community and their friends are legion.  They will make their home on the farm of the groom southwest of Rippey where he has just completed a new modern residence, where they will be at home to their friends after June 1st."

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