Will James Art Donated
Fred and Rose Marie Fleishmann and their grandson
Will James Society members, Fred and Rose Marie Fleischmann, arrived in Hardin, Montana on July 6, 2012 to hand deliver several pieces of western art to the Big Horn County Historical Museum.
Their gift included two original Will James drawings, five letters signed by Will James and a Charlie Russell sketch. Prior to donating the items the Fleishmann's had them matted and framed with archival material so they would be ready for displaying in the museum's Will James exhibit.
Fred and Rose Marie, residents of Enumclaw, Washington, first became acquainted with the Big Horn County Historical Society when they meet Margaret Ping, Betty Small and Diana Scheidt at the Will James Gather held in Medicine Hat, Canada. They are pleased that the museum and historical society have made great efforts to save the Will James studio and cabins and preserve the history of Will James.
The Big Horn County Historical Museum plans to have their new gallery open by July 2013.
Will James Check Donation
Claudia Wines, center, accepts an Original Check for $200 written by Will James to Alice, dated Dec. 8, 1931, for the Northeastern Nevada Museum’s collection from Don Martin, right. At the WJS 2012 Gather, Elko, NV.
A Big Thank You To Newmont
Newmont Mining Corporation donated a check for $1,000 to the Will James Society. Proceeds that were realized at the October 2012 auction and gathering of admirers of author/artist Will James will be used to buy new copies of some of the books James wrote during the 1920s through the early 1940s about cowboy life in the West. The books are distributed to schools, libraries, the military and to other interested organizations throughout the country. James spent much of his life in Nevada including the Elko area.
(photo taken by Sarah Sweetwater)
Pictured from left are Donna Engdahl of Elko, new secretary of theWJS, Lisa Becker of Newmont and Debbie Hoover