Joe and Laura Schmidt
: Friendly and hospitable |

Joe and Laura Schmidt
: Friendly and hospitable

To the editor

We have had the wonderful opportunity to visit your town for the past two days. Such pride and friendliness in a town in this day and age seems rare. First we stayed at the KOA run by the Price’s. They were such hospitable folks wanting us to take in everything Craig had to offer. He wanted us to go see the wild horses, then he said go to the Craig Museum as it is a real treasure. Then he wanted us to go to the rodeo. He just suggested so much. I had laundry to do and Mrs. Price made certain I had everything I needed to complete the task. Then to find out they were new to your area too.
We went to the museum in Craig and were thrilled with the content. The Cowboy and Gun collection were magnificent. Heck they even had an old “Hamley’s Catalog” from the 1920’s. For those of you who do not know, Hamley’s is still outfitting cowboys at their original location in Pendleton, Oregon. The gentleman at the museum who greeted us, I later found out, is as keen into history as we are.
We went to your City Market in our Seahawk shirts and were greeted so warmly. Everybody was there to help.
Thanks to KOA giving us one of your newspapers, we discovered the “Armed Forces Day Patriotic Concert” going on Saturday evening at your high school. My husband is a Disabled Vietnam Veteran and insisted we go.
You should be so proud of your Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They did an outstanding job organizing this. Too bad so many of the Vets were at the rodeo, as they do not know what they missed. The Fourth Grade chorus was wonderful and their song brought tears to our eyes. All the history the women of the DAR gave was wonderful. We have never heard the entire “Il Silencio” before and Katie Grobe’s solo on the trumpet was outstanding. The DAR worked so hard to try to find all the Vietnam Vets in your area, and make sure each one got a pin and certificate. The brass groups did fabulously. Archie, thanks for reminding us why we fold our Flag of Glory the way we do. I wish every American could of heard you and seen the proud men who assisted you. (Have some high school students video record it and put it on YouTube. We would surely help it go viral.)
We are going to take the program back to our home and maybe we can do this 1/4 as good as, to quote the gentleman at the museum your “one horse town, and proud of it!” I want LuAnn Kline to know how much I appreciated her friendliness to me. She realized right away that I was a genealogist. We had so many stories in common. This morning back at the RV park, we went to the office and asked the Prices if one of them would mind taking our picture. He said he would be glad to. Then we told him we were taking pictures across the country the “12th Man Flag” (Seahawks). He was a great gentleman about it. We are on a 5 month tour of the northern half of our dear country. After we complete this we both will have been in the 48 contiguous United States.

Again, thank you for welcoming us into your community.

Joe and Laura Schmidt

Richland, Washington

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