Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Mark Hebert

A stroll down Memory Lane

Historical Walk at H.G. Robinson House and Gardens delights crowd on beautiful day


September 13, 2017

Mark Hebert

Phillips County legends Gary Baden (played by his grandson, Reece Brown), Swede Hammond (played by his great granddaughter Addy Anderson), Kelly Koss (played by his granddaughter Kennedy Koss) and Noble Meisdalen (played by his granddaughter, Kirsta Meisdalen) pose for a photo at the Phillips County Historic Walk in Malta on Sunday afternoon.

Just south of 100 people turned-up for the annual Phillips County Historic Walk last Sunday in Malta at the H. G. Robinson House and Garden, and though most in attendance agreed that a rainy day that would have pushed the event indoors would have been favored, the sunny, 80-degree afternoon and it's breeze from the north was a fine alternative.

Those at the event spent a leisurely afternoon in the shade reminiscing with each other and then with the eight hosts and hostesses who portrayed early day Phillips County residents, half of which were blood related to the person they were playing.

Mark Hebert

Cowboy writer Walt Coburn (played by Orvin Solberg) and multi-millionaire sheepman B.D. Phillips (played by Dr. Jim Curtis) greet each other at the Phillips County Historic Walk at the H.G. Robinson House and Gardens in Malta on Sunday afternoon.

Malta Middle School students Kennedy Koss, Kirsta Meisdalen, Reece Brown and Addy Anderson all reprised the roles they played during last school year at the PC Museum (playing grandfathers Kelley Koss, Noble Meisdalen, Gary Baden and great-grandfather Swede Hammond, respectively.)

The adult thespians (Orvin Solberg as Walt Coburn; Dr. Jim Curtis as B. D. Phillips, Dolly Ann Willcutt as Sarah Garland and Dixie Stordahl as Jeannette Bradley) each performed four, 12-to-15 minute routines, telling brief histories of the people they researched.

"They asked me to share my story in 15 minutes," Coburn (Solberg) said. "I got to thinking that is like a guy writing his obituary on a napkin in a smoke-filled saloon when the stagecoach is going to leave in 15 minutes. So, I am going to try my best, but I am only going to hit the mountain tops and leave the valleys for your imagination."

All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Phillips County Historical Society's many historical preservation projects.


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