Executive Board of Directors
Gil Mangels, President
Cathleen Wilde, VP
Mel Adams, VP
Joanne Mangels, Secretary
Gracia Normandeau Jones
Advisory Board of Directors
! We've had a busy spring; and
summer looks to be busy too. Since January our visitors have
come from 48 states, four provinces and 17 other countries.
States we have yet to host this year are Hawaii and New
Hampshire. Visitation rates
last year. Our visitor count is
also. We've enjoyed visits from toddlers to the charming Red
Hat ladies. One visitor yesterday was using the displays to teach
two grandchildren the blessings of freedom - we hope others will,
Several businesses in the area are recommending us which is
excellent advertising. We have appeared in more and more travel
magazines and certainly the internet has changed the way visitors
find us. Interestingly they often say, "We saw you first on the
internet and then the Hansens or the KOA recommended you.
They weren't kidding . . . this place really is great!"
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, Gil's uncle from Las Vegas,
tracked down in Ohio a 1914 Model T touring car
that was purchased new by their mutual great
uncle. The elder Cooper bought it new and
immediately turned it into a pickup by removing the
back of the body and replacing it with a wooden
box. In 1988, Gary purchased this family heirloom.
He drove it to shows and meets around Las Vegas.
This winter he called Gil and asked if we would like
it for the museum. You know what the answer to
To get it here, Gary had a friend trailer it to St.
, new Board member,
went to St. George and trailered it to his folks' place
in Orem, UT. Finally Gil went to Orem, where he
took all the grandchildren, great grandchildren and
neighbor children for rides and then trailered it
home. It was heartwarming to have a "family
vehicle" of that age come home.
Right: 1914 Model T comfortably at home at Miracle
of America Museum
In the family since 1914 new purchase
manual, building material, Harley Davidson
motorcycle phone, and an ultrasonic mouse repeller.
Fred Plummer Estate:
AC tractor w/ factory-installed
loader and misc. items and rummage sale items to
be used for fund raiser for MOAM.
his daughter, also donated $50 in memory of Fred.
intercepted several boxes headed for the
dump. They included numerous Boy Scout items
from the 1940's through the 1960's including an
Eagle Pin and a Silver Beaver w/ribbon. Apparently
the grandchildren didn't realize the significance of
their grandfather 's contribution to scouting. A lucky
retrieval to honor Scouter Paul Loendorf!
An impressive array of Boy Scout patches and
badges including the revered Eagle Badge, now on
display at Miracle of America Museum
WW1 footlocker; Antique newspapers
WW II field gear; hunting/camping
pack boxes and camping gear
Elk rack - An atypical 7 x 9
He shot this big elk many years ago in the
Bitterroot Valley. He said, "It was so tough it took
3 years to eat it!"
Doctors bag and policeman
Bert and Grace Poloson:
Phil Timm's first radio
headset, Grace's father's 1906 Medical book,
railroad spike hammer and misc.
Greg at Odyssey Auto Glass
: Windshield for
WW II ambulance
Beautiful brass bicycle lamp and
Antique eyeglasses and Harvard
1943 Air Corps recruiting and
cadet training booklet, 1962 aircraft recognition
A huge salute of thanks to our
Bert and Grace Poloson
Andrew and Mary Ann Cooper
Andrew and Dianne Speer
Roy and Lara Kelly
Newsletter layout courtesy of
Carmine Mowbray of
M I S C E L L A N E O U S D O N A T I O N S
collector extraordinaire from
Portland, Ore recently succumbed to cancer.
He would sell to Gil things that others had tried
to get for years. He was a wealth of knowledge
on vintage motorcycles and racing. Gil will
donated a nice antique grain
grinder and liked to attend our live history days.
He will no longer have to lug that heavy oxygen
tank around. Our condolences go out to both
Thelma Mangels Sherba
, Gil's Aunt,
passed away after a lengthy illness. She and her
, were instrumental in helping
Gil appreciate historical sites and museums.
We Receive State Donation Status
MOAM recently applied and received admis-
sion to the 2009 State Employees Charitable
Giving Campaign, SECGC. The campaign is an
opportunity for state
employees to give
to the non-profit of
their choice using
The state verifies
the non-profit s
The State advised us to let all our donors,
supporters and volunteers and their friends know
we are a part of the SECGC. If you are a state
employee or acquainted with one, please
encourage any giving to benefit the MOAM. We
will be donating assorted gifts and passes to
weekly winners during the campaign.
donated one unit of tongue &
days of carpentry assisted by Boy Scouts
who each donated
eight hours of carpentry labor. With this, some
leftover boards from previous projects, help from
Experience Works, and Working Innovations we
were able to partially set up a "Miller" Furniture
Store and a Dewey Lumber Co. Paint store.
will soon be ready for roofing and interior sheeting
if anyone has any extra plywood?
Fiddlesticks School of Music
Spring Recital here and
Montana sapphire raffle to benefit the museum. It
was a very enjoyable evening and the raffle
proceeds totaled over $200. We are grateful for
the many ways everyone helps where they can.
donated some nice WW II
combat gear. Also thanks to
on our board and helping with Live History days as
a "soda jerk" over the past several years. We are
now in need of a new "soda jerk". Windhams are
relocating to Portland, Oregon. She saved us
quite a bit of freight when she was over there and
picked up an 1890's shaft drive (chainless) bicycle
Gil had previously purchased from Don Iverson.
hauled a Humvee from Missoula;
MOAM acquired it through the state/federal surplus
program. It is a running 1985 original military
vehicle as used in Desert Storm and later. It was
one of our 6 entries in the Memorial Day parade.
6 good tires for WW11 amphibious
vehicle, inert 300# practice bomb, misc. hardware
: Usable scrap - iron, copper and
Jane and Dave Swayne:
Miller Falls miter box w/
saw, Cherry pitter etc
Miscellaneous old motorcycle parts
Useable scrap iron
Roy and Vera (Butt) Millegan
made a memorial
donation for Walter and Phyllis Mangels.
Karen McIntire Lenz
first brought in a Doll-E-
Bathinette, and her family's floor polishing equipment
from the 30s and 40s (when it was done the hard
way!!) Later that day, she brought in some vintage
clothing which had been in her family. Especially
beautiful was a blouse her mother,
Karen even had the pattern for it as well as a whole
box of vintage patterns. Sewing was a fine art in all
earlier generations and fancy clothes required the
expertise of an excellent seamstress. We are writing
a grant for a special case to display exceptional
pieces like these.
donated a 3 HP Fairbanks flywheel
engine/air compressor and air tank which was an
important part of Somers Lumber Co./Great Northern
Railroad history, They used a 6-cylinder w/10
diameter pistons in the power plant to generate
electricity for the mill and railroad tie plant. The large
180 HP was impossible to start by hand so it used
compressed air from several large tanks pumped up
by this compressor unit. The 3 HP was hand
cranked to start. Interestingly the Paul Bunyan
logging tow boat we have used the same exact type
engine and starting unit so this donation is extra
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36094 Memory Lane
Polson, MT 59860
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Live History Days!
Saturday and Sunday, July 18 & 19
Exhibits 10 am to 4 pm • Museum open 8 am to 8 pm
36094 Memory Lane, Polson • 883-6804
• Live demonstrations
• Barbershop haircuts for four bits!
• Rides: Vintage cars, Army vehicles, tractors,
miniature railroad and a railroad speeder
• Music: Old Time Fiddlers, accordions
• Photos • Blacksmith
• Food concessions by Leon 4-H Club
• Guest exhibits welcome!