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Wyoming Stories: A Gravedigger From Big Horn Recalls The Switch From Shovels To Backhoes

Anna Rader

As a young man, Richard Garber and his brother served as the grave diggers for the cemetery in Big Horn.  They oversaw the interment of their friends and neighbors when graves were dug by hand, up through the advent of the backhoe. Garber and his friend Elaine Henry recall the importance of this cemetery to their families and the community of Bighorn.

The Misadventures of a Teenage Pilot

Richard grew up on a ranch in Bighorn, Wyoming.  Because of the large amount of land they ranched, his family owned an airplane.  When Garber learned to fly as a teenager, mischief and misadventure ensued.

Ryan Oberhelman is an MFA student in Creative Writing at the University of Wyoming. He also holds and MA in English from the University of Nebraska where he worked as an Editorial Assistant with the literary journal Prairie Schooner, interviewing authors for the Air Schooner podcast. When Ryan is not at school or behind the WPR intern desk, he can be found fly fishing and wing shooting in the Laramie Plains and the Medicine Bow Mountains.

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