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City meets Country


Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

Editor’s note:  Everyone has a story to tell.  The Leader wants to tell those stories through this monthly feature titled “Bios of Bear River.”  Each month we will feature a Valley resident chosen randomly from our subscribers’ list.  We hope you enjoy reading about your friends and neighbors – and be ready, yours might be the next number we call.

Jim and Lanise Hall of Garland started out miles apart – and miles away from the Bear River Valley.  But 30 years together have created the perfect combination of urban practicality and rural resourcefulness.

Jim said he loved growing up in the Uintah Basin.  Until he was 17 years old, his family lived on the reservation in Fort Duchesne, where his father worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  There was rock climbing and lizard chasing on one side, fishing and frog catching on the other.  It was the perfect life for this dyed-in-the-wool country boy.

Lanise’s upbringing took place in the metropolis of Colorado Springs. Although it, too, is surrounded by towering mountains and hiking trails, tadpoles and trout were about as foreign to her as million-dollar high rises were to the reservation.

Still, this city-bred girl had her eye on an “outdoor” occupation, at least long enough to take a summer job working for the Forest Service in Spanish Fork Canyon, constructing trails on Mt. Nebo.  There she met another summer hand by the name of Jim who had the “much less arduous” task of measuring timber.

The two struck up a friendship.  Before the summer was over, they had exchanged addresses.  But she was headed back to Ricks College and he was planning on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the big city of St. Louis, Mo.

Lanise said she wrote faithfully to Jim and when he returned home, the two reconnected.  “I guess I was the last one standing,” she joked of her good fortune in besting a few other female letter-writing friends.

For more on this story pick up a copy of this week’s Leader.


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