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  1. New Molesworth Family Link
  2. Dry Summer
  3. Mentoring — Pairing Wild Horses with Wild Teens?
  4. Photos of Polly’s and Tony’s 50th
  5. Party Time!
  6. Freedom Day and Memorial Day 2007
  7. New Info Regarding PFC Charlo at Iwo Jima Flag Raising
  8. Molesworth on PBS “New Yankee Workshop”
New Molesworth Family Link

Here’s Phil Molesworth’s new Molesworth Family Link …

Hi All Molesworths

Many of you would not have been aware that I was working on a project to produce a Molesworth Web Site. I took it on after getting a lot of mail asking me to restart the newsletters and I have finally finished it. You will find it at Molesworth Family Web Pages.

I will produce a 2007 newsletter [PDF, 996 KB, 22 pages] shortly which will be published on this site as well. I stopped writing the newsletters because I was not getting any information from others to include and didn’t want them to become centred on my immediate family and the Molesworths in Australia. I hope you enjoy it. I am looking for information to add especially in the news pages for each country and articles for the newsletters.

Please pass this email on to as many Molesworths or descendants of Molesworths and other interested parties as you can. This site will depend very much on others supplying me with information to put up. I would also appreciate any constructive comments you may wish to send.

Phil Molesworth

Tony O. 9/29/07
Dry Summer

Happy rainy & overcast Saturday morning to you!
Last Sunday we got 1.1″ rain total. Last night brought us a gentle rain, and snow level here is visible at about 4,500′, just about what the weathermen forecast! I have some brush piles to burn and now open burning is safe for the first time in about 80 days.

Tony O. 9/29/07

We finally have 0.2″ in the rain gauge! The 72 days preceeding were totally dry with relative humidity sometimes as low as 8%!

Tony O. 9/21/07
Mentoring — Pairing Wild Horses with Wild Teens?

The moratorium on slaughtering “surplus” wild horses and burros recently expired. As many as 27,000 mustangs and burros will now be at risk of roundup on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service range. They’ll be captured and shipped to slaughter houses unless qualified horse lovers volunteer and intervene.

Molesworth Montana Institute & Ranch has qualifying pens, shelters, and pasture space for up to 6 more mustangs. Lake County and Tribal group homes house teens who need daily activity projects. Three of us have horse handling experience, and one is a Montana certified teen counselor who’s already saved 2 mustangs from slaughter.

Recently, Oprah Winfrey ran an entire show on “mentoring” teens.

So, what if?

  • What if 6 wild teens asked to work with horses?
    (who otherwise might never get a chance)
  • What if we qualify and 6 more mustangs were assigned to us?
  • What if we were able to mentor each wild horse with a teen?
  • What if the teen mentored the mustang?
  • What if they became a pair for a year of hard work and fun?
  • What if we could find a private grant that would make this possible?

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Program is back online after the lawsuit that removed it for so long was concluded.

Tony O. 7/14/07
Photos of Polly’s and Tony’s 50th

here are some photos of your 50th Wedding Anniversary Lawn Party on Saturday afternoon 6/23/07 and Bluegrass Music Jam on Sunday afternoon 6/24/07.


Most captions by TonyO.

TonyO’s PS: Any pains from that chair upsetting? I wish I’d had a picture of that! You were holding a plate when that happened and I don’t know how you managed to keep the food on that plate after a 180° half-gainer corkscrewing roll like that, but you came up with food still on that plate! It was an athletic feat that deserved applause!

J.S. 6/23/07
Party Time!

Hi Jerry!

Because our son Ted was called to Seattle this week and cannot return until late Friday eve, we’ve postponed the party schedule one day. Some family guests will be around Friday but mostly resting up for Saturday.

So, come Friday and bring a sleeping bag and stay over if you want, or come Saturday starting at 2 for the Bar-B-Q (pitchfork fondue) and stay over til Sunday when we’ll also have a small music festival in the afternoon if the weather stays nice.

Tony O. 6/21/07

You’re Invited!

Polly’s & Tony’s 50th!

GOD willing and the creeks don’t rise —
and see “pollyspage” at
(just ask and you’ll be admitted).

2 PM Saturday June 23rd, 2007 [updated], to Saturday June 30th, 2007
(making up for all the parties we’ve missed).

Starting at 2 PM at the ranch, a Saturday afternoon lawn party with pitchfork fondue Bar-B-Q [updated], sleepovers all week (at the ranch, on the lake at Bear Harbor C-3 and C-4, and at The Narrows #1), side trips to the National Bison Range, Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge, Glacier National Park, local historical sites, etc. Food and local brews catered, BYOB and sleeping bags, children and grandchildren welcome, pets by permission.

United, Delta, Alaska/Horizon serve Missoula’s Johnson-Bell Field and numerous car rentals are available there. Private aircraft served at Missoula and Polson (4,200′ paved) FBOs, and at Ronan and St. Ignatius (paved with unicom but no FBO).

Mapquest or Google Map locators …

  • for the ranch: “53503 Molesworth Lane, St. Ignatius MT 59865″
    or, “2459 Hi-Hi-Tah, St. Ignatius MT 59865″
    and see
  • for Bear Harbor: “100 Rocky Point Road, Polson MT 59860″
    and see
  • for The Narrows: “50510 US Highway 93, Polson MT 59860″
    or, closest driveway east of: Mitchell House B&B (a bright yellow house), “1605 US Highway 93 E, Polson MT 59860″.

Boat slips available no charge at all three lakeshore locations, total boat length 22′ overall. Bring yer own boat. Launch at Polson public ramps, free trailer parking. Horses with tack, 3 wheelers and 4 wheelers (brings tools and carb kits), trails to ride at the ranch — no charge but signed liability waivers required.

RSVP via email by 6/14/07, please.
Tony O. 4/28/07
Freedom Day and Memorial Day 2007

here’s a brief synopsis of Western Montana Freedom Day and Memorial Day 2007. I know you were at home caring for Polly.

53 photos of both days’ events:
Even in the pouring rain I got lots of photos on Freedom Day and Memorial Day. Gov. Schweitzer was there, Sen. Tester gave a pretty good speech, Rep. Rehberg gave a longer drier speech but it wasn’t bad, Sen. Baucus couldn’t make it but sent a nice note that was read out loud. The parade on Mon. lasted from 12:30 to 1:40 (70 minutes — what a long parade), so I missed the ceremony at 1:30 at the cemetery. The American flags large and small and the veterans memorial in the cemetery were beautiful. The flyovers on both days of the WWII Corsair, T-6 trainer, pair of F16s, float plane landing and taking off from the river in front of us, Korean War MASH helicopter, Vietnam era Loach, Iraq War Black Hawk helicopter, etc., were impressive (kids could crawl all over them parked in the Linderman school football field afterwards, in static display). I didn’t make it to the ceremony at the tribal complex (sorry). The designer and builder of the bridge (first of its type in Montana) that is rededicated now as the “Armed Forces Memorial” bridge (state rep. Jana Taylor’s idea), was present as a dignitary.I was particularly impressed by the Montana 89th Horse Cavalry (part of the MT National Guard, based in Helena). They charged back and forth across the football field shooting cap&ball pistols at balloons, also snatching brass rings off of poles with their sabers. One guy laid his horse down on its side and then let the horse jump up and gallop off with him on it (at first the horse couldn’t be persuaded to get down — did I mention this was all in the pouring rain?). The 89th Cavalry has an authentic antique brass 1841 Mountain Howitzer that shoots fire out the barrel about 6 feet (and the loader said that the residual white smoke was from bread rammed into it). They set it off as a wake-up call for the crowd several times. The first time I heard it I was standing under my umbrella by the muzzle minding my own business when it went off without warning, so I said something inappropriate.The entertainment was outstanding on Sun. afternoon and evening. The Kalispell Kats opened for the Bop-A-Dips (who had far too much amplification for my ears). But their ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock and roll was excellent. When they play those old songs, the old geezers would be dragged by their wives out on the dance floor in front of the over-size speakers for some shuckin’ & jivin’, twistin’ & shoutin’. A large group of junior high and senior high school girls would scream like crazy at the end of every phrase of words sung, so it was rather rowdy there. The band’s costumes got a good laugh from the crowd too, especially the long-hair hippy freaks (smoking banana paper and sneaking a beer between Vietnam War era songs), and also the cheerleader outfits, of course. The Shamrocks performing in the first intermission sang bawdy Irish Navy songs (me thinks), but not as loudly as the Bop-A-Dips. On Mon. the Fiddlesticks School had some little girls playing violins and singing songs like “5 Foot 2, Eyes of Blue” preceding the speeches, so that was cute. Of course all the elementary school children dressed as a large American flag (i.e. the “Singing Flag”) performing their original “Freedom Day Song” during the opening and closing ceremonies, were good too.

As far as speeches on Mon., Major General Randall Mosley (Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard) gave a very moving speech on each and every Montanan killed in Afghanistan or Iraq, in the order of deaths — name, age, home town, rank and unit, location of death, circumstances surrounding the death, etc. The last Montanan to die was late in April, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after returning from Iraq. Major General Paul Vallely (US Army ret., now a Fox News Analyst living in Kalispell) gave a patriotic speech that had people giving standing ovations, clapping and cheering, jumping out of their seats, orah-ing, and generally honoring the troops vigorously. Vallely has a son buried 6 ft. from Matt Saltz. Kathy Saltz (mother of Matt, the first Montanan killed in Iraq) gave an informative speech on the Gold Star Families. Rick Skates (president of 1st Citizens Bank) formed the “Freedom Day Committee” non-profit after receiving a phone call from his Trauma/Flight Nurse daughter in Iraq. Skates then ramrodded this whole 2-day event, raising $107,000 in the Polson MT area (pop. 4,000+). He talked about how he doesn’t allow veterans returning home now to be treated disrespectfully like the Vietnam vets were when he was in college (he still gets pretty steamed about that). All the families who lost a loved one in the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq or family members of those serving there now, got challenge coins. A recent high school graduate who was being deployed to Iraq a couple days later (i.e. last week) stood and was recognized, receiving a much deserved standing ovation.

There was a lot more both days but these are some of the highlights.

J.S. 6/3/07
New Info Regarding PFC Charlo at Iwo Jima Flag Raising

A happy (and safe) Memorial Day to you, Jerry!
And a huge “Thank You” to all my fellow vets, especially those who wore the Eagle Globe and Anchor, Semper Fi to you!


Martin and Victor Charlo, Bill Hull
Martin Charlo grandson of Victor, Victor Charlo brother of PFC Louis Charlo, Bill Hull who was there when the first American flag was raised on Mt. Suribachi in 1945. Photo taken at 2007 Memorial Day ceremony in Polson MT.

There’s a bunch of new Internet “posts” about the First Mount Suribachi Flag Raising during Day # 4 of the Battle for Iwo Jima in Feb.-March 1945, and many mention the part Pfc. Louis C. Charlo, USMC played in that. Here’s a Google Search link to some.

Some identify Pfc. Charlo as being in Lt. Shrier’s attacking patrol of 50 men, 6 of whom fought their way to the top and raised that first smaller flag. One statement by Radioman Ray Jacobs identifies Pfc. Charlo as the BAR man in a 4 man recon patrol that scaled Mt. Suribachi earlier that morning to test the Japanese defenses and plan a route for the larger attacking reinforced platoon-sized patrol (which planted the first small flag), and Jacob’s statement does not eliminate the probability that Charlo was also part of that second and larger attacking force, as Flame-Thrower Operator Lindberg and several others present stated Pfc. Charlo was there with them.

Further, Pfc. Charlo’s MOS was “Radioman”, and it’s possible that Pfc. Michel was also a Radioman. A “surplus” of Radiomen? Hardly! When Marines take the high ground and plan to use it as an Observation Post (“OP”) communications would have been the paramount purpose and both sound-powered wireline phones and radios would have been carried along, by the men trained in their operation. Having duplicate links down Mt. Suribachi to the Battalian CP would have been SOP. I’m thinking that Tribal Elders may want to research into the identity of the “Dusty” Cordier mentioned as a participant in the Mount Suribachi assault and flag-raising. Headquarters USMC would know who this was with name/ rank/ serial number/ DOB/ and perhaps his place of birth — I’m guessing he, too, was a Salish and Kootenai Tribal member, also from St. Ignatius! Elders will also want to obtain correction by the website that mistakenly calls Pfc. Charlo a “Crow Indian”, because he was well-known to have been a descendant of Chief Charlo of the Bitterroot Band of Salish.

Would it be possible to post all these links in the USMC section? Then interested viewers can read ‘em all and draw their own conclusions.

Pfc. Louis C. Charlo obviously played a huge part in taking Mount Suribachi, and the resulting flag-raisings. He may even have been the only Marine to scale those difficult 500 feet TWICE that morning! With a 25+ # BAR and ammo the first time, and 20# radio plus all his personal rifle and 782 gear the second time. He deserves way more than a single Purple Heart for the fatal wound that killed him days later at age 19. I believe he (and all 4 of the recon patrol, and all 50 of the attack patrol) posthumously rate the Bronze Star, and probably the Navy Cross.

It’s a national disgrace that Associated Press and other media waste pages of paper (and trees) on the acts by felons in our society while failing to recognize and memorialize the heros, like Pfc. Louis C. Charlo of the US Marine Corps, who won WWII with their personal courage and brave acts so far from home. But for them, we might be speaking German or Japanese today and watching goose-stepping automatons marching scores of our people off to slave labor camps. Freedom is not free! Many have paid the ultimate price, and more may today, so we can enjoy peace and tranquillity at home this long weekend!

Tony O. 5/27/07
Molesworth on PBS “New Yankee Workshop”
“Heads Up!” from Terry Winchell …

Tony, wanted to let you know that there is a show on Thomas Molesworth furniture on PBS New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abrams this Saturday [2/10/07] at 1:00 pm EST. You can go to and go to 2007 programs for a nice intro. I also did a show on Molesworth with Wyoming Public Television and am sending you a DVD. On another note I am coming up to Montana in late Feb. or early March and would like to stop and see you.

My Best, Terry Winchell
Fighting Bear Antiques
375 South Cache
Jackson, WY, 83001

From PBS New Yankee Workshop’s 2007 Schedule …
( has no objection to MMI using this.)

finished cowboy sideboardCowboy Sideboard
Program #1906

Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 1:00 pm ET (check local listings)

Wyoming antiques dealer Terry Winchell wants everybody to know about the remarkable work of furniture designer Thomas Molesworth. In the 1930s, from his base in Cody, Wyoming, Molesworth created “Cowboy”-style furnishings made from peeled Douglas fir logs, stretched red leather, and routed out images of Indian teepees, animal tracks, and shooting irons. Dwight Eisenhower was a fan of this particularly distinctive dude ranch furniture, as was Thomas Yawkey (once the owner of Norm’s beloved Red Sox). Today, Molesworth is very collectable, as Norm finds out when he visits Winchell at his operation in Jackson Hole. The ultimate New England craftsman brings a little bit of Western sensibility into his Yankee workshop when he decides to takes on a Molesworth-style sideboard for his own collection. The dimensions are 47″ l x 19″ w x 32″ h.

Tony O. 2/7/07