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Judy Buffington Sammons, local girl become writer, gives talk at Schoolhouse

Judy Buffington Sammons grew up on the Buffington Registered Hereford Ranch on Ohio Creek Road.  It’s easy to imagine her as a little country girl, wisps of hair escaping her sandy blond braids as she bounces along aside her father in the old ranch jeep heading out to the hay field.

As a child, Judy spent a lot of time as her father’s sidekick, tagging along on his trips to the upper ranch, the land north of Baldwin and north of Wilderness Streams.  It was an idyllic childhood. Her family sat around the supper table for extended conversations and her grandparents lived right across the road.  Listening to radio shows like the popular Dragnet was high entertainment as were reading all of the Nancy Drew mystery books, de rigueur for a girl growing up in the Fifties.

Judy’s father held a master’s degree in science and encouraged her to set her sights on a college education.  She graduated from Gunnison High School and Western State College.  Dr. Duane Vandenbusche, having noted her history articles for the newspaper, challenged her to write a book on ranch history. And that was just the beginning.  Judy has authored several  books covering aspects of Western Slope and local history, most available at the Bookworm.  She is currently writing a new book on Alonzo Hartmann, father of the Gunnison Country.

This Friday night at the historic Fairview School House, Judy will once again delight her audience with tales from her newest book, Graves of the Gunnison Country.  Judy has always enjoyed rambling around old cemeteries, and since there was no book about old local cemeteries and graves, she decided to write one.

Her talk, entitled “Tales From Beyond the Tombstones,” reveals some of the history and lore behind burials in early Gunnison. Learn why one ranching family buried their infant in the barn.  The grave is still there today.  A 10-year-old boy’s grave is marked by a single wild rosebush on a lonely hillside of wild sage. And yes, there is a ghost story.

Join your neighbors and friends for an enjoyable evening this Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. with an opportunity to visit with Judy at the potluck (bring a dish to share, drinks and your place setting), at the Fairview Schoolhouse, 4.5 miles out Ohio Creek Rd.  At 7p.m. Judy will tell the stories behind the tombstones. The talk is free. Ghosts will be charged $5.00.

Judy will have some books available for purchase and she will autograph your copy.

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