Dolly Leatherman owned the Rand Store with her husband, Bailey from 1919 until 1964. During that time she must have witnessed so many interesting events, hardships and joys. Below is a journal she started 90 years ago on July 29, 1929. The writings were on the inside of a cupboard door found during one of the many remodel jobs here at the Store. Like many of us she probably had good intentions to keep regular postings but as you can see "life" must have gotten in the way. The entries speak of weather reports, snow totals and sometimes she mentions travel by family. We hope you enjoy a look into the past. If nothing else, you'll see the extreme weather in North Park has not changed.
7/29/1929 Snow on the east range
9/5/1929 Snow on Parkview and east range
9/7/1929 2 inches of snow at 9:00 still snowing
9/8/1929 4 inches of snow at 9:00 and still snowing
3/2/1930 Came home from California
Snow all gone – road open to Laramie Wyo
4/1/1930 Bailey went with Harold Dodge to Laramie from Walden April 1st and 2nd
4/9/1930 Road open to Rand
4/11/1930 Arnold came home from California
6/1/1930 More Snow
9/2/1930 First ice
9/6/1930 Snow on Sheep Mountain
11/17/1930 Heavy Snow
4/11/1932 Bailey went to Walden to meet Hattie
7/14-15/1932 Men stayed in cabin / car #1-58-310
8/30/1932 Snowing at 11:00 quite hard
8/31/1932 Flowers froze and 1” of snow
4/20-21/1933 2 feet of snow fell on the level. Road had been open all winter. No mail at Rand for 3 mail days.
5/3/1933 A big snowstorm 16” continued to snow. Continued to snow until 5/11/1933
5/22/1933 Frank and Jesse arrived from Silver City NM.
8/21/1933 Snow on east range
8/26/1933 Snow on all of the west range
8/27/1933 Snow on Owl Mountain
12/2-4/1933 First real snow to stay came
3/1/1934 Frank can plow snow
9/10/1934 Roads open – no snow
9/8/1934 First winter snow
7/11/1936 3” snow and snow on the east range
7/10/1939 3:00 pm – temperature 108
08/25/1948 Snow in Rand
We are closed for the winter but will reopen in May 2020.
Please feel free to shop online.
If you saw something at the Store that's not on our website, just call - we're happy to ship what we have.
Hope to see you soon!
Sandy & Don
Please follow us on Facebook