Old Main, where I was an occasional student janitor 24 years later
My sister Liz and I both studied this annual repeatedly. I did not know until just a few years ago that she felt that her attraction to the University of Wyoming came from hours spent looking at this annual, just as my attraction to the University came from the same source. We were the only two among our siblings who attended the University of Wyoming. The fact that Mother attended the University of Wyoming at all was an absolute tribute to the strength of her ambition and her goal to become an elementary school teacher. For any one to come out of the hard scrabble existence of a pioneer irrigated farm in Penrose Wyoming and attend the University was a miracle. She had completed what was called "normal training" at the public high school before she went to Laramie, which was part of her sustained effort to become a teacher. Mother was the only one among her siblings to attend college. She would not graduate from the University of Wyoming until 1957, after many years of teaching, taking summer school courses, correspondence courses, completing lessons late into the evenings. She worked for every penny she had available while at the University of Wyoming "hashing" at the Commons and doing chore work for a family she stayed with, an unpleasant and onerous task which she endured, nonetheless, to accomplish her goal. Liz and I would follow in her footsteps more than two decades later, also earning every cent ourselves that we had available to pay our way through college. We could not do less than our mother did, nor could we quit before we achieved our educational goals. We remain in the process of establishing the Minnie Wasden Blood Elementary Education Scholarship at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, the town where we six Bloods attended school and where Mother and two of my sisters taught for a period of time.