People & Peoples
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|Van Buskirk, Harold, on Running a Bighorn Basin Grocery Store||Washakie Museum and Cultural Center|
|Van Devanter, Willis, Wyoming U.S. Supreme Court justice||Lori Van Pelt|
|Wanamaker, Joseph||Johanna Wickman|
|Warren, Francis||Wyoming State Archives|
|Warren, Francis E., biographical essay||Kerry Drake|
|Water rights, Wind River||Anne MacKinnon|
|Wildlife, Wind River Indian Reservation||Gregory Nickerson|
|Wind River Indian Reservation, 1905 Land Cession Agreement||WyoHistory.org|
|Wind River Indian Reservation, wildlife on||Gregory Nickerson|
|Wind River, native water rights on||Anne MacKinnon|
People & Peoples
Verda James, a schoolteacher, deputy director of public instruction for the state of Wyoming, assistant superintendent of the Natrona County schools, and later a faculty member at Casper College, was first elected to the Wyoming House in 1954. She served eight terms. During the last term, 1969-1970, she was elected House speaker, the first woman to serve in that position for a full term.
The Welsh-born Episcopal priest John Roberts arrived in 1883 at Fort Washakie on what’s now the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, became a friend of the Shoshone chief Washakie, and served the Shoshone and Arapaho people with a loving paternalism well into his old age. John Roberts died in 1949.
The clear, quiet poetry and fiction of Robert Roripaugh, poet laureate of Wyoming from 1995 through 2002, has long been informed by his youth on his family’s ranch near Lander. In the early 1950s, Roripaugh won bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of the Wyoming before spending two years with the U.S. Army in Japan, where he met and married his wife, Yoshiko. In 1958, the Atlantic Monthly published a short story, and Roripaugh has been publishing and winning prizes on a national level ever since. Also that year he began teaching in the English department at the University of Wyoming, rising to the rank of full professor before retiring in 1993.