Local looks back on humorous memories of Buck Creighton

The American Legion had me paint a flag memorial on the back wall in memory of Buck Creighton. I felt honored by that since Buck was a great family friend. I asked my mom, Dorothy Carter, now 90, for this remembrance of Buck from the old logging days. I thought you might use some of it with the flag story.


Ron Carter, Libby, Mont.

A special thank you to congressman Greg Gianforte

My name is John Alex of Libby, Montana. I’m submitting this letter to the editor as a special thank you to several special individuals and organizations for their participation in a recent Commendation that I was presented by Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte at VFW Post 1548 here in Libby on the afternoon of 24th of May 2019.

Seventeen other veterans from here in Montana were also presented this Commendation for 2018 at various other times and locations here in Montana. I was also one of those veterans selected from Lincoln County, it is honoring and humbling for me to be selected for this Commendation from among my peers, many who may have experienced so many more harrowing and possible life-threatening experiences. In their military careers than I.

While at the event, Congressman Greg Gianforte read the Official Proclamation of the Commendation to those in attendance. He had previously read this same Commendation to members of Congress in Washington, D.C. He then presented the Commendation to me along with a neatly folded American Flag. The flag had been flown above the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. He also presented me a certificate that the flag had been flown over the Capitol. It was a proud moment for me to have been presented these mementos.

My thanks to Congressman Gianforte for creating this Commendation for Montana veterans in recognition for their service to their country. For him coming all the way here to Libby from Helena with his staff to make the presentation. The same to Lee Bothman, owner and editor of the Kootenai Record for his informative article about the Commendation. Thanks also to the officers and staff of the VFW Post 1548 for their outstanding job in promoting and hosting this event for the general public.

Others deserving my thanks for being a part of this event are Libby High School student Ryggs Johnston, Sheriff Darren Short, Mrs. Chrys Marchant, Pastor Patrick Weyrauch, and my teo daughters, Linda Colson and Deborah Stokesberry.

I was truly overwhelmed by the many family members, friends that I have made over my 40 years of being a resident of Libby and the many folk who took time out of their day to be at the event. My sincere heartfelt thanks to all of you.

Forever grateful,

John Alex, Libby, Mont.



Lost an eye by accident while he and Earl took turns with an electric drill they were working with. In order to get a good eye exam for truck driving, Buck covered the blind eye with one hand and then switched hands for the same eye. Got his license. Needed the job because of several little kids at home. When Harriet died suddenly at home, Buck’s mom came from Olney to take care of the kids—several under the age of 12. Buck came to me to finish the gravy for Sunday dinner before Ann arrived to take care of the family.

Buck and Earl (Shorty) drove a logging truck for Hartsock. Coming down off the mountain they kept a beer supply in a culvert to keep cold. One night, Shorty and Buck were driving home through Kalispell. The car behind Buck would not dim his lights. So, Buck stopped, got out of his truck with a hammer and smashed the headlights of that car.