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Alert reader identifies artist of old mural in Kuhr's Clothing Store


August 26, 2020

This 1920's photo shows Martin Gardipee, Sr. as a young man. He liked working with livestock and broke horses for Miller brothers. This picture hangs in the shop in Shelby now owned by grandson Duke Gardipee. Visitors to the shop often ask, "Where did you get this photo of a young John Wayne?"

Alert "Journal" reader Shirley Gardipee, who lives in Shelby, read the recent "Journal" (August 5, 2020) story about the unknown artist of the 40-foot long western mural in the old Kuhr Clothing Store in Chinook. She called Daniel Dahl, the new owner of the building and told him, "I know who painted that mural. It was my father-in-law Martin Gardipee, Sr."

Daniel shared the message with me. I talked a bit by phone with Shirley, then made a road trip to learn about her father-in-law. Shirley's husband, Edward, was a mechanic in the Chinook area for a number of years before moving to Shelby...

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