Murdo Girl…OMG! It’s the real Connie like

I loved all my fellow cheerleaders, but Connie Jackson was who I wanted to be like. I told you she was beautiful!


Some of you might be wondering how I became Murdo Girl… I too. Sorry, can’t help you. The answer might be that nobody else has claimed the name, and no one loves Murdo more than Murdo Girl!

My Uncle Charles Francis wrote and self-published a book about being raised above the train depot in Murdo. He left in his early 20’s to serve his country. After the war, he lived with his family in California, then New York. He chose to be buried in Murdo. Chuck’s wife, Barbara will be buried beside him someday in the far off future. My Dad, William Francis, Chuck and Dad’s parents, Constance Francis Bowers and John Francis, and Connie’s second husband William Bowers are buried there.

L. Vava Bowers, Chuck Francis, Bill Francis, Bob Bowers, Bev Bowers, Bev’s wife, my cousin Paul Francis, and Margarete Turner. In front of Mack’s Cafe during the 75th Jubilee.

Mom’s family including, Grandma and Grandpa Sanderson, Aunt Emily and Uncle Wayne Sanderson, Uncle Jeff Sanderson, and Vicki Lane Francis, the baby daughter of Loretta Francis Gustafson and William Francis, are all buried in the Murdo Cemetary. I believe Uncle Jerry Miller is buried in Murdo too, but I’m not 100% sure. I know I have left out someone very important, but I just want to establish my Murdo roots. Just about our whole Sanderson family was on hand to spread Mom’s ashes over Horse Creek, South of Murdo.

Our Horse Creek Experience…1) Billy, Gus and me, 2) Greg Miller and Jeff H. Sanderson, tearing down fences, 3) We had a good turnout 🙂 Greg arranged the whole thing, including the 4-wheel drive trucks to get us there. Jerry Miller gave a great talk about the history of Horse Creek.

Uncle Jerry with 2 styrofoam cups of Mom’s ashes. Hey, how did he get 2 cups? from left, Harvey Sheehan, Terry Sanderson, Jeff H. Sanderson, Greg Miller, and my son’s wife April



Murdo Girl hasn’t lived in Murdo for the past 46 years. The fact that she’s only 30 years old makes it seem impossible. Let’s not dwell too long on unimportant trivia.

I haven’t spent my whole life living in the past. I’ve had jobs, kids, and grandkids, while living in other places. I have friends who aren’t from Murdo. I’m married to a guy from Laramie, Wyoming, but he has no interest in becoming Laramie Guy.

I’m just having fun. I am Murdo Girl… Where did she come from?

I’m an old cowhand, from the Rio Grande
This was a Green Acres moment a couple of years ago when we lived in the country. Since then, I’ve stopped dying my hair grey.

I have written over 70 Murdo Girl stories, and it never fails that someone will read a story and send me a picture or two. It’s a real dilemma to get pictures that validate my stories after you have already read them. I lost my high school annuals in the war, so I hope you will enjoy or endure my nostalgia. I’m seeing some of these high school pictures for the first time since 1970.


I just hit the Jack(son) pot. Ed Jackson, a fellow 1970 graduate and star athlete, not to mention the homecoming King of the class of 1970, sent me stories and photos that will keep me going, almost forever, or until you all quit reading Murdo Girl.

The only “other” thing I want to do with this story is show you some more pictures.

1-IMG_0486-001This is Coach Applebee. I wish I’d had this photo of him for the interviews, because this is how I picture him. It was years before I knew he could stand up straight. Gotta love the “Coach Stance.” Maybe he’s trying not to put too much weight on the floor they named after him.

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You Go Murdo Girl. I was surprised to see this picture of me, #1 no less, standing right there beside Coach Haugland. If you read my story about my athletic career at Murdo High School, you will understand the humor. Looks like Mr. Haugland is thinking, “What is she doing?” In practice, he asked me why I was dribbling the ball over in the corner? He wanted to know if I planned to peel it and eat it. It’s okay, I recovered from the humiliation. Without this photo, I would not have remembered or believed that two of my best friends Marlene Rada and Karen Ferdig, played basketball that year. I probably didn’t want to remember. They might have been good players.

The funny thing, is when my kids were in sports, I forbade them to pick #1 for their jersey.


Eddie Jackson, Mary Francis, Vicki Esmay and Dick Bradley. I didn’t fail to notice that Eddie and Dick are both swooning over Vicki. I AM MURDO GIRL!! Sorry I know that’s rude. At least my bangs finally grew out.


Here we go. You can’t see me, but I’m standing in front of these guys who are obviously swooning over Murdo Girl. (It might have been something to do with a class play.) I think that’s  my cousin Mark in back there..looks like he’s choking. The guys in front are Dick Bradley, Ron Kinsley, Eddie Jackson, and Don Edwards. I can’t see the other guys in the back too clearly, but I think the one on the left is Dennis Chambliss. If I didn’t spell a name correctly, just remember I’m slisdexic. Everyone is sometimes.


 I hope you have enjoyed myself. (Myself had to be quick today.) Take care everyone!

5 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…OMG! It’s the real Connie like

  1. scoper07 June 23, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    The gentleman behind me is my cousin Jeff Iverson and I think Kim Burns is behind Jeff.

    We were swooning Murdo Girl. She was standing there with horror on her face and was sticking her index fingers in her ears. I don’t know if she could hear our low notes with her fingers in her ears. 😀

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    • Mary Francis McNinch June 23, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      No worries scoper07. Murdo Girl heard the low notes..she’s an alto. Eat your heart out Vicki..sorry, that was rude.


  2. Mary Francis McNinch June 23, 2016 / 9:46 am

    OMG! Murdo Girl spelled idyll incorrectly..She must have hurried too much.


    • Valerie Halla June 23, 2016 / 9:58 am

      It’s all right….you’re slisdexic and I loved this episode. Murdo Girl is a true lover…of Murdo. Many share that love. Fun times! Was it accidental getting a number 1 jersey!?

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      • Mary Francis McNinch June 23, 2016 / 10:02 am

        I don’t remember. I really had a belly laugh when I saw it. Mason and Craig will crack up when they see it. I look like I think I’m pretty important don’t I?


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