By Olivia Terry
The melting of the snow and the closing of the runs are a sorrowful reminder that ski season is nearly over. However, one must look forward to the bright reappearance of crocuses and the cheerful presence of a new brood of ducklings that always seem to signify that spring is here.
For many, spring represents new beginnings. Seeds are planted in the spring and new life, ideas, and projects flourish in the warm weather.
Pictured in this image from the Union Pacific Collection, is Elnora Seagle with a litter of kittens. Seagle was one of the three original women to breathe life into Ketchum’s Community Library. She, along with Clara Spiegel and Mary Ellen Moritz, recognized Ketchum’s need for more cultural amenities, at a time when only 500 people populated the town.
Seagle was integral in organizing the meeting of seventeen women on January 14,1955 to form the Community Library Association. She later became the first chair-woman of the Library’s board, and the first receiver of honorary life membership.
Today, the legacy of Seagle and the other sixteen founding women live on every time someone checks out a book. This image of Seagle and the kittens is a reminder that new beginnings are just around the corner, and under the right circumstances and mindset, the possibilities are boundless.