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Barn, by Vernon Wyman

V.L. Wyman's watercolors of "Historic Barns of the Flathead," were kindly donated to our permanent collection by Helen and Dr. Van Kirke Nelson. Pictured above is the "Bill Smith Place on Old Steel Bridge Road, east of Kalispell." 

Vernon L. Wyman (1922 - 2002)

Vernon was born in Houghton, South Dakota in 1922. His family moved to Kalispell when he was four years of age. Here he grew up and graduated from Flathead High School and went on to work for O'Neil Printers. He served in the Blue Devil's eighty-eighth infantry division of the army, a part of the fifth army, in Africa and Italy.
After his discharge in 1945 he returned to O'Neil printers where he received his journeyman's card in 1951 and continued work there for a total of forty-three years.
Vern was an active member of the Jaycees, Kalispell Chess Club, Artisans and Craftsmen of the Flathead and Kalispell Historical Society. He participated in the Shining Mountain and Presbyterian Churches and volunteered at both Brendan House and Immanuel Lutheran Home.
He was known as a watercolorist, commercial artist and calligrapher. Vern taught watercolor painting at Flathead Valley Community College and in other area schools.