Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Last of a Dying Breed
“It’s a nice place to be if the bombs are dropped, Sonny.”
That’s what 74-year-old Hay Kelly thinks of his solitary Iou cabin in the Holy Cross mountains southwest of Denver.
This rugged mountain man is well qualified to survive any crisis confronting him. Kelly is a self-supporting gold miner and one of the last of a nearly extinct breed who live off the land.
With a $KM) yearly income from his mining activities, a small railroad pension and innate resourcefulness, Kelly weathers 20-below
winters. Sharing his frontier adventures are two cats, Cherry and Cary. vs ho are fat enough to serve as door stops.
Kelly, clad only in his shorts, often has breakfast at tables outside his cabin After all, says Kelly: “It’s only me and Mother Nature.” Kelly, a veteran railroad man. is busiest during tin1 summer months when he traps animals, cultivates vegetables and chops enough wood to last him through the winter.
Despite his small income Kelly says he would never consider moving from his outpost. He has made his own life and he likes it.
(•old Miner Hay Kelly starts his day in the mountains with breakfast outside his log cabin in his shorts (left). In center photo, he uses an old hand winch to pull up ore from his gold mine. At right he prepares for another long day as he sits inside the log cabin he shares with his two cats. Cherry and (iary.
Calls it Quits
“Smitty the jumper.” 75, shown in a Lincoln. Neb , hospital, has decided to give up parachute jumping, due to a broken leg and the quirky Lincoln airport After more than 40 years of parachute jumping. IL T. Smith, a native of Sulphur Springs. Ark , decided to call it quits after suffering broken legs in his last two jumps. Ile broke his left leg in his first jump in four years, when he missed the airport, his intended target, and landed in the city dump
Weren’t For Her Constant Quacking!
Storiette, a cocker spaniel. has that hang dog look as it gets an tarful from its uninvited dog house boarder — Henrietta, the duck The bird was acquired last Laster bv Kathryn Williams of Lancaster, Texas, and tin* spaniel has since resigned itself to coexistence.
Ray Kelly, a 74-year-old gold miner, walks to his gold mine in the Holy Cross mountains southwest of Denver.