1952 Carole’s horsemanship won her the title
of Sisters Rodeo Queen. “Queen Carole is not the drug store
type of cowgirl. She is the real thing and has been riding horses
since she could walk,” boasts a Redmond Spokesman article
of the day.
In 1957, after the deaths of both Mr. and Mrs. Lowery,
the family sold the ranch to former PUC Commissioner, Howard Morgan.
(By this time Virginia Campbell was a real estate agent. She listed
and sold the ranch.) That same year Carole was accepted into a nurses
training program in Portland. Carl and Virginia moved to Plainview
and Carl managed a large ranch of his own running cows and some horses.
(Carl Campbell held the grazing rights to the Glaze Meadow cattle
allotment.) Virginia was honored as Sisters Rodeo Parade Grand Marshall
in 1980. She was an active participant in community activities and
worked as a real estate agent until her death in 1995.
In 1958 Carole married rancher Frank Crail. A Montanan
by birth, Frank grew up on the ranch his grandfather homesteaded
in 1902. The historic Crail ranch was bought by Chrysler Corporation
for newsman Chet Huntley when he retired. Today the 640 acre ranch
is Big Sky’s Meadow Village, part of the famous Big Sky ski
resort. The homestead log cabins are now museums filled with Crail
Carole and Frank Crail moved from Sisters to nearby
Redmond in 2005. “It’s a little warmer and the growing
season is longer,” says Frank. Carole is an active contributor
to the Sisters Country Historical Society.