A collection of photographs during the life of Helen Isabel Manning Engstrom.
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|2a||Photograph taken in early 1920's|
|2b||Photograph taken in early 1930's|
|2c||Photograph taken in early 1930's|
|2d||Photograph taken in about 1932|
|2e||Helen Engstrom with her son, Donald, about 1940|
|2f||Helen Engstrom with her son, Donald, about 1941|
|2g||Helen Engstrom standing next to new 1946 Pymouth car|
|2h||Photograph taken in about 1950|
|2i||Photograph of Darwin and Helen taken in about 1950|
|2j||Jolly Rancher looking at soda fountain counter and eating area with kitchen in the rear|
|2k||Jolly Rancher looking at front of the store where the chocolate candies were displayed|
|2l||Helen Engstrom's home from June 1929 to December 1939|
|2m||Darwin and Helen Engstrom's home from December 1939 to April 1947|
|2n||Darwin and Helen Engstrom's home from April 1947 to Nov. 1954|
|2o||Darwin and Helen Engstrom's home from May 1956 to late 1970's|
|2p||Darwin and Helen Engstrom and their children at their 50th Anniversary|
|2q||Photograph taken in at the Mesa Temple on 23 March 1985|
Helen's sister Ruth on the left and Helen
They moved to this home when a doctor told them that their son's asthma would be helped if he slept above the ground floor. It had two bedrooms on the 2nd floor as well as two bedrooms on the first floor. The basement had large knotty pine family room as well as one bedroom. The address for his home is 1422 West 31st Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
This picture shows Darwin Engstrom behind the counter. Behind him is a soda fountain and freezer cabinets for the various flavors of ice cream. At the end of the counter looking at the camera is Cord Manning. Darwin's father-in-law. Behind the glass window behind Cord is the ice cream making machine. The machine would make 5 gallons every 15 to 20 mintues. The table and chairs were made of knotty pine.
The Jolly Rancher was opened by Helen and Darwin Engstrom on April 1, 1951. It was located on the northeast corner of 18th and Warren. The interior design was a western motif and the primary products were Jolly Rancher ice cream and candy. The candy was mostly hand dipped chocolates made in Wheatridge, Colorado, at Jolly rancher headquarters founded by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen, former Cheyenne residents and friends of the Engstroms. The ice cream base was prepared in Colorado and then the ice cream was made on the premesis. Jolly Rancher ice cream was 335 richr than that required by Colorado state law and ther was always a selection of at least 33 flavors to choose from. This was the first store in Cheyenne to have that manyflavors to choose from. There were also a wide variety of ice cream drinks, sundaes, etc. to choose from. The store created quite a stir when it opened because it charged 6¢ for ice cream cones instead of the normal 5¢.
Besides the ice cream treats, sandwuiches, homemade soups and chili, and hot luncheon specialties were also available. Mrs. Engstrom's homemade pies were also very popular. The store provided close access fur lunch and coffee breaks to many in that area of town.
The store was first sold about 1954 when Mrs. Engstrom had health problems. The store reverted back to the Engstroms. This happened a couple of times until a final sale was made and the store was changed to the Driftwood Cafe.
The picture shows Helen Engstrom selling a box of chocolates to her father, Cord Manning. Behind them are the cabinets in an "L" shape where the chocolate candies were displayed. Next to the candies was a nut display and the pop corn machine. Darwin Engstrom appears over the assorted nut display. The store entrance is between the brick planter and the pop corn machine. Shortly after opening, the Jolly Rancher hard candies started appearing. To begin with the were flat pieces about 4 inches long and 1 inch wide and about a qurter inch thick. The flavors were cinnamon, licorce, and butterscotch and were named Firestix, Smokestix, and Butterstix.
Helen's family moved into this house in June 1929. It was built on the outskirts of town at that time. The address is 106 West 2nd Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming. After they were married, they lived in the basement. Darwin did the carpentry and other work to build the kitchen in the basement. The aprtment only had one bedroom downstairs.
This was their first owned home. It was a two bedroom home. There also was two bedrooms in the basement that they rented to roomers during the war years. The address for his home is 214 East 4th Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
They moved to this home after the doctor told them that their son's asthma might be better if he slept on the second floor. There were two bedrooms and a bathroom above the back part of the home. From the street it looked like a one story home.
They moved to this home after renting a couple of homes during the previous 2 years. This home had 3 bedrooms upstairs and an unfinished basement. They enlarged the front room by taking out on of the small bedrooms. They also built a knotty pine family room downstairs with a shuffle board and a bedroom and store room.
This picture was taken on their fiftieth anniversary while living in a mobile home park in Yuma, Arizona. An Anniversary party was held in the Park clubhouse where this picture was taken. Seated in front are Helen and Darwin Engstrom. In back are (left to Right) their son, Donald and his wife, Carolyn; Michael and Linda Rehart. Linda is Darwin and Helen's daughter.