Mark Howser, Colleen O’Brien, Our Sons and Daughter
AND a whole lot of Incredible co-workers.
Mark came to East Glacier in 1995 on a USA Rail Pass. It was his first and only stop. After going home to get his VW bus, he made East Glacier his home. He bought the Two Medicine Grill and Whistling Swan Motel in 1996. In 2003 he acquired the Glacier Park Trading Company. In 2013 we opened The Rock 'n Roll Bakery; Gear & Goodness. He's dedicated to keeping the Grill and Trading Company open year-round so community members have a place to buy ingredients for a salad and get together over a good cup of coffee.
Colleen vacationed in Glacier in 1989 and was struck by the thought "some people get to live here." She finally got to be one of them the summer of 1994 when she hired on at the Park Cafe. Years later, she was able to become a year-round East Glacier resident. She taught English at Blackfeet Community College for five years and spent her summers working for the Park Service as a permit writer and a member of trail crew. Then she met Mark at the Fireman's Ball. He proposed above Dawson Pass on a snowy October day.
Our oldest son helps out washing cars, folding t-shirts and wiping down store shelves when he isn't busy with elementary school and his other passions including firefighting, spying and Nerf warfare. Our daughter consults on the Melissa and Doug toy selection, spot-checks baked goods maintaining impeccable quality and works beside her brother clearing and cleaning store shelves. She's a prolific artist. Our latest co-worker, a boy, enjoys rearranging the lowest shelves at the store and bakery, occasionally "de-files" paperwork and also loves firefighting.