In 1914 Bill Seward's Jersey Lilly was still a bank, known as Wiley, Clark and Greening Bankers. After the bank closed in 1921 and later was turned into a bar. Bob Seward took over the bar in 1948 and named it the Jersey Lilly after Judge Roy Bean's bar in Langtry, Texas.
Bob’s son, Bill purchased the building in 1958 and it became the only social, cultural and entertainment center in an area of more than two million acres. Bill is no longer the proprietor of the "Jersey Lilly."
Several years ago when it was time for Bill to retire, this popular landmark was purchased by a customer who frequented the Jersey Lilly during hunting trips in the area. He wanted to see the Jersey Lilly survive and I am grateful he did.
This step into the past, gives a glimpse of life that most of us see only on old westerns. Some changes have been made to it, but the beautiful bar still stands and the comfortable, down-home atmosphere still welcomes all guests.
Bill Seward died 14 February 2002
Favorite Dish: Bill's bean soup was the talk of the area but it was his steak dinners that I liked and of course, for starters his world famous appetizers, made of a saltine cracker topped with a slice of onion and orange wedge, which must be eaten in one bite, couldn't be missed.
If a trip to Ingomar is not possible, now the knitted items at The Bookman Store can be ordered on-line through JanKnits.
I'm sorry to have to tell you, that Janet Mysse of JanKnits has died. So there is no more on-line sales. You'll have to contact The Jersey Lilly to ask if any of here knit wears are still for sale.
Next to the Jersey Lilly is The Bookman Store, where hand crafted items can be purchased as well as Montana souviners and the featured JanKnit products.
When I came here as a little girl and young woman, there were few things in the way of souviners sold here. Mostly it was a General Store that serviced the ranches and farms in over a ten mile radius. The Store would close early, but as long as the bar was open we could buy milk, bread or anything else needed.
The last time I was here, the Bookman Store had very few souviner items, I guess it was new at the time and just starting up. This happened after Bill Seward sold The Jersey Lilly.