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By the mid 50's the future of  Disney's True-Life Adventure films was in question. The series still remained popular, but the Disney Studio  had moved on to more lucrative movies like Swiss Family Robinson and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea culminating with their greatest film success in 1964, Mary Poppins.

 

For Walt Disney, his mind was fully engaged in another type of entertainment, Disneyland. Alfred and Elma  retired in 1958. The couple had been on the road their entire married life and they wanted a home. Their home would be located atop Elhi Hill in Bonney Lake, WA which they called their "island in the sky".  Today that same property is the Sky Island community.

 

The Milottes continued to work, filming,  writing and lecturing to local children about nature and wildlife. They wrote three books, "The Story of the Platypus”, “The Story of the Hippopotamus”, and “Toklat, the story of an Alaskan Grizzly Bear".

 

 

Alfred and Elma Milotte shared their lives with us through  stories, films, paintings, lectures, and friendships.  Bonney Lake’s cultural heritage is a bit richer because they chose to spend the last thirty years of their lives on Elhi Hill at their Island in the Sky.

 

Elma Milotte passed away on April 19, 1989, and Al Milotte followed her five days later on April 24. Even in death the Milottes continue to give to our small community through a Scholarship Fund www.milotte.org.

 

 

Their home on the Bonney Lake plateau

Eskimo dance masks exhibition at Frye Museum

Alfred lectured at grade schools about nature

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