Grand River Roundup

A large crowd gathered at the Lions Civic Center in Buffalo Monday for the Memorial Day program. Rep. Sam Marty was the featured speaker.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2A large crowd gathered at the Lions Civic Center in Buffalo Monday for the Memorial Day program. Rep. Sam Marty was the featured speaker. Sam is a veteran of the Vietnam War and shared some of the things that he and his family went through during his deployment. He credited the late Sike Magstadt for working to get him his Purple Heart years after he was wounded when he stepped on a land mine. Sam also thanked Pastor Milton Douglas for taking over for Sike in the American Legion after Sike passed away. Milton is also a Vietnam vet and he and his wife Karen are leaving us after 37 years of service to their church and our community. We’re going to miss you!

Tuesday I drove to Bismarck to get that nasty cast cut off my hand. This time they put a rigid splint on that is a lot more comfortable and still keeps my damaged thumb secure. They scheduled the surgery to remove the pins from my thumb on June 24. While I was waiting for physical therapy to build the splint, former Harding County resident Kellee (Clanton) Hollenbeck stopped in to say hello. Kellee works at the Bone and Joint Center and she will be in charge of my post-operative appointment on July 5. (Note to the Clanton family – I picked up a few copies of the “West River Summer Guide of Local Folks and Visitors” the Timber Lake Topic prints every summer and Jack Bickel wrote an interesting article about the shooting of William Jackson ‘Big Jack’ Clanton. I’ll try to get one to you if you haven’t seen it.)

It was raining so hard when I left Bismarck that sometimes you could barely see the road on I-94 between Bismarck and Dickinson. Unfortunately, the rain quit about 20 miles south of Reeder and we just got a sprinkle here. We really need some moisture because it’s getting pretty dry around here. I dumped just over a third of an inch out of the rain gauge this week from three little sprinkles then that hot wind came up and blew most of the moisture away.

The Bar H branded on Wednesday and these guys branded the last batch of our calves that morning. I had taken my computer to Jack Anderson at the Current Connection in Lemmon to get worked on and I went to pick it up after lunch. If you haven’t been in Lemmon lately, you need to stop in to look at the beautiful mural John Lopez and his friends from Nigeria are painting on the north side of the Kokamo building. The picture of a trail herd headed up off the Grand River will be the background for John’s sculpture of Boss Cowman Ed Lemmon. John asked if he could place a Great Western Cattle Trail marker on the site and the answer is yes! It’s a perfect spot to mark a historic cattle trail.

Weevils have taken over the alfalfa fields around here. Some people are spraying for them and these guys started cutting all our alfalfa fields down on Thursday. It was really warm that day, 84 degrees, and since I have more use of my hand with the new splint I finally got the rest of my garden planted Thursday. Now if it would just rain.

Friday was Grand Electric’s annual meeting in Bison. Reub and I went down that evening for supper and to hear Eliza Blue, Troy Hight and Justin Seim entertain the crowd after the meeting. They are a talented bunch of musicians!

Sam Marty called early Saturday morning to let us know that Wynn Vanderberg had passed away Friday in Greeley, Colorado. Wynn is the son of Herman and Ruby Vandenberg and was raised on their ranch south of Prairie City. He has been suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) since 2008 and finally lost his battle. I haven’t heard about his funeral arrangements, but Wynn will be buried in the Prairie City Cemetery.

This was a busy weekend. The Regional High School Rodeo in Buffalo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday drew some large crowds. Saturday evening Sassy Lermeny and Colter Stradinger got married at Reva Gap in the Slim Buttes and their wedding reception was at the Reva Hall. Sunday the Slim Buttes choir practiced after coffee at the church for the community Hymn-Sing at Holland Center that evening. If you like music and you haven’t been to a Hymn-Sing, you’d really enjoy attending one.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick of listening to politicians during this election cycle. Some of them might be as intelligent as they think they are, but I sure wish they had more common sense. Sandy Erdman sent me this years ago that fits so well:

Mensa is an organization whose members have an IQ of 140 or higher.

A few years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco, and several members lunched at a local cafe. While dining, they discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper and their pepper shaker was full of salt. How could they swap the contents of the bottles without spilling, and using only the implements at hand?

Clearly this was a job for Mensa! The group debated and presented ideas, and finally came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer. They called the waitress over to dazzle her with their solution.

“Ma’am,” they said, “we couldn’t help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker…”

“Oh,” the waitress interrupted. “Sorry about that.” She unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched them.