Summer arrived last Monday, but itís been so hot, windy and dry around here that about the only folks that are out in it are working or fighting fire.
There were several fires down in the Hills and over in northeast Wyoming and southwest Montana. Sunday morning there was so much smoke in the air from those fires that it made your eyes burn.
The South Dakota Republican convention was in Aberdeen this weekend and since I wasnít going to be able to go as originally planned, I spent a lot of time on the telephone talking to fellow legislators who were going to be there. Sen. Ried Holien from Watertown called me Tuesday to see if I would be willing to nominate him for National Committeeman to replace Dana Randall, who wasnít running again.
I would have loved to give the nominating speech for Ried, but since I had to be in Bismarck for surgery to remove the pins from my thumb that day, I recommended Rep. Elizabeth May to do the honors. Liz was on the Resolutions Committee at the convention, so I knew she would be there. Then I had to call Liz to let her know so she could write her speech.
This was Lizís first time as a voting member at the convention and she had some questions about the Resolutions Committee I couldnít answer, so I called Rep. Lance Russell because he knows the answer to her questions and he was going to be at the convention too.
Rep. Sam Marty was also planning to go to the convention as a first time voting member, but our old friend Jennings Floden passed away on Fatherís Day and Sam was a pallbearer at Jenningsí funeral in Sturgis on Saturday so he wouldnít be in Aberdeen either. Jennings was buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Zeona Monday afternoon.
We also lost several other locals.
Frances (Poseley) Almen, 91, formerly of Bison, died Friday, June 17th at Sturgis. Frankie was buried Tuesday at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Shirley (Bracewell) Miller, 92, of Lodgepole, passed away on June 18th at the nursing home in Mott. Shirleyís funeral was Monday in Hettinger with burial in the Hettinger Cemetery.
David Stenersonís daughter, Sabrina Marie Haigler, 42, of Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, was murdered by her husband in a murder/suicide on Fatherís Day. Her funeral was Thursday in North Carolina. She is survived by her father, David Stenerson of Buffalo; her daughter, Lily Lefler of Mount Pleasant, NC; and her sister, Dulcey Forman of Salisbury, NC.
There will be a funeral for one whole Giannonatti family on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial for Beverly (Goeres) Giannonatti, her husband, William “Bill” Giannonatti and their two sons, Gregory and Darrell Giannonatti will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon. Fr. Tony Grossenburg will officiate with burial of their ashes in the Greenhill Cemetery.
Following the burial, a time of fellowship and refreshments will be available at the Community Hall in Watauga, SD. Darrell passed away in 2013, Bill passed away August 31, 2015, and Beverly and Gregory were murdered by a robber in Deer Lodge, Montana, in October of 2015. Bill was born to Carlos and Rosella Giannonatti on April 28, 1930 at the family ranch near Buffalo. The family moved to Portland, Ore. during the war and Bill graduated from high school in Portland. At the time of his death, they were living in Deer Lodge.
Reub and I went to Hettinger Thursday for his appointment with Mary Eggebo and Casey went to Belle Fourche that evening for the Multi-County Predator Control annual meeting.
Saturday Reub went with me to Bismarck for the surgery to remove four pins from my thumb that nasty Rambouillet buck smashed back in April. The hospital wanted a ìresponsibleî adult along to drive me home after I woke up from the surgery! On the way to Bismarck we dropped a cylinder off the backhoe at Stelterís in New Leipzig to be rebuilt and they had it done when we stopped to pick it up on our way home.
Casey and Trig went to the rodeo in Rhame on Saturday. They didnít place, but Sterling Lee won the steer wrestling and Jeremy Stadheim took second. They all went to the rodeo in Broadus, MT Sunday and Sterling Lee was the only one to get a steer down, even though it took him three tries to get it done. Thatís what happens when they take the horn wraps off the roping steers so they can use them in the bull dogging!
Last year my cousin Pat John sent these ponderings:
*I had amnesia once …maybe twice.
*I went to San Francisco. I found someone’s heart. Now what?
*Protons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic.
*All I ask is a chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.
*If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.
*What is a “free” gift? Aren’t all gifts free?
*They told me I was gullible …and I believed them.
*Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he’ll never be able to merge his car onto the freeway.
*Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
*One nice thing about egotists: they don’t talk about other people.
*My weight is perfect for my height – which varies.
*I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.
*How can there be self-help “groups”?
*If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
*Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants off.
*Is it just me, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?