Grand River Roundup

Hot enough for you? Several people asked me that while we were roasting in 100 degree heat at the Boss Cowman in Lemmon Saturday.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2Hot enough for you? Several people asked me that while we were roasting in 100 degree heat at the Boss Cowman in Lemmon Saturday. We only got .30 hundredths of rain this week and the prairie is really dry. We didn’t get a drop of rain Saturday when they got over an inch at Reva, but thankfully we didn’t get any of that nasty hail either. Are your firefighting units ready to go? We’ll most likely be fighting a lot of fires unless it starts raining soon.

Monday was the 4th of July and we spent Independence Day in Hettinger. Guy and Megan and boys came from Wyoming to spend a few days at the ranch with us and we all went to Hettinger for the parade and the picnic in the park. Sage and Alaina and their girls invited us to spend the afternoon at their house, along with several of Alaina’s family. Nathan, Kylee, and Britton Stadheim and Carrie Stadheim and her kids came and Grandma Polly brought Josh and Brandy Stadheim’s two girls. The kids spent the afternoon having water fights in the wading pool and we all pigged out on the delicious roast Sage cooked in his smoker. The kids shot off a bunch of fireworks at the house before we left for home. Guy and Megan picked up their dog at the ranch and drove back to Wyoming that night. It was a great Fourth of July!

Tuesday Reub and I were back in Hettinger. He had his appointment with Mary Eggebo and I went up to the clinic to get the stitches taken out from the last surgery when they took the four pins out of my thumb. I also started therapy, but I think my thumb is always going to be stiff. But hey, I can grab things with it now, so that’s a big plus!

Tommy and Briana Fabris had their third baby girl Wednesday, July 6 in Hettinger. Little Ava Jane weighs 7lb. 7oz. and is 19 ½ inches long. Congratulations to the Fabris family!

There were four funerals of our friends this week.

Florence (Peck) Papka, 98, passed away July 2nd at Sturgis Regional Senior Care. Her memorial service was 10:30 Wednesday morning at the Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish. Florence will be inurned at the Rose Hill Cemetery with her husband Leland, her son Orval, and Orval’s wife Mary. I met Darlene Welch and Donald Krambeer in Buffalo and rode down to Florence’s funeral with them. Kent Wilkinson caught a ride home with us after the lunch in Evans Park so he could do chores and I gave him a ride back to the ranch.

On the way to Florence’s funeral I heard on the radio that Esther Blomberg’s funeral was in Belle Fourche at the same time as Florence’s service and we hadn’t even heard that Esther had died.

Esther Blomberg, 93, died June 28 at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Center in Spearfish. Esther married Hank Gibson and they had 2 boys, Dennis and Harold. Hank died in 1949. Later Esther married Dad’s cousin Jack Blomberg and they had 2 boys, Alan and Chad. Her son, Dennis died of a tragic accident at the ranch that Esther and Jack owned. Her funeral services were at the St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche with inurnment at the Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.

The memorial service for our old friends Gary and Fielding Phillips was Thursday at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch south of Belle Fourche.

Gary Phillips, 67, of Belle Fourche died Dec. 10, 2015 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Fielding Phillips, 78, of Sturgis passed away at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver on February 20 after a short illness. The five Phillips brothers were raised in the Slim Buttes and Fielding and Gary were preceded in death by their parents, Chester and Leah (Vroman) Phillips. Leah was Ned Vroman’s daughter and they were neighbors of my father’s family. Leah and Dad were in the same grade at the Rock Ranch School built by my great grandfather, Carl Hallan. All five of the Phillips boys also attended the Rock Ranch School across the road from Blair Hamilton’s.

There were a lot of rodeo folks at the Phillips funeral and most of them had a story or two to tell about the brothers. Pete Buer had the memorial service and sang some really good songs before we all ate supper together.

The Boss Cowman parade was Saturday in Lemmon and I rode along with Rep. Sam Marty to throw candy at little kids one last time. The parade was followed by the unveiling of John Lopez’s sculpture of Ed Lemmon in front of the beautiful mural of cattle being driven up from the Grand River painted by Dotun Popoola and Imafidor Ayodeji Jonathan from Nigeria. These artists are absolutely amazing! Nathan Sanderson was there to autograph copies of his new book about Ed Lemmon, “Controlled Recklessness”. I just finished reading Nathan’s book and highly recommend it! John was also autographing his book featuring his fabulous sculptures.

I’ll leave you with these modern proverbs:

• For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

• If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

• Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

• Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.

• Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

• Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

• There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.

• Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

• By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

• Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.

• Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.