Grand River Roundup

We got some rain! With three little showers earlier in the week and a gully washer on Thursday the total amount in the rain gauge was an inch and .80 hundredths.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2We got some rain! With three little showers earlier in the week and a gully washer on Thursday the total amount in the rain gauge was an inch and .80 hundredths. Olson Creek that runs in front of our house has been dry all summer and it is now full and running down into the South Grand River!

Reub and I celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary by working all day in the 103 degree heat. A thunder storm rolled in that evening while Bev Heier, Linda Mohagen and I were at the EMT meeting in Buffalo. The local fire departments were busy fighting lightning caused fires at Dave Niemi’s north of Buffalo, another one north of us at Roger Rosenow’s, one down near Castlerock, another one somewhere south of Buffalo, and a bale on fire at Will Larson’s. The little shower we got that evening probably helped put some of the fires out.

Taz and the cowboys he travels with were at the rodeo in Cheyenne Monday and Tuesday so Jessika Floyd and Amanda drove to Cheyenne to watch their husbands. The girls stuck around to watch Taz and Chason compete in the Days of 76 rodeo in Deadwood on Wednesday. Casey and Missy went down to watch the rodeo in Deadwood Wednesday and brought Taz’s horse trailer home while the cowboys pulled out for the rodeos in Lewistown, Helena, and Plentywood, Montana and New Town, ND.

Casey took Reub’s pickup up to Reeder Tuesday to get new tires at Northern Auto and then did a parts run to Hettinger. Trig and Reub spent Tuesday and Wednesday building stuff at our east place. Tuesday evening we went to hear the Ambassadors at Slim Buttes Lutheran. The Ambassadors are a musical group from the AFLC Bible School in Plymouth, Minnesota. Henry and Linda Mohagen’s granddaughter Rachel sang with the quartet and is an extremely talented pianist for the group. She used every key on the piano as she pounded out some beautiful melodies.

David Burell, the founder of the Great Western Cattle Trail Association, called me from Bandera, Texas to see if we would set up a regional meeting of people from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish to revitalize GWCTA chapters in these states. We have an active GWCTA chapter in South Dakota and I spent a lot of time on the telephone the last couple weeks having some fascinating conversations with ranchers, cowboys, historians, museum curators, tourism departments, and interested parties from North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. If you’re interested in this, come to the meeting Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish and you’ll meet a lot of very interesting folks.

Reub took his side-by-side to Isabel to get it worked on Thursday, but he had to wait until that hard rain ended before he could get to the other place to hook up the flatbed to haul it down there because he didn’t want to tear up the muddy road to Glendo. It didn’t rain as much over east, but we sure haven’t had to worry about getting stuck for a long time!

Casey and Trig went up to the Hackamore to practice Friday evening and they said that Clint and Kelli Doll’s new house is coming along well. Rick Thompson called from the state fair in North Dakota to visit about the regional GWCTA meeting and I visited with Deadwood Mayor Chuck Turbiville, Sen. Ogden Driskill and some of the Driskill relatives about it that afternoon.

Leah Marty was on call at West River Health Saturday so Sam Marty rode down to Spearfish with me for the memorial service for our neighbor, Wynn VanDenBerg. We stopped to visit with Sam’s mother Helen Marty and his sister Liz May before we all went to the church. His cousin Ruthann Sprague brought her mother Maxine Marty to the service, but Ruthann’s husband Dale couldn’t come because he was in the hospital from a horse wreck that left him with a busted pelvis, five busted ribs and a punctured lung. We visited with a lot of friends and neighbors we don’t get to see very often. It’s too bad that we got together because of the death of a fine young man like Wynn.

This weekend was the Ranchers Camp meeting southeast of Meadow. We had lunch in Bison with my sister Judy Amor and some of our White family relatives from Michigan on Sunday and then went to Ranchers Camp to hear Pastor Michael Brandt give the evening message after the potluck supper. Casey took Sterling Lee, Karli Verhulst, Kiley Schuchard, Trig, and a lot of horses to the Rodeo Bible Camp at Kadoka Monday morning where Pastor Brandt is the guest speaker again this year. The kids really enjoy him and Michael gets a kick out of them too. Taz came home for a couple days to help Reub before he goes back on the rodeo circuit.

I’ll leave you with this advice from an old rancher:

•Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

•Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.

•The best sermons are lived, not preached.

•Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

•Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

•Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.

•If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

•The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

•Always drink upstream from the herd.

•If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

•Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Betty Olson is a South Dakota rancher and state legislator for District 28.