Grand River Roundup

This was a really great week, with both the weather and the election. We only built a fire in the woodstove one night and almost every day we had to run the air conditioners in the vehicles.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2This was a really great week, with both the weather and the election. We only built a fire in the woodstove one night and almost every day we had to run the air conditioners in the vehicles.

Taz went back up to help Sage on their house Monday and Missy was home most of the day taking care of NRCA rodeo stuff. I spent most of the day on the telephone talking with a lot of folks who wanted help to understand all those ballot issues so they knew how they wanted to vote on Election Day. I’m baffled as to why voters approved IM22 that funds politicians using $12 million of taxpayers’ money?

Casey went up to Tony Holt’s early Tuesday morning to pick up the three hogs that Tony gets for Casey, Doug and Clint Doll, and us every year. When Casey got home Reub and Taz helped him butcher and hang them in the cooler before we went to Ralph to vote. We visited Louise Jenson after we voted to go through a bunch of old pictures and stuff she rescued from Reub’s Aunt Mary Park’s basement.

Among the treasures Louise found was a small wallet containing Tad Olson’s dog tags from WWI. Reub’s uncle Clarence “Tad” Olson was in the Cavalry breaking horses at Fort Keogh near Miles City, Mont. when he died in the Spanish Flu epidemic that killed millions in 1918. Communication wasn’t very good back then, and the way that his parents, Delos and Hattie (Williams) Olson found out about the death of their son was when they got a telegram from the Army asking where they should send his body. Delos and Hattie, Tad, and his brother Lance who died from a broken back in 1919, are all buried in the Reeder Cemetery.

Veteran’s Day was Friday and what Louise found reminded me of the death of my great uncle Gus, also during WWI. He was a full-blood German born in America of immigrant parents and when WWI started Gustav Schmidt changed his name to Gus Smith, joined the Army and went overseas to fight “those darn Germans”. He died in France in 1918, just two days after his 23rd birthday. Gus homesteaded just west of the Slim Buttes and the family sold his homestead after he came home in a coffin. Gus is buried in the cemetery in Lemmon.

The way the election turned out was a surprise to just about everyone, especially political pundits and the media. They were all predicting that Hillary would win and they were flabbergasted when Trump won. They didn’t realize that the American people were sick and tired of hearing about all the email and Clinton Foundation scandals, the four Americans she let die in Libya when she was Secretary of State, and her backing of Obamacare, which is presently on life support. Now let’s hope Trump works hard to fulfill all the changes he promised.

More good election news: In District 27, Rep. Elizabeth (Marty) May was re-elected to the House and Steve Livermont was elected to the other House seat District 27. Liz was born and raised in Harding County and Steve is married to Paula Hight, who was also born and raised in Harding County. They’ll do well in Pierre.

Sam Marty called me before dawn the day after the election to tell me that his aunt, Maxine (Wells) Marty, 91, passed away Tuesday night. Mac’s funeral will be Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with burial in the Bear Butte Cemetery next to her husband Bill Marty. Mac was a wonderful lady and our sympathy goes out to her family.

Missy took Casey to Bismarck Wednesday morning for surgery to remove bone spurs from his left arm. He had the same surgery on his right arm earlier and this was supposed to be easier than the first one, but it turned out to be more complicated. He’s healing up, but it would help if he didn’t keep forgetting and using it!

Matt and Lanie came down this weekend to help these guys cut and wrap the three hogs Tony Holt gave us. Missy’s cousin Rick and Cindy Engels came to visit while their son Wade came to hunt deer. After lunch, we loaded Doll’s pork in Lanie’s car and she took Missy, Cindy, Trace and me up to the Hackamore to deliver the meat and tour the house that Clint and Kelli are having built west of Doug and Jan’s. Stacy and Katie were both home helping Janet get stuff ready for Stacy and Del Ray Kraupie’s wedding this Saturday in Sturgis.

The fundraiser for Brady Thompson Saturday evening in Buffalo went very well and quite a bit of money was raised to help with Brady’s medical expenses following the little guy’s many heart surgeries. We sure live in a wonderful place!

Trump was elected because he promised to change Washington, D.C. Obama was also elected because he promised ‘Hope and Change,’ and Hillary lost the election because Americans didn’t want a president that supported a continuance of Obama’s kind of change. Sometimes change is wonderful and sometimes change is not so great, as illustrated in this story:

There’s an old sea story about a ship’s captain who inspected his sailors, and afterward told the first mate that his men smelled bad. The captain suggested perhaps it would help if the sailors would change underwear occasionally.

The first mate responded, “aye, aye sir, I’ll see to it immediately!”

The first mate went straight to the sailors berth deck and announced, “the captain thinks you guys smell bad and wants you to change your underwear.”

He continued, “Pittman, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowski, and Brown, you change with Schultz. Now GET TO IT!”

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS: Someone may come along and promise “Change”, but don’t count on things smelling any better.

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