Just a couple sprinkles of rain and the cooler weather starts butchering season here. This week we butchered three big roosters, three Banty roosters, and a fat cow that is aging in the cooler.
Casey, Taz and several of the neighbors went to the Hackamore Monday to help Doug and Clint Doll work cows while Reub was busy planting a hay crop. The fall weather kept me busy canning several quarts of tomatoes, sweet pickles, and mixed veggie dill pickles before the garden freezes.
Wednesday evening several of us went to Bison to meet the new Perkins County trapper, Colton Taylor. Colton’s phone number is 605-390-2364 if you’re having predator problems. The Harding County trapper, Bruce Bethea was also at the meeting and has been having good luck eliminating coyotes around this area. I told Bruce a coon or something had got into the barn and killed the setting hen and her chicks that morning, so he’s going to bring me some of those new coon traps.
More history lessons for you, courtesy of the South Dakota Historical Collections books that Sen. Ryan Maher loaned me. In the 1951 book there is an alphabetical list of SD legislators from 1889 to 1951. Some of the local legislators I knew, or knew of, but I didn’t know some of them had served in the SD Legislature. I’ll list some of them and the communities they came from for you:
George P. Allen, Strool served in the House in 1923 & 1925; George Alt, Faith, served in the House in 1935 & 1937; Jas. F. Benson, Harding, served in the House in 1927 & 1929; E.Y. Berry, McLaughlin, served in the Senate in 1939 & 1941 before serving SD in Washington, DC; W.D. Buchholz, Newell, served in the House in 1915 & 1917; R.L. Chuning, Camp Crook, served in the House in 1903; J.B. Clarkson, Buffalo, served in the House in 1931; V.I Converse, Ada, served in the House in 1889 & 1891; W.A. Day, Buffalo, served in the House in 1915; J. Rees Dillion, Bixby, served in the House in 1913;
George Elling, Reva, served in the House in 1937; F.A. Finch, Lemmon, served in the Senate in 1919; William Gardner, Buffalo, served in the Senate in 1931, 1933, & 1935 and in the House in from 1939 to 1951; G.G. Glendenning, Ludlow, served in the House in 1917;
Chet Grey, Bison, served in the House in 1925, 1949, & 1951; M.E. Hafner, Newell, served in the House from 1933 to 1937; Charles Hoffman Sr., Buffalo, served in the House in 1925 & 1927; Oscar Holmgren, Penville, served in the House in 1919; H. R. Jackson, Lemmon, served in the House in 1943; Warren Knipfer, Redelm, served in the House in 1949 & 1951; A.D. Larson, Lemmon, served in the House in 1935;
L.M. Larson, Zeona, served in the House in 1931 to 1937 and in the Senate in 1947 & 1949; John Lundquist, Moreau (don’t know which Moreau?), served in the House in 1915; Ray Murphy, Lemmon, served in the Senate in 1913; Daniel Reese Perkins, Bison, served in the House in 1921 & 1923, and in the Senate in 1925 & 1927; Ole Quammen, Lemmon, served in the House in 1933; Robert Raney, Lemmon, served in the House in 1927;
Floyd Short, Lemmon, served in the House in 1937 & 1939; George Sletten, Buffalo, served in the Senate in 1921, 1923 & 1929; J.N. Smith, Ada, served in the Senate in 1891; John Stoner, Lemmon, served in the Senate in 1915; Peter Tscharner, Lemmon, served in the House in 1911 to 1915; W.B. Willard, Strool, served in the House in 1933 & 1935; and Vern Williams, Lemmon, served in the House in 1942.
Some of these communities are on the 1920 map that Bob Heinbaugh sent me and most of them were just post offices. If any of you reading this are related to these legislators or knew them, I’d love to hear your stories.
More local history: I get the McLaughlin newspaper and they print a fascinating column “Down Memory Lane”. In 1917 Earl Vrooman of Strool, SD was clerking in the G.M. Comstock store in McLaughlin. I believe this is the same Earl Vrooman who is buried in the little cemetery over on the old Donahue place southeast of us along the South Grand River. His mother was married to Clyde Comstock who ran the Comstock store in the old ghost town of Strool, 2 miles south of Prairie City. Earl Vrooman had gone out to Montana and died out there of pneumonia at the age of seventeen. A few years ago Vicki Wilkinson gave me pictures of a coin she found on Bob Week’s old place. On one side the coin says “C.O. Comstock, Strool, S.D.” and the reverse side reads “Good for 50 cents in trade”.
I’ll leave you with these cute ponderisms from my cousin Pat John:
*All I ask is a chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.
*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?