Grand River RoundUp

We’ve had a variety of weather this week. Tuesday morning it was two below zero, the ground was covered with snow and the roads were really icy. It slowly warmed up during the week and by Saturday the snow was all gone and the mercury had risen to 50 degrees!

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Taz and a bunch of the neighbors went to the Hackamore Monday morning to help Doug and Clint Doll wean calves and haul them up to Bill Holt to winter. Casey and Missy got home that afternoon from their carpenter job on Bryce’s house in Chadron. They bought a service pickup down there to haul around all his tools.
The guys spent the cold, snowy day on Tuesday getting things ready at our east place so they could PG the cows the next day. I hosted Ladies Aid at the church that afternoon and the roads were still pretty icy on the highway when I drove south.
Doc Beck came to preg test the cows on Wednesday and Doug and Clint Doll, Taygen Schuelke, RonE Jenson, and Bill Holt were there to help these guys. What a great crew!
Casey borrowed Jeremy Stadheim’s pot to haul the empty cows to the Lemmon sale barn on Thursday and the pregnant cull cows to Faith Livestock on Saturday. Reub and Taz spent Thursday tearing down what was left of the old stockade across the highway. It finally got above freezing on Friday and the guys started building the new stockade to give some protection to the livestock in that pasture.
Reub had his appointment with Mary Eggebo Friday afternoon and, since Sage and Alaina’s kids didn’t have school or day care in observance of Veterans Day, we stopped at their house to visit the grandkids. Sage was out working on their new house west of town and we stopped to look his project over on the way home.
Rick and Cindy Engle, their son Wade and granddaughter Lilly came to spend the weekend at Casey and Missy’s house to hunt deer. We drove to Buffalo on Saturday to help Bill and Verona Vroman celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary and there were hunters everywhere. Bill and Verona had a dandy party at the Senior Center and there were lots of old friends and neighbors to visit with. There was also a NFR send-off party for Chason Floyd at the Rec Center that evening and lots of the same folks attended both events. Emanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona had their hunters supper that evening. Too bad we can’t be in more than one place at a time!
We also had to miss the Veterans Day programs in Buffalo and Bison. Rep. Sam Marty, a decorated Vietnam veteran, was the speaker at Bison’s program. Wish we could have heard him.
Pastor Henry and Linda Mohagen went up to Park River, N.D. for special meetings Sunday through Tuesday so Casey gave the sermon at Slim Buttes Lutheran on Sunday on another beautiful, warm day.
Buck Thybo, 84, passed away on Friday following a battle with cancer. Buck and his three sisters were raised in the southern Slim Buttes just across the road from the Rock Ranch School south of JB Rock. Buck was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Infantry from 1954-1956. He came back to the Thybo ranch, married Karen Steele, and their four children were also raised in the Slim Buttes. Buck’s memorial services will be this Tuesday at the Little Dane Church near St. Onge. His family has our sympathy.
The Tri-State Livestock News had a great Veterans Day article about a local Korean War veteran, Pete Longbrake. Pete and his family ranch near Dupree and are long-time rodeo legends. Pete was a member of the Brand Board when Gov. Rounds fired all the Brand Board members in the middle of the night and had the state take over brand inspection, which still makes ranchers in western South Dakota steaming mad!
My father, Sgt. Bryce White, was a WWII decorated veteran and several of our friends and family members are also veterans. To honor their service, I’ll leave you with these stories Dad would have got a kick out of:
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?”
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”
You could have heard a pin drop.
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
“You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”
The American said, “The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”
“Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!”
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, “Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.”
You could have heard a pin drop.

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