Grand River Round Up

We had another week of Indian summer, warm weather, no rain, only one day of terrible wind and a snow storm on Monday. The wind on Wednesday had gusts of over 80mph in some places around here, creating dust storms that reminded folks of the 1930s. The dirt was blowing so hard across the highway halfway between Ralph and Reeder that I couldn’t see the road in places!
BETTY OLSON
Guest Columnist
Thankfully the wind wasn’t blowing on Monday when the hay grinder was here. While Casey was helping grind hay, Reub and Taz went over south of Hettinger to pick up some pipe Reub bought a while ago at Wilkins’ auction sale.
I had an appointment in Rapid City on Tuesday to get my knee checked. Limping around everywhere is getting a little old, but the doctor doesn’t think I’m ready for knee replacement surgery yet. Dennis Nash is doing really well after getting his knee replaced a couple weeks ago. Reub went over to visit him this week and I saw him at the drug store in Hettinger on Friday. Dennis’ knee is doing fine, but he still gets muscle cramps where the surgeon put a tourniquet on his leg during the surgery so he was picking up some muscle relaxers to see if that will help.
Tony Holt called Tuesday evening to tell me he’d had a good visit with Jerry Verhulst at the clinic in Hettinger that day. Tony was there for his checkup with the heart doctor and got a good report. He doesn’t have to go back in six months like he’d been doing, so Tony will see the doctor next year!
The wind was blowing so hard Wednesday that it was hard to even stand up outside, much less get anything done out there, so Casey and Taz went to Reeder to help Sage with carpenter work at Northern Auto and I also went to Reeder to meet with Jerry Verhulst at the old Farmers Union grocery store to go through some of his mother’s scrapbooks. Lila (Denzin) Verhulst was quite a historian. She kept records of everything that happened in the Ralph/Reeder areas and in all of Harding County. I couldn’t get through all Lila’s scrapbooks that afternoon, so I came back Thursday morning to finish up. I also had a lot of fun looking at the interesting creatures Jerry has created out of old bones, rocks, sticks and buffalo horns. Stop in and look at all the fun stuff he’s got in the old grocery store building. It is really entertaining!
Doug and Clint Doll and Casey helped Bill Holt move his cows home Thursday while Taz went back to Reeder to help Sage put steel up at Northern Auto.
Hettinger elementary has a reading program that enlists parents and grandparents to help with second grade reading. I went up on Friday for the first time to listen to our granddaughter Acalia and another little girl read and helped them with subtraction using flash cards. It was a lot of fun and pretty entertaining.
There were two more area deaths this week. Pearle Jesfjeld, 102, and Dewey Hibner, 75, both died on Wednesday. Pearle’s funeral will be December 7th in Hettinger with burial in the Hettinger cemetery and Dewey’s funeral was Monday in Faith with burial in the Chance cemetery south of Meadow. The funeral for Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, was also on Monday in Rapid City. All these families have our sympathy.
Paige and Kolby Parmely have a baby boy. Huxton Chase Parmely was born Thursday in Hettinger weighing 8lb.9oz. Congratulations!
Just a reminder that if you haven’t sent your comments in opposition to the two proposed Wilderness areas in the Slim Buttes yet, try to get them sent off soon. Mail your comments to: Forest Service, Attn: Forest Plan Revision, Custer Gallatin National Forest, 10 E Babcock, P.O. Box 130, Bozeman, MT 59771. The phone number is 406-587-6735 and the email address is cgplanrevision@ fs.fed.us
Taz and Amanda had a scare late Saturday night. Copper hadn’t been feeling good and she got the croup in the middle of the night. Taz and Amanda had to rush her to the hospital in Hettinger because she was having trouble breathing. She was doing a lot better by Sunday morning and the doctor let her come home. Thank God!
The Turkey Shoot fund raiser at the Hackamore for the Reva Hall was well-attended on Sunday. Doug Doll was in charge and several of the neighbors helped out.
For those of you interested in western history, the Great Western Cattle Trail Association will be meeting in Spearfish at the High Plains Western Heritage Center on Monday, December 11th at 6:00. Hope to see you there.
I’ll leave you with this:
Did I Read that Sign Right?
*TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW.
*In a Laundromat: AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT.
*In a London department store: BARGAIN BASEMENT ON 2ND FLOOR…
*In an office: WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN.
*In an office: AFTER TEA BREAK, STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD.
*Outside a second-hand shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?
*Notice in health food shop window: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS…
*Seen during a conference: FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR.
*Notice in a farmer’s field: THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.
*Message on a leaflet: IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS.
*On a repair shop door: WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – AS THE BELL