Grand River Roundup

We had some more warm weather in the middle of this week, but it cooled off by the weekend and we got some more snow on Saturday. Guess it’s that time of the year because next week will be the first week of December.

Guest Columnist

  The guys spent the first part of the week working on the building they are putting over the chute where they work cows. Missy kept the grandkids on Monday when Amanda went in to Buffalo to fill in for Kelly Fox at Wade Works. I think Grandma Louise kept Amanda’s kids on Tuesday because Missy had to run to Dickinson to pick up Trace. He had a bad cold so Lanie couldn’t take him with her to her job at the Lutheran pre-school. I entertained myself by making a bunch of pies for Thanksgiving.

  This whole community gathered for Rhett Fox’s funeral in Buffalo on Wednesday to say goodbye to our young friend. It was a good thing the funeral was held in the big school gymnasium because so many people came to Rhett’s funeral they couldn’t have all gotten inside at any other location in town. Taz, Amanda and the kids left after the funeral that afternoon to go to Belle Fourche for the Hight family Thanksgiving the next day.

  Slim Buttes Lutheran had their annual Thanksgiving service and pie social Wednesday evening. Everyone shared a Bible verse, a poem or a Thanksgiving story about what they were thankful for. There was plenty of pie to share and a lot of the leftovers probably showed up on the table on Thanksgiving Day. All of Tony and Dorothy Holt’s family came home for Thanksgiving. Bill Holt and some of the guys butchered two of Tony’s hogs Thanksgiving morning and brought them down to hang in our cooler so they would cool off enough to cut and wrap on Friday. Tony provides a lot of pork for his friends and family. Thanks a bunch Tony!

  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We sure did. Not all of our family could come, but Casey, Missy and Trig, Sage and Alaina and their kids, and Lanie and Matt and their kids were here for Thanksgiving dinner. Casey, Missy and Trig had to leave early that afternoon to get ready for the NRCA Finals in Rapid City this weekend. The rest of the bunch left later that afternoon to have supper with the other side of their families.

  Guy, Cade, and Cass came from Wyoming on Friday to spend of couple days with us. Creed was having some allergy issues, so he and Megan couldn’t come. Reub and Taz went to the bull sale at Wilken Angus in Faith that afternoon. The guys bought three bulls and hauled a bull home for Jim Wilkinson, so they made it home in time to have supper with Guy’s crew. Sage and Alaina planned to bring their kids down to see Guy’s bunch on Saturday, but Ellarie and Irelyn got sick so they didn’t make it. Copper stayed with me on Saturday while Amanda took her Stella Marie Boutique things in to Sabotique at Tatanka Plaza for the Shop Small Saturday day in Buffalo. Cade and Cass enjoyed working outside with Reub, Guy, and Taz and then Cass had a lot of fun entertaining Copper while I cooked for the crew. I helped Cade come up with some ideas for a paper he is writing on the US Constitution for a scholarship. I just happened to have a LOT of information about our constitution to share with him. It was a very enjoyable weekend!

  I know it’s hard to believe I could goof up, but Irean Jordan sent me a letter with some corrections to make to the story about the 1928 movie that Bill Circle Eagle was to provide 200 Indians for a re-enactment of the Battle of the Slim Buttes in Harding County in 1876. I misspelled Irean’s father’s name. Matt Clasen (not Clausen) was a wolfer who worked for Ed Lemmon on the L7 and was a good friend to Bill Circle Eagle. Matt’s wolf hunting horse had been stolen, so Circle Eagle got a good horse for Matt from Poor Buffalo (not Poor Bear) on the Standing Rock Reservation. Matt named the horse Billy after Bill Circle Eagle. Final correction: Circle Eagle acquired a place on the Cheyenne River Reservation and raised his family northwest of Red Scaffold, not northeast. Sorry about that!   

  When you have a big family, sometimes it’s hard to get everyone together for the holidays. I’ll leave you with this:

  A man in Florida in his 80s calls his son in New York one November day.

  The father says to the son, “I hate to tell you, but we’ve got some troubles here in the house. Your mother and I can’t stand each other anymore, and we’re getting a divorce. I’ve had it! I want to live out the rest of my years in peace. I’m telling you now, so you and your sister shouldn’t go into shock later when I move out.”

  He hangs up, and the son immediately calls his sister in the Hamptons and tells her the news. The sister says, “I’ll handle this.”

  She calls Florida and says to her father, “Don’t do ANYTHING till we get there! We’ll be there Wednesday night.”

  The father agrees, “All right.”     

  The old man hangs up the phone and hollers to his wife, “Okay, they’re coming for Thanksgiving. Now, what are we going to tell them for Christmas?”