Grand River Roundup

My sister has been transferred from the hospital in Rapid City to the Hettinger hospital. Her husband Ken brought her to Hettinger Monday afternoon. He will go back to working in the Dollar store while she’s in the hospital.

Betty Olson
Guest Columnist

Hettinger is a lot closer to their home in Bison than Rapid City is and it’s easier for me to get there too. I made it up to see her Monday afternoon after she was admitted to the hospital.
The Great Western Cattle Trail meeting was at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish on Tuesday. We started the meeting outside with Eagle Scout Christopher Lister, who worked to help set up the Great Western Trail posts outside of the Heritage building in 2014. He recently received a bronze plaque honoring him for his work. Chris and his father, Scott Lister, came up a few days before the meeting to mount the plaque in concrete between the two cattle trail posts. We asked Chris to speak about the work he had done to earn the plaque and the young man gave a very informative talk. Thank you Chris!
Betty Niemi’s sister, Beverly Miller from Mission, Texas mailed me the fabulous book “The Trail Drivers of Texas” about the folks that brought cattle up from Texas in the late 1880s. The book was written in the early 1920s and compiled stories from the cowboys that trailed the cattle north. I got the book Monday afternoon so I was able to take it to the GWCTA meeting to show the other members. There is a lot of history in the book and a lot of familiar names listed who still have family members living in this area. The next GWCTA meeting is tentatively set for Tuesday, July 9 at 5:00 at the Heritage Center.
Sadly, the same day the book came was when Betty and Beverly’s brother Doug Johnson’s obituary arrived in the Tri-State Livestock News. Doug was a really nice guy and he had passed away May 1, the day after Beverly mailed the book to me. A public celebration of Doug’s Life will be held on Sunday, May 26 from 12:00-4:00 PM at his son Troy and Carolyn Johnson’s home at 11295 SD HWY 34 between Belle Fourche and St. Onge. All of Doug’s friends are encouraged to stop by.
Wanda (Miller) Nelson died last October in Billings, Montana. Wanda grew up in the Prairie City area. There will be a graveside service for Wanda at the Prairie City Cemetery on Saturday, May 25th at 2:00 in the afternoon. Her parents and many other family members are buried there. Lunch will be served following the service at Beckman Wesleyan Church at Prairie City.
These families have our sympathy.
Casey, Taz, Trig and Reub started branding this week. They branded the calves from the heifers Tuesday morning and a bunch of the older cows calves Thursday morning. I didn’t help them this year, but Missy worked with them every day and Amanda brought them snacks.
Reub and I went to Hettinger Wednesday afternoon to watch Sage and Alaina’s daughter Acalia be part of the entertainment at the Hettinger Museum. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade kids sang several historical songs and then each kid shared some local history with us at their “wax museum”. It’s great to see these kids learning history.
Lanie and the kids came down to visit Thursday and stayed the night with Casey and Missy so Trace could help Grandpa Casey with chores. They went home Friday afternoon when Casey and Missy went down for the wedding of Kody Woodward and Colbee Mohr at the Cadillac Ranch. Trig left that morning to help get some things ready for the wedding. Taz and Amanda went down on Thursday for the practice for the wedding on Friday because Copper was one of the flower girls.
Harding County high school graduation was this Saturday with nineteen graduates receiving diplomas. Carrol Comes was the guest speaker and she gave a very inspiring and motivating speech to the graduates about how to deal with the cards you are dealt. Carrol was paralyzed in a horse wreck and she explained how she has learned to deal with not being able to walk and do the things she used to be able to do and still maintain a positive attitude. And believe me, she has a very positive attitude!
My sister’s long-time friend, Nancy Ferguson flew out from Washington, DC on Thursday to visit Judy in the hospital in Hettinger and Ken’s son, Adam Amor drove down from Canada to visit Judy over the weekend. Both of Judy’s sons, Daren and Gary Chilcote, and some of their family flew into Denver from the east coast about midnight Saturday night and rented a car to drive all night so they could get to the Hettinger hospital to help Judy celebrate Mother’s Day. And was she ever happy to see them!
Our great grandson Knox Leroy was baptized at Slim Buttes Lutheran this Sunday on Mother’s Day. Sydney and Trent Turbiville were his godparents and Amanda had all of us to their house for lunch after church. What a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day!
I’ll leave you with these:
*A mother is trying to get her son to eat his carrots. She says, “You know they’re good for your eyes.”
The son says, “How do you know that?”
The mom replies, “Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?”
*I asked my friend what he’s getting his Mom for Mother’s Day.
He said, “Nothing – why do they get a special day just for themselves. Why can’t we have a Son Day?”
I said, “We do – it’s the day after Saturday.”
*He shouted to his Mom on Mother’s Day, “How does breakfast in bed sound?”
She said, “Ooh that sounds lovely!
He said, “Great, I’ll have bacon, fries and two eggs.”