The weather cool down nicely this week and we got enough rain that I haven’t had to water my gardens since Tuesday. There were a couple tornados west of here, but so far we haven’t had any nasty stuff.
I had a good visit with Scott Hanson Monday morning about some of his family history in this area. Scott lives in Marion, Illinois, but he grew up just west of Bison. His parents were Leland and Hazel (Hamilton) Hanson. His grandfather, Jim Hanson, was born in Dakota Territory in 1885 and lived outside Bison when I was growing up. Scott’s mother’s parents were Ralph and Pearla (Giannonatti) Hamilton and Maurice Hamilton was his uncle. Ralph was Cash Timmons nephew that the old post office and town of Cash was named after. Ralph was about 10 years old when he helped Uncle Cash trail some horses he had acquired in Nebraska to Ft. Meade where they had been purchased by the army. This was about 1900 and young Ralph rode back home all alone because his Uncle Cash still had things to do. Cash told him where to stop on the way home and which places to avoid. Can you image a little kid doing that today?
Taz and Gator Lambert left on Monday for the rodeo in Livingston, Montana and then went on to Greeley, Colorado where Taz was up in the short go on Wednesday. Reub and I went to Reeder to get weed spray Monday afternoon and then on to Hettinger to get oil and parts. Casey and Trig were raking the hay down the creek trying to get it dry enough to bale. They got some of it baled the next day while I was watering my gardens. It rained Tuesday night and I haven’t needed to water anything since then.
Sierra Lee came down early Wednesday morning to take Casey, Trig and a couple other cowboys to rodeos in Ft. Pierre and Interior. Casey and Taz left early in the morning on the 4th for the rodeo in Marmarth. After Taz was up in the short go in Greeley he headed to rodeos in Killdeer and Mandan on the 4th of July. Amanda took the little people up to watch Daddy in those rodeos and visited her sister Josi while she was there. Taz and Cameron Morman flew to a rodeo in Oregon on Friday because Gater Lambert had already taken their horses out there.
Ken Amor headed for Canada on Tuesday in his new mobile home camper to visit his three kids for the next three weeks. He got to Alberta on Friday and will spend a little time with his son Adam before going on to visit his other son and his daughter in Ontario.
Reub baled hay on the 4th, but I went to Hettinger to watch the parade. I took some of Mom’s old pictures along to see if Crystal Hanna and Dennis Nash could identify them. They knew who some of them were, but there are still some that are unknown. I came home after lunch to check on Reub and to watch the president honor our military at the Independence Day celebration in Washington, DC. Pres. Trump gave quite a history lesson about our nation and our military. Every time he talked about a branch of the military, the bands played the anthem for that branch while there was an amazing flyover for each branch of the military. I wish every young person in America had watched it to learn a whole lot of history about our nation that they probably have never heard before.
While on the subject of history, in the box of my mother’s pictures that Ken Amor gave me I found two large pictures that were taken during Gala Days on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Bison in 1958. The first was Gov. Joe Foss speaking at the old movie theater, which is now the American Legion hall. I believe the second picture is of Rep. E.Y. Berry speaking to the same crowd. Gov. Foss flew to Bison to ride horseback in the parade and help Bison celebrate its 50th anniversary. I was just a little kid, but one of my proudest moments was when I got to hold Gov. Foss’s horse for him while he spoke to the crowd!
Raymond and Chris Lee have been married for 25 years and Casey and Missy joined lots of friends and neighbors in Camp Crook Saturday night to help them celebrate. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since those kids tied the knot!
There was a potluck dinner after church at Slim Buttes Lutheran this Sunday for the Joshua Team that came to teach vacation Bible school this week. Pastor Henry and Linda Mohagen had several grandkids show up on Sunday on their way home from the Free Lutheran Youth (FLY) camp at Estes Park, Colorado. Their grandson, Reese Mohagen, was in church here last Sunday waiting for the bus to pick him and Tessa Verhulst up for their trip to the camp. Sounds like everyone had a great time!
Tom and Kathy Fabris went to Bible study at John and Corinne Erickson’s with us Sunday evening. Brad and Linda Abelseth just got home from their trip all over the south and it was great to have them back to join us and Lester and Sharon Longwood.
I have some questions:
*Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety-one?
*If a pig loses its voice is it disgruntled?
*Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren’t they just stale bread to begin with?
*If people from Poland are called Poles, then why aren’t people from Holland called Holes?
*Do Lipton Tea employees take ‘coffee breaks?’
*If FedEx and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?