Reub and I went to the Perkins County Fair in Bison last Friday evening for the supper and Talent Show at the arena. The Buer family and some other locals did a great job, making it a really enjoyable evening. Tracy, Todd, Pete, and Lance Buer and their sister Pam all performed. Lynn Buer and his wife were also there, although he didn’t get up on the stage with his siblings. Corey Buer was the only one missing, but hopefully they will all be on the stage next year.
Irean Jordan from Faith sent me a nice letter this week with a question some of you may be able to answer. If you can, please let me know because I’ve asked everyone who might know and came up empty. Irean’s father was Mat Clauson, who lived north of Faith in Perkins County. Known as “Little Matt the Wolfer”, he was hired by the government to kill wolves that were killing livestock for local ranchers. Irean said that sometime before 1910, her Dad picked up four big sets of horns from Texas Longhorns in northwestern Harding County. A big cattle outfit had trailed three or four hundred head of Longhorns up from Texas in the late fall, too late for them to get ready for the hard Dakota winter and they died in a winter storm on the bed ground. There is a map in John O. Bye’s book “Back Trailing in The Heart of the Short Grass Country” showing where all the big cattle companies ranged before there were any fences and the ones that I found in northwest Harding County were the Turkey Track, the E6, and the CY so it might have been one of those.
There are lots of weddings this summer. Megan Adams and Garrett Clark got married in Lemmon Saturday evening with lots of locals attending. The Bridal Shower for Ashley Goldade, bride elect of Kent Wilkinson, was at Slim Buttes Lutheran after church last Sunday with a good crowd. Ashley and Kent will be married in Timber Lake on September 13th. Amy Tierney and Brad Johnson are getting married August 23rd in Sturgis and our grandson Till Olson and Kelsey Swales are getting married September 21st at the Cadillac Ranch south of Belle Fourche. Our granddaughter Bryce Olson is marrying Braxton Hespe this Saturday at the Elk Creek Resort near Piedmont, so Missy has been really busy getting everything ready for the wedding. All I’m doing is cooking the beef and trying to find something nice to wear.
We got some nice rains this week on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday that added up to almost an inch of much needed moisture. They weren’t so lucky up north of here though. A lot of fields and gardens got hailed out. Don’t you just hate that hard water?
There are also some birthdays to report. Knox turned one year old this Monday and Amanda took him and Copper to the PRCA rodeo in Spearfish to celebrate with Taz who was in the rodeo that day. They got to go swimming and visit with some of Amanda’s relatives. Knox is walking all over now, so it’s going to be hard to keep track of him. Reub’s brother Doug Olson, our granddaughter Lanie Klug, and Amanda’s Aunt Kim (Hight) Berberich also had birthdays on Wednesday. Happy birthday to all!
Casey and Trig went over to help Bill Holt work his cows at the corrals at our east place on Wednesday. Jace and Jarret Jenson also came to help Bill and Mollie, so they were able to finish before lunch. Doug Doll went to help Bill work his cows up at the home place on Thursday.
Dixie Smith sent us some more local history that Blanche Ames had collected. One of things she sent was an article about Harold and Floyd Carr from Reva that was in an Associated Press article in June of 1979. A day later I was going through some of my late mother’s old letters and found the same article that Mom’s old friend Nina Wolhow, who was raised in South Dakota and lived in Michigan, had sent Mom that had been printed in the Detroit Free Press on June 29, 1979. It was the same article with different headlines. The South Dakota headline read “Sod House Built in 1910 Still Home to Brothers”. The Michigan headline read “For them, it’s sod-burbia”. What an interesting coincidence to find both articles about the same time.
Little Evan Anderson, youngest child of Chet and Mandy Anderson, was bitten by a rattlesnake on Thursday. He was airlifted to Bismarck where he seems to be doing well. Those rattlesnakes are dangerous!
Just a reminder that the Vanished South Dakota Documentary filmed in Harding and Perkins Counties is scheduled to air on Monday Aug. 19th at 6pm MT on SDPB TV.
The Motorcycle Rally is still going on in Sturgis this week, so I’ll leave you with this:
A motorcycle patrolman was rushed to hospital with an inflamed appendix. The doctors operated on him and when he came round he was relieved when they told him all had gone to plan and he was going to be fine.
But the patrolman kept feeling something pulling at the hairs on his chest. He was worried that something may be wrong but he was still too weak from the surgery to do anything. Eventually, he managed to pull his hospital gown down enough to check what was causing the discomfort. When he looked down at his chest he saw three wide strips of ultra-adhesive tape stuck firmly to him. Written on it in large black letters was the message:
“Get well soon… from the nurse you gave the ticket to last week. I’ll be around to remove the tape later.”