Grand River Roundup

It’s been another busy week around here. Lots of haying, working cows, parts runs, and another wedding.

Betty Olson
Guest Columnist

Rone and Jace Jenson, Bill and Mollie Holt, and Clint Doll helped Casey work cows at our Horse Creek pasture Tuesday morning while Reub kept haying. Missy and Amanda took lunch up to the crew while I went to Spearfish for my knee appointment.
Did you get a chance to watch the “Vanished South Dakota Towns of Yesterday” documentary about old towns in Perkins and Harding Counties on Public Broadcasting last Monday evening? A few people let me know that they didn’t get to watch it and still wanted to see it. SDPBS had to cut a lot of things out of the one they had on TV, but they are going to send me a DVD with everything on it that they filmed out here. Scott Besler asked if I could have a public showing of the DVD at the Reva Hall when it gets here. That was a good idea, so when I get the DVD we’ll get things set up to show it to the community.
Late Wednesday morning I took lunch to Reub in the hayfield at Glendo and then made a parts run to Isabel to pick up a door for his swather. Willis Kopren was down there too, getting parts for his new baler. I stopped at Sparky’s to see if Sen. Maher was around but he was working at his insurance business in Timber Lake so I didn’t get a chance to talk politics with him. Casey and Missy took the bull dogging horses to the rodeo in Rapid City for Taz and his buddies to use. They had to drive from a rodeo in Washington to Rapid City without their horses and then drove back to Washington after they were done here. They headed to California when they were done in Washington.
There were two more local deaths to report this week. Curtis Clark, age 90, of Spearfish, passed away at his home on Friday, August 16. Curtis grew up in Harding County and graduated from high school in Buffalo. His funeral was Thursday in Sturgis with burial at the National Cemetery.
Wayne Weishaar, age 76, of Lemmon, passed away on Thursday at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger. Wayne’s funeral Services was held this Sunday in Lemmon with burial at the Greenhill Cemetery in Lemmon.
We’re sure going to miss these nice guys. Their families have our sympathy.
Amanda and the kids and most of the Jenson family went down to their good friend Curtis Clark’s funeral on Thursday. Casey went up to help Jace and Kami Jenson preg test their cows Thursday morning and then got things set up to test our cows the next day.
Rone and Jace Jenson and Clint Doll came to help Casey, Missy and Reub preg test our cows Friday morning. They tested the cows at Glendo first and then tested the heifers here at the arena. I fed the crew an early dinner when they finished.
Friday afternoon almost everyone in Harding County headed to the wedding of Amy Tierney and Brad Johnson in Sturgis that evening. A huge crowd gathered to watch this sweet couple get married. There were lots of friends and relatives to visit with at the reception afterwards. I hadn’t seen Rosie and Wanda Ridley for quite a while, so it was fun to visit with them. Rosie had just had a birthday party a few days ago that we were too busy to attend and I got to wish her a belated happy birthday. I also got to talk politics with Rep. Steve Livermont from District 27, near where Liz (Marty) May lives. We ate lunch with my cousin, Jean Kopren. Jean’s granddaughter Misty McPherson was in the wedding and Jean and her daughter Deb McPherson helped get things ready for the wedding. Elsie Fortune was the photographer at both Brad and Amy’s wedding and Bryce and Braxton’s wedding and there’s a picture and a story about her in the latest South Dakota Magazine.
Lois Meyer brought me a copy of the Black Hills Lifestyle magazine with a story about Elaine Doll-Dunn. For those of you that don’t know Elaine, she is Doug Doll’s sister and Tim Olson’s mother. She was married to Reub’s cousin, Sam Olson. Sadly, Sam passed away from cancer when he was only 26 years old, just before their fourth child and only daughter was born. It’s a fascinating article, detailing her many accomplishments, including running marathons in all 50 states and on five continents. Lois has some more of the magazines with Elaine’s story and she plans to leave them at the Reva Store for the locals to read.
This weekend Slim Buttes Lutheran had the Saturday night campout and Sunday morning church service at Reva Gap with brunch after the Sunday morning service. Slim Buttes Lutheran will switch to the winter schedule on Sunday, September 8 with Sunday school at 9:45 and church at 11:00. There will be a potluck dinner following the church service that day.
Ron Traver sent me these “Thoughts to Ponder” a couple years ago:
*I just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number?
*Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.
*I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom …until they are flashing behind you.
*America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for freedom, but won’t cross the street to vote.
*Money talks …but all mine ever says is good-bye.
*If you wonder if anyone cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple payments.

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