Last Sunday was the first day of Sunday school at Slim Buttes with a potluck dinner after church. It was also Casey’s birthday and he celebrated by taking Missy to Dickinson to visit Lanie and Matt and the kids and pick up his new para-plane. It was cold and wet all day but Acalia warmed us right up when she called to wish us happy Grandparents Day that afternoon!
Reub and I had a parts run to Bowman and Hettinger Monday afternoon. Before we left Bowman we stopped at the nursing home to see Violet Krambeer and her daughter Darlene Welch who was staying close to her mother and we were so glad we got to see Aunt Violet one last time because she passed away that night. Aunt Patsy Wilkinson and Joe and Karen Wilkinson came to see her Sunday night. Aunt Violet has been in bad shape for over a year and wasn’t expected to live to see her 97th birthday last year. She fooled the doctors last year and then again this year by turning 98 on September 5! The Slim Buttes Ladies Aid met Tuesday afternoon and we will furnish the lunch for Aunt Violet’s Celebration of Life on September 27 at 2:00 at the Reva Hall.
I had to see a doctor in Hettinger on Wednesday to get a pre-op for my knee surgery in October. I guess they found that everything was a go for the surgery that I’m not looking forward to.
There are two new baby boys to tell you about! Jacy and Cody Buffington are the proud parents of a boy born September 11 in Spearfish. Little Ryatt James weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and is 20 inches long.
Kayla and Cody Sarsland’s baby boy was born in Dickinson on September 13. Crew Danial weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz. and is 21 inches long. Congratulations to the parents and grandparents!
It rained here on Wednesday and Thursday, putting an inch and 34 hundreds in the rain gauge. No haying this week, but I didn’t have to water the gardens! Reub had his appointment with Mary Eggebo Thursday afternoon, so we were able to pick up some more swather parts up there. Reub spent quite a little time working on the swather and got it going so he could mow Olson Creek south of the house when it got dry enough.
Friday was a busy day. Reub left for a state sale in Sturgis that morning and I headed to Bison for the funeral of my old friend Irwin Tescher at the Bentley Building at 10:30 that morning. Irwin, 89, passed away September 5, the last of the nine Tescher children. Harold Delbridge gave the message and Justin Seim provided the music to bid the old cowboy goodbye. Irwin was buried in the Bison Cemetery next to his wife Betty. The last time I had been to the Bison Cemetery was a couple years ago when I caught a ride to the cemetery with Irwin while he told me some great stories about when my father was his boxing and track coach at Sorum high school. I’m going to miss those visits.
I drove to Timber Lake that afternoon for the wedding of Kent Wilkinson and Ashley Goldade at 5:00. I got there way too early, so I stopped to talk about history with Sen. Ryan Maher at his insurance office in Timber Lake. Ryan took me across the street to visit with Kathy Nelson and check out the new stuff at the museum. When we got back to Ryan’s office he asked me if I had ever seen the “Homestead Years” book about Perkins County history. It just so happened that I had a copy of it out in the pickup because I brought it along with a couple of large pictures of Gov. Joe Foss and Rep. E.Y. Berry speaking to the crowd in the old movie theater in Bison during Bison’s 50th anniversary in 1958. I had dropped those pictures off at the Bison Museum right after Irwin Tescher’s funeral and still had the book with me. A relative of Ben Ash, the pioneer scout who marked the Bismarck to Deadwood Trail (now Highway 212) in 1876, had visited Ryan to get information about his ancestor and Ryan found several articles about Ben Ash in the “Homestead Years” book to give him.
Kent Wilkinson and Ashley Goldade had a very nice wedding at the Catholic Church that evening with the reception at the Timber Lake Community Center. We wish them a long and happy life together.
Pastor Henry Mohagen left this week to help fly an airplane to the church in Alaska, so Dave Johnston from the Moreau River Sanctuary gave a wonderful sermon at Slim Buttes Sunday morning. After church Linda Mohagen took several people hiking in the Slim Buttes after she fed them lunch at her house. It sounded like fun, but my knee didn’t think so.
Congress is back from vacation so I’ll share these government quotes:
*Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. – Mark Twain
*I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. – Winston Churchill
*A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw
*No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. – Mark Twain *Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. – Ronald Reagan