I was sorry to hear that Bill Janklow has an incurable brain cancer. He had an announcement on TV for the public to let them know and to ask for complete privacy during this time for his family and himself. I don't know how other felt about Bill, I for one think that he was a good governor and that he did a lot for South Dakota. I learned a lot from him. I sat on his advisory and task force boards and he was always thinking of ways to better our state. He was a great force in transportation and especially for buses for the elderly and handicapped. He got the government to release monies, that they gave to South Dakota for trolley cars which South Dakota had no use for, and turn it over to bus transportation. That was when I received an invitation from Bill to be his guest at the governor's mansion for lunch. I declined the first two and he called a third time and said it was very important that I attend, so I went. Philip has him to thank, as that was the day he gave us a new 16-passenger bus, free of charge, from the trolley car funds. As you may notice, I called him Bill, as that was what he wanted to be called whenever we would meet with him. He also acknowledged his mistakes and asked for forgiveness for them during his announcement.
Several from our community attended the funeral of Richard Burnett. Our sympathy goes out to his family.
Mike and Judy Melvin came to Judy's brother's, Jim Oldenbergs', to be here for Mike Gebes' birthday party Saturday.
Vickie Eide met Carla in Spearfish, Wednesday, and brought her grandkids home to visit a few days. They were out of school. They like to come whenever they get a chance. Monday, November 14, will be a busy day here as they will be working cattle for preg testing and sorting out old and dry cows that need to go to market.
Carla Eide's kids, Kiley and Taegan, just enjoyed seeing what this area had to offer while they were here. Vickie took them to the courthouse in Philip and went through it. While at the sheriff's office, they were presented with can holders from the deputy sheriff. On November 11, Mary Eide took them up to Dwight Slovek's to the Prairie Moon Ranch to see his buffalo and jacks where they enjoyed having Dwight tell them the history of his animals. Many pictures were taken by Kiley with her cell phone, as well as by a regular camera by Mary.
Taegan was impressed with a big six-year-old buffalo. He asked why he had such a large beard? It was hard to get a picture of him, as he would always stay in the center of the herd. The young, spring calf was the smallest. Dwight invited them to come back in the spring and enjoy the new little babies. He said they were so cute to watch as they played. He also told about the big lion that spooked the Slovek calves at Casey's place and by the size of the footprints, it was a big cat. We sure had a good host. Thank you, Dwight.
Carla Eide came down late Friday night to pick up the kids and her car that was at a garage getting fixed. They enjoyed visiting with Colby, Jensen and Rayler Fitch, Saturday, November 12, at Marvin and Vicki's. Later that evening, Mary Eide, and Trevor and Christa Fitch came over for supper. Brayden and Keagan did not come but they had seen them earlier in the week in Philip. They returned to Gillette after lunch Sunday.
There were two cattle drives this week, one modern and one old fashioned. Marvin Eide, Dustin Poss, and Dan Oldenberg on four-wheelers and Vicki and her side by side, and Marvin's two trusty dogs, Pepper and Ginger, brought his yearling heifers home from the late George Oldenberg place. It took them about four hours to make the 10-mile drive. They said all went well and it was a beautiful day for the job.
The other drive was done the oldfashioned way November 11 when Dan Oldenberg drove his cattle from a short distance west of Kadoka to his ranch 20 miles west of Philip. There were three wagons used on this trip. Danny had his team and wagon and there were also two other team and wagons from Kadoka. He said there were too many riders to name them all, but one special rider was his cousin, Gary Oldenberg, son of the late George Oldenberg, came all the way from Mitchell to go on the ride. It had been a long time since Gary had ridden, but he did great. On the first day, they got to Glenn Bennett's place where they had an oldfashioned campout that evening. Then it was on to the home ranch. It was a fun time and experience for everyone who went along. It is nice that some folks go to the trouble of keeping our heritage alive and it is cheaper than using all the gas and hiring help. This is not new to me, as I grew up riding horseback and driving a team. We did all our haying with horses as we couldn't afford tractors and the gas. We had one old tractor we used to saw wood to sell and pull the potato digger and at times we would plow with a two bottom plow. Times were hard and I helped the neighbor lady for 25 cents for all day. It cost 12 cents to go to a show and 10 cents for popcorn. Oh, the memories!
The Jim Oldenbergs and the Mike Melvins enjoyed a late breakfast at Wall Drug Sunday morning. Bob and Kathy Hamann joined them for part of the day, as they attended the craft show in Wall also.
Mary Eide visited the Jim Oldenbergs Sunday afternoon to visit with Mike and Judy Melvin. They all went to The Steakhouse for dinner which was nice as it was open for the hunter's convenience and we got to enjoy the meal too. As I was leaving Oldenberg's, Mary Kay Sandal came to visit.
Darrel Terkildsen's dad, Lavern, has been on the sick list and underwent surgery. We hope he has a speedy recovery and will be home soon. Lavern and his wife live in Wall.
The deer hunters in our community have been having good luck getting their deer. Grandson, Keagan Fitch has been hunting, but have not heard if he got his deer yet. Talking to some of the out of state hunters, they still need to get their deer, but will stay longer to succeed. They feel they will get the job done.
No one has called with their news so will bring this to a close for this week. I had to laugh when I was told something and they said, "Now don't put that in the paper!" and I said I wouldn't. There are some things you just don't put in print even if you do have a good laugh over it.
From birth to 18, a girls needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55, good personality. From 55 on, she need good cash. I'm saving my money. Sophia Tucker