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t Thursday, April 22, 1999 "WHERE THE KID Willet Keyser reminiscing - "Winter of '49" a 1000 acre ranch five miles south of feeding operations. When we started to take off the )aunty. Wyoming. where I served snow was so soft and so deep we could not get up agent, enough speed to get offthe ground. Skip had me get along at its usual speed in Crook aut ot the plane, arid he taxied around in a large Baldwin. our local veterinarian, had circle to pack the snow down some. Then he picked to see Keith's 4-H heifer, Suzy, who had me up and we were on our way again. 'from the Hewes Skip took soldiers out to areas where cars could not she was sired by the champion bull travel so they could operate the snow removal equip- at the State Hereford Sale the ment. He took a man to the Aladdin area one day after bidding much more than he had where he would relieve and pick up a man who had mother was one of the best cows in been on a snowplow for several hours. He didn't In Sundance the usual gang had want to come all the way back to Sundance to get a :Ray's Cafe. You could setyourwatchby second man to take to relieve another operator, s6 Trego and C.D. (Scottchy] Roberts we arranged to deliver the second man to a point coffee. Reva Roadffer, with her pretty several miles east on the highway where he could let perfectly and dressed in a neat off the man he had picked up and take the other usual efficient fellow to his Job at a different location. I rode along picked up the Casper Tribune say- with the truck driver and the second operator to the what the price of bacon sides was Mathewa place, which was as near as we could get Henry Lincoln asked, %Vhat was the to Aladdin by truck. When Skip didn't show up at the on the Chicago Grain Market?" appointed place we wondered ff he would make it. Seeley on the street. He told me, "I'm After much too long a time he showed up with the the Sundance State Bank to see 'The man whom he relieved and said, "I'm not going back get money to cover the check I wrote for over there, the weather is too bad." He told me I had '." At the Sundance Times just as well ride back to Sundance with him. enjoying a break from all the He had landed in one of Mathew's grain fields quite been created bythe discovery of close to a fence. When he started the plane he Warren Peak, The news had simmered decided to turn around to get back away from the and finally, when the time fence some distance to get a longer run for take off. Johnnle emblazoned URANIUM across As he turned a little the wind nearly overturned the , was recover- plane so he said, 'a/Cell, we'll go from herer' It all appendectomy Dr. Clarenbach had looked like one blg flat blanket ofsnow. We could not a Couple of days before. The good doctor see the big snow drift that we hit about half the process of making a set of teeth for a distance he had expected to run to take off. As we hit from Gillette. In Moorcroft, Preston Hall the snow bank it lifted us off the ground and the meat counter while his help fortunately we had enough speed to keep on going. cashier's desk. Trod Pierson had Just We were air borne. his mixture for the day and was As we flew along on our way to Sundance. I noticed L his stool to take care ofbusiness he kept looking down by the side ofthe plane. Finally a nip every-so-often from hishe said, '%Vhen we hit that snow bank we did in Pierson's Bar in Hulett. Trod is a something to the ski on this side of the plane. We I worked for the Farm Security better go to the Spearfish Airport where they can in the 1930's I used to pick Trod up repair this plane If they need to after we land." So we to a farmer to whom I was making a turned around and headed east. All sorts of ideas a notarized document to cover the crept into our minds as we traveled toward Spearfish. had his blend along and every-so- %Viii there be anything left of the plane to repair?" What did the governor of North '%Vlll we need some repair too?" Thankfully the trip Say to the governor of South Caroline?" I didn't last too long, so such thought were cut short "I don't know. What did the governor of when we landed without incident. The mechanic say to the governor of South Care- took a hold of the ski, pulled on it and it snapped into answer would be, "Let's have another place. So we were ~eady to go to Sundance. hired man had been dispatched to do Before we arrived in Sundance I said, "It's about the for the day and Russellwas tlme for Leota to start home, on snow shoes, from t to The Store in Alva, to play pinochle. Ransom School. Will you fly over there and get her?" , Commissioner, was on his Leota was pleased and thankful when he deposited done her by our car at the spot we had previously agreed road. on. 48. Temperatures were normal A few days later I needed to go to Buffalo, some 150 averaging from the low 70's to miles wesL for a meeting. I asked Skip to fly me dips into the sub zero readings, there. About 120 miles into the trip we encountered the kids were going to school where she a snow storm so Skip landed in a pasture. It was some 4 miles east of bitterly cold. Skip started scurrying around looking The County Agent office activity had forsomethingwecoulduseforafiretokeepitwarm. SOme from the press of getting out the We were about ready to light a fire when, to our greal making life pleasant for surprise and relief, a man came driving up with his horse drawn sled. "I heard the plane and realized it of our celebrating the entrance of went down so I came to investigate. Are you all scene the %veather man" started right?" He took us to his home and after we had SOme snow on the country side. warmed some he took us to Buffalo in his car. on January 2nd the wind and snow Johnson County had not received as much snow as and beast stay Inside in-so-far as pos- wehad. Since my folks lived in Buffalowehadagood seemed to be angry at place to stay and to enjoy a visit. Skip returned to his to hurl snow accompa- plane and to Sundance the next day. After our winds for all of that day and well into meeting I rode home with someone from Sundance the time "he" decided to relent, snow who had attended the meeting. so much of the north-central Skip shocked everyone a few years later. He had a stand still. Hundreds of people spent the day in 'The Peaks" teaching someone to driving home from a holiday with fiy. Hewasreturninghomethateveningwhenitwas 'relatives were stranded on the highways, almost too dark to be flying. When he was about tourists were Jammed into filling ready to land at his landing strlp, for some unknown r available shelter along miles reason he turned, flew back a few miles and turned road. Between shelters people were toward home again. AS he flew over one of the hills their vehicles, and many were frozen to in his neighborhood he hit a power line and burned the plane and himselfl His funeral was held in the Department did not expect this it was prepared for moving snow so after a matter of two or three Could move on the main roads. Farmers had graduated from the old practice of with horse drawn sleds and de- vehicles for that task. not housed In sheds where feed Stood in their pens and pastures and owners to bring their food. It didn't not fed. People on ranches were 'wanted to, in supplies for such emergencies. especially hard hit by the storm. move around in their feed roads was with high powered four- horse drawn sleds or track in short supply or high school gymnasium and it was packed. BLIZZARD S~g soRly, silently, stealthily It spread its cloak so fine over the house and countryside-- Jan. one of forty-nine. Next morning we woke to snow banks as high as the homestead shack. the wind still shaping them sharply with capricious turns and whacks. All day It threatened the ranchers, chores still had to be done. Cattle. sheep and chickens were victims of the wily snow's fun. lines were down, however, main b Were functional and there was radio. sent in soldiers and heavy equipment to fed and provisions everyday needs. The army set up in my office, so we were in the overall operation. a local "Fly Boy." He put skis on his we flew around on the needs of people. A ranch Peaks" proved to have plenty of as well as horses to take care of the Another wild night, then we woke to a sparkling, crystal white s ne. Not a flaw in the pattern of snowflakes which made up the dazzling white sheen. Wind left sculptures everywhere. no man-made ones could vie with the clean cut beauty God had made to nourish the human eye. L. Keyser November, 1991 TERMS UP TO 30 YEARS $$$ Hlll=.Mortgage Company 1-800-297.1627 Ask tot one of our loan experls Sharon, Rena or Jim ruptcy, Foreclosure or Past Credit Problems OK! Wyoming and SottJ~ D~q~a..~. ~ss of your Prope~y, Empk)yment or fl nave s mo@a~ ~an- that is, tt you ~/t We can obCatn that Spec~ on your ,.. flg a k ces lk0p 1, , o (Pro 1976 and Single Wides) ,1~ of your appraJ~ vaJuel loans end lines of credit Mortga~ available Prices for the wild gin- asng root have been report- ed to be as high as $23,000 per ounce. GOT HIS NAME" ,The week of April 18th through April 24th has been designated as National Volunteer Week, and we would like to include our vol- unteersl This week Is set aside to honor and recognize those people who give of themselves, their time and their care to the residents in our nursing home. We have several individuals who give of themselves tirelessly and can be depended upon to come in regularly to assume duties they consider their own. They take care of the plants and the gar- dens and the birds, tidy up resi- dents' rooms, deliver fresh water and ice, perm and cut hair. write letters, give hugs, play games, visit, and are all around support- ive people. We also have a large number of groups who sponsor the monthly birthdayparties, make table deco- rations forvarious holidays, bake goodies and deliver them. pro- vide lap throws and afghans and will provide monetary donations or items that are needed by the residents. There are also several people who brighten our day with their great music! Words cannot express howwon- derful we feel these people are. We owe them a large "THANK YOU" and would like them to know how much they are truly appreciated! People in for visitation include: Hazel Gordon to see Emily Honeycutt, Gilds Dirks, and Zeta Helmet, Richard and Irene Snider to see Edna Vaughn and Paul Myers; Bonnie Price, Mary Ann Crawford, Burneate Nonnast, and Nancy Halbmaler to see Creta Bralthwalte and Zeta Helmer. A delicious dinner was served at the senior center on Thurs, Due to the snowy weather some folks were unable to attend. An April birthday coffee was held at the center on Friday. Birthday cake, fruit and beverage were enjoyed. Chet and Jeanette from Hill City will be entertaining on Friday evening. Music for dancing or listening will be presented by the couple. The dance will be held in the courthouse basement com- munity room. Music will be played for all ages. Glenn and Dot Gregson re- turned to Stmdance on April 9 after spending the winter months at Apache Junction, AZ. Al and Donna Cope of Sheridan arrived Friday at the home of Spike and Betty Olson. On Sat- urday they all enjoyed breakfast in Spearfish where they did some shopping. They drove on to Dead- wood where they had lunch and enjoyed supper before returning home. Al and Donna Cope left on Sunday morning to return to Sheridan. Margaret Beagle was the guest of honor at a birthday supper held at Margie's Dinner Club on Friday April 16. Larry Beagle of Rapid City me t other family mem- bers at Spearfish. Guests also Included Nuhs and Norms Bernd, Tom Beagle and Barb Janssen. Margaret was observing her 92nd birthday. Beverly Peterson, Lila Dudrey, Norma Peterson, and Dolly Peter- son attended a school play in Belle Fourche on Friday evening. Shelley Beagle of Rapid City was a weekend guest of Beverty Peterson. On Saturday Shelley. Beverlyand Evelyn Edwards mo- tored to Gillette wliere they vis- Ited with Dallas Peterson. On Saturday a group of ladies attended the Lutheran Women's League district meeting in Wright, WY. Those attending were Ann Baker. Doramay Blakeman, Sylvia Waid, Lydia Hogan. and Marlette Snoozy. Ervie and Lydia Hogan drove to Spearfish on Sunday. Norms Lambert of the Osage area Joined Eleanor Vines and straitor and Elaine Clark for din- ner at the Log Cabin Care after attending church at Good Shep- herd on Sunday. Coke and Doffs Snider enjoyed the Easter weekend at Casper at the home of Todd and Terry Lee. Sally Decker and children, Jolene and Benjamin of Gillette also were guests. Dale and Jean Blizzard stopped by on their way from WA to TX where they will now be residing. The Sundance Times Ul the age of 79. These people are invited to give blood during the drive to help paUents in this com- munity. Laureate Tau, Beta Sigma Phi will sponsor a blood drive from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 at the courthouse base- ment. Donors shall be at least 17 and may donate whole blood un- Those who wish to make an appointment to donate at the upcoming blood drive may call Jeanette Smith at 283-2803 or Jeanne Lee 283-3797. On day of the drive, phone 283-2565. ID is required to donate. Please bring a complete list of medlca- tlons taken in the past month. Refreshments will be served. Try a Gift Certificate for : Secretary's Day Mother's Day l}radual ton Buy a Gift Cedificote and Roce'No 10% OFF Any Other Purchase. Feat-tiring for your comfort and any occasion: Ntke Soft Spots Birkenstoek Dexter Sa$ Air Walk lour Famfl:p Shoe Store" (605) 642-3522 629 Main Street Downtown Spearfish IN" TO KYDT-FM SUNDANCE KID STATION" 103.1 Sundance News with Peggy Symonds Mon.-Fri,, 8:30 A.M, Hulett News with Freida Dent Monday - Wednesday - Friday 8:4() A.M." 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