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Community Elders Pass Away

JANUARY 10, 2010

The weather turned cold and windy with snow shortly after I got back from Ontario. On the ranch, Lloyd and his family have been busy weaning calves and moving cattle from the summer and fall pastures to the winter quarters. The cattle that summered in our south pasture came home on their own. Lloyd has some smaller pastures, also, from which he trucks the cattle home. Anyway, the cattle are all home now.

They are in excellent condition and they are all close enough now that he can feed them with either tractor or truck, and if the weather warms up a little, the cattle will also graze out. The area between the home ranch and Glentworth is known as a chinook area and we usually get in quite a bit of grazing over the winter. There are good springs and shelter in this area. The cattle are all home now and it will be April before any move out to the summer range.

Things are going good for Lloyd. There is no elk damage yet, and very little deer damage. He had to put up an elk-proof fence and it has worked for him.

Lloyd and Nyla have three sons. The two oldest, Connor and Lander are in University at Saskatoon. The youngest boy, Chay, is in Grade 12. The boys get home on some weekends and holidays. They can all ride horseback and also handle the machinery. Lloyd’s wife, Nyla, also helps with the work. So, Lloyd is in good shape for getting his work done. He needs to because he and Nyla are very involved with the hockey.

In 1972, with a work and wages program, the rural municipality (RM) built a modern hockey arena with help from the two senior governments. The RM council has been managing the Waverley Sports Gardens ever since and it has been a great success. This winter there is hockey or skating almost every day. We have artificial ice for both hockey and curling so there are no postponements, unless, it is for bad weather.

A few weeks back, we lost two of our well-known citizens to sickness and old age. Pep Forwood was in his 90s and was a life-long farmer and rancher. He was also well known in Saskatchewan for his baseball ability. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, baseball was a very popular sport and Pep Forwood was one of the best. He was well known in the Assiniboia and south area. He also played as a hired player for Aberdeen in the Saskatoon area. Up north, he established several records, including for the number of home runs. He was a power hitter; he could run like a deer and play any position. Once at Wood Mountain in an all-star game, which was between East and West, Pep came to bat late in the inning with a scoreless tie. He bunted his way on to base and then stole every base including home base. We (the West) won the game 1 to 0. Pep’s wife Pearl continues to live in Assiniboia and his son, Dwight, is on the home farm.

Our other loss was Ken Frazer, a very well-known Red Angus cattle breeder. Ken started life in the village of Glentworth and was always interested-livestock. Ken went to work for a rancher at an early age. He later volunteered and joined the army. After his discharge, he got some land south of Glentworth and married Birdie Harden of Killdeer. They started ranching 18 miles south of Glentworth. Shortly after, they bought some land south of Fir Mountain on the Six Mile Creek and acquired some Red Angus purebreds. They never looked back. Later, they took their grandson, Clayton Gibson, in with them in a partnership. Ken passed away at age 84 after a lengthy illness. His wife, Birdie, continues on, but also has some health problems. Both of these men were born and lived their lives in our area of the Wood Mountain range of hills.

Christmas and New Years passed quietly for me. I received cards from my brothers and sisters from such places as Weyburn, Cochrane, Alberta, and from Lorene’s family at Lethbridge, Maple Creek, Seattle, Salmon Arm, B. C., Madrid, Spain, Denver, Colorado and Pincher Creek.

My grandson Rob works in Madrid, Spain. We seem to be world citizens. Our late daughter, Linda’s family is also spreading out. Her husband, Ralph, is away to the Philippines on a holiday. The oldest son, Corbin, and his wife, Lona, are both teachers. Corbin is teaching in Rockglen and Lona is in Assiniboia. They have two boys in school. Ryan, Carla and their four children are on the Big Muddy Ranch and they also look after my cattle over there. Bonnie, my granddaughter, lives near them. Ralph and Linda’s youngest son, Justin, has an interesting job in Edmonton. He is very good with big machinery.

As for myself, I will be 90 years of age in March and my family is hoping to get together. Plans have not been finalized yet. As for now, I go back and forth between Glentworth and Assiniboia. I play quite a lot of cards. My eyesight is getting weaker. I can still see to play cards, but it is getting more difficult. I listen to the news and farm reports — none of which are very good.

I walk a lot. The town of Assiniboia and Glentworth are both very icy. So far, I have not fallen. I like to go to the hockey games even if I can not always see the play. Lloyd’s midget team is in first place. Other teams are from Swift Current, Leader, Maple Creek, Frontier, Gull Lake, Central Butte and Gravelbourg — covering almost the entire southwest. Lloyd is the manager of this Midget team and his son Chay is on it. This is Chay’s last year of school and he says he will going to University.

As for the cattle situation around here, there has been hay sold and moved, away and within our area. I believe the area is in good shape and all reports are that the cattle around here are in good condition.

A neighbour of ours, Ward Harden, had a truckload of lambs heading for Ontario roll over near Rockglen. The accident killed quite a few of them. I understand the lamb market in the Toronto area is quite good. Lots of lamb and mutton goes to people from Europe and Asia that are settled in the Toronto area. One time, I was in the area of the Toronto Stockyards when two double-deck trucks were loaded there with lamb and goats from Texas and they were calling for their mothers. It was a very sad and mournful sound.

I was quite busy in early December mailing out books to readers who wanted them for reading and also for Christmas presents. The demand has been good. The price for a book is $15 dollars delivered, if anyone is still interested.

Boyd Anderson is a mostly retired rancher from Glentworth, Sask. and has been a columnist for Grainews for many years. He can be reached at (306) 266-2072, or write Box 7, Glentworth, Sask., S0H 1V0.

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