Sunday, August 29, 2010

RON SHAIDE, 1942-2010

The photo of Ron Shaide and Don Overson was taken at the Lassey cousins reunion in 2009 (I don't recall the exact date). He was killed in a motorcyle accident (hit by a deer) while riding with his son between Red Lodge and Billings, MT

The last year has been a tough time for the Lassey cousins, with the unhappy loss of Glenn Winters, Clarence Overson, and Lila Stewart, as well as Ron--who was the youngest at age 68. We miss them all!


Mavis informs us that the combining is largely done with generally good results, although the "new" pivot north of the farmstead did not do as well because of all the leveling that went on. The malting barley did very well.

The beets are requiring lots of water, in addition to quite a bit of rain that has fallen recently. It is near corn harvest time, with some bountiful fields available that will provide lots of cattle feed.

Dad is doing fine, and sounded quite cheerful on the phone. He was sitting outside and enjoying the nice 70 degree weather.

Amber has developed a strong interest in cooking, and has been making cookies, and cakes--following the inclinations of her Aunt Lana who is very good at such things. Cole and Mitchell Shaide (Ron's grandson) were enjoying the young chickens.

Ron, Mavis, Luke, and Will went motorcyling yesterday to Williston and back, kind of in memory of Ron Shaide who enjoyed such outings until his tragic death in a motor cycle accident when he was hit by a deer.

In Scottsdale

We are getting ready for another trip across the country, to Ohio for a visit with Dione, Saul, and Mollie, and to Iowa for a visit with Derek and Sherill--leaving September 9 and returning around October 1. It will be a long trek but should be fun. We are taking new routes that we have not traveled before.


Bill and Marie

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


We thoroughly enjoyed seeing everybody in Cartwright and Sidney August 3-5, and it was fun to see the beautiful crops of sugar beets, corn, barley, and wheat. Barley harvest was in full swing, with yields in the 95 bushel per acre range. Ron, Luke, and Will were so busy we hardly saw them. Mavis hosted us at their house one evening, and Marilyn and Issy were similarly hospitable another evening.

Dad went with us for lunch at the South Forty in Sidney and made a hit with a cute waitress--who broke the rules to get him a ham sandwich! She was in Sidney with her Dad and boyfriend (from Idaho) who were working in the oil fields.

I enjoyed a visit with Jerry and Judy Lassey at Dad's house. We had not seen them in several years. They are doing well!

Since we were wearing down a bit after more than three weeks of steady travel, we decided to postpone our trip to see Derek, Sherill, Dione, Saul and Mollie, and returned to Scottsdale--arriving last night. It is nice to be home. As it turns out, the weather has been terrible on the route we would have taken, with major floods in Iowa. We talked to Derek tonight, and learned that many roads are washed away, and travel is very difficult. He is involved in helping solve some of the problems that have been created. Our plan is to do the Iowa and Ohio trip in mid-September, assuming that works for all involved.


Bill and Marie

Monday, August 02, 2010


We had a grand time in Moscow and Coeur d'Alene, ID, celebrating the wedding of our granddaughter, Nicole, and her new husband, Devin, at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Our grandson, Dustin, is also in the photo with the happy couple, just to the left. Their parents, Wes and Sherry Hassard, were glowing all the while, as we were standing next to Nicole and Devin. Their friends and relatives came from all over for the big event, including one of her high school teachers from Salt Lake City.

Nicole is a student at Washington State University, and Devin is General Manager of Wingers Restaurant in Moscow, owned by Wes and Sherry. Dustin is General Manager of another of their Restaurants, called The Angry Bear, also in Moscow. They treated us to wonderful meals at both places.

We are now en route to Cartwright for a visit with the Lassey Clan!


Bill and Marie