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Faith Independent, September 4, 2013

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94¢84521910September 4, 2013
 At $220,005 the Mission Ran-cho Viejo Rodeo is the richesttwo-day event sanctioned by theProfessional Rodeo Cowboys As-sociation and Cole Elshere’sshared win in the saddle broncriding there helped make himthe week’s richest PRCA cowboy.Period. End of story.By the time he arrived in SanJuan Capistrano, Calif., on Aug.25, Elshere had already had avery good week with two winsand a second-place finish inPRCA rodeos. He transformed itfrom good to great with an 84-point ride on Flying U Rodeo’sLong Walk Home that allowedhim to tie Sterling Crawley forthe championship.“I knew that if I did good atSan Juan, I could end up dou-bling what I had already won forthe week,” Elshere said, “but Iknew what I was up against. Idrew the same horse at SanJuan that I had there a year agoand he bucked me off (then). Iwas glad to get him again be-cause I knew if did good on him,I knew I’d have a chance to scorewell.”In the end, Elshere did a bitbetter than double his week’searnings. The $7,074 he receivedfor his tie with Crawley at theRMV Riding Park brought histotal for the week to $13,663, jumping him from 12th to sev-enth in the world standings andlocking up his second consecu-tive berth in the Wrangler Na-tional Finals Rodeo.“Yeah, I think I should be OK now,” Elshere said. “That was agood four days. It sure helped. All I’m trying to do now is keepwinning and keep trying to climbthe ladder.” Actually, it was a good andvery busy week that would seehim travel by ground and air atotal of 4,638 miles to compete infive rodeos in four states and oneCanadian province while alsofinding time for ranch work andeven a bit of time with friends. Itwent like this:• Monday, Aug. 19: Met upwith some of his buddies fromhis high school football days andtook a road trip from his home inFaith, S.D., to the lake in Key-hole State Park near Moorcroft,Wyo.• Tuesday, Aug. 20: Backhome in Faith, Elshere gaveshots to calves and performedother ranch work.• Wednesday, Aug. 21:Jumped in the van with travel-ing partner Troy Crowser andmade the 1,040-mile drive toKennewick, Wash., for the Kit-
Photo courtesy Richard Levine, PRCA Photographer 
Califoria title tops big week for Elshere
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Mr. Kelly Shoemaker’s Technical Math class painted parking stripes in the student parking lot Thursday morning during class. Pictured left to right: Trey Donovan, Will Lutz, Chance Escott, Cole Trainor, Jaelani Uthe, Wylee Nelson, Bailey Deuter, Macoy Collins, Dustyn Eaton,Gereth Bushong, Clay Bernstein, Teigen Grubl, Chaney Keffeler and teacher, Kelly Shoemaker. Photo courtesy of Marcia Samuelson 
sap Stampede. It would be theone off note of the week, withElshere drawing a horse whohad trouble getting settled in thechute. “The judges said I couldhave a re-ride or I could give thehorse one more chance … I de-cided to stay with the horse I hadand he reared up in the chutesand slammed me into the post. Itlooked worse than it was, but Iended up with a no-score … so,not a good start.”• Thursday, Aug. 22: Thingspick up. A trip to Lethbridge, Al-berta, for the Whoop-Up DaysRodeo produces a winning 82-point ride on Kesler Rodeo’sPaper Clip and a check for$2,098.• Friday, Aug. 23: Elsheregets a ride to Great Falls, Mont.,and there takes a flight to SaltLake City for the Golden SpikeRodeo in Tremonton, Utah. An83-point ride allows him to finishsecond to two-time World Cham-pion Cody Wright and earn an-other $2,198.• Saturday, Aug. 24: Flies outof Salt Lake City to Rapid City,S.D., for the Range Days Rodeo,where he has the top perform-ance of the rodeo – in any event – with a 90-point ride on BurchRodeo Company’s Iron Maiden.Elshere celebrates by driving allnight to Denver.• Sunday, Aug. 25: Catchesan early morning flight fromDenver to John Wayne Airportin Orange County, Calif., arriv-ing at 10 a.m. with a few hoursto spare before his return en-gagement with Long WalkHome. “The ride in Rapid Citywas definitely the best one of thebunch,” Elshere said, “but SanJuan was the hardest. Thathorse is really a handful. Therewas a very different style of rid-ing those two days, but I wasable to adapt and make it allwork.”The other champions in SanJuan Capistrano were barebackrider Will Lowe (89 points), steerwrestler Dean Gorsuch (3.9 sec-onds), team ropers Aaron Tsinig-ine and Clay O’Brien Cooper (4.3seconds), tie-down ropers Clif Cooper and Randall Carlisle (7.9seconds each) and bull ridersCole Echols and Tyler Smith (84points each).
 
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September 4, 2013 • The Faith Idepedet
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Funeral services for TomMason, age 96, longtime Faith,SD area rancher were held at10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Septem-ber 3, 2013 at the Faith Commu-nity Center in Faith, SD withPastor Connie Eichinger officiat-ing. Burial followed at 2:00 p.m.on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 atthe Black Hills National Ceme-tery near Sturgis, SD. MilitaryHonors will be afforded by theRobert O'Shea American LegionPost #106 and the Sturgis Veter-ans Honor Guard.Country music was provided byButch Samuelson and Terri Kis-sack.Serving as casketbearers werehis nephew, Dennis Welter,great-nephew, Skyler Welter,Cody Shuelke, Leon Engle andhis two grandsons, Mike Fitzger-ald and Bob FitzgeraldTom C Mason, 96, well knownFaith rancher passed away Tues-day, August 27, 2013 at the WestRiver Medical Center, Hettinger,NDTom Clifford Mason was bornthe youngest of six children onMarch 31, 1917. He grew up andworked his whole life on his ranchwest of Faith, SD. The only timehe was away for any length of time from the land he grew tolove, was when he served a stintin the Navy during WW II, 1942 -1945. In 1960 Tom married Min-nie Smith Peltz (the girl nextdoor). They eventually added theSmith place to their ranch. Withthe marriage, came a ready-madefamily and eventually grandchil-dren with Minnie's children, Lor-raine Fitzgerald and EllwoodPeltz.Left to mourn his passing arehis stepson, Elwood (April) Peltz,Bremerton, WA; stepdaughter,Lorraine (Don) Fitzgerald, Bis-marck, ND; five step grandchil-dren; eight step great-grandchildren; four nieces, Au-drey Henderson, Mobridge, SD,Barbara Lyon, Meadow, MaryLee Hayden, Oshkosh, WI andJudy Mason, Tacoma, WA; twonephews, Dennis (Noma) Welter,Faith, SD and Roger (Ann)Rohrer, Lead, SD; and numerousgreat nieces and great nephews.Tom was preceded in death byhis parents; his wife, MinnieMason; two nephews, Wade andJerry Mason; three brothers, Ray,William (Billy) and Ron; two sis-ters, Lila Welter and JanetRohrer.In lieu of flowers, memorialsare preferred in Tom's name to acharity of the donor's choice.Memories of the past fromDavid Paul, September 19, 2012;The Faith Independent: "It wasthe summer of 1976...There was alot of stretch between his soiledhat and his work boots. The horsewas attired much as its rider. Thesaddle was well worn with noextra trappings, no rope, singlerigged. The headstall tie-downwas a twine string. No stock rack!Horse and rider were the samecolor. The rider was browned bythe sun, and the horse was allnatural. There was no gleam orshine attached to either...I am just as much today as I was backthen, intrigued with the simplic-ity of this rancher's managementstyle. I had just met my goodneighbor, Tom Mason.
Tom Mason
Funeral services for Pat EagleChasing, Sr., 67, of Eagle Butte,will be Friday, Sept 6 at 10:00 AM, MDT, at the Lakota CulturalCenter, Eagle Butte. Burial fol-lows at 3:00 PM Friday at BlackHills National Cemetery, Sturgis.Meet at the 4-mile Jct. at 4:00 PMThursday to process to the cul-tural center for wake services be-ginning at 7:00 PM. Patrickentered the spirit world August27, 2013 in Eagle Butte.Patrick Maurice Eagle ChasingSr. was born on July 9th, 1946 toNarcisse and Bernice (Condon)Eagle Chasing in Ft. Yates, ND.He returned to the Spirit Worldon August 26, 2013.Pat grew up in and aroundCherry Creek, SD. He attendedgrade school in Red Scaffold &high school in Eagle Butte. Tomost he was either "Herk" or"Puggy" and he was known for agood laugh! Whether you werethe person being picked on or theone laughing along – everyonewas laughing.Like his brother, Ron, Pat en-listed in the Vietnam Conflict.But since his brother was alreadyin Vietnam Pat was stationed inThailand. He served 6 years driv-ing heavy machinery equipment. After returning home, Pat workedas dispatch for the tribal policeand later Pat & Ron worked forthe Cheyenne River Sioux Tribeas Surveyors, surveying most of the dams and dug-outs on thereservation. Pat continued towork an occasional surveying jobfor Swan's Construction until afew years ago.Pat made a spiritual commit tohelp his brother, Ron, in theLakota Ways. He followed his be-liefs and helped others to under-stand. He was a part of theHohwoju Drum Group and keptthe vital when he joined them.Beading was Pat's passion. Hecould whip out a checkbook coverin two days if he had to. He had agreat eye for color and made upamazing designs. Pat enjoyed thepeople around him in his specialspot at Bingo. And only when hedidn't show up for Bingo – twonights in a row – did someonethink there was somethingwrong. He had a special bondwith his nieces Rhonda and Ron-ica, they joked and teased eachother and argued but they sharedthat bond. Fishing and huntingwith his brothers was the high-light of the Summer and Fall.Pat leaves behind his oldestson, Troy Eagle Chasing Sr.,Eagle Butte, son, Darwin, WA ,Patrick Eagle Chasing Jr. (JoAnnTwiggs), & daughters, Sarah,Jannon (James) Dog Eagle, WillieJon Eagle Chasing (WayneWright), Rapid City; Adopteddaughter, Jessica Iron Moccasin,Eagle Butte; Step-children, HopeShields, Pierre and Lloyd Thomp-son, Rapid City; Adopted father,Roger Russell; Brothers, RonEagle Chasing, Eagle Butte, &Jim (Charmagne) Lightfield Jr.;Sisters, Virginia White Feather,Dupree, Kay (Jerry) Palmer, Buf-falo, WY, JoEllen Thompson,Eagle Butte, & Angel (David)Kennedy, Faith; adopted son,Clifford Demery, 11 grandchil-dren, numerous aunts & uncles,nieces & nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death byhis father, Narcisse Eagle Chas-ing; mother & step-father, Ber-nice & James Lightfield Sr., bothmaternal & paternal grandpar-ents; twin sister, Patricia EagleChasing and sister, LaVernStaight Head; brothers, GeraldEagle Chasing, Herbie Evans,Dale Lightfield; adopted-mother,Patty Russell; uncles: Pat, An-drew, Chester, Willie John, Geno,& Darryl Condon, Ernie Light-field and Kenneth Jeffries; aunts:Rose Dupris, Angeline Swan,Christine Swan, Julianne Con-don; Nieces: Ronnette EagleChasing & Brittany Buffalo;nephew, Waco Buffalo; sister-in-law, Lillian Eagle Chasing. great-granddaughter, Amiyah Pattan.Condolences may be sent to thefamily at www.stoutfamilyfh.com
Patrick M. Eagle Chasing
 
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 August has come to a close,and though temperatures arestill high, fall is almost here andstudents have already settledback into their classrooms. Thistime of year always brings meback to when I was in school. Ialways enjoyed school. In fact,through seventh grade, I was atthe top of my class. Of course,that wasn’t too difficult – I wasthe only person in my class!Much has changed since I at-tended that one-room countryschool. Back then, a gallon of gaswas 40 cents, a new house costaround $25,000 and fewer peoplewent to college – about 17 per-cent of people in the U.S. had atleast a bachelor’s degree. Now,that number is around 28 per-cent. Along with the escalatingnumber of people seeking highereducation, the increasingly com-petitive global economy requirestoday’s workforce to have greaterskill sets and more education. Inorder to succeed, our studentsneed to leave high school readyfor a postsecondary experience – at a university, a technical insti-tute or a shorter certificate pro-gram – and, ultimately, theworkforce.How well are we preparingour youth in South Dakota? Re-cent news indicates we are doingpretty well. According to the state Depart-ment of Education, 74 percent of our students are proficient inmath and reading. Also, South Dakota’s ACTscores went up last year, and wecontinue to outperform the na-tional average – even though wehave one of the highest ACT par-ticipation rates in the nation. Wealso surpass the national aver-ages in each subject: English,reading, math and science.Still, there are areas wherewe can improve. Although moreof our students take the ACTand attend college, we have ahigher than average collegedropout rate. As one factor whichlimits success, some studentsenter college needing remedialhelp. To overcome this problembefore college, the South DakotaDepartment of Education andBoard of Regents are working toincrease college readiness by of-fering free remedial coursework.Students don’t have to retake awhole course, but instead canfocus on the specific componentsof courses where they need someextra help. These courses areavailable to high school seniorsvia the South Dakota VirtualSchool.I am proud of the quality of education we offer here in SouthDakota. Our students do well be-cause we have committed teach-ers and parents who take anactive role in their children’s ed-ucation. As our world continuesto change, we will continue towork toward even better solu-tions to prepare our children forthe future.Here’s to a great school year!Indian Creek LutheranChurch has been making plansfor the celebration of its 100th Anniversary on September 7,2013. The festivities will begin at5:00 pm with an evening meal tofollow. The worship service willstart at 7:00 pm.With the Homestead Actmany people came wanting tosettle and raise families. As thefamilies came, the homesteadersfelt a need for Spiritual guid-ance. There were no establishedchurches in the area near whatwas called Indian Creek, south-west of Chance, SD. A circuit rid-ing preacher, Rev. R. M. Hollie,was among the first of thepreachers who rode from Reeder,ND to Red Elm, SD. The dis-tance was over 100 miles. Sincethere were no churches, the serv-ices were held in homes, schoolhouses or other available build-ings. Martin Monserud, as wellas T.B. Veal, was instrumentalin establishing the Church andhosted the services for manyyears.Indian Creek LutheranChurch was established Febru-ary 25, 1913 as a mission church.It remained a mission churchuntil 1931. As the circuit ridingpreacher made his rounds thenew babies were baptized andnew members joined. In 1925,the church purchased thePerkins County State Bank, inChance, SD. The worship serv-ices were conducted in Norwe-gian until 1926 when Englishbecame the official language.Disaster struck: the bankbuilding burned on September 3,1935. Once again worship washeld in a community building – the Chance School. At this timea new church was built. Thebasement was to be the start of the new building that wouldhave an above ground structureadded as the finances allowed.The people of the communitycame to worship in this littlebasement church until May 19,1963.Disaster struck again, thistime in the form of a heavy snow-fall in the winter of ’49, whichled to flooding of the basement. After much discussion with theChance community and neighbor-ing communities, it was decidedthat more people would come to achurch built at a more accessiblespot such as the junction of High-ways 73 and 20 South. As the at-tendance had increased, itbecame important to build again.So it was to be: a new church.The present church was dedicatedon May 26, 1963.Indian Creek Lutheran Churchhas 24 active families. Two ba-bies, Quinn Baker (Bryce andDanci) and Conrad Muller (Whit-ney and Heinrich) have been bap-tized into the Church family thisyear. The church strives to be animportant part of its membersand to “go ye therefore and makedisciples of all nations.”Indian Creek Lutheran Churchinvites you to attend and enjoythe festivities of its celebrating of 100 years of serving God and Hisguidance. Date is Saturday, Sep-tember 7, 2013. Fellowship beginsat 5 pm with a supper prior to the7 pm worship.
Indian Creek Lutheran Church – Meadowto celebrate 100th Anniversary
 All meals served with milkand bread. Menu subject tochange without notice.
 Wed., Sept. 4:
Chicken &Dressing, Baked squash, Har-vest beets, Jello w/ fruit cocktail
Thur., Sept. 5:
Meatloaf,Boiled potatoes, Broccoli, Pud-ding, Apricots
Fri., Sept. 6:
Roast pork,Company potatoes, Cooked cab-bage, Apple
Mon. Sept. 9:
Spanish Ricew/hamburger, Seasoned spinach,Grape juice, Orange
Tue., Sept. 10: BirthdayDinner-
Citrus chicken, Bakedpotato, Acini Di Pepe, Pears,Cake
 Wed., Sept. 11:
Beef & Noo-dles, Spinach salad, Crunchycranberry salad, Peaches
Thur., Sept. 12:
Roast beef,Mashed potatoes & gravy, Limabeans, Orange
Fri., Sept. 13 & Mon. Sept.16: No Meals/ Kathy gone
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