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  • My wife is from here (Kyle) towards Badlands and that's her land that we're living on. We moved back in my with my children. I have 4 girls and one boy. A while back, I worked as a helper for the farmers in Hemingford, Nebraska. I was a certified potoato grower and I did that for 3-4 years. Finally, the family all missed home and we came back. One of my daughter's works here in Kyle at the motel and that's my daughter's husband's land.

    Then I helped with some community action and helped feed the community and helped them run errands and take them places. Bennett County hired me to do the driving for the van to pick up people to feed them, take them to the store, and take them to the clinic, whatever they needed. I liked that work. I liked that work a lot. I did that for five years. Over time, I rear-ended two vehicles and so they took my job away from me. I took courses and everything, I loved driving back and forth, and I did an all day workshop when I first started driving. There were drivers at that class from three different cities. Then I drove for the senior center, picking and dropping people off.

    Then I worked for the church commission. I had to go to Wanblee to go to church and help them with the services. Sometimes if the priest wasn't there, I'd do some things like burials that the priest would normally do. I was kinda like a bishop.

    I can't drive anymore, so my kids and grandkids have to take us around now and I wish I could still drive. I miss it. Now the van comes and takes me around and back. It's neat that I did it and now they pick me up.

    Right now my daughters are married and they are married to cattle owners. My daughters drive the pickups. I have grandkids, four of them and they are all going to school. One of my daughter's works at Little Wound School.

    In the future, I want my grandkids to take over the ranch and the farm and they'll work hard and help brand and drive the horses.

    My son died recently and his ceremony was at Wounded Knee and his burial was at the Body of Christ church in Porcupine.

    I was an alcoholic before. Somehow there was sickness in my stomach. I had schirrosis and the doctors told me I had to sober up, and once I did, then I got really sick. But I took the doctors orders and here I am, 81 years old. I've been sober for five years and we're still here at the ranch.
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