Many activities taking place in Polo-Orient areas

Posted June 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

If you have ever played ‘51 card pick up’ you remember it can be a challenge. So it is when you try to pick up the pieces (news items) after getting behind with Memorial Day and some extra busy demands in the schedules.

The Orient and Polo communities have received some nourishing rains that have everything coming up green—if it got planted, that is. Since your reporter doesn’t keep a good running record of the amounts and rain days, the column won’t have any numbers on the moisture report. However for the record, the beauty of the perennial flowers amid the lush green grass (and weeds) does paint a breathtaking view of nature’s best.



One does not complain about the rain since the lack of it spells no farming. The rain and sunshine days are the key ingredients for farm and garden prospects. Unfortunately the “not planted” or replanting acres have created problems for some farmers. Temps even hit 84 degrees of toasty warm to off set the cool days and nights when June can still require long sleeves or sweaters at times.

Polo Altar Society meeting was Sunday, June 2 in Mary’s Room to discuss plans for the annual fall bazaar, which will be held Sunday, September 29. The noon meal will be served in the Polo School surrounded by the variety of games that attract a large crowd for the 100-plus-year St. Liborius tradition. Everyone was reminded about the prizes each family picks up for the Fish Pond, Plinko and country store games.

Attending the funeral services for Agnes (Aggie) Johnson, age 104, in Watertown, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4 and 5 were her daughter-in-law Janet (O’Meara-Johnson) and Larry Bergevin and Mark and Rachel Johnson, Golden, Colo.; Joyce Wickersham, Gettysburg; and Jack and JoAnn Schaefers. They also went to Brookings to visit their aunt, Verna Sturdevant.

Dick and Janize Nissen, visited relatives and friends in the Miller, Polo and Orient areas when they were here over Memorial Day. The Nissens have been living in Rapid City after selling their home in Delta Junction, Alaska.

Orient Memorial Day services were held at the hall. The program was led by Harold Schaefers and the speaker was Rodney Palmer. There was a crowd of 80+ for the event.  A lunch was served after the service by the Legion Auxiliary. 

The Orient American Legion Auxiliary met Monday, June 3 at the Orient Cabernet Room. Items discussed were follow-up on the Memorial Day service and possible program for next year. The group also voted to purchase more Auxiliary markers for the cemeteries. The next meeting will be September 9 at the Cabernet Room.

Jolly Wrens

For the June meeting, six members of the Jolly Wrens went to the Faulkton Women’s Ag Day. They enjoyed Faulkton’s annual event, which hosts several vendors and special speakers throughout the day. Numerous door prizes were given out and every one of the Jolly Wrens was lucky enough to win a gift.

The July meeting of the Jolly Wrens will be at Delilah Cotton’s on July 10 at 2pm.

Carl and Marge Durfee, Navarre, Fla., visited with Martinmaas and Durfee relatives in the area before leaving Saturday for Sioux Falls to visit their children in South Dakota. Gathering with the Durfees Friday evening in Orient were Vic and Marion Martinmaas, LeRoy and Donna Schaefers, Chuck and Rodey Martinmaas, Joe Martinmaas, Jack and JoAnn Schaefers, from Polo; Don and Joan Joy, Ken and Sandy Werdel, Paula Davis and Lloyd Schwartz, Miller; Alvie Martinmaas, Lisa Edgar, Orient; Dub Curtis, Minneapolis; Don and Mary Lee Keelin, Fargo, N.D. Ed and Delores Martinmaas came from Rapid City to visit Carl and Marge and relatives in the area.

Joe and Chris Schaefers took their daughter Katie to Peoria, Ill. May 17. She will be attending a 12-week summer internship through Bradley University in Morton Ill., along with several interns for the Caterpillar Company. Katie will resume her classes at the School of Mines in Rapid City in the fall to complete her BS in industrial engineering.

The Schaefers proved not once but twice how small the world is when they met people with family and Miller connections. On Saturday’s drive to Lafayette, Ind. to pick up a truck for Richard Hargens, a car with a South Dakota license was between their car and truck. The driver was a neighbor of James and Shannon Schaefers in Rapid City, and his son Hayden is also an intern for the Cat Company.

When Katie met her supervisor, Jeff Labarre, he noticed Katie’s Miller address and asked if she knew any Bushfields. He told her his good college friend is a Bushfield and he comes to Miller pheasant hunting. Katie didn’t recognize the Bushfield name, but when he asked if she knew Jack and JoAnn Schaefers, the connections fell in place. Bob Bushfield in Arizona is Jack’s nephew.

Bob and Suzanne Bushfield, who have a home in Sioux Falls also, and Curt and Jan Liedtke, Sturgis, were guests at the Pioneer luncheon where Huck and Sally Bushfield, formerly of Miller and now of Sun City, Ariz., were honored by St. Ann’s Parish during their annual recognition event. The Schaefers, Cil Larson, Phyllis Yearous, and JD and Deb Bushfield of Miller visited with them during the luncheon.

Karen Schaefers, who graduated with her BS in engineering in May, is staying with her aunt, Jane and Kelly Thomas, in Rapid City this summer. She is working on research and taking classes at the School of Mines to get her masters in civil engineering. Both girls will be graduating in December 2013.

Wedding bells

Congratulations to Krissy Aesoph and Kyle Oakley, who were married at St. Joseph Church in Orient Saturday, June 14 by Fr. Joji. Joining their parents Larry and Sandy Aesoph and Rocky and Cindy Oakley, Rockham, and siblings were hundreds of family and friends who filled the church and Legion Hall to overflowing for the Mass, reception and dance.

Among the out of town guests were Krissy’s sister, Shelley and Jesse Oakley, Isaac, Elias and Will, her brother John Aesoph, all of Sioux Falls; and brother Jordan Aesoph; her great aunts Dub Curtis, Hopkins, Minn. and Mary Lee and Don Keelin, Fargo, N.D.; and her aunts Paulette and Charlie Applehoff and Julie and Rod Spartz, Kranzburg; and Mary Lynn and Tom Lesselyoung, Redfield; Marilyn and Bill Van Well, Akron, Colo.; Bev and Larry Gray, Broomfield Colo.; and son Tim, Denver; and daughter Tammy and family, Colorado Springs; Gloria and John Biegler, Anthon, Iowa; and Deb and Mark Ganyo and Emily, Green Bay Wis.

Grandma Ruby Aesoph, Akron, Colo., and Helen Hall, New Underwood, were unable to attend to join the other grandparents, Bill Martinmaas, Robert Hall and Richard and Dawn Oakley. Krissy’s local Martinmaas aunts and uncles at the wedding were Ray and Becky, Randy and Jan, Kathy and Gary Remmers, Rick and Patty, Lonnie, Lori and Mike Kalkman, Herbie and Laura and Brad and Shelley. Special guests of the Aesoph family were four Sisters of the Leaven of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (LIHM Sisters) from Sioux City, Iowa.

Scott and Jennifer Gibson, Emily, Jake and Ally, Miller, and Andrew and Ang Schaefers and Brianna, Madison, were Father’s Day weekend visitors in the LeRoy and Donna Schaefers home.

Vic and Marion Martinmaas and Donna Schaefers enjoyed the Aberdeen Community Theatre production of “Young Frankenstein” in Aberdeen on Sunday after having a Father’s Day brunch with Marilyn Burckhard, Aberdeen.
Carl and Marge Durfee, Navarre, Fla., were recent guests in the home of LeRoy and Donna Schaefers. They also visited her brother and sister-in-law Vic and Marion Martinmaas. The group drove to Faulkton Thursday evening to attend the Miller vs. Faulkton girls’ baseball game where the Schaefers’ granddaughter Emily Gibson was a member of the Miller team. Tom and Sarah Schuster, TC and Victoria of Bath also drove to Faulkton for the game.

Marion Martinmaas, Marge Durfee of Navarre, Fla., and Donna Schaefers visited Bea Foerster and Rosie Miller in the Faulkton nursing home on Thursday.

Sister Mary Myles Schwahn sent greetings back to her former parishes in Orient and Polo. She and Sister Donna Wermus, both School Sisters of Notre Dame, who have been serving in Minnesota, will be leaving after serving eleven years, eight of which were in Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at Renville. Sister Mary has returned to the Motherhouse in Mankato where she will have “a long list of work she can do.” Sister Donna will be in St. Paul.

Father’s Day found many visitors in the community and family making trips to visit their siblings or do something special for Dad. We will continue to make calls or hope for an email so we can have the rest of the story from the busy and buzzing communities of Orient and Polo in next week’s paper.

Ending on a personal note is not my choice; however, one of Jack’s Father’s Day calls came from London, England. Dean Schaefers, Ft. Worth, Texas, had been sent to London last week to repair one of the airplanes operated by Gulf Stream. Delays are going to require he be in London for a month so he is hoping to get the opportunity during some off hours to revisit the places he remembers from being stationed there in the Air Force. If possible he will make a quick trip to Wales to visit his good friends, Yori and Glannys Owens, who visited in Polo in the early 1990s.