Popular or Prudent

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Popular or Prudent

The popular thing to do most of the time is to take the easy unknown road, it is about 6 Lanes wide, bumper to bumper traffic, speed is no problem. The prudent road is under construction in places, it has a few potholes but it is safest, few take this road today.

I attended a funeral yesterday. It was more of a celebration of a complete and well-lived life. He was 98 years old. His prudent generation is the reason America has become so great and is such a leading world power. His age group stood for many things, family, faith, hard work, and service to the church, community, and country. I will not write his name here as that would be against what he believed in. He would never want accolades for himself. I wish I could say the same thing for the majority of the people today but, Individualism, inflated egos, fortune seekers and just plain refusal to work together is destroying the hard, dedicated work of past generations in this Democracy. The popular hot button issues rule government today while citizens watch in awe.

Obituary Of A U.S. Citizen

He was 98 years old and passed away on October 1st, 2017. He was born on September 11th, 1919 on a farm, went to Country School until the fourth grade when his family moved to a different farm. He completed his grade school and high school education graduating in 1937. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and was discharged in October 1945. During World War II he was assigned to the USS Charles Carroll. The ship participated in six major campaigns to include D-Day at Normandy Beach.

He married his wife Ruth on April 3rd, 1947 they operated a grocery store until May of 1948. They then bought the City Cafe in another town. The restaurant was a true family business where all his children learned the value of hard work. In 1984 he sold the cafe to one of his sons.

He was a rural mail carrier for many years. He loved the sport of baseball and played as an amateur for many years. In 1970 he and a teammate were inducted into the South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame.

He had a strong sense of community and served on church council, Commercial Club, volunteer fire department, and Meals on Wheels. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the National Association of retired federal employees. The men’s chorus and various committees. He was a past American Legion Post Commander and a member for 70 years. The area Chamber of Commerce presented him with a lifetime recognition award in 2012.

Grateful for having shared his life and blessed by his memory are his children, three sons, two daughters sixteen grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren had a host of nieces and nephews he was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, one sister. one grandson, four sisters-in-law seven brothers-in-law.

All of his children finished college and grew up to become outstanding citizens and bright lights shining in their own communities. Dad and Mom’s prudent lifestyles made them all popular. This should still be the American family way. It certainly doesn’t happen by accident or by chance, it happens because of right decisions, dedicated living, with purposeful goals in mind.


Green Valley Cemetery



The Green Valley Cemetery.

The Green Valley Cemetery is in the Oras district of Alberta, Canada it is a small country Cemetery situated on the southwest corner of the southeast section, about 5 miles east of Rocky Mountains House, Alberta, Canada.

Mr. Eston Olson Hoel was the first to be buried there in January 1911. As was customary in the early days. He was buried on the family property. Caskets were homemade, as were headstones and markers. Floral tributes were native boughs and flowers, arranged on spruce and pine boughs. Graves were hand dug by family members and neighbors.

As more settlers arrived in the district, it became apparent that a cemetery was needed in the community, more land was acquired from John Olson and was registered in the name of Green Valley Cemetery Company. The title to this property was received March 6, 1915.

There are approximately 30 burials in this cemetery. This is the final resting place of many of the early pioneers of the Oras district. Most of the people in this picture that was taken at Eston’s funeral were no doubt later buried in the same cemetery. The very tall man in the left side of the picture is my great-grandfather. He was a very big, tall, muscular Viking.

Eston Olson Hoel my great uncle, was born at Kaafjord Norway. He came to America with his two brothers Simon and my great-grandfather Ole. They all married, in Norway and started families there before coming to America. They worked in the copper mines near Calumet Michigan. Eston  married Marie Kaisa Nelson. Their children were Edward, Lena, Ole, Ida, Anna, Hattie, Alfred, John, Felix, and Julia.



They all decided to move their families west to farming country in South Dakota. They settled around the towns of Hayti and Lake Norein, that area was growing rapidly with immigrants from all of the Scandinavian countries. In 1906, Eston decided to move his family north, my great-grandfather went with him. Simon stayed in South Dakota, he and his wife Christine had six daughters, no sons. My grandfather Andrew stayed with Simon to help him farm his land.

Ole and Eston moved north and farmed around Rice Lake and Ryder, North Dakota. They lived there for a few years. It was so dry, a cousin told me there was not even any tumbleweeds to blow around in the hot dry wind. The scorching hot sun had that farmland baked until it was like clay pottery, there would be no farming done there until the rains returned

The word was spreading in the area that there was still land that could be bought for $10 an acre in Alberta, Canada. The Hoel and Karlsen families packed up their belongings and headed north. When they got to Red Deer, Alberta, that was the end of the railroad line.They had to use oxen and wagons to move everything West to Rocky Mount House and to what is called the Oras district.

They were not young men anymore, all born in the 1840’s but they went to work clearing trees from the land and started farming there at the foot of the beautiful Canadian Rockies. We made a trip to visit that country about 30 years ago. I can understand the call that my forefathers were following, that has to be the most beautiful place in Alberta. We found the old Green Valley Cemetery and took some pictures, these last two picture shows the vandalized cemetery.














Easy Street


Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.

There is a frantic search going on in this world by millions of people. They are searching for a place to live that is called “Easy Street.” This might be compared to searching for the fountain of youth. It is human nature to think if you’re living on Easy Street you will not have a care in this world. You might stay young and happy for the rest of your life, no matter how long that is.

After most people have lived on Easy Street awhile. They start to realize they are having health problems. They are taking anti acid pills by the handfuls. Developing high blood pressure and overweight problems. Then comes the diabetes from eating a poor diet, eating only rich foods clogs the arteries creating a very unhealthy heart and body.

I believe anyone who wants to start out life searching for Easy Street should weigh the pros and cons. Unless you win a lottery prize or rich uncle Joe left you a small fortune. The sad truth is there might not be any Easy Street for you. Get yourself a lot of education and do hard work. I guess the right way to Easy Street take the easy part out of the search. Be happy. Have a nice day, be healthy, be your self first.


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