After lots of hard work, farmer helps found dance club

Make sure you come out tonight to the Senior Centre at 6:30 p.m. to join in a exciting game of Bingo.

BOTHA BOOSTER — Make sure you come out tonight to the Senior Centre at 6:30 p.m. to join in a exciting game of Bingo. Balls start rolling at 7:15 p.m. Who knows, you could be one of the lucky winners.

Don’t forget to come back to the Senior Centre every Thursday at 1 p.m. to join in a fun game of floor curling with your friends. It’s a exciting game and everyone has fun, so why not join them?

It’s hard to believe that we are into August now. Where is the summer going? If you have already taken holidays or have had company, why not phone me at 403-742-5317 and we can get it in our column like the other communities do? Let’s make our column interesting.

Now, let’s look back on some more couples that started out the Old-Thyme Dance Club here in Botha. The first four couples that attended the dance were willing to run with this brainstorm of Len Ollive in the fall of 1985. They were so excited with the idea that they all threw $20 each into the pot to get things started.

Those dancers were Len and Mae Ollive, whom we discussed in last week’s column, then Clarence and Bernice Everett, whom we will discuss in this week’s column.

The final two pairs were Allan and Connie MacArthur and Jesse and Fran Clark. Way to go everyone.

Clarence Richard Everett, son of Robert and Hazel Everett, was born and raised on their homestead on April 5, 1919.

He went to school at Zenith School and finished his Grade 10. He remained on the farm, working there. After he left the farm, be became a thresher on a crew working for $2.50/day, working with a rack and horse, for long hours. He also received meals and lodging there. In the winter months, he worked on hay baling crews earning $1/day.

In 1939, Clarence and his dad purchased an International tractor and in 1924, Clarence went to Edmonton for a gas and diesel course, returning to help his dad. Shortly after, he was called to serve and train for the reserve army.

In January 1944, he married Bernie Riggins and on Nov. 25, 1944, their first son was born. That son was followed by three more sons between 1947 and 1950. Then, in 1952, their daughter was born to complete their family.

Clarence gradually took over all the farming with the help of three sons. They milked cows and also raised pigs as well as grain farming.

Hinginger and Clarence were also directors of Botha Mutual Telephones for several years, with five families on the line.

After all that hard work, Clarence is semi-retired now, but was involved in floor curling, discing, dance clubs and the Senior Centre in Botha.

As you can see Clarence is a very busy man in our little community.


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