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High School Rodeos for 2017-18 to be hosted towards end of August

Local cowboys J.D. and Jace will participate in team roping, and J.D. also in tie-down roping.

Louise Bellair

Botha Booster

Make sure you come on out to the Senior Centre every Thursday at 1 p.m., and join in a friendly game of floor curling. The committee has decided this summer to keep the game going, so you will not want to miss out.

It’s hard to believe summer months are half over only leaving a month away before the 2017/18 school year starts up on Sept. 7.

Fields are all looking good around the country this year, and the gardens are being prepared as their time comes for the upcoming winter months already. Some places the fruit trees are doing good, but I heard that some of the fruit seems dry this summer with us having very little rain, but they to are getting prepared for the months ahead.

A big congratulations goes out to Matt and Doris on their wedding anniversary this coming Tuesday, Aug. 15, so congratulations you two, hope you have a fantastic day!

Bingo evening takes place on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 16, starting at 7:15 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., so make sure you come out every second Wednesday evening for this.

The Old Tyme Dance Club will start up again the last Sunday of September. For more information please call Doug Haustein at 403-742-3994 or John Blonski at 403-574-2197.

This year let’s see how the Thorsteinson boys made out. Well the 2016/17 High School Rodeos wrapped up with J.D.’s highlights from the past weekend being: second place in the second go in TR; third consistent runs in goats; fourth place in his age category in the dummy roping. Way to go J.D.!

Jace spent the weekend golfing, telling jokes and eating ice cream.

The 2017/18 rodeo season will be starting very soon with both boys being in the high school division. They will be team roping together with J.D. heading and Jace at the heels. J.D. will also be in tie-down roping.

The whole family would like to say a big thank you to the Nanton Ag Society for five great years of hosting Canadians.

Jim and Carrio Frizzell

The next homesteader we will be looking into is Jim and Carrio Frizzell. Their story goes like this: James Guy and Carrio Alice Frizzell came to Botha from Lacombe around 1911 or 1912, with their two sons, Clifford and Everett. Three more boys were born later, and one daughter after the couple were living in Botha.

Jim ran the blacksmith shop in Botha, which was directly south of the Community Hall until around 1925, when he sold the business to Otto Fleck. After the sale, Jim worked in the lumber camps in the winter and in the summer Jim worked with the railroad gang. From there they moved to Three Hills and Jim worked in a blacksmith shop until the bust came and they moved to Sunnyslope.

Carrio was ill for several years and sent to Ponoka and spent 25 years there until her passing. Carrio found it to hard to lose a set of twin boys while living in Lacombe, which is hard on anyone and having too many kids so soon together over the years was too hard on her, so with both of these events she landed in Ponoka.

Jim went back to blacksmithing in Sunnyslope from 1927-1940 when he lost his arm in a shop accident. He later moved back to Lacombe where he passed away.

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