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Next senior meeting on Sept. 5

With summer almost over, next month all regular club activities will ensue.

Louise Bellair

Botha Booster

A big congratulations goes out to Neil and Jamie Thorsteinson this coming Saturday as they celebrate their wedding anniversary. Congratulations you two, hope you have a fantastic day.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Senior Meeting will be starting up again for this upcoming year. So hopefully all seniors should make it a point to attend. These meetings start at noon, with a potluck luncheon and the meeting follows right after. So make sure you bring one of your special dishes to share at the potluck.

On Thursday, Sept. 7, the school bell will be ringing again for the 2017/18 school year. So hopefully all students and staff are enjoying the last couple of weeks before they hit the books again.

Jamie Shupe Thorsteinson and Jace this month will be heading to Toronto for an appointment. Jace was seriously hurt in a rodeo this time last year and has struggled to get back his health fully. But with great determination, Jace has come a long ways since then. With the plateaus that’s happening now and Jace’s progression slowing, the family is really happy to have such a dedicated team at the Care Chiropractic, which pointed them to the direction of Functional Neurology. Jace is still having some trouble with his left side, but healing slowly.

On the August long weekend Jace and J.D. were in double header at the PRRA, in which boys did very well. Jace caught a couple of his team roping steers and entered the breakaway. He missed a calf but entered in it again. Jace is slowly getting better but things do take time to heal. We are very proud of you Jace keep up the good work.

Going back to the poem we have discussed all summer, we now will be looking into the lives of the Armstrong family. John Armstrong and his wife Mary Jane Mae came to Botha in 1910 from Shawville, Quebec to retire and live near their four sons and three daughters.

George Ernest Armstrong worked his way West and settled on his homestead, five miles north of Botha in 1905. William Arthur Armstrong visited the district between 1902 and 1905 while earning money elsewhere to establish himself on his homestead, south of Botha. Harold L. Armstrong homesteaded near Botha but in 1905 went to Peace River for a short time before taking a homestead north of Youngstown where he lived and worked until his passing. John Gerald Armstrong arrived in 1906 and spent most of his life in the Botha district, before moving to Calgary. In 1920, he married a teacher from the Botha area, whose name was Victoria McKenzie.

Annie Adeline Armstrong came to Botha in 1910 and married Roy Greenlee in 1914, while Sarah Nanette Mary came to Botha in 1910 and married Richard Leonard Peavoy in 1917.

John’s and Mary’s youngest daughter Mary Eileen (Mamie) came to Botha in 1910 along with one of her sisters and married Clifford Emmanuel Stiller in 1923.

Most of the Armstrong family eventually all came to Botha area to live and enjoy life here.

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