Senior of the Month Arlene Hammond lives ranch life

Thursday, April 4, 2019
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Arlene Hammond

Senior Center News

Arlene Hammond of Bighorn, Montana is featured in April’s picture of the month. Arlene writes her story: “I was born in Wisconsin in 1940, and moved to California when I was 6 years old and grew up there. “In 1959, my oldest brother was in the Army at Fort Ord, California and brought home a Montana cowboy, Bert Hammond, for a home cooked meal. The cowboy kept coming back and we got married in 1960 when he was discharged. “He went to work again for JB Mastin on the OW Ranch on Tullock Creek, near Bighorn. He worked there for two years. When the old Bob Smith place on Tullock Creek came up for sale in 1962, we bought it in partnership with his dad. Later, we bought him out. We put in some lean years paying for it. “We moved into a tworoom log cabin with no electricity or running water, and built on as our family grew. “Along the way we had four daughters. They are Alisa McLaughlin, a teacher in Gardiner; Shana Baisch, a rancher in Glendive; Theresa Winslow, who helps out at the ranch; and Dianna Hammond, who is in social work in Sidney. “We now have nine grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren. “This country girl learned how to run a swather and tractors. I just do a lot of cooking nowadays for brandings and when we need extra help as we’re still ranching.” Arlene comes to the Hardin Senior Center and does some traveling with her friend and neighbor, Velma Gentry. She is always thinking of others. The Fun For You Day, sponsored by Little Horn State Bank, was held on March 27. It was attended by several ladies. Shirley Margheim, a retiree from the bank, was the hostess. The group played games and Shirley shared postcard puzzles she made from her mother’s collection. Each person could enjoy a visit to a vacation destination, which included a light house in Oregon, the Niagara Falls, the coast in Boston and several sites in between. After the games, Shirley served some delicious desserts. Thank you, Shirley, for your time to make the day enjoyable. Activities for April at the Senior Center include bingo on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.; a movie on April 10 in the afternoon; the Seniors’ Association Meeting on April 12 at 11 a.m.; the Birthday/Easter dinner on April 17; and the Fun For You Day on April 24 from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.

The Hardin Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 665-2581. The Lodge Grass Senor Center is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone for is 639-2265. Call your center to make meal reservations before 10 a.m. Thank you.

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Thursday, April 4 –chicken, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salad, and dessert

Friday, April 5 – barbeque ribs, potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert

Monday, April 8 – goulash, vegetables, salad and dessert

Tuesday, April 9 – beef barley soup, sandwich and dessert

Wednesday, April 10 – burger bundles, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, and dessert

Thursday, April 11 – sauerkraut and kielbasa, salad, vegetables, and dessert

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Friday, April 5 – chili, frybread, salad and pineapple upside down cake

Monday April 8 – sauerkraut and sausage, vegetables, fruit salad and peanut butter cake

Wednesday, April 10 – meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, peas and brownie