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11 The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 HARLEY HILL ROG'S ROD Continued from Page 5 Continued from Page 7 with flight instruction to many "Yes!" was the marshal's answer. Gregory County residents. They "With what?" I inquired. had four children between 1950 and "A Glock," responded the mar- 1966. Harley started a construction shal. company in 1947 building houses, "Is a Glock required, or may you motels, and commercial buildings carry what you wish?" I questioned. in South Dakota and Nebraska over "I'm permitted to carry any ann the years. Some of these homes are I can qualify with," answered the a part of Hill's First Addition to marshal. Gregory. "Just how good are you with that In 1951, Harley purchased a Glock?" I dared to ask. ranch on the Missouri River lead- "I'd have three people on the ing to his retirement from flying floor before you knew what was after crashing his Piper Cub check- happening," quipped the confident ing cattle. He started raising Quar- lawman. Was I glad that this guy ter Horses during this time and was covering my back. Wow! stood several stallions for breed- So what's a Glock? A Glock ing services. He enjoyed his many is a semi-automatic handgun that years of raising and showing horses was first made in Austria in 1983. throughout the Midwest. He was In 2004 Glock opened a produc- a life member of the AQHA and tion facility in Smyrna, GA where served in all offices of the SDQHA, they manufactured the gun's poly- president in 1962. Along with the mer frames. The barrel, slide, and construction business, he farmed springs are made of steel. The other and ranched in Gregory County parts are polymer. A typical Glock his entire life. Harley drove school weighs about a pound and a half. bus to many sporting events in his Ten shot magazines are typical, and retirement years and was an avid the gun's simplicity makes it virtu- Gregory Gorilla Fan. ally jam proof. The Glock is a very Harley took up golf in his early popular sidearm worldwide. If you 70s and shot under his age several are shopping for a handgun, a Glock times in his LATE 80s on his home is worth looking at. course. He played every course in I once owned a Glock. I was at western South Dakota. He took the Mitchell Friends of NRA fund- up artistic painting in his 80s and raiser, and a Glock NRA commem- painted many homesteads, horses, orative pistol was being auctioned a~d portraits of his grandkids. He off. The auctioneer was having a won several awards through the Da- hard time getting an opening bid, kota MasterWorks Art Shows over and I decided to get things going. I the years. His artwork is on display wound up buying the gun. Fortu- throughout Gregory County. He nately a good friend just had to have was active in the Gregory Ameri- it. I later learned that only 725 of can Legion over the years, taking that pistol were made. I probably his turn hiding slot machines at the should have kept it. ranch when a raid might be in the Arguably, the greatest hand- works, gun ever made is Colt's Model Highlights in Harley's later 1911 semi-automatic in .45 A.C.P. years was going on a WWII Honor caliber. It was our nation's military Flight traveling from Rapid City to sidearm through both world wars, Washington, D.C., with a west river and is more popular today than it crew. He was honored as the Greg- was a hundred years ago. A Model ory July 4th Parade Marshal for his 1911 is the only semi-automatic 90th birthday. Harley was the resi- handgun I own. I have a number dent historian of Gregory County of revolvers, and of all the hand- and could remember every team guns I own, I am most accurate with of mules and good cutting horse in the 1911. The 1911 is a formidable the country. He was the go-to-guy man-stopper, but if you are looking for the history of many families and for a recreational arm, I wouldn't milestones in the area. recommend a Model 1911 ..... at Harley Henry Hill is survived least in .45 A.C.P. I think it's a wee by Katherine, residing at Silverleaf bit intimidating. in Philip; his four children, Rollie While I am not an advocate of (Elle) Hill of Rapid City; Randy carrying a concealed weapon, at (Dolores) Hill of Dallas, Texas; least in South Dakota where most Donna (Ray) Smith of Philip; of us live, I probably would "carry" DeAnn Hill of Omaha; 10 grand- if I still lived in Chicago. I do be- children; a bunch great-grandchil- lieve we should have ready access dren; two great-great-granddaugh- to a firearm in our homes. It should ters; and sister Marcie Peterson of be safely stored and out of reach of Cameron Park, California. children. Today small wall safes A special thanks to Harley's are made that instantly "recognize" family at Silverthreads Assisted one's fingerprint. One can have a Living where he resided the past pistol in his hand right now! I also few years, subscribe to the adage, "Better to Memorial donations will go to have a gun and never need it than to the Wounded Warrior Project. need one and not have it." Guest speaker for the Com- mencement Ceremoney for the Burke High School Class of 2016 was Mrs. Billie Jo Indahl. Mrs. In- dahl came to the Burke School Dis- trict at the beginning of the 2005- 2006 school year, taking on the position of 2nd Grade Teacher and the graduating class of 2016 was her first group of students in Burke. She is currently very active in the athletic program, serving as Voile),- Today's topic is not one that pertains to a small minority. As of 4/30/16, 91,136 SD citizens had concealed carry permits! How many more South Dakotans haven't bothered to obtain a permit? After all, one doesn't need a permit to openly carry a handgun. With this in mind, I'll conclude today's column by listing those states that will recognize and honor a South Dakota permit to carry a concealed weapon. It's called reci- procity. Those states in alphabetical order are: Alabama, Alaska, Ari- zona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Ken- tucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mis- sissippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. I have to wonder about Minnesota and Nebraska. What's their problem? See you next week. ONE OF THE MOST COMMON COMMENTS I SAY/HEAR AT MY AGE IS, "It seems like all I do 1 ball Coach and Golf Coach. Mrs. and twin boys, Bryson & Brody. Indahl is a huge Cougar fan, rarely Mrs. Indahl spoke about her first missing any event that takes place year of teaching in the Burke School on school grounds. District with this class of students, The daughter of Bill & Mavissharing many wonderful memories Beckers, Billie Jo earned her teach- of their experiences together. Then ing degree from DWU in May of she read some of the Dr. Seuss 2001 and taught in the Colome book, Oh, The Places You'll Go and School District for four years be- shared some of her own words of fore coming to Burke. Mrs. Indahl wisdom and advice for the graduat- is married to David Indahl and they ing class. have four children, Ta~clee, Adisyn - Gazette Photo is go to funerals anymore." While from that institution. Undaunted he that is a bit of an exaggeration, enrolled in Burke High School and the fact is that attending funerals completed his schooling. WWII is something we do on an almost was going full bore when he gradu- weekly basis, ated from BHS Harley entered the This past week we attended armed forces and became a flight in- my good friend and old golf part- structor and later went on to instruct ner, Harley Hill's funeral. Harley flight instructors. was, as the minister related, "a After the war Harley returned larger than life" character. I've had to Burke and opened a hardware the privilege to know a number of store in Burke. He later engaged in these "larger than life" folks in my raising quarter horses and also was life and Harley ranked right up there a contractor who built quite a num- near the top. These characters often ber of homes in the area. The "Hills tend to be a bit controversial and, Addition" area of Gregory was Har- as a result, have their fair share of ley's brainchild. He also engaged critics and detractors, and in some in ranching where he had his share aspects of their lives perhaps rightly of ups and downs which he took in so. But ..... the fact of the matter is stride. When he was 70 years old he that these folks could care less as took up golf and became quite pro- they live their lives as they dam ficient considering his age. In his well please and could care less 80's he took up drawing and paint- about critics and detractors-which ing and ~.came quite good winning describes Harley. There is a line in a number statewide awards for his Billy Joel's song, "Only the Good work. Die Young" that goes something He always took a keen interest like this, "I'd rather laugh with the in our area's history and was an ex- sinners than cry with the saints. The cellent resource for anyone having sinners have more fun." Some of the questions about the history of the "larger than life" folks who I have area. I attended a number of his Fri- known and know tend to subscribe day afternoon history programs at a bit to this philosophy and, con- Silver Threads and always managed sequently they tended and tend to to learn something new about this laugh a lot ....... area. I was always amazed at how Harley started school in Grego- well Harley embraced the computer ry, and for some reason, was ejected Continued on Page 12