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Doll club takes hay ride at Settelmeyer’s ranch

Staff reports

It isn’t often that the “mature” ladies of the Carson Doll Club are invited to go on a hayride, but thanks to the generosity of Arnold and Trish Settelmeyer, they were invited to do just that, following the regular meeting at the Settelmeyer home.

Thursday, March 9, was a cold, clear day, so members bundled up and climbed aboard the hay wagon. As soon as the tractor that was hitched to the front of it started up and moved out to the field, every cow within earshot turned her head. The calves, some only a wobbly day old, pretty much ignored the wagon.

As the tractor moved slowly across the field, Arnold jumped off and began tearing the hay bales into chunks and tossing them to the waiting bovines. He showed 8-year-old Amber Karnofe, Eleanor Barr’s granddaughter, how to do it, and soon she was tearing them off and kicking them onto the ground.

“The background of the spectacular snow-clad Sierra, the smell of the hay in the clean, clear air and the friendly cattle all around us combined to make a memorable event,” said member Margaret Olesen.

Carson Doll Club meets at the homes of various members on the second Thursday of each month. In May, a “Mommy, Dolly and Me Tea” is being planned to be held in Genoa.

Doll group. From left, front, are Rita Lovelady, Trish Settelmeyer, Mary Scott, Charlotte Bozeman, Margaret Olesen, Helen Ranson; back, Maureen Wyman, Madeleine Bowman, Cherry Jones, Ellie Davis, Frances Edmonston and Amber Karnofe.