Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

5 Years Ago (2008)


Warbirds’ medley relay team members, headed for state after getting first place in Region 5B competition, are Andy Herdman, Tyler Rittel, Josh Rittel and Ryan Bell.

The Miller/Wessington Shocker Amateur Baseball team started their 2008 season with a double header in Bryan Bucs May 18. The Shockers won the first game of the twin-bill in six innings by the score of 14 to 4. In the night cap the Shocker bats cooled off considerably as they lost to the Bucs 16-5.

“Animals as Architects” is on display at the Wessington Public Library. The touring exhibit from the Discovery Center in Pierre includes a 5’ termite mound replica, microscope table and equipment, spider web construction table, and weaving projects.

10 Years Ago (2003)

After determining that the board’s approval would be just the first step in the process of entering in a basketball coop, the Wessington School Board voted to pursue a basketball coop with Miller.

A daughter, Sydney Christine, was born on May 15, 2003 to Shane and Jayna Voss of Hurley. Grandparents include James and Judy Troth, Wessington and Doug and Pam Voss, Centerville.

Ten preschoolers–Aaron and Laurel Diekhoff, Devyn Gortmaker, Lane Langbehn, Brianna Lichty, Carter and Keely Mehling, Christa Sievers, Tanner Waters and Zane Wuestwald, under the direction of teachers Charlotte Fink and Tasha Prentice, opened the Concordia Lutheran Preschool Spring Concert by placing their hands over their hearts and proudly singing the patriotic song they always sing at the beginning of every preschool day, “The Flag Song”.

20 Years Ago (1993)

The Wessington Jaycees held a park clean-up and built a sandbox and horse shoe pit May 3.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lockner attended the benefit breakfast for the Wessington baseball team at the Wessington Legion hall Sunday morning. They attended the 50th wedding anniversary for Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Prentice at their home at noon.

Lyle and Hazel Rowen spent Mother’s Day weekend at the David and Jean Johnson home. All the family attended the excellent Reba Concert in Fargo Friday evening; Candi’s track meet Saturday; listened to Kellie’s piano recital program, and were pleased Jeff made the golf cut to attend a golf meet at Grand Forks.

Rose Duxbury and Janice Rowen spent from Friday to Sunday in St. Cloud, Minn., for the Region Six Sweet Adelines competition.

40 Years Ago (1973)

The Wessington Thinclads highlighted the 1973 track season by winning the Region IV track meet with a total of 53 points. Wessington qualified six members for the State Track Meet: Tom Lichty, high jump, high hurdle, low hurdle, 880 yard relay; Dale Lichty, high jump; David VanAsperen, discus; Lennart Rundcrantz, 880 yard relay.

Rev. and Mrs. E. A. Gruneich were honored at two pot luck farewell dinners. A dinner was held at the Presbyterian Church with 90 people attending. The honored couple was presented with a friendship quilt at another farewell dinner at the Rose Hill Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Major, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Major, Gary and Loren, Teresa Major and Merle Harvey attended Ricky Brown’s graduation in Redfield Sunday afternoon.

50 Years Ago (1963)

Old Mother Nature stepped out of bounds on Tuesday night , letting temperatures drop to a low of 23 degrees. The freezing temperatures caused considerable concern throughout the area, however, it is still too early to tell just how serious the damage was.

Mr. and Mrs. Nova Palmer, Wessington, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Janice Kae, to Mark Earl Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Scott, Wessington.

Square dancers from a wide area, plus many spectators, enjoyed a gym-benefit square dance jamboree at Wessington’s new auditorium. The net profit from admissions and free will offerings totaled $60.85. This amount plus the $51.50 profit from lunches sold by the American Legion Auxiliary during the evening boosted the gym fund by a total of $112.35.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Mothers of the Wessington 7th and 8th graders were invited to a Mothers Tea. A program was presented and refreshments served.

Rose Hill School District held a joint closing picnic at the Roy McNeil grove Friday with a large crowd attending. Races and a ball game was held and dinner served. The teachers are Mrs. Robert Ross, Miss Miriam Glanzer, and Miss Leona Lichty.

The Wessington Lions opened their 1953 Ree Valley League baseball season Sunday by coming from behind to win over Orient 10-6.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Lichty, a son, May 19, weighing seven pounds, seven oz.

The Golden Rule Department Store of Wessington advertised specials included: two dozen oranges for 49 cents, a jumbo head of lettuce for 13 cents, a 50 lb. bag of Robin Hood Flour for $3.69, and three cans Heinz Baby Food for 25 cents.