5 Years Ago (2008)
The Lady Warbirds defeated the Iroquois Chiefs 55-46 to win the consolation championship at eh 281 Conference Tournament January 17 at Huron. The Lady Warbirds got to the consolation game with a win over Sunshine Bible Academy with a score of 42-28.
The Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds finished in eighth place at the 281 Conference Tourney held in Huron last week. They were defeated in the 7th/8th place game by Woonsocket with a final score of 35-42. Andrew Herdman finished the game with a team high of 16 points.
Three Miller High School rodeo members will be representing their school at the 2008 Black Hills Stock Show January 27. Competing from Miller are Jase Clarke in calf roping, Lane Fulton in team roping and Cole Fulton in steer wrestling.
10 Years Ago (2003)
The Wessington High School one-act play cast, directed by Rosemary Moeller and Blair Lakner, is preparing to perform “A Rose for Emily”. The cast consists of Amanda Duxbury, Michela Duxbury, Meghan Grubham, Josh Hoffman, Katie Jensen, Theresa Jensen, Lacey Johnsen, Corney Kleinsasser, Jamie Kleinsasser, Josh LeGrand, Mitch Lakner, Hannah Prentice, Kayti Rowen, Kelly Schilling, Daniel Siegling, and Paul Testerman. The serious play will be performed in Huron for district competition.
The January 14 meeting of the Community Club was held over the noon hour at the Legion Hall, where everyone enjoyed a delicious meal of meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, bread, and chocolate upside-down cake for dessert.
Kimberly Fritzsche and Dave Werdel are engaged to be married March 1 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Miller. Parents of the couple are Roger and Jane Fritzsche, Wessington, and Ray and Lynn Werdel, Ree Heights.
Number six Warriors upset number three seed Willow Lake in the opening round of the boys 281 Conference Basketball Tournament January 18, 56-55. The two teams exchanged the lead several times during the final minutes of play but the Warriors proved to be too much for the Pirates. Joe Kellogg led the Warriors with 14 points, followed by Cody Kleinsasser, Ryan Waldner and Kyle Rowen adding ten each.
20 Years Ago (1993)
The Wessington Warriors tipped off their drive for the 281 Conference Tournament title with a 59-39 victory over the Hitchcock Bluejays last Monday night. Bill Kelsey was hot from the field once again as he had 9 of the teams 15 points in the first stanza.
Wessington High School senior Laurie Troth has written a short story called, “Choices” which was published in the January edition of the High School Writer. The Writer is a monthly magazine, which publishes writing of students from all over the United States, especially the Midwest.
The Wessington Jaycee Hot Shot Competition was held recently, with youth ages 9-16 participating. Winners were as follows: 9-10: Tim Davis and Devin DeHaven, 1st place; Cody Sargent, 2nd; 11-12: Danny Fernholz and Callie Jo Rowen, 1st place; Lance Lichty and Sheila Waters, 2nd; 13-14: Brent Fliehe and Kathy Troth, 1st place; Jade Hedge and Lisa LeGrand, 2nd; 15-16: Brad Fernholz, 1st place.
Ralph Clarke was honored for his 75th birthday by his family hosting a coffee and cake time at the Clarke home. About sixty-five called to wish him happy birthday.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Prentice returned Monday from Denver, Colorado, where they attended the National Simmental Show and Sale at the Denver Hilton. The sale was held in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel and Lowell’s entry, a half-blood Simmental cow with a three quarter-blood calf at her side, brought the highest price in her class.
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Selchert are the parents of a son born January 13. He weighed ten pounds and eight ounces and was named Jason Wayne. Mr. Selchert is the principal of the Wessington School.
Members of the Wessington City Council and Wessington Community Club have been holding meetings with the Beadle County Commissioners and with the County Highway Superintendent, in an effort to work out a feasible plan for hard-surfacing the Wessington main Street. Tentative plans include a curb-to-curb hard surface road for approximately two blocks, from the railroad tracks south; and a possibility of surfacing a 32 foot wide grade from there south to the County Line road, and from the railroad tracks north to the junction with Highway 14.
Len’s Town & Country’s ad specials included 10 lb. bag of sugar, 99 cents; 5 lbs. oleo for $1.00; 2 lbs. bananas, 25 cent, and Old Home Cracked Wheat Dark Bread, 2 for 69 cents.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Pam Matthews has been chosen by the students of the Wessington High School as their entrant in the Prettiest Cheerleader contest sponsored by the Huron Daily Plainsman.
Sunday guests at the Tony Fernholz home were Mr. and Mrs. Clair Bonebright and Brian of Huron and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Schiltz and sons. David Schiltz’s 2nd birthday was honored.
LeRoy McGirr in For What it’s Worth: “Just for the fun of it, we are starting a new local column this week…Adam Apples’ Answers.” Here is a sample from that first column:
Dear Mr. Apple: My husband gets mad at me when I won’t go to town (Wessington) with him and I get made at him when I do. I get sick and tired of waiting in the car for him to go home. What should I do? (signed) Disgusted.
Dear Disgusted: Count your blessings! Go with him, and be glad you get asked–but for heaven’s sake, don’t just sit in the car and wait. There are 28 business places (including the library) in Wessington, and any one of them will welcome you in their store–with no obligation to buy a thing. Ours is a friendly town.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Four members of the Wessington Warriors were picked by the Daily Plainsman on their All-Conference Tournament team. Biegler and Randy were listed on the “first five” team with Marshall and Rowen on the “second five”.
Coach Nelson and his Wessington Warriors added a second championship trophy in that many weeks on Saturday when they won the Beadle County Conference tournament. They won the Tulare Invitational last weekend.
A total of 601 South Dakotans have been listed as casualties as a result of the Korean conflict, Governor Sigurd Anderson reported this week. The Governor also revealed that from June 25, 1950 through October, 1952, there were 18,759 persons from the state either inducted or enlisted in the Armed Forces.
Prices at the Golden Rule Dept. Store were advertised as follows: 1/2 gallon ice cream, 93 cents; 1-lb. roll pork sausage, 33 cents; 2-lb. box crackers, 43 cents.