5 Years Ago (2008)
High-tech education in cutting designs in metal using computer software is now available at the Miller and Wolsey-Wessington high schools. According to Miller’s ag instructor, Mark Ketelhut, he and Blaine Carey, Wolsey-Wessington instructor, they are sharing the equipment. The machine uses a plasma torch to cut steel and other materials.
The Wessington Library Board of Trustees met on December 26. Donna Runge reported that the two new computeres have arried and are now installed and up and running.
American Legion Auxiliary members, Carol Casavan and Rita Matthews, provided dictionaries for third graders of the Wolsey-Wessington School.
The Wolsey-Wessington Lady Warbirds were defeated by the James Valley Vikings, 34-74, January 3 at James Valley.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Gary Major, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve 89th Region Support Command, was promoted to the rank of Colonel December 15. The ceremony was held at the Lanny Wallace Army Reserve Center in Wichita, Kan. Joining the promotion ceremony were Major’s wife, Phyllis; his three boys, John, David, and Christopher; and his parents, Richard and Mary Major, Wessington.
The Wessington JV boys’ basketball team traveled to Hitchock on December 19 and came home with a 22-18 win over the Pirates. Brandon Duxbury led the scoring with eight points, followed by Ryan Waldner with six,; Colton Duxbury with five and Paul Testerman with three.
The Wessington Lady Warriors managed a slight lead the entire game over the White Lake Wolverines improving to 3-2 on the year with a 50-44 win.
Cool School decorated the memorial tree at the school entrance. Diana Runge donated an unpainted tree skirt which has been a major project for the after school kids to paint during the month of December. The group celebrated completion of this project by taking pictures of the skirt they had worked so hard on and then placing the skirt around the tree.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Larry Rowen and Stanley Gamber, representing Farmers Union Oil Co. in Wessington, recently learned how their regional agricultural supply cooperative, Cenex, has positioned its cooperative system for future growth. Record net income of $63.9 million and record sales of nearly $1.8 billion were reported at the 62nd Cenex Annual Meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Gail Matthews and Jon Wingert exchanged wedding vows in Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington on Saturday, Nov. 28. Father Donald Molumby of Miller and Deacon David Jetson of Rapid City officiated at the double ring marriage ceremony and Nuptial Mass. The bride is the daughter of Marvin and Rita Matthews of Wessington. The groom’s parents are Robert and Karen Wingert of Rapid City.
Mary Prentice was honored on her birthday, December 30, with a surprise birthday party. About 30 friends and friendly relatives enjoyed coffee and birthday cake and visiting with Mary and her daughters, Deanna, the cute one, and Glenda, the stunningly gorgeous one from Alaska, hostesses for the party.
Eddie and Jean Hohm, Gordon and Joann Dierkson, DeSmet, spent the weekend in Spirit Lake, Iowa at the home of their sister, Tootie and Jerry Kittelson. Others there were Randy, Sherry, Jeremy and Angela Wittrock, Rochester, Minn., Janet and Laura Kettelson, Salem, Ore.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The Wessington Warriors won their second game of the Wessington holiday double-header last Thursday evening, defeating the tam form Bonesteel, 43-36. In their fifth win of the season, the Warriors dropped behind in the first quarter, 15-9; then rallied to tie the score at 22-all at half time. The third frame ended with the Warriors out in front, 35-28.
Airman Curtis L. Letsche, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Letsche of St. Larence has graduated at Sheppard AFB, Texas, from the U. S. Air Force communications equipment repairman course conducted by the Air Training Command. Airman Letsche, a 1970 graduate of Wessington High School attended Northern State College, Aberdeen.
Traffic on South Dakota highways for the first 11 months of 1972 remained on the increase, up seven percent, accourding to the Departyment of Highways research and planning division. Largest increase was oted on city streets, up 10.6 percent. The toal number of vehicle miles for the first 11 months is estimated to be 4.5 billion…an increase of about 300 million miles from a year ago at this time.
Len’s Town & Country, Wessington advertised red delicious apples at 3 lbs. for 79 cents and bananas at 10 cents per pound. In the meat department, pork chops were priced at 69 cents per pound and Cimpl Wieners were 2 lbs. for $1.19.
50 Years Ago (1963)’
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Sass announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Mary Ellen Gainor, to Dennis Letsche, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Letsche, all of Wessington. A June wedding is planned.
Open House in the Legion Hall in Wessington Sunday afternoon, December 30 honored Mort Mortensen on his 80th birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Mac Mortensen, Mrs. Travis Letsche and Mrs. Ronnie Davis were host and hostesses.
Arthur F. Cavanee, boilerman fireman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd F. Cavanee of Wessington, is serving aboard the destroyer USS Somers, part of the combined First Fleet force involved in Exercise Night Stick off the coast of California. The exercise in anti-submarine and anti-air warfare techniques began Dec. 10 and lasted five days.
The Gym Benefit Auction sale held last Friday evening in the new auditorium was extremely successful, netting over $4,500.00 to be used in the completion of the structure.
A dinner held a the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mehling was served to 36 relatives and friends in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mehling in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Hutchinson’s Grocery advertised 4 pounds winesap apples for 55 cents, celery for 19 cents a stalk, and large heads of lettuce for 19 cents.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Marilee Thieman and Betty Runge returned Saturday from Rochester where they have finished their course of affiliation in Pediatrics. They have a two-week’s vacation, after which they will go to St. Johns at Huron for the remaining period of their nurses training. Beverly Patridge will leave January 10 to take her three-month course.
The Wessington Willing Workers 4-H Club met at Sam Nettingas Dec. 29. Carol Nettinga gave a demonstration on “How to Run a Sewing Machine”. A class of blouses was judged and an exchange of Christmas gifts was held.
Guests at the John Lakner home Christmas Eve were Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Lakner and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Stanlee Lakner and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Licty and Jane Ann, and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Jones and son.