5 Years Ago (2008)
Tyler Swaney and Karena Cameron lost everything when the house where they were living in Wessington caught fire January 29.
Kasey Rae Woodruff was born January 16, 2008, at the Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, to Shane and Jane Woodruff. Grandparents are Byron and Penny Woodruff, Wessington, and Mike and Tammy Sternhagen, Yankton.
The Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds lost a 281 match-up to the Woonsocket Redmen, Jan. 31 at Wolsey by a score of 61-62. They almost pulled it out as Andrew Herdman got to the 3-point line three times in the last 45 seconds of the game to put the Warbirds within one. With 1.7 seconds left on the clock, the Warbirds got a big steal on an inbound pass and put up a shot, but came up short.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Amanda Duxbury, Josh LeGrand, and Theresa Jensen received Superior Acting Awards at the Region 4B One-Act Play Festival. The judges also gave favorable comments to Josh Hoffman, Courney Kleinsasser, and Lacey Johnson.
The Wessington girls’ basketball team improved to 10-3 with a 55-40 win against the Northwestern Wildcats last Tuesday at Wessington. Katie Jensen scored a game high 23 points to lead the Lady Warriors.
Wessington players Phylicia Hoffman, Kami Rowen, Paydn Sheer, Katie Mehling, Paige Mehling, Katie Hanks, Emily Danburg, and Macaela Parmely, coached by John Hoffman, celebrated a first place win at the Woonsocket Cancer Basketball tournament.
Wessington’s basketball fans really got their money’s worth Friday night enjoying a fast-paced four quarters plus overtime when the boys faced JVC. “This was a very good game for our confidence. We played one of the best games we’ve played all year,” said Assistant Coach Rollinger. The final score, in overtime, was Wessington 66, JVC 69.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Dick and Mary Major visited Gary and Phyllis Major, David and Chris, Farley, MO, January 15 through January 20. They attended a dinner theater in Kansas City. The production was a musical show, “Diamond Studs” starring Brian Sutherland as Jessie James.
The regular monthly meeting of the Wessington Chapter of FBLA met January 25. Heidi Buesing announced she will run for State Historian at the State Convention. Her campaign manager will be Laurie Troth. Louise LeGrand also announced that she will run for State Reporter at convention. Her campaign manager will be Billie Jo Parmely.
Bryan and Marla Davis, Mitchell, are the parents of a son born January 28, 1993. He weighed eight pounds six and one-half ounces and was named Nikolaus Bryan. Grandparents are Marlin and Marge Lusk, Highmore, and Gordon and Betty Davis, Wessington.
A total of fourteen teams from Ree Heights, Miller and Wessington, participated in the volleyball tourney January 30. The Hall Trucking team won the tournament with second place going to Aces of Miller and third place to the Knucklebusters of Miller.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The Wessington Warriors led at all quarter stops enroute to a 76-34 victory over the Sunshine Crusaders here Tuesday. Lynn Johnsen topped the Wessington scoring attack with 19 points, followed by Tom Lichty with 14 and Kevin Fritzsche with 10.
Mr. and Mrs. Delton Larson were among the group from South Dakota that toured Mexico City and the Tire Testing Grounds at Laredo, Texas, through the Agri-Business Tour from the Central Exchange.
Mrs. Gladys Patridge, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Siegling and Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Patridge attended the funeral of Mrs. Florence McCarthy in Sioux Falls January 25. Mrs. McCarthy and Gladys are sisters.
The 7th and 8th grade basketball team of the Wessington Schools won the Tulare Invitational Jan. 29, by nipping Polo, 28-27, in the championship battle. The “Little Warriors” trailed Polo most of the game, but came from behind in the last two minutes on the scoring punch of Paul Duxbury, who led all scorers with 21 points.
50 Years Ago (1963)
There have been no significant storm kills reported to date, and pheasants are still in good to excellent condition, according to a report from Wendell Bever, chief of the game division for the Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks.
Approximately eighty parents and teachers attended the January meeting of the PTO. The meeting was highlighted with an oyster stew served by the school board members.
Dee Hoffman entertained the Jolly Quilters Club Thursday afternoon with eleven members and one visitor present. A quilt was tied and fancy work was done for the hostess.
60 Years Ago (1953)
The home of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Breen at Hurley was the scene of a Saturday afternoon wedding when their daughter, Beverly, became the bride of Donald J. Freese, son of Mrs. Emma Freese of Wessington. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Wendell Johnson against a background of chartreuse draperies and music by Mrs. W. A. Breen.
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Datel attended the South Dakota picnic held in Sycamore Grove, Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 25. Some of the Wessington people attending were the George Feterl family, John Petersons, Chas. Bothwells, and Carol and John Lakner, Wm. Lakner and family, Russell and Leone Stiner, Mr. Lilly and Gladine, Bert Simons, Mary and Margaret Simons, Agnes Lichty, Chancy Rogers and daughters, and probably many others.
The Wessington Warriors came close to dropping a basketball game to Blunt Tuesday, after enjoying a 20-point half time lead. The Warriors were shooting at about 99.9 percent during the first quarter and into the second. Blunt came back in the second half and slowly closed the gap, to within three points at one time as the Warriors were going down on fouls. A total of 32 were called against them.