5 Years Ago (2009)
Wolsey-Wessington School students collected donations for little Denalli Voss, who is a victim of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). A money order for more than $1,300 was presented December 23 at the school to Denalli’s parents, Casey and Natosha Voss, Wessington.
Joshua Harry LeGrand, Wessington was among 752 graduates from the South Dakota State University that were awarded diplomas Dec. 13 at Frost Arena. LeGrand received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.
Wolsey-Wessington School hired a new band/music teacher that is an “old” familiar face to many in the Wessington area. Richard (Rick) Heinz, and his family, were residents of Wessington when Rick and his brother Chris and sister Carmen attended school at Wessington. Rick graduated from WHS in 1991. Heinz has brought “new life” to the music department with his contagious enthusiasm.
10 Years Ago (2004)
Kelli and Shawn Fernholz, Wessington, are parents of a son, Spencer Lee, who was born December 8, 2003. He joins a brother, Steven, and a sister, Kadye. Grandparents are Steve and Carolyn Danburg, Miller; Larry and Cindy Fernholz, Wessington.
Four brothers of Wessington Lodge #107 will be receiving their 50-year recognition pins at the Wessington Masonic Lodge January 15: Elton Anson, Edward Fritzsche, Philip Testerman and Victor Woodruff.
The Warbirds hosted Kimball Jan. 10, at Wolsey, and got two out of three wins from the Kiotes. The 7th and 8th graders won their game, 37-34. They were behind eight points going in the final stanza but stalwart defense only allowed two points for the Kiotes while the Warbirds scored thirteen. Shane Runge led the balanced scoring with 11 points, one a 3-point goal. The JV team also got a big win, 33-28. The varsity team, however, suffered a 71-58 defeat.
20 Years Ago (1994)
Five generations of former Wessington residents were together over the Christmas holidays. Elsie Feterl, Salem, great-great grandmother; Clara Mitchell, Huron, great grandmother, Nancy Bohr, Huron, grandmother; Shannon and Trey Waterman, Sioux Falls, mother and son. Trey was seven weeks old.
Dean and Michela Duxbury hosted a dinner party January 9, honoring Brandon and Colton’s 8th birthday at the Bob Duxbury home. Present were Neil, Brenda, Amy, Kelly and Clay Duxbury; Kathy, Aaron and Kyle Meyer, Huron; Dale, Sandy, Brady and Troy Duxbury; Paul, Amanda and Abby Duxbury; Brian Duxbury; Bob and Rose Duxbury; Lois Duxbury; Kaleb Rodgers and Lloyd and Helen McNeil.
Senator R. Lars Herseth announced that he will not seek the office of governor in 1994.
30 Years Ago (1984)
Linda and Don Hanks are the parents of a daughter born January 7. She weighed nine pounds eight ounces and was named Amber Anne.
Pre-schoolers and grades K-6 were fingerprinted as a joint project of the Wessington Jaycettes and the Huron’s Lion Club in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Rogers were Wednesday afternoon coffee guests at the Charles Rogers home for Keely’s birthday.
Bill, Mary Jo, Paula, and Sean O’Neal visited during the holidays with Alice O’Neal, Viola Ruddy, and other friends and relatives.
Dee and John Hoffmann, Peggy and Dennis Harkness of Huron, and Richard and Karen Haigh attended the Miss South Dakota USA Pageant at Sioux Falls. Shelly Haigh was one of the 44 contestants. It was a very nice event.
40 Years Ago (1974)
The Library has received a copy of the magazine, “The Pied Piper”, autumn issue of Sunday Clothes, that is an anthology of poems and art from South Dakota youngsters. One of the poems is written by Rodney Domke, of the Wessington School. Mike McGirr, Rapid City, is an editorial assistant on the staff of the newspaper.
The Wessington Warriors won their first game in the 281 Conference Tournament at Miller Tuesday evening, defeating the Alpena Wildcats, 74-59. Lynn Johnsen was high-pointer for the night, with 26. Lyle Rowen added 11 to the Wessington efforts, while Gerald Hanks and Bill Matthews each scored 10.
Jacki Zvonek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Zvonek, Wessington, left January 3 for Madrid, Spain, where she will study for three weeks during the winter interim as a sophomore at Huron College. Miss Zvonek is a Spanish Major at the college, and will be living with a Spanish family.
The Watson-Krauter Post of the American Legion has announced plans for special dedication ceremonies of their new post home Sunday, January 13, at the site of the recently completed structure on the Main Street of Wessington.
50 Years Ago (1964)
Farmers and ranchers in the Earl Schultz, Lloyd Ames, Delmar Schultz area twelve to fourteen miles north of Wessington are on the alert for a roving wild beast that has been sighted several times and is believed to be a cougar (or mountain lion). Many of the rural residents have heard strange, wild animal cries during the night hours, and two deer have been found dead in the area, supposedly killed by the beast. A hunt for the wild animal was staged Sunday afternoon, but without success.
The 70th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Huddleston was observed Sunday afternoon in the church parlors of the First Presbyterian Church in Wessington. Approximately 120 persons signed the guest book with Mrs. Pearl Granberg in charge. Mrs. Rex Orr was at the gift table. Anniversary cakes were baked and decorated by Mrs. Delton Larson and Mrs. Gene Evans.
Billy Quiram, 8th grader at Bates, broke his leg when his horse laid down with him riding and he was unable to get his legs out of the stirrups.
The Wessington Warriors picked up their first win of the ’63-’64 basketball season when they defeated the Bonilla Eagles 57-53 in the consolation semifinals of the Beadle County Conference tournament. The winning Wessington squad placed three men in the double figures with Jerry Phillips netting 19 points; followed by Delton Prentice and Dennis Matthews with 15 and 12 respectively.
60 Years Ago (1954)
Former Wessington banker, Glen Farrar, and his wife of Ephrata, Wash., observed their Golden Wedding Anniversary Dec. 18, in the Methodist Church of Ephrata. A personal letter received from them tell of the especially warm place they have in their hearts for the many Wessington friends. Mr. Farrar took over the First National Bank in Wessington in the early 1920s.
Mrs. Cecelia Lichty received word from her son, Paul, in Korea telling of the Christmas party they had. He said among their group were many civilian Koreans also taking part in the party.
A cradle shower honoring Vicki Joyce Woodruff, two week old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Woodruff, was given at the Dwight Stubbs home Tuesday afternoon. Hostesses were Mrs. Joy Woodruff, Mrs. Dwight Stubbs, and Mrs. Norman Woodruff.
Lloyd Marshall was the guest at a surprise birthday party held Sunday evening in the Frank Taplin home. The event was spent playing cards and pingpong. Before the lunch was served, the senior class presented Lloyd with a Black Hills Gold tie clasp. Those present were Lloyd Marshall, LeRoy Stuart, Jim McNeil, Shirley Kinghorn of Huron, Harriet Ganske, Jim Nielsen, Keith Mortensen, Gloria Runge, Dorothy Moriarty, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taplin, Kay and George, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Dague and Dianna of Vayland, Joyce Duxbury, Bonnie Freese, and Larry Haigh.