5 Years Ago (2008)
“Unending Reflection” is a mother-daughter book of poetry by Rachael and Rosemary Moeller, published by Rachael’s production company, Funny Farm Films. The poems are images, memories and pure fiction, accompanied by the photography of Rosemary’s nephew, Curtis Moeller.
The Wolsey-Wessington Lady Warbirds posted a 54-42 win over the Highmore Pirates last Monday, Jan. 7, at Wessington. The Lady Warbirds led at all quarter stops with very balanced scoring. Koree McHugh had 14, followed by Bridgett Clarke with 10.
The Wessington Heritage Society met January 4 at the ADCA lunchroom. Those in attendance were Gordon Davis, Rita and Marvin Matthews and Deanne Rowen. Gordon and Marvin discussed a time slot to set up more shelving in the additional area soon to be available for the museum.
10 Years Ago (2003)
January 7, the Lady Warriors defeated the Harrold Cardinals 66-57. Theresa Jensen had the hot hand racking up twenty-six points, ten from the free throw line. Tara Danburg was right behind her with 20. Blair Lakner and Katie Jensen each had six and Jamie Kleinsasser and Hannah Prentice both had four.
The boys’ varsity team played the second game that night and defeated Harrold 89-44. The entire team saw action with four Warriors in double figures.
Dustyn Padderud, Britt, Iowa, visited his grandparents, Rennald and Bert Stiner, on the 3rd and 4th of January to help his Grandpa celebrate his birthday.
Three teams of Lady Warriors traveled to SBA Friday night and all came away with victories. In the 7th and 8th grade game, the final score was Wessington 39, SBA 7. The JV girls continued on the winning way with a score of 37-6. The varsity Lady Warriors built on a first quarter lead to complete the three game sweep with a final score of 61-46.
January 8, fourteen citizens of Wessington gathered at the school library to discuss ways to promote the Wessington school and community.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Kindergarten students, Matt Waters, Meghan Grubham, Will Giedosh, April Mehling, Sara Jensen, Tyler VanAsperen, Amanda Duxbury, and Ryan Waldner, were pirates for a day. After reading a story called “Sheep On A Ship” the students helped prepare their own pirate ship. To add to their costume they each made a sword and a bandana with a skull and crossbones painted on it.
The Wessington Warriors were able to bounce back from their loss on Tuesday to Iroquois and blew past the White Lake Indians 76-57 last Friday night, improving their record to 6 and 1. Chris DeHaven led the Warrior attack with 15. Chris Heinz and Nathan Wuestewald netting 12, and Rodney DeHaven coming off the bench to score 11.
Brice and Mary Lou Clegg, St. Lawrence, were Tuesday evening guests of Eddie and Jean Hohm. They all attended the ballgame at Wolsey to watch Jamie Hohm play for Willow Lake.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Mrs. Lonnie Bentley of Medford, Ore., was honored with a parcel post bridal shower Sunday, Jan. 7, in the parlors of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Bentley is the former Jane Lichty.
At their regular meeting on Monday evening, the Board of Education of the Wessington Ind. School District discussed the poor condition of the building housing the lunchroom. The Board discussed the possibility of building a new structure, and noted that the Capital Outlay Fund is large enough to cover the cost of a new building without adding to the tax mill levy of the school system.
After playing a rather “cold” opening round game against Iroquois in 281 play on Tuesday, the Wessington Warriors came back Wednesday afternoon with a fine display of ability and took an easy win against the Tulare club, 74-26.
Len’s Town & Country grocery ad included the following specials: two pounds carrots for 39 cents, slab bacon for 79 cents per pound and strawberries at 39 cents a pint.
50 Years Ago (1963)
The Wessington Warriors basketball team picked up their first win of the season Tuesday night in the opening game of the BCC Tourney against the Tulare Chieftains, 51-37. The win put the WHS five in line for the championship game Thursday against the Wolsey Cardinals, who won their berth in a very close match against the Bonilla Eagles in semi-final play.
The building committee of the Wessington Building Association has decided to lay a 50 x 84 hard wood floor in the center of the new Gym-Auditorium, and some of the ditches have been dug in preparation for running the footings of cement to support floor joists.
Wm. Troth Jr., Wessington, escaped with minor injuries from what could very easily have been a fatal accident Monday morning. “Billy”, driving a pick-up truck owned by Harry Kenyon, manager of the local Farmers Union Oil Co., was headed south across the C&NW tracks. He apparently failed to see the westbound freight train bearing down on him at approximately 25 mph, until too late to avoid the collision.
Kenneth J. Snyder, hospital-man, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Snyder of Wessington has returned to Camp Pendleton, Calif., after serving with the Fifth Marine Expeditionary Brigade of the United States quarantine forces in the Caribbean.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Don Clarke, serving with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea, writes that he wants to thank all of his friends and neighbors who sent him Christmas cards and packages. He said, as he is with Headquarters Company, he got to see Generals Eisenhower, Mark Clark, Bradley, and Cardinal Spellman, and other officers from time to time.
The season’s first blizzard came down from the north Wednesday to let all here know that it really was winter, not spring. School, for the first time this year, was called off because of the weather, and no trains ran Wednesday night.
A free trip to Washington, D.C. was won by Mr. and Mrs. Norris Bonebright of Wessington, at the five-county Farmers Union Co-Op Rally at Highmore. More than 500 members of 20 cooperatives registered for the day’s activities and more than $1000 in gifts were given away. Other winners of Wessington included Kenneth Paulsen, Mrs. Robert Stephens, and George Lichty.
The Wessington Fire Department was called to a prairie fire Sunday on the Wm. Liebnow farm southeast of town. Mr. Liebnow had burned some hay butts five days before when it had snowed a little, and, although he had checked the stacks Saturday and thought they were out, Sunday’s wind fanned them up and lit the hay field.