5 Years Ago (2008)
The Wessington High School class of 1948 held their 60-year class reunion Sept. 26, in Wessington. Seven of the 18 graduates attended. Classmates were privileged to have Kenneth Freeze and his wife Margaret come from Ajo, Arizona to join the six graduates that live in Wessington.
Scott Rowen presented the top three winning pheasant racers with their winnings at the conclusion of the 2008 Pheasant Races sponsored by the Sunset Bar and Grill. Jack Lynks won both first and third and Kolby won second place. Lynks donated his first-place check back to the Sunset and the Red Cross.
The Warbirds had three runners–Sawyer Langbehn, Jalen Boomsma and CJ Keefe–compete in the boys’ 500 m run at the Region 2B Cross Country meet held on a windy October 15 at Salem. Sticking close behind four Wessington Springs standouts, Langbehn ran his best race yet, coming in 10th with a time of 18:53:09.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Kristian Venn has traveled a long way to be a junior at Wessington High School. Venn, who is from Saarbrucken, Germany, is staying with Craig and Cheryl VanAsperen. His “younger brother” is Ryan Bell, an eighth grader at Wessington School. Ryan comments, “It’s pretty cool. I like having an older brother to look up to at home.”
The children from the after school program, Cool School, decorated the school yard for Halloween, with the help of community volunteer Diana Runge. Students involved in the project were Laurel Diekhoff, Courtney Wuestewald, Lane Langbehn, Kolby Rowen, Jaclynn Rogers, Ashley Haigh, Chelsey Langbehn, Rebecca Runge, Leah Runge, and Christa Sievers.
Jamerson Ferrell, Jr. and Laurie Troth were married July 5 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington with Father Terry Weber officiating. Parents of the couple are James and Judy Troth of Wessington, Aurelia Kisling of Las Vegas, and Jamerson Ferrell, Sr. of Hawthorne, Nevada.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Business entry winners in the Homecoming parade were: First-A&M Crafts and Norma’s; second, Mary Major; third-Clarke Insurance; and honorable mention-His & Hers.
Tim Davis placed fourth in the 11-year-old division at the Sectional Punt, Pass, and Kick contest held in Chamberlain, Oct. 9. He had the overall best pass in his age group at 77 feet and a total of 208.5 feet overall, only six inches behind the third place finisher.
Alma Plate, Chuck and Ruth Single, Huron; Wayne and Joan Horsley, Rennald and Bert Stiner and Hank and Myrt VanAsperen celebrated the October birthdays and anniversaries with a supper at the Hangar and later visiting the Single home.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Craig VanAsperen and Jerry Schilling were in Rapid City attending the Junior Livestock Show. Craig was awarded a purple ribbon on a market steer, a purple ribbon on a Hereford feeder steer, and a purple ribbon on Senior Livestock Showmanship.
Mr. and Mrs. Layton Arnold left Friday by plane and returned Monday from California where they attended the Saturday and Sunday games of the World Series.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Harrington attended the Jr. Miss America Pageant in Redfield. Roxanne Harrington was a member of the future Jr. Miss America group.
Dinner guests at the Stanlee Lakner home in honor of James 19th birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Paulson, Luane and Judy Lichty, Mrs. Kate McCloud, Long Beach, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Lee Lichty, Brookings; Miss Joan Donahue, Baltic; and Jean Bohr.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Guests of the Harold Langbehn home Sunday evening in honor of the birthdays of Harold Langbehn, Douglas and Beverly Runge and Jerry Mehling were Mr. and Mrs. Erland Langbehn of Huron, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Hedge and family, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Runge and family, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mehling and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Runge and Barbara and Steve Hancock, all of Wessington.
Hutchinson’s Grocery advertised these specials during the week of October 18: Twin pack of Old Dutch potato chips, 49 cents; 400 ct. Lydia Grey facial tissues, 2 for 39 cents; Butternut coffee, 2 lb. tin for 99 cents; and Duncan Hines cake mixes, 35 cents each.
Legion Auxiliary members held a “Bed Socks and Bibs” sewing bee for the veteran’s hospital at Ft. Meade at the home of Helen DeHaven.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lichty and Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Prentice attended the corn picking contest at Brookings.
60 Years Ago (1953)
The Ladies Aid of the Community Church held their annual Sunshine Party with 75 guests served at the flower-decked tables. After the usual fine chicken dinner, a short program was presented. Mrs. Mabel Alarie welcomed guests and the response was given by Mrs. Ray Franklin who summed up the past fifty years of Church growth in Wessington. Karen Prentice gave a reading, “Little Mother” and Don Alarie sang “Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes” and “Surry with the Fringe on Top.”
A surprise birthday party was held for Bud Stobbs at their home. Five tables of 500 was played with game gifts going to Bud Williams, Virginia Sass, Dorothy Williams, and Dean Rowen.
Mrs. Velma Sievers attended the State Beautician Convention at Sioux Falls. Her mother, Mrs. George Phillips, and her son, Terry, accompanied her and spent their time visiting in Sioux Falls.