5 Years Ago (2008)
Lyle Rowen was honored for being a member of the Wessington Masonic Lodge #107 for 50 years. His pinning ceremony was held at Rowen’s Gulch Saturday, Sept. 13.
Eight members of the Wessington graduating class of 1953, along with spouses, held their 55th year reunion Sept. 26 and 27. Attending were Gene Rowen, Frank Lockner, Richard Vitters, Don Koch, Robert Licht, “Jody” Sister Del Rey Thieman, Mariellen (Bothwell) Ross, and Shirley (Mortensen) Letsche.
Burton Orr Sargent, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller. Survivors include three sons, Kirk (Christine) Sargent of Wessington, Kent (Elaine) Sargent of Wessington, and Mark (JoAnne) Sargent of Huron; one daughter, Kaye (Rudy) Vercler of Washington, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Wessington Presbyterian Senior High youth group participated in the 14th annual “See You At The Pole–National Day of Student Prayer” Wednesday, Sept. 17. They gathered fellow students, staff, and other adults around the school’s flagpole…holding hands and joining over two million teenagers across the nation, as they lifted their voice in prayer, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and their country.
The Wessington Grade Boys’ basketball team trailed by two at the end of the first quarter but then found their stride holding the Tulare team to only one point in the second quarter while they scored ten to take a half time lead of 15-8. They continued the pace with the final score, Wessington 31, Tulare 22. Daniel Jensen led the stats with 14 points and eight rebounds. Cory Kleinsasser and David Prentice each had five counters.
September 26, school board and community members came together for the second special meeting within the week to discuss the future of the Wessington School District. It appeared the general consensus of those present believed the ideal situation (if possible) would be to work out a reorganization plan with both Wolsey and Miller.
20 Years Ago (1993)
With Tomahawk Days just around the corner, coronation of this year’s Prince and Princess cannot be far behind. This year’s candidates include Chad Resel, Chris Johnsen, Joe Fritzsche, Chad Fernholz, Christina Jones, and Tiffaney Voss.
Kendra Sargent, a sixth grader at Wessington middle School, received a second place plaque for her efforts in the Governor’s Summer Reading Program, in the 12, 13, and 14 year old reading division. Derek Kleinsasser also participated in the summer program.
Bernice Testerman of Wessington is presented with a citation for the state history of the American Legion Auxiliary to the national level by Department of South Dakota President Margaret Demery.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The Huron Unit of the National Guard moved into Wessington with some heavy equipment last Saturday forenoon; and by Sunday afternoon the bulk of the work of excavating for the new swimming pool had been completed. Bruce Clarke has been employed as local “Ramrod” to oversee and supervise the work during the entire construction period.
Through the efforts of Mrs. Frank Snyder and Rep. James Abdnor, the Wessington Library now has an American flag that was flown over the United States Capitol building one day in August, 1973, and are proud and happy to have this flag in their care.
Saturday evening guests at the Jim Troth home in honor of Brian’s birthday were Mr. and Mrs.
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Leroy Langbehn and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Troth, George Troth, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mehling and family, Gary Johnson, Mrs. Laura Halling and Jimmy, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mehling and family.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Mrs. Leona Snyder, presently teaching in the Wessington School, has been named as one of two South Dakota teachers to receive national recognition from Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa., for exceptional service in furthering the cause of responsible citizenship and patriotism. Presentation of Mrs. Snyder’s medal and citation was carried out during homecoming festivities at Wessington’s new auditorium.
Miss Maryl Rex, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rex, Wessington, was crowned as the 1963 Tomahawk Days Princess in a ceremony to climax the first session of homecoming. Named as 1st runner-up, was Barbara Schwartz, and as 2nd runner-up, Connie Brown.
Mrs. Mattie Curtis was honored at her home Sept. 22. The occasion was her 81st birthday. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Curtis and family, Miller; Mr. and Mrs. Don Voorhees and family, Hitchcock; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Binger, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McNeil and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kenyon.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Schiltz were surprised at their home in Sand Creek Township Sept. 26th, when about 50 relatives and friends gathered to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with them. A short program was given at which Mrs. Robert Duxbury sang two solos accompanied by her father, Ward Radcliffe, and Mrs. Dewey Schiltz gave a reading followed by group singing.
Six large grapefruit were priced at 29 cents, a 2-pound box of Sunshine Krispy Crackers were 25 cents and Kraft Dinners were 2 packages for 33 cents at Golden Rule Dept. Store. Other advertised specials included a 50-pound bag of flour for $3.89 and 2 pounds of sugar for a quarter.
Time was taken last week to elect the carnival candidates to represent each of the four classes at the Wessington School. Chosen to represent the senior class were Dorothy Moriarty and Lee Heller. The juniors have as their candidates VaLois Langbehn and Earl Willard. Sophomore king and queen candidates are Jack Duxbury and Jackie McNeil. The freshman class chose Madeline Letsche and Wallace VanAsperen.