5 Years Ago (2008)
Lloyd and Dee Battest, Doland, were honored with an open house for their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 27 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Doland, exactly 50 years to the day of their wedding. Dee is the former Deloris Hoffman of Wessington.
It was reported at the Oct. 3 meeting of the Wessington Heritage Society that two class reunions (class of 1948 and 1953) toured the museum over the September 25 weekend, and that Times Enterprises were all moved from the old Times Office to the museum thanks to Gordy and Betty Davis, Marvin and Rita Matthews and Donna Runge.
The Wolsey-Wessington Volleyball team got a 281 win from Iroquois Oct. 7.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Mrs. Moeller’s World Communications class went to the Dakota Ag Co-op in St. Lawrence Sept. 3 to study an ancient language. They were there to translate countertop. The pattern on the grain elevator countertop there represents 5000-year-old Sumerian Cuneiform market tablets.
Lindy Pekarek is a new social studies teacher in Wessington. Pekarek, a 1997 graduate of Highmore High School taught there for two years before coming to Wessington to teach psychology, sociology, current events, PE, government, social studies and geography. She is an assistant coach for the Wessington/Wolsey volleyball team and plans to be an assistant coach for girls’ basketball.
The Wolsey/Wessington Lady Warbirds volleyball team, going in as number one seed, claimed the 281 Conference title, with a win over number two JVC in the championship match Oct. 4 at Iroquois.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Christina Jones and Joe Fritzsche were chosen as the 1993 Homecoming Royalty at ceremonies last Wednesday. Other candidates include Chad Resel, Chris Johnsen, Chad Fernholz and Tiffany Voss.
Presbyterian Women met at the Fellowship Hall September 28 with seventeen members, one visitor and Rev. Behmer present. President Rose Duxbury was in charge of the meeting. “Hunger Action” was the topic Mary Prentice used for the program.
The Hitchcock/Tulare Patriots shot down Wessington/Wolsey’s hopes of a homecoming victory with a 52-26 win over the Warbirds. The Warbirds scored 26 points with Aaron Curns catching passes of 33 yards from Nate Wuestewald and 11 yards and 32 yards from Jeremy Lichty. Kevin Soward also scored on a 70 yard pass completion from Wuestewald.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Several Wessington Grade School classes were toured through the “Honey House” by owner Tom Casavan, who explained the process of extracting the honey form the combs, separating of the wax from the honey, and the various other processes involved in the harvesting of the honey crop.
The Wessington Warriors behind the strong offensive leadership of Duane Casavan, stormed to a convincing 40-6 victory over Woonsocket in 281 Conference action. Casavan started things rolling for the Warriors when he ran five yards to pay dirt early in the first quarter. He followed this up with a twelve yard run and the extra two point conversion.
Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Stobbs, Randy Hohm, Lanette and Lois Stobbs, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Molyneux and Dawn of New Brittian, were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Prentice and family of Carlos, Minn. Dawn returned to Wessington to stay for two weeks.
Len’s Town & Country’s advertised specials included two packages Old Home hamburger or hot dog buns for 85 cents; three cans Del Monte green beans for 89 cents; two pounds Morrell’s wieners for $1.69; and Hefty trash bags for 75 cents.
50 Years Ago (1963)
A beautiful 8 x 12 foot sign is now prominently displayed one-half mile east of Wessington, along Highway 14. This first of a series of signs that the Wessington Community Club is planning to help promote the city, was erected by members of the new booster organization. The Community Club now has approximately 65 members.
A Warrior team made up of eighth, ninth and tenth graders defeated a big Highmore team 23 to 0. The Warriors first scoring came when they caught the Pirates in their end zone for a safety. Doug Larson picked off a Highmore pass for a touchdown to put the Warriors ahead 9-0.
It was noted in LeRoy McGirr’s column, For What it’s Worth, that the October 11 edition of the Times Enterprise marked 82 complete years of service to the Wessington Community.
Included in the list of visitors to the “Times” office this week was State Treasurer, Lloyd Jorgenson.
60 Years Ago (1953)
The District VIII convention of the Rural Mail Carriers, Postmasters, and their Auxiliary was held in Wessington with about 40 attending. Fran Fitch, local postmaster, acted as Master of Ceremonies at the banquet, and introduced the guests present.
Cpl. Thomas Glenn DeHaven returned home following an eighteen month tour of duty in Japan and Korea. He has a 30-day furlough. Pfc. Robert Licht and Pfc. Don Biegler returned home on an 11-day furlough at their parental, Richard Licht and Warrewn Biegler homes.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Clarke and sons. accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Gus Liebnow, of Huron, returned from a trip to Valley City, N. Dak.
Beef short ribs cost 19 cents a pound; Quaker Oats were 37 cents for a 3-pound package; and apples were 2 pounds for 23 cents at the Golden Rule Dept. Store, the week of Oct. 9, 1953.