5 Years Ago (2007)
Wolsey-Wessington students pose with the trophy they received at the Dakota State University Oral Interp Festival on October 20. The students received second place in sweepstakes for B schools at the tournament. Participants are Patrick Cypher, Spencer Chase, Abe Schwartzrock, Stephanie Frank, Anna Bergquist, Anesa DeWitt, Jessi Keleher, Leah Cypher, Brittany Busch, Daniel Jensen, Kami Rowen, Janie Borkowski, Teresa Schnetzer, Stephenie Thue. Not pictured are Padyn Scheer and Brianna Songer.
The football 281 All-Conference team has been announced. Ryan Bell, a senior from Wolsey-Wessington, was among those named to the team. Andrew Herdman, a senior was named to the honorable mention team.
The Wolsey-Wessington School Basic Computer 1 and fourth-grade classes recently collaborated on a GPS (Global Positioning System) learning adventure. First the computer students designed a “treasure hunt” using a handheld GPS unit to mark coordinates on the school football and softball fields. Then the fourth-grade students were given these coordinates, and they had to use a GPS to find the locations (which contained some treasures) on the football and softball fields.
10 Years Ago (2002)
The Wessington Oral Interp Team made a good showing at Districts November 6 in Huron. Team members participating in the District contest are Amanda Duxbury, Kelly Schilling, Hannah Prentice, Katie Jensen, Lacey Johnsen, Blair Lakner, Theresa Jensen, Josh Le Grand and Jamie Kleinsasser.
Amy Schilling, freshman at Presentation College is a member of the women’s basketball team. They played Si Tanka University in Huron last Saturday evening and Amy started at the small forward position. Amy is the daughter of Dan and Patty Schilling and a 2002 graduate of Wessington High School.
Guests of Faith Cahalan on November 2 for a potluck dinner were Harry and Judy Martens, Aberdeen; Stanley Martens, Roy and Betty Clarke; Don and Jean Clarke and Ralph and Berniece Clarke.
The Wolsey/Wessington Lady Warbirds finished with two wins and came out of the District 5B volleyball tournament with the championship win over the Hitchcock/Tulare Patriots.
Wessington School K-2nd grade students have been learning about puppetry via VTEL classes provided by The Center for Puppetry in Atlanta, Georgia.
20 Years Ago (1992)
The Wessington School Board is still trying to complete the installation of the new heating system but problems with the location of the new boilers keep cropping up. The installation of the heating system is running beyond the contract date and the board is concerned with falling temperatures.
On Tuesday night Iroquois came to town. The Lady Warriors showed that they were ready to play by jumping to an early lead. The Lady Warriors shot 37% from the field, committed only six turnovers, had nine assists and stole the ball eight times in the first half. The second half was a completely different game. The cold field goal shooting combined with the cold free throw shooting crushed the Lady Warriors and brought them to a 61-44 defeat.
Ty Thomas, son of Kent and Tami Clarke, was baptized Sunday, November 1, at the Presbyterian Church. Guests at the Don and Jean Clarke home for dinner to celebrate the baptism were Kent, Tami, Jase and Ty Clarke; Kevin and Julie Clarke and Darin; Mabel Bussell, Gayle Bussell, both of Huron; Joyce and Jerold Zerfoss, Pastor Dona Behmer and June Foley, Fairbanks, Alaska. Ralph and Berniece Clarke were afternoon visitors.
30 Years Ago (1982)
Twice in the past week, the Wessington Ambulance and Fire Departments have been testing out the Hurst “Jaws of Life”. The equipment is on loan to the ambulance service from Jim’s Fire Equipment of Yankton until the end of November. After watching demonstrations by experienced personnel, and running the equipment themselves, the ambulance crew has decided that the “Jaws” would be a valuable asset to the ambulance service, and they are presently investigating several ways of raising the $3700 purchase price.
Mrs. Merril Hass and DeAnna attended the Jaycettes Christmas Fair Saturday afternoon and had a “Creative Circle” booth. DeAnna was a lucky door prize winner.
Hostessing the Rose Hill Pioneer Club Nov. 2 was Sherryl Schilling. One visitor, Kathy Meyers, and eight members were present. A demonstration was given by Shirley Diekhoff on “Family Resource Management.” Various Christmas breads were served with a cup of hot cider.
The American Legion Auxiliary met at the Legion Hall November 4. Jean Hohm displayed Hobby Shop articles made by the Hot Springs veteran. Helen Huddleston, Mary Major and Edna Wuestewald served lunch to the Legion and Auxiliary members at the close of the meeting.
40 Years Ago (1972)
The Wessington Warriors completed one of their most successful football seasons in years with a 7-1 overall record and a final ranking of number eight in the state, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. The Warriors, noted for their overpowering defense, blanked five opponents enroute to a second place finish in the 281 Conference. The defense was, at one time, ranked 1st in the state by the Rapid City Journal.
Don Rogers, LaVern Kleinsasser and Roger Oligmueller were guests several days last week at the Louise Jensen and Jim Eatherton’s of Whitewood. Wayne Horsley and Leroy Langbehn joined them for a successful deer hunt in the hills.
The members of the Wessington Women’s Study Club had an idea back in 1970 that the community and the school needed new facilities for a library, and they had faith that the local citizens could (and would) provide the labor and necessary financing. Now, two and one-half years later, the new structure is complete and furnished, and is in use every day.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rowen returned Friday, Nov. 3, from a 16-day educational and relaxing motorcoach tour of the Southwestern United States. A quick check on the way home showed that the group had traveled through nine states and had seen some of the West’s most beautiful scenery all dressed in its best fall clothes. The California, Westward Ho Trip is one of many sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union for its members.
50 Years Ago (1962)
Relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fritzsche gathered at their home Sunday, November 4, to honor them on their 40th Wedding Anniversary. The afternoon was spent socially and a carry-in supper was served from a table decorated with fall flowers. The wedding cake was baked and decorated by Mrs. Russel Evans. Those attending were Mrs. and Mrs. Marvin White and family, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Hiles, Mrs. Blanch Matthews and Robert, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rearick.
Kathleen Lakner was a representative at the county speech contest Saturday, October 27. She received a red ribbon.
The Wessington Public Library is this year observing their 25th birthday, having been founded in March of 1937. The library maintains a very complete and up to date collection of books and magazines, and has proved to be a valuable and popular asset to the town and community. The Women’s Study Club has planned a Silver Tea for November 17, to commemorate the occasion.
One hundred and sixty of Wessington’s eligible voters (approximately 75%) turned out Tuesday, with the Republican Party Candidates being favored all the way down the ballot.
60 Years Ago (1952)
Eighty-three members and guests attended the Legion-Auxiliary pheasant feed at the community hall Thursday. After a short community sing, business meetings were held by both of the groups.
Wessington basketball fans will get to see their first action on the local court this coming Tuesday, Nov. 18th, when the local hoopsters play host to Virgil. Of the ten players who made the trip to the district tournament last year, six will be on this year’s lineup: Biegler, Marshall, O’Neal, McNeil, Licht, and Rowen, plus Bandy of last year’s first stringers who was absent at tournament time because of illness.
Coronation of the senior class candidates, Jody Thieman and Donald Biegler, marked the beginning of the reign of the 1952 Carnival Royalty. The procession, announced by the royal trumpets, was led by the queen-–preceded by the trumpeters, a flower girl, and her crown bearers. The crowning took place on the stage of the auditorium, after which gifts were presented to the honored by Joyce Duxbury, representing the student body.