5 Years Ago (2007)
The Miller Rustlers volleyball team finished their season as one of the top eight teams in the State vying for the title of State Champions at the S.D. State “A” Volleyball Tournament held last weekend in Sioux Falls, and came away with a respectable sixth-place finish.
Amber Phillips and Rusty Parmely were married Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington, with Father Chester Murtha officiating. Parents of the couple are Jerry and Diane Phillips, Wessington; Kevin and JoLynne Parmely, Huron; and Lynn and Dawn Johnsen, Wessington.
10 Years Ago (2002)
In observance of American Education Week November 17-23, the Wessington School Staff will be honoring Caroline Jensen for her dedication and outstanding work in the technology department at the Wessington School. She has been responsible, not only for the technology at the school, but has also written and received many grants that have enabled the school to offer the programs to the community.
Army Reserve Lt. Col. Gary A. Major has graduated from the U.S. Army War College Distance Education Class at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Penn. Major, a training chief, is assigned to the 89th Regional Support Command, Wichita, Kansas. He is the son of Richard and Mary Major of Wessington.
The Wessington School Board approved the re-activation of the Wessington Task Force that was originally initiated in November 2000 at the October 2002 meeting. The original Mission Statement of the Wessington Task Force was approved as appropriate for the reactivated committee.
20 Years Ago (1992)
Tuesday night the Lady Warriors traveled to Harrold to take on the #7 ranked Lady Cards. Neither team played an impressive game, but the Lady Cards took advantage of Wessington’s miscues and cold shooting and sent the Lady Warriors down in defeat, 29-49.
School personnel were treated to an evening of dining and entertainment Sunday, November 15, when the American Legion and Auxiliary were hosts. Following a potluck meal, Jim Major, Legion Commander, welcomed guests and introduced Superintendent Steven Giedosh, who presented teaching staff, secretarial, kitchen, maintenance and school board members. Leona Snyder and Dorothy Lichty, retired teachers, were special guests.
Navy Seaman Recruit Troy R. DeHaven, son of Forrest T. and Janis E. DeHaven, Wessington, recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Leota Willard, Evelyn Phillips and Gladys Wright were Wednesday dinner and lunch guests at the Ted Rogers home. Beth Potter and Lois Duxbury were afternoon guests.
30 Years Ago (1982)
An effort to rejuvenate the Community Chorus is underway and about 10 people were present Monday night for practice.
The last week of regular season basketball proved to be rather successful as the Girls’ Varsity won two of three games, to up their record to 5-14 for the year. A win over archrival Wolsey left the Warriors with a 3-5 record in 281 Conference play and the Warriors ended the season with a win over Harrold at Harrold.
Last rites were held for the Wessington Centennial Time Capsule at the Wessington Cemetery on Monday. The capsule is about 6 feet long and 18 inches in diameter, and was filled nearly solid full of Wessington’s history and the history of the families in the Wessington area. Bruce Clarke and Jack Duxbury delivered the time capsule to its final resting place, to be dug up again in another 50 or 100 years.
Kevin Clarke of Wessington completed his first year of football at Southwest State University this past season as the Mustang Junior Varsity team had a 5-1 record. Kevin, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clarke, was used as a defensive back.
40 Years Ago (1972)
Rennae Stiner and Vernetta Clarke accompanied Pastor Johnsen and attended and participated in a youth “worship” workshop at Mitchell Friday evening and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4. They all took sleeping bags and spent the entire time at Zion Lutheran Church.
Rapid City was the site of the State FBLA and PBL Convention held Nov. 10 and 11. The students of Wessington High School, along with Mrs. Stobbs, instructor, left early Friday morning, and had time to spend shopping that afternoon following registration. Students from WHS who attended included Joan Lakner, Jane Schilling, Swan DeHaven, Jean Bohr, Linda Miller, Cindy Moller, LizAnn Lakner, Barbara Hoffmann, and Julie King.
Karen Fritzsche, Vernetta Clarke, Faye Hohm, Rennae Stiner and Mr. Arnold attended the South Dakota Governor’s Teen-age Traffic Safety Conference Nov. 9-10 at the State Capitol building in Pierre.
Mr. and Mrs. James McGirr called on Minnie Schilling in Miller Wednesday afternoon.
50 Years Ago (1962)
A Diekhoff family gathering was held at the George Diekhoff home Sunday honoring Mr. and Mrs. John McCarthy of Grand Island, Nebr., and Mrs. Ura Ross of Lyons, Nebr.
Mrs. Terry McGirr was honored at a bridal shower at the home of Mrs. Wm. McGirr October 17. The bride was assisted in opening her gifts by her mother and Mrs. Cliff McGirr. Hostesses were Mrs. Russell Rowen, Mrs. Lloyd Phillips, Mrs. Earl Rowen and Mrs. Wm. McGirr.
Mrs. Lorentson visited the Bothwell School Thursday morning after first recess. The fifth grade is learning how to divide the new way from their new Arithmetic books “Seeing Through Arithmetic.”
60 Years Ago (1952)
Joan Vaughn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cort Vaughn, was one of seven women, initiated by the Guidon, a junior women’s honorary service organization at the University of South Dakota, last week. They were named as pledges to the organization last spring at the Military Ball.
In their season opening game Tuesday evening the Wessington high school basketball team showed local fans some of their predicted power as they dumped Virgil 85-13. Glen Bandy was high scorer for the locals with 18, followed by Lloyd Marshall with 13, Don Biegler with 12, and Robert Licht, playing as a reserve with 12.
A 3-month statewide drouth was finally broken this week when rain and snow soaked the entire state. Locally, the rain started about 9 o’clock Monday morning and continued throughout the day, then turned into snow late in the evening. By morning 1.45 inches of moisture had fallen.
Nearly 100% turnout was registered by the students of Wessington High School to take advantage of the free chest X-ray service by the S.D. Department of Health. The X-ray is for the detection of lung cancer, tuberculosis, heart enlargement and other diseases of the chest. It is not necessary for the individual to remove any clothing and the examination requires only 60 seconds.