5 Years Ago (2007)
The Wolsey-Wessington School Board met November 12. Board members approved a contract for Trina Simons as new after school director at Wolsey, effective immediately.
Hand County’s annual 4-H recognition banquet was held Friday, Nov. 9 at the MHS Commons. Members and leaders were recognized in numerous areas. Brady Duxbury was named recipient of the Doug Beckett Memorial. The Bob Schubloom Scholarship was awarded to Brady Duxbury. He also won the Ray Goodfry Memorial Scholarship. Troy Duxbury received the High Point Livestock Judge award, given in memory of Jay Fawcett. Jase Clarke was named winner of the Western Junior Livestock trip.
Many changes occurred in Wessington on November 14. The very first paginated (menaing completely put together on the computer) paper for Wessington was delivered. The Antique Printing Press from the Times Enterprise Building was being loaded to go to it’s new home in Green Frog, TN.
10 Years Ago (2002)
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and friends filled the Concordia Lutheran Church Nov. 21, to watch students of the Concordia Lutheran Preschool perform in their autumn program. Dressed in their Sunday best, the seven boys and five girls, ages 3 to 5, proceeded up the aisle of the church and lined up on the platform to sing for their expectant audience. Following the program the children took their parents and other family members down stairs to show off all the projects they have worked on since the beginning of the school year.
Audrey Clarke, first grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary in Pierre, is one of five new members inducted into the Honored Women Educators of SD at it’s annual brunch meeting held in conjunction with the SDEA/NEA Professional Development Conference in Sioux Falls October 4. Audrey is the wife of Dennis Clarke, a former Wessington boy, and the daughter-in-law of Ralph and Berniece Clarke.
President Abby Duxbury called the November meeting of the Rose Hill Baby Beef 4-H Club to order. Troy Duxbury led the flag salute. Eighteen members answered the roll call question, “What is your favorite season?” Brady Duxbury and Ryan Bell gave the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports, respectively.
The Wessington 4-5-6th grade boys’ and girls’ basketball teams hosted the teams from Woonsocket last Monday night, and came away with two wins. In the girls’ contest, Wessington held Woonsocket scoreless in the first half, 7-0. Woonsocket picked up the pace in the second half, scoring 10 points while the home team picked up another 11 to make the final score 18-10. In the boys’ game, Wessington dominated the floor…for a final score of 36-25.
20 Years Ago (1992)
Wessington students grade K-5 will have their own bank this year as a result of a project sponsored by the Bank of Wessington the school district. The student bank will be run by Becky Rodgers, teller, Carmin Jensen, bookkeeper, and Tim Davis, cashier. Students are allowed to deposit and withdraw up to $5.00 from their savings accounts per week. The project will continue throughout the school term.
Troy Sargent was awarded third place for an essay he sumitted to the Ninth Annual Writers’ Day, held at Mount Marty College in Yankton. Troy’s 500 word winning essay was entitled “Athlete’s Salaries”. The contest was open to all high school students in South Dakota.
Beth Potter, Lois Duxbury, and Edith Rogers were Saturday dinner guests of Freida Mortensen and spent the afternoon playing cards.
A surprise birthday card party was held Sunday night in honor of Deb Mehling. Co-hostesses were Julie Clarke, Judy Troth and Shirley Runge. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mehling, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Runge, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mehling, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Troth, Carole Mehling, Travis Letsche, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Runge and family, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Runge and Kristi and Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Clarke and Darin.
30 Years Ago (1982)
The Wessington girls’ basketball team won the third place trophy from District 13. Team members were: Sr. Captain Lynne Larson, Student Manager Valerie Clarke, Brenda Williams, Gayle Scott, Sherry Williams, Dena Sievers, Jonna Williams, Maria Westby, Kay Lichty, Gail Matthews, Michelle Haigh and Chris Lakner.
New York Giant player Bill Matthews didn’t play in the New Your-Washington game last Sunday due to the players and teams being locked into their pre-strike player roster, which left Bill on the injured-reserve list.
Lisa Lakner is the 1982 Miss Wessington. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanlee Lakner. Carol Estill, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Earl Estill, was the first runner-up. Gail Matthews was named Miss Congeniality for 1982. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Matthews.
The fall Future Business Leaders Conference was held in the House Chambers in the State Capitol at Pierre, where Wessington officers Vicki VanAsperen, Carol Estill, Shelly Haigh, Gayle Scott, Gail Mathews, Chris Lakner, Maria Westby, along with Mrs. Carol Stobbs had their picture taken with Gov. Janklow.
The United States Achievement Academy announced that Lynne Larson, Peggy Diekhoff, and Kirk Diekhoff have been named 1982 United States National Award winners. The students all attend Wessington High School and were nominated for this award by Elizabeth Warman, school counselor. Their names will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, published nationally.
40 Years Ago (1972)
The Board of Directors of the Bank of Wessington at their regular meeting last week officially appointed Arnold Domke as Manager and Cashier of the Bank of Wessington. Mr. and Mrs. Domke and their family, Rodney, Naomi, Paul and Scott, moved to Wessington October 1st. They are living in the Grandma DeHaven Home. Mr. Domke has been in the banking field for 14 years. Prior to coming to Wessingotn he was manager of the United National Bank in Canistota, S.D.
LaVerne Kleinsasser has announced plans to move his blacksmith and repair business from the present location in the “Bottum Bros.” Building, to a new location in the city limits, just west of the County Line road. He has built a large structure at that location, and plans to move the business this weekend.
The Women’s Study Club met at the home of Mrs. Harry Martens Nov. 16 with eleven members present. The literary topic ‘Perils of Progress’ was given by Mrs. Hazel Dessonville. Mrs. Harry Martens gave a report on the history and travels of London Bridge to Lake Havesau, Arizona.
Miss Irene Orr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Orr, Wessington, and Stanley Burmood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burmood of Mitchell, were married Friday evening, November 17 at the Presbyterian Church in Mitchell. The bride graduated from Wessington High School in 1968.
50 Years Ago (1962)
The extremely high winds from the northwest Tuesday afternoon apparently whipped a smoldering pile of oat hull into flames at the city dump. The fire quickly spread into a soil bank field where it cleaned a swath a mile long and up to a half mile wide before being brought under control. The Wessington Volunteer Fire Department was on hand in full force, with both fire trucks. They were aided materially in their battle against the blaze by many farmers and ranchers, and by the prompt arrival of Marvin Matthews with a tractor and plow.
Coach Ron Beck and the 1962 Wessington High School Football squad were guests at a dinner at the Bill Duxbury home last Thursday evening. The table was decorated with fall leaves and a football motif. The evening was spent playing cards and various games.
The Wessington Warriors, coached by Ron Beck, will be young and lack experience this season after having lost eight of the first 12 from last year’s club by graduation. Wessington won 17 and lost only seven a year ago and captured the Beadle County Conference tournament. Beck, looking over the prospects, comments: “…junior Delton Prentice has looked good in practice. We are hoping he will develop into this year’s team leader.”
The Maurice Moriarty home was the scene of the wedding of Miss Karen Joy Moriarty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Moriarty of rural St. Lawrence, and Richard Haigh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Haigh of Rapid City. Following a wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Haigh will visit relatives here until December 21, when he will report to duty in California, where they will make their home.
60 Years Ago (1952)
Winter made it’s bid to dominate the weather picture in earnest this week, as a cold wave, accompanied by high winds and some snow struck. Temperatures dropped to the season’s low of about 10 above Tuesday night.
The Wessington High School Warriors chalked up victories number two and three the past week as they set a highly touted Iroquois team back 48-45 and won a conference game over Bonilla 66-29. The “B” team kept the record clean by winning both of their games this week.
The local high school declamation contest was held at the P.T.A. meeting Monday night. The different divisions were won by the following: poetry–Betty Sievers; dramatic–Marlene Nielson; and humorous–Jackie McNeil. The judges at the local contest were Mrs. Ethyl Young, Mrs. Viola Westre, and Mrs. Stewart Bottum.
Duke Art, a clay sculptor, entertained the grade and high school students at the community hall on Wednesday. Mr. Art sculptured a little girl, a clown, a baby, and Indian and his mother-in-law with his clay. He also picked Margie Daugherty to set for him while he sculptured her face in clay.