5 Years Ago (2007)
Spencer Chase was selected as the HOBY representative for Wolsey-Wessington High School this year. A’lece Boomsma was selected as alternate. Chase is the son of Bill and Kathy Chase and Boomsma is the daughter of Steve and Julie Boomsma. Chase will participate in the HOBY Leadership Camp in June 2008.
The Wolsey-Wessington Lady Warbirds won their opening round of District 5B play last Tuesday night at Highmore, defeating Highmore, 3-1. Game scores were 25-18, 25-22, 16-25, 19-25, and 15-10. Anna Bergquist went 18/21 serving with three aces.
More than 50 family members and friends helped Jim Johnsen celebrate his 60th birthday Saturday night at his home. Jim enjoyed cooking for the group in his Dutch ovens.
10 Years Ago (2002)
Adapting her presentations to Grades K-12, Jean Patrick, children’s author spent the day at the Wessington School October 18 telling the true story of 17-year-old Jackie Mitchell, “The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth,” in 1931. Dressed in a Chattanooga Lookout uniform, Jean Patrick shared with the students a film clip of Jackie Mitchell’s strike-out and Babe Ruth’s angry reaction.
The Wolsey/Wessington Lady Warbirds utilized team totals of 13 aces, 20 kills and 15 assists to improve to 17-8 on the season with a 3-0 win over the Artesian/Letcher Rebels, 25-21, 25-19 and 25-15. Leading the Lady Warbirds in serving was Liz Hess with four ace serves going 16 of 17. Theresa Jensen was 13 of 14 with three aces.
Army Spec. Dustin D. Johnson is one of more than 4,000 Americans service members deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Johnson is a 2000 graduate of Wolsey High School, the son of Greg and Kathy Johnson of Wolsey.
20 Years Ago (1992)
Louise LeGrand and Heidi Buesing advance to Regional Oral Interp competition with first place awards at the District Contest in Miller last week. Others competing were Laurie Troth, Christna Jones, and Billie Jo Parmely.
State House Minority Leader Robert Duxbury, Wessington, and Sen. Dorothy Kellogg of Watertown were honored by the South Dakota Farmers Union in Huron Saturday. Duxbury and Kellogg were presented with the Farmers Union Legislative Achievement Awards. The award recognizes their consistent support of family agriculture and rural values.
October 30, 1992, President Bush signed a water project authorization bill that includes the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System. “This is great news for South Dakota. It’s another step forward in our long-range plan to meet this state’s water development needs,” Governor Mickelson said. “…Thousands of South Dakotans can now look forward to receiving safe, dependable water.”
The area was blanketed by up to six inches of snow on Monday and Tuesday turning roads into ribbons of ice. The forecast is for additional snow fall this weekend and temperatures falling into the 20′s.
Clutch free throws by Heidi Buesing, Angela Wuestewald and Dawnita Parmely helped Wessington hold on to the game and beat Sunshine Bible Academy for their first win of the season, 33-25.
30 Years Ago (1982)
Roy Clarke, owner of the Wessington Laundromat, has moved the equipment from its original location adjacent to the Bank of Wessington into the “Sully Buttes” building next to his grocery store. Arnold Domke, President of the Bank of Wesssingon, has announced that the bank has purchased the former Laundromat building from Roy Clarke, and it is now being remodeled to provide offices for the insurance agency and bank loan department.
Vern’s Manufacturing, located at the west edge of Wessington, is presently constructing a large additional building adjacent to the other structures of the business. A part of the additional floor space will be used for a new venture of the business: the construction of rubber floor mats.
Twenty-two enjoyed the activities at the senior center Friday. The embroidered flower quilt for Rise and Shiners 4-H Club of Miller was finished during the week. Mrs. Schilling’s 2nd grade class entertained with their Halloween program.
Lee S. Johnsen, Extension 4-H and Youth Leader, presented the program, “Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair? -A Whimisical Look at the Work of a 4-H and Youth Agent,” November 3 at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. The tongue-in-cheek presentation offered a humorous approach to the many situations 4-H and Youth Agents face as they deal with the events and activities in the 4-H program. Johnsen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Johnsen, Wessington.
40 Years Ago (1972)
A heavy wet snow cover blanketed the Wessington area on Monday of this week, with accumulations of as much as six inches reported, along with some drifting in the higher elevations. Warmer temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday settled the snow somewhat, and the ice and packed snow had mostly broken up on the highways by Wednesday morning.
The pheasant hunters from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, who were staying at the Roy and Don Clarke homes left for their homes Friday morning, reporting a successful hunt.
Warrior Duane Casavan scored three touchdowns, the last in the second overtime, as Wessington nicked the strong Stickney Raiders, 26-20, in a non-conference game Friday night. The win boosted Wessington’s season record to 7-1, while Stickney dropped to 7-2.
In the For What it’s Worth column by LeRoy: “This week’s issue of the Times-Enterprise has approximately 50 separate display advertisements, plus the complete text of all the Constitutional Amendments and the Initiated Measure; legal notices concerning the General Election, next Tuesday; and “facsimile” sample ballots as they are for the voters of Beadle County.”
50 Years Ago (1962)
Our fair city fared quite well during the Halloween activities, with very few soaped windows, and a below normal amount of articles being moved out into the streets. A majority of the youngsters observed the occasion by donning costumes and attending various parties. One group of boys marred an otherwise near perfect Halloween, however, by breaking out some eight auto headlights during the night.
Sunday dinner guests at the Earl Rowen home were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lage of Fedora, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lager and Todd of Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Rowen and family and Jeannie Rowen.
Barbara Prahn, Gail Fluger, and Deanna Prentice, students at Northern State Teachers College, were weekend visitors at the Lowell Prentice home.
In the For What it’s Worth column by LeRoy: “This is our final edition before election, and although we appreciate the political advertising, we (along with the candidates) will give one big sigh of relief when the campaign is over. While we definitely have our own opinions, we have not used the press to any great extent to express them. We have left the propaganda and the promises to the candidates, and the choice is yours at the polls next Tuesday. All we ask is that you express your choice by casting your vote.”
60 Years Ago (1952)
Lynn Atwood, Wessington, has been appointed squad leader in the Reserve Officers Training Corps at South Dakota State College. Atwood, who is a junior majoring in general science, will carry the title Cadet Sergeant. All men students at State College take two years of ROTC training and may apply for two yeas of advanced training.
The Wessington High School, in a mock election, and the city of Wessington pretty much followed the state and national trend Tuesday as they went to the polls and elected Republicans from top to bottom, on the national ticket, the state ticket, and the county candidates.
The Women’s Study Club entertained their husbands and the members of the school faculty at a Guest Day meeting Thursday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Peterson. The Rev. and Mrs. Hume Ward showed slides of their recent trip to Nova Scotia. Forty-nine attended and lunch was served.
Norris Bonebright and sons, Clair and Gary, went to Cortland, Nebr., to attend the Golden Wedding anniversary of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Bonebright, which was held Sunday. Duane Bonebright, who has been visiting in Nebraska, with his grandparents, remained there and attends high school in Cortland.