5 Years Ago (2007)
The Wolsey/Wessington Warbirds held the Mitchell Christian Golden Eagles to a single point in the first quarter, en route to a 61-19 victory in their season opener Thursday night, Dec. 5, in Wolsey. Bridgett Clarke had the hot hand, getting 15 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds.
Boys’ basketball season is underway. Team members are Ryan Bell, Shane Runge, Andrew Herdman, Josh Rittel, Drew Prentice, Tyler Rittel, Cody McGehee, Zachary Quiram, Cole Mehling, Alex Syter, Daniel Jensen, Jacob Peterson, Tyler Sievers, David Prentice, Cory Kleinsasser, Josh McGillvrey, Patrick Cypher, Patrick Eggleston and Spencer Chase.
10 Years Ago (2002)
Several concerned members from the community, representing the school, school board, business, and economic development, met in the school library December 3 to brainstorm and plan for the school’s future. Myrna Lakner led the meeting, clarifying that the purpose of this first meeting was to set up guidelines, identify problems, and to form committees to go to work on specific areas.
Four seniors concluded their oral interpretation careers in great form at the State Oral Interp Festival held December 6-7 in Yankton. The reader’s theater received superior ratings from all three judges as they entertained the audience with their humorous selection… “The Traumatic Life of Marvin,” was written entirely by the five students themselves, a feat that’s rarely attempted by high school students.
The Wessington American Legion Auxiliary met December 5 at the Legion Hall. Co-Chariman Rita Matthews conducted the meeting in proper form with Chaplain Audrey Larson offering opening and closing prayer. Jean Hohm stated that the membership now stands at 123, just short eleven for their goal.
20 Years Ago (1992)
Dawnita Parmely is the Wessington School’s 193 recipient of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY) award.
Christopher Heinz, representing the Wessington School District, placed second in the District DAR Good Citizens Contes. Chris was judged on the excellence of his essay, “Our American Heritage and my Responsibility to Preserve It”, as well as his record of leadership qualities, dependability, service to others and patriotism.
The third graders have been writing to a group of students in Sterling, Colorado. They enjoy sending pictures and sharing exciting thoughts about Christmas. The pen pals were chosen through their Lucky Book orders.
The November Future Business Leaders of America meeting was held in the lunchroom. New members initiated included Curtis DeHaven, Kim Fritzsche, Christina Jones, Louise LeGrand, Jeremy Lichty, Jesse Oakley, Brandi O’Neal, Christ Rogers, Angela Wustewald and Nathan Wuestewald.
30 Years Ago (1982)
Mr. and Mrs. Wilfrid Pickering of Arlington announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda, to David McGirr, son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy McGirr of Wessington. Linda is a secretary at Brookings International Life Insurance Co. in Brookings. David is managing editor of McGirr Publications in Wessington.
An “Evening of Gratitude” in observance of American Education Week was hosted by the American Legion and Auxiliary Saturday evening, December 4, for faculty and school personnel with 75 present. Jerold Zerfoss, Legion Commander, was Master of Ceremonies. Donald Clarke was presented a letter of appreciation from the local Legion post for his fine representation as a Legionnaire on the local School Board the past 25 years.
The 1982-83 boys’ basketball season started on a successful note when they defeated Gayville-Volin in the Dakota Dome in Vermillion by a score of 49-47.
All Juniors and Seniors of Wessington High School successfully completed performance examinations in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation last week, in accordance with the standards of the American Heart Association. The course was presented by Doug and Mary Williams. Each student has been classified as Basic Rescuer in CPR.
40 Years Ago (1972)
Wessington’s Warriors picked up their first win of the season by topping the Iroquois Chiefs 60-45 Friday in 281 Conference play. Cold shooting hampered both squads as the winner hit 32 percent to only 28 for the Chiefs.
Several members of the Class of 1948 of Wessington High School met at the Edwin Rowen home December 3 to make plans for a 25th year reunion for the weekend of June 30.
A Boy Scout Troop has been organized in Wessington under the sponsorship of the Wessington Community Club. Keith Willard is the representative of the Community Club; and other members of the organizational committee include Layton Arnold, Chairman; Joan Domke, Richard Major and LaVerne Kleinsasser. The Boy Scout Leader will be Steve Selchert, and the assistant leader will be Gordon Davis.
50 Years Ago (1962)
Mrs. Richard Haigh was honored at a bridal shower Tuesday afternoon at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Moriarity. Mrs. Nova Palmer led the group in various contests. Hostesses were Mrs. Nova Palmer, Mrs. Frank Delvaux, Mrs. Erwin Letsche, Mrs. Gene Moller and Mrs. O.G. Palmer.
Bonilla’s highly regarded Eagles flew into town last Friday night and emerged with the prey as they defeated the local quintet on a 49-26 count.
The Black and Orange took it on the nose again Tuesday as the host Wolsey Cardinals romped to an easy 65-39 win. Larry Fernholz paced the Warriors with 14, followed by Deb Prentice with 11.
Wessington’s new Gym-Auditorium will be put into use for the first time Friday, December 28 when a large and beautiful array of new and used merchandise will be put on the auction block at a gym-benefit auction scheduled to be held inside the building.
60 Years Ago (1952)
Wessington took their first defeat of the season Thursday evening and got back on the winning column Tuesday. In Thursday’s game, they were pushed from the undefeated list by Hitchcock, on the Hitchcock floor. On the home court Tuesday, Wessington took an early lead against Cavour and held it throughout the game to win 50-37.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry VanAsperen left Monday for Cherry Point, N. Car., where he is to report for duty with the U.S. Marines following a visit with friends and relatives here. Mr. and Mrs. VanAsperen were honored at several dinners during his furlough by both her family, the Guy Horsleys, and his family including a Sunday dinner at the Wilber Walker home.
Buckman’s Grocery and Locker ad: ham was 35 cents per pound; delicious apples were 2 pounds for 32 cents and oleo was 29 cents a pound. The Times-Enterprise advertised 52 issues for “only $2.50 per year.