5 Years Ago (2008)
One hundred twenty-six people (young, old, big and small) attended this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Wessington Auditorium. Twenty-two were there who had attended the first Wessington Family Thanksgiving in 1989. Everyone was well fed and got to visit with friends and family from away. At least seven different states were represented this year.
The Wolsey-Wessington Oral Interp team took home the second place trophy for B schools at the Madison Oral Interp Festival in October.
The Senior Class of 2009 of Wolsey-Wessington High School will present their final speech project, a humorous one-act play entitled “Table Talk.” Wessington cast members are Padyn Scheer, Kami Rowen, Cole Mehling, and Daniel Jensen.
Faye Zerfoss, age 92, of Wessington, died Dec. 6, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society at Miller. Her funeral was held Dec. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church at Wessington with the Rev. Allen Sager officiating.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Blair Lakner earned a superior award at the State Oral Interpretation Festival in Sturgis Dec. 5, for her rendition of Neil Simon’s work, “A Defenseless Creature.” Lakner portrayed an obnoxious woman torturing a bank employee and his assistant until the banker could stand it no longer. The Russian accents she used added to the fun of the selection.
Less than one week after receiving an alert notice, members of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery received their notice Nov. 25 for activation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This will include the Miller unit.
Three Wessington High School students received certificates of achievement for essays they wrote. The theme of the essay was “Given Current Societal Trends, What Will the World be Like in Twenty Years?” The essay was part of the first annual North American High School Writing Contest provided by Brainmass, an online global community. Taking first place was Hannah Prentice, second was Katie Jensen, and third place was Logan Pickett.
Jean DeHaven, 75, of Wessington, died Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. A memorial service was held Dec. 6 at the First Presbyterian Church in Wessington with the Rev. Allen Sager and Brian Jones officiating.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Amy Duxbury is the sixth student in Wessington to be published in “The Writer” in two years. Amy composed an essay entitled “In My World” which was published in the December issue of “The High School Writer.”
Three years ago at Christmas the senior class lost a classmate and a friend. In memory of Ryan Runge, the class has recreated his artwork on the English room wall in the high school. The tribute is an exact replica of a Christmas card Ryan drew for the Variety Club Association Holiday Card Drawing Contest. Class members are Chad Fernholz, Matt Cavenee, Chris Johnsen, Christina Jones, Chad Resel, Troy Page, Joe Fritzsche, Clint Haigh, Rod DeHaven, and Tiffany Voss.
In honor of Marvin and Rita Matthews’ 40th wedding anniversary, a special celebration was held over the Thanksgiving holiday. An open house was held at Jean and Dean Hohm’s in Rapid City. Marvin and Rita brought their wedding candle, table favor, Rita’s garter (which her mother had made and still had the 1953 new penny and the saint medal in it), and the original top layer of their wedding cake (which had been baked and decorated as a gift from Rita’s aunt, Vi Yackley).
40 Years Ago (1973)
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Diekhoff, Wessington, wish to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Becky Lynn to Richard Dayton Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Nelson, Miller. An April wedding is planned.
A tough defense which held Iroquois to only 12 field goals in 55 attempts was the key factor in an opening game 49-34 victory for the Wessington Warriors in 281 Conference basketball Friday night. Lynn Johnsen and Duane Casavan each had 12 points for the winners and were the only two players in double figures.
Mr. and Mrs. Burton Sargent, Kent and Mark and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stobbs were Monday supper guests of the Francis Martens last week. The birthday of Mrs. Sargent was celebrated.
50 Years Ago (1963)
A total of 94 relatives gathered at the Vernon Koch home Dec. 1, to honor Elise Sass on her 89th birthday. A carry-in dinner and supper was enjoyed. The birthday cake was baked and decorated by her daughter, Mrs. Vernon Koch.
Jill Letsche and Monte Rowen were crowned as king and queen of the 1963-64 school carnival. Seventh grade candidates, Lynette Zerfoss and Kerry Stobbs were crowned as prince and princess.
The Hitchcock Blue Jays won a 77-73 overtime decision from the Wessington Warriors Tuesday night in Beadle County conference action. The Warriors placed four men in the double figures led by Larry Fernholz with 20; Delton Prentice, Jerry Phillips and Dennis Matthews added 19, 12, and 11 points respectively.
Thanksgiving Day guest at the home of Norman Runge’s were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Arends and Family of Minneota, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Dick Runge and Barbara and August Runge.
60 Years Ago (1953)
After a two-week lay-off, winter returned to this area this Thursday morning with snow, wind, and cold temperatures. By press time about four inches of snow, accompanied by moderate to high winds, was slowing up traffic.
The Warriors piled up a 68-21 win Tuesday over a St. Lawrence team that was having trouble in every department–including referee. At one time during the game they even pulled out their entire first five putting in the second string as a protest against the roughness of the game and referee calls. The second string had as good a time scoring as did the first five. Lloyd Marshall led the Warriors in the scoring with 31 points.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Woodruff, a daughter, Tuesday, Dec. 1st, at a Wessington Springs hospital. She has been named Vicki Joyce.
Slice bacon was advertised at 29 cents per pound at Golden Rule Dept. Store. Other specials include: beef liver, 25 cents per pound; 2 pounds cheese, 69 cents; and two cans Campbell’s Tomato Soup for 23 cents.