5 Years Ago (2007)
The Miller Rustlers girls’ basketball team kicked off their season this week. Members of the team include Jaycee Blue Legs, Phylicia Hoffman, Emily Schilling, Chelsey Schlechter, Meredith Schroeder, Amanda Taylor, Bailey Strasburg, Denaeh Anglin, McKinsie Simons, Amanda Mentzer, Kate Lingscheit, Kayla Foreman, Tia McMurtry, Ali Waldrop, Jamie Wagner, Marisa Trosen, Chelsea Davis, Kelsey Hunter, Kristin Fawcett, and Anna Duxbury.
Bake sale proceeds were presented by Virginia Nagelhaut, American Legion Auxiliary treasure, to Carol Casavan, Community Club vice president. The $200 was raised at the recent Christmas Fair.
10 Years Ago (2002)
The Wessington area Christian youth met Wednesday night to finish making the decorations needed for their Christmas tree that will be on display at the capitol building in Pierre. Many youth from the Catholic Church and Presbyterian Church ranging from first graders to seniors all joined in the fun of creating homemade decorations.
Participants in the Regional Oral Interp Contest held in Huron November 25 were Katie Jensen, Jamie Kleinsasser, Lacey Johnsen, Amanda Duxbury, Kelly Schilling, Blair Lakner, Theresa Jensen, and Josh LeGrand.
Caroline Jensen received recognition and appreciation for the many things she has done for the Wessington School on Caroline Jensen Day in Wessington by proclamation of Mayor John Hanks. The Wessington School staff presented Jensen with a dozen roses, and held a program in her honor in the auditorium.
Area students named to the Who’s Who Among American High School Students, 2001-2002 are Brennan Batien, Clay Duxbury, Lacey Johnsen, Blair Lakner, Amy Schilling, Tara Danburg, Theresa Jensen, Kayla Koth, Kyle Rowen, Kristin Wallman.
20 Years Ago (1992)
To help celebrate Thanksgiving, the Kindergarteners hosted a Thanksgiving feast Tuesday, November 24. They invited their families and served popcorn, beef jerky, apples, apple juice and cornbread that they prepared themselves. They were dressed in Indian and Pilgrim costumes they also made.
The elementary students were delighted to have Rosemary Moeller visit to talk about her experiences in the Peace Corps in Africa. She showed many articles that she brought back and answered questions that the students had.
The Lady Warriors played James Valley in the first round of District action Nov. 16. This game would prove to be Wessington’s last of the season. The Lady Warriors fell in defeat to the Vikings, 59-30.
Presbyterian Women met November 24 for the bi-monthly meeting at the Fellowship Hall. President Mary Prentice was in charge of the meeting. Lois Stobbs had a program on Somalia and Bosnia. Beth Potter gave the mission report.
The Thanksgiving holiday and the Matthews-Wingert wedding found many family and friends gathered at the Marvin Matthews. They included Dean, Jean, Aaron, Adam and Abraham Hohm, Lebanon, IL; Bill, Lynn, Andrea, Brenna and Kelly Matthews, Eaton, MA; George, Christopher and Hailey Matthews, Jacksonville, AR; Gary and Joshua Matthews, Colorado Springs, CO; David, Mary, Chambray and Jordan Davies, Phoenix, AZ; Gail Matthews Rapid City; Jennifer Matthews, Aberdeen; John, Shelly, Joshua and Phylicia Hoffmann and Jeff Lakner, Wessington.
30 Years Ago (1982)
A son was born November 18 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Prentice, Glendive, MT. He was named Micah Daniel. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Prentice, Wessington; paternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Clara Prentice, Wessington; and great-grandfather is Floyd Winegar, Redfield.
Velma Sievers handed the keys to her beauty shop over to Denise Jensen this week, ending a 35-year career as a beauty operator in Wessington. During her years as a business person, Velma always made every effort to satisfy her customers, and made herself available at any day or hour for special occasion hair-dos. Denise takes over the keys with excellent qualifications. She has named the business “His ‘n Hers Beauty Salon”.
The South Dakota State University’s Statemen have announced that Scott Cooper, Wolsey, and Brian Bonebright, Wessington, will perform with the group during the year. The Statesmen are a select vocal ensemble of SDSU men.
Wendy Moser tried her luck at the BB gun shoot at Brookings College this past week and came up with high score to win a 19-pound turkey. There were 150 entered, boys and girls, and Wendy was the winner in the girls’ group.
40 Years Ago (1972)
Jack and Paul Duxbury attended the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago, Ill., Tuesday through Sunday. Paul showed a calf in the Jr. Show and received 7th place in his division.
Miss Judy Lichty, daughter of Mrs. Bill Lichty and the late Bill Lichty, was crowned as “Miss Wessington” by Carolyn Swartz, last year’s winner, as the highlight of the Miss Wessington Pageant held in the auditorium Sunday evening. Miss Lichty will represent Wessington in the annual Miss Holiday contest held in Huron in December.
Paul Domke, Danny Rowen, Robert Runge, David Allerdings, Dale and Larry Langbehn, and Kevin Clarke were supper guests last Tuesday evening at the Roy Mehling home in honor of Greg’s 9th birthday.
John Stobbs was an accident victim on Monday, when a ladder slipped and he fell about 12 feet to the ground, while doing carpentery work in Miller. He suffered a broken leg, above the knee, and other less serious injuries form the mishap.
50 Years Ago (1962)
Mr. and Mrs. L.E. VanBockern of Elk Point, South Dakota, announce the engagement of their daughter, Deanne VanBockern of Huron, to Larry Bruce Rowen, son of Mrs and Mrs. Earl Rowen of Wessington.
Miss Mary Sievers, daughter of Draper Sievers, was chosen as Wessington High School’s entry in Huron’s “Miss Holiday” beauty contest to be staged at the Huron Arena. Miss Sievers was selected by a vote of the student body Monday. Alternates are Gloria Bardahl and Nancy Mitchell.
Rose Hill Sportsman’s Club was host at a pheasant dinner Nov. 14 at Danforth Hall. The guests were Gov. Elect John Love and friends from Colorado Springs, Colo., who spent three days pheasant hunting in this area. Walt Filmore, director of Game, Fish and Parks Department and Commissioner Holger Anderson were also present.
60 Years Ago (1952)
Word was received Monday morning by Fred Daugherty, Wessington, that his son, Johnnie, had been wounded for the second time in action in Korea. The telegram, which Mr. Daugherty received, said that Johnnie this time had been hit in the lower left leg by grenade fire.
The Wessington High School hoopster again proved their right as one of the area’s strong basketball teams when they put Blunt on their list of victims 51-20 on Blunt’s floor. Wessington led at all quarter stops and throughout most of the game with the exception of a short time in the last half when Blunt was on top by five points.
Mr. and Mrs. George Phillips, Mrs. Velma Sievers and Terry, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Diekhoff and Penny, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Phillips and family and Bill McNeil were at the Roy McNeil home.