5 Years Ago (2008)
Ardessa Moser, Miller, was honored by South Dakota Farmers Union during their 93rd annual state convention, February 15-16 in Huron. Ardessa received a certificate recognizing her 25 years as a Farmers Union youth leader, most especially for her many years of work with youth classes and Hand County Farmers Union day camps.
The Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds’ season came to an end February 25, when they lost their opening round in district play to Lower Brule, 48-56. Daniel Jensen and Andrew Herdman led the scoring with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Rusty and Amber Parmely, Huron, are parents of a daughter, Braylee Marie, born February 23. Paternal grandparents are Kevin and JoLynne Parmely, Huron, and Lynn and Dawn Johnsen, Wessington. Maternal grandparents are Jerry and Diane Phillips, Wessington.
10 Years Ago (2003)
The upcoming track season will be a change of pace, as Wessington will be combining with Miller for track and competing against Redfield, Hoven, Wessington Springs, Ipswich, and Mobridge. Justin Mashlan, the Wessington High School track coach will work with the Miller coach, Tom McGough, and the new co-op team.
An eight pound eight ounce baby boy was born February 10, 2003 to Anton and Jody (Hedge) Feist at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Isaiah Rainer joins brothers, Justin and Jonah. Grandparents are Dean and Mary Ann Hedge, Wessington, and Clifton and Delores Feist, Whitewood, SD. Great grandmother is Leona Hedge, Wessington.
Wessington students will benefit from a Star Grant that will provide sixteen wireless, laptop computers. English teacher Caroline Jensen commented, “Receiving this grant will…bring needed equipment into the school, but it will also be an opportunity for grades K-12 to work together on an academic project that will bring then well-deserved recognition and help bring students, staff, parents and community closer together.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Students in grades 4-12 took part in the 2nd annual Wessington School Science Fair February 25. The Grand Prize entry was “How Smoking Affects the Body” by Heather Lichty and Angela Wuestewald.
The Wessington Warriors finished up the regular season by defeating the James Valley Vikings 66-65 Tuesday night. Chris Heinz had the hot hand for Wessington scoring nine of his 19 points in the first quarter. Curtis DeHaven netted 13, Bill Kelsey 11, and Rodney DeHaven added 10.
Dick Rogers received the 1993 Teamster’s Award at the Red River Valley Winter Shows Draft Horse and Pony Pull in Crookston, MN. The annual award is presented to the teamster showing the best sportsmanlike conduct and skill in handling his horse. Scott Parmely placed second in the Pony Pull. His team weighed 930 pounds and pulled 2,250 pounds or 234.54 percent.
David and Diana Runge are the parents of a daughter born February 24. She weighed eight pounds eleven and one-fourth ounces and was named Rebecca Ann-Marie.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The members of the Wessington Volunteer Fire Department held a reorganizational meeting last week, and Lee Munion was elected as the new Fire Chief. LeRoy McGirr was named as the assistant chief, and Roger Oligmueller was re-elected as secretary-treasurer.
The Warriors faced Iroquois in the championship battle of the “B” basketball tourney and won the championship trophy with an impressive 42-25 win. Jeff Fritzsche and David VanAsperen led the scoring with 10 points each. David was also the leading rebounder with 13, followed by Lyle Rowen with eight.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mehling, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mehling and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mehling and family called Friday evening at the LeRoy Langbehn home to help LeRoy celebrate his birthday.
According to Len’s Town & Country’s ad, Old Home Sandwich Bread was 3 loaves for $1.00; lettuce was 19 cents a head; and naval oranges were 79 cents a dozen.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Mr. and Mrs. James Irwin Haun, Ontario, Calif., announce the engagement of their daughter, Beverly Jean, to Roger Wayne Jenssen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jenssen, Wessington. An April wedding is planned.
Miss Shari Fritz, freshman honor student at Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyoming, has been initiated into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Miss Fritz is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Prentice, Wessington.
The boys in the fourth grade had a party Wednesday after school at the home of Jack Clarke. After playing basketball and other games, they were served supper by Jack’s mother. The boys presented Douglass Briggs a gift, as he is moving away in a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. Doug DuBois and Mr. and Mrs. Niel Hinek spent Sunday in Springfield. The Hineks visited his uncle, Hobart Dowes, and the DuBois’ visited the Larry Gainors. They all went to Gavins Point Dam.
Mrs. A.C. Prentice returned Monday after spending the past two weeks at the Marvin Fritz home at Sheridan, Wyo., and the Robert Prentice home at Rapid City. Bobby Prentice accompanied his grandmother to Sheridan.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Mr. and Mrs. John Haigh of Bonilla observed their 49th wedding anniversary Sunday with a family dinner served to 26. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Haigh and family, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Haigh and family, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Simons and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Patridge and family, and Wayne Knickerehn.
A surprise anniversary party was held Feb. 25 for Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Phillips for their 22nd wedding anniversary. “500” was played with score awards going to Mrs. Metzel Zerfoss and Glen Boyd.
Joan Vaughn, Wessington, presented a vocal selection in the all-student talent convocation held February 26 at the University of South Dakota. Miss Vaughn, a junior, was one of the winners in a similar contest last year.
The Golden Rule Department Store advertised meat specials included: beef roasts for 53 cents a pound; t-bone, sirloin, and round steaks at 77 cents per pound; sliced bacon for 39 cents a pound; and fresh frozen perch for 45 cents per pound.