5 Years Ago (2008)
Seven brand-new SDSU nursing students passed a real-life exam on what it takes to be a nurse. One of those students was Katie Jensen, a graduate of Wolsey-Wessington High School. The students were making their first clinical visit to Madison Community Hospital on March 26, when the hospital was alerted of a serious car-bus accident east of town with dozens of injuries. The future nurses pitched in immediately to help existing hospital patients as well as the incoming injured.
A baby shower for Braylee Marie Parmely, daughter of Amber and Rusty, was held March 22 at the Wessington Legion Hall. More than 40 guests enjoyed the morning. The event was hosted by Myrna Lakner, Michelle Phillips, Shawna Peterson, Erica McNeil, Annie Oakley, Patty Schilling and Dawnita Parmely.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Emotions bubbled near the surface March 12 when a capacity crowd gathered at the Miller Armory to give a hearty send-off to members of Battery C 2nd Battalion 147th Field Artillery…to the National Guard boys from the area who have been called for active duty. Alan Odden, master of ceremonies, told the audience that, per capita, the largest number of Guardsmen that have been called up come from North and South Dakota, a testament to the skills and courage of Midwestern Guards.
Lester Moeller spoke at Wessington School Feb. 28 as part of National Peace Corps Awareness Week. Moeller, who served in the Republic of Mali,West Africa, from 1974-76, explained to the students that friendship bonds could be shared all over the world. Moeller remarked, “ I would encourage other people to go to Peace Corps if they like to travel and help other people.”
Members of the Wessington Task Force met March 18. Diana Runge reported that 52 school brochures and invitations were sent, inviting these families to the March 31 Wessington School Open House. Since it is the mission of the Task Force to increase school enrollment, it is hoped the open house will convince some of these families that Wessington School, though small, has many big opportunities for their children.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Michael L. Wedge, 8th grader at Wessington Public Schools, has qualified to participate at the state level of the National Geography Bee April 2 at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Michael scored in the top 100 of all school winners across the state of South Dakota to qualify. He will compete against 100 individuals from South Dakota in grades 4 through 8.
An icy glaze on highways and fog that reduced visibility to near zero were probable contributing factors in a Monday morning head-on accident four and one-half miles east of St. Lawrence that left two area residents hospitalized. Drivers of the two vehicles, Wessington High School student Christopher Johnsen and Corinna Price of Tulare, were taken by ambulance to Hand County Memorial Hospital.
An open house honoring Alice O’Neal on her 80th birthday, was held March 20 in the Wessington Legion Hall with approximately 100 friends and relatives attending. Son Bill O’Neal gave an introduction and a talk that brought a few tears and a lot of smiles. Granddaughter Brandi O’Neal played a beautiful song on her flute.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Two hundred-fifty Legionnaires from Beadle, Faulk, Hand and Spink counties gathered at Redfield for the District 5 Spring Convention of the American Legion. Lowell Prentice of Wessington was selected District Legionnaire of the Year receiving a pin signifying the honor from State Commander Wayne Slade.
Bill and Mike Miller, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller of Wessington, got together for the first time in nearly six years, spent the day visiting and discussing old times and friends at home. The reunion was at NKP Air Base in Thailand, where the brothers are now both stationed with the U. S. Air Force. The youths had not seen each other since July of 1967, when Bill left to join the Air Force.
The FBLA meeting was held at the Bank of Wessington on March 21. The program consisted of a tour of the bank, guided by Mr. Domke, Mr. Willard, Lorine Davis and JoAnn Lockner.
Pork loin was advertised at Len’s Town & Country for 85 cents a pound, while a two pound box of Velveeta Cheese was $1.29. A 20-ounce bottle of Hunt’s Catsup was 39 cents, a 9-ounce container of Cool Whip was 59 cents, and a 46-ounce can of Hunt’s Tomato Juice was 45 cents.
50 Years Ago (1963)
John Neuhaus, sales representative for the Watertown Milling Co. presented a check for $1,000.00 to Ralph Clarke, member of the building committee for Wessington’s new Gym-Auditorium. The donation came as a result of a sales campaign promoted by the Watertown Milling Co., distributors of Trisco Feeds, and Ray Shoemaker, proprietor of Wessington Produce, the local retailer for Trisco Feeds.
Delton Prentice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Prentice, was selected by the Watson-Krauter Post of the American Legion to represent Wessington at Boys’ State in 1963. Mary Rogers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Rogers, has been chosen by the American Legion Auxiliary to Girls’ State.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Runge are the parents of a daughter born March 15. She weighed seven pounds and six ounces and has been named Barbara Susan.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McGirr and girls, Mr. and Mrs. Stanlee Lakner and girls, George Lichty, Sr., Elizabeth, Leona, Oscar and Louis Lichty were Sunday afternoon visitors at the Bill Lichty home.
The Wessington Commercial Club in its regular meeting Monday evening went “all out” in booking one of the top MC’s, magician and mentalists in present day show business for the annual “Farmers’ Stag Night”. Jack Pyle presents a routine of effects that are truly different. His audience participation work is a comedy delight, and he closes his act with a memory test, which is no less than astounding.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Licht entertained the Wessington basketball team Monday evening at a turkey dinner. There were 11 boys and Mr. and Mrs. Herb Nelson present. After dinner the group attended the show, courtesy of Archie Davis.
Many vacant seats are being viewed this week in school because of an epidemic of the mumps. Miss Shaw as well as a large number of students from both the high school and grade school were absent.
March 19 was Arthur Jones’ 4th birthday and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Jones, honored him by inviting for supper his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Lakner, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Grewing of St. Lawrence.