5 Years Ago (2008)
The Wessington Heritage Society met on April 4 at the ACDA’s Lunchroom. Those presents were Bob Duxbury, Donna Runge, Marvin and Rita Matthews, Virginia Nagelhout, Gordon Davis and Deanne Rowen. Bob thanked those present for all the work that was recently done in assembling and getting more shelving up, cleaning and painting that was needed for the use of the museum.
Junior girls selected this year for Girls’ State representative from Wolsey-Wessington High School are Kami Rowen, alternate, and Padyn Scheer, Wolsey Post Girls’ State representative. Rowen, is the daughter of Tracey and Scott. Scheer, is the daughter of Holly Kahle.
Alexis Rae Roth was born April 9, to Nick and Tasha Roth of Wessington. She joins brothers Justin and Ethan. Grandparents are Bob and Vicki Prentice of Wessington and Clark and Theresa Roth of Fruita, Colo.
10 Years Ago (2003)
For the second time the Wessington Community and Watson Krauter Post are the beneficiaries of a benefit fish fry with a Minnesota flavor. Darwin and Pat Haberman, Gary Loge, and the transplanted Ron Risseeuw organized, fried and fed fish to a sizeable, appreciative crowd the evening of March 21.
Weekend visitors at the Ron Rogers home were Chad, Kari, Cole, Brooke Sargent, White Bear, MN; Chris Rogers and Stacey and Ethan Crites, Sioux Falls; Evan Rogers, Watertown; Jennifer Litchy, Brookings; Edith Rogers and Dick and Judy Rogers.
Kevin Clarke, Wessington Community Club president, launched the April 8 meeting at the Legion Hall by soliciting a round of applause to thank the cooks for serving a delicious meal of ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and strawberry cake for dessert. Rita Matthews reported that 16 boxes were packed with items donated by the community, and sent off to all of the Wessington area military that have been activated or deployed. She thanked Heartland State Bank for paying the postage bill, which was over $200.
20 Years Ago (1993)
The Wessington School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Stephen Giedosh at their regular meeting Monday night to become effective at the end of his contract.
Giedosh will have held the position for just under one year.
Heather Lichty and Angela Wuestewald competed in the Biology and Health Category at the Regional Science Fair that was held April 1 on the campus of SDSU at Brookings. They won the highest award in the area of Health from the Department of Health and Human Services. This award was in recognition for an outstanding student project that creatively illustrates the Surgeon General’s call for a smoke-free society by the year 2000.
An eyesore went up in smoke when the members of the Wessington Volunteer Fire Department conducted a controlled burn. The structure was located along Highway 14 in Wessington, and had been severely damaged when a huge cottonwood tree fell and crushed the bedroom area during a windstorm. Mr. and Mrs. Walt Blaseg, owners at the time, were forced to find other housing, and their home was declared a total loss.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The Women’s Study Club has adopted a program, “Business for Beauty”, that should encourage improved appearance standards by local firms. The primary purpose of the club’s program will be to convince both small and large businesses that simple landscaping and renovation can do much to give their firm a new look and improve the community’s environment.
The Wessington Warriors dominated eleven of fifteen events in taking an 85-38 win over Sunshine Bible Academy in dual track competition held at Wessington April 11. Three new school records were set with Bill Matthews reeling off the 220 yd. dash in 23.9, Tom Lichty lowering the high hurdle record to 15.8, and Clifford Lockner setting a new freshman 100 yd. dash record in 10.8.
Volunteers turned out in gratifying numbers last Saturday and Sunday, furnishing labor and equipment to clean the area adjacent to the Wessington swimming pool. Trees were cut and all debris was removed from the lots on both sides of the pool; and the workers then branched out to the area across the street where the old blacksmith shop had been located, adjacent to the area just west of the “Bottum Bros.” building.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jensen, operators of the Rose Bowl Cafe, are now in California to attend the wedding of their son, Roger. Mrs. Gene Cox and Mrs. Keith Willard are helping at the cafe during their absence. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Licht, operators of Licht’s Produce, are also in California. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Licht are operating the business until their return.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Bonebright, a son, Scott Lyndon, April 11. Mrs. Bonebright is making her home in New Mexico and plans to join her husband who is stationed with the Air Force in England.
The Hutchinson’s Grocery ad featured the following sale items: A pound of bananas for 29 cents; one pound box of Honey Flavored Graham Crackers for 29 cents; 12 ounce package Baker’s Chocolate Chips for 39 cents; four 21-ounce cans Van Camp’s Pork & Beans for 69 cents; and U.S. Good Round Steak, 73 cents a pound.
60 Years Ago (1953)
A small but enthusiastic crowd in the Wessington City Hall Monday evening heard a representative of the Water Resources Development Corporation and Mr. Grant Flowers of Huron explain the set-up in the rain increasing projects underway in the state. Basically the plan is a system of generators that burn silver iodide particles and coke. The silver iodide-laden smoke is then carried by the wind into the clouds where it is said to increase rainfall from these clouds. The cost of the program would be $5 per 160 acres.
Johnnie Daugherty, who probably had as rough, or rougher, time as any local servicemen, returned home to Wessington on furlough, having completed his overseas duty tour. Johnnie was wounded twice while serving on the front line in Korea.
Golden Rule Department Store advertised a shoe sale. Oxfords (all saddle & sport) were $4.88 for misses and $3.88 for girls. Boys work shoes were $4.66 a pair; while men’s sizes were $6.88 and $7.88 a pair.
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