5 Years Ago (2008)
Students at the Wolsey-Wessington School, in observance of Kidney Month, have teamed up to hold the “Save A Penny, Save A Life” campaign to raise funds for Jay Spencer, former resident of Wolsey, who is in need of a kidney transplant. The Wolsey After School Program is spearheading this project as a community awareness project to educate students via an assembly on how one’s kidneys work.
Kyle Rowe, age 23, of Sioux Falls, and formerly of Wessington, died March 22 as a result of a car accident. Kyle was born October 29, 1984 to Scott and Tracy (Larson) Rowen in Huron. He graduated from Wessington High School in 2003.
10 Years Ago (2003)
In celebration of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, Nicole Anderson, Americorps Vista volunteer for the S.D. Literacy Council, shared actives and snacks with the Cool School after school children. The children enjoyed making masks with materials provided by Nicole. Mrs. Madeline Rogers shared her experiences of being in Louisiana at Mardi Gras time.
Josie Marie Mehling daughter of Jay and Stephanie Mehling, was baptized at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on March 23. God parents were Nathan Lichty and April Mehling. A dinner was held in her honor at the house of Jerry and Deb Mehling.
Sunday, April 6, marks a day of jubilant celebration for Concordia Lutheran Church, as they dedicate the newly-remoleded church building, which was damaged when a fire broke out last July 27.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Wessington School business students brought home seven medals from the 281 Conference Business Contest at Huron University. The winners included Kim Langbehn, Matt Cavenee, Louise LeGrand, Troy Sargent, Joe Fritzsche, and Billie Jo Parmely .
Wessington Presbyterian Women met March 23 at the Fellowship Hall for the bi-monthly meeting with nineteen present. Officers for the coming year are: Rose Duxbury, President; Lois Stobbs, 1st Vice President; Jean Clarke, 2nd Vice President; Mabel Krause, Secretary; Berneice Clarke, Treasurer.
Gladys Wright, Alice Rogers, Doris Philips and Betty Marvel called on Esther Peddicord Friday morning to wish her a Happy Birthday. Gladys brought her a nice birthday angel food cake, which the ladies enjoyed with coffee, as they visited.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The Wessington thinclads opened their track season at the Crow Creek Invitational held at Stephan Mission March 30.The Warriors rang up 32 1/2 points, with Tom Lichty breaking the school record in the high hurdles.
Those present to help Larry Kleinsasser celebrate his 12th birthday Saturday afternoon were James Hanks, Doug Allerdings, Tony Wuestewald, David Trautman, Bartt Palmer, Kevin and Janelle King, LaRay and LaVetta Kleinsasser.
Specials at Len’s Town and Country this week included Duncan Hines cake mixes, 2 for 69 cents; 3 loaves Old Home bread, $1.00; Van Camp Pork and Beans, 2 for 49 cents; and Dolly Madison Toilet Tissue, 10 roll pack for 69 cents.
50 Years Ago (1963)
The shrill whistle of the fire siren routed out Wessington’s volunteer firemen Saturday morning. The call was to a grass fire seven miles northeast of Wessington in a pasture owned by James McGirr, and the firemen extinguished the run away blaze without any serious difficulty. The department answered a second call that same afternoon and joined a large force of neighboring farmers in the task of fighting a more serious and threatening fire at the Wm. Pautsch ranch in Gilbert township.
Miss Joanne Rognstad, second grade teacher in the Wessington Schools, was honored at a prenuptial shower March 28 at the home of Mrs. Helen DeHaven. Guests were the mothers of her pupils, the teachers of the Wessington Schools and her mother and sister, Mrs. E. Rognstad and Carol of Vivian.
Monday evening visitors at the Wm. McGirr home was Mrs. Flossie Rowen, Mrs. Laura Daugherty and Mrs. Mabel Hulbert.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Don Clarke writes that he has been promoted to corporal, but that his big outlook now is to “get back on the farm with you Dad.”
In a letter received by the Harry Clarkes, their son Don, serving in Korea, mentions the big new offensive which the Communists have been pushing, and in Korea he has never seen so much ammunition on the move up front.
‘Cripple Creek” was the movie showing at the Scenic Theatre, in Wessington. Show prices were 14 cents for children tickets, 30 cents for student tickets, and 45 cents for adult tickets.
Kathleen Lakner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanlee Lakner, was honored at a birthday dinner March 27th. Present were her grandparents, Mr and Mrs. George Lichty and Mr and Mrs. John Lakner, Patsy , and Chuck Jones and Arthur.