A blast from the past…5-1-13

Posted May 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

5 Years Ago (2008)


Peggy Gibson of Huron announced that she is a candidate for a District 22 seat in the House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket.

The Wessington Library Board met April 23, at the library. Donna Runge reported a new faucet and toilet repairs were done in the library bathroom and the library received computer grant money from the Gates Foundation and the State Library totaling $1,787.56.

A picnic reception was held April 27, at the home of Richard Mehling in honor of his 92nd birthday. Leona Hedge, Shirley Runge, Lawrence and Bonnie Runge, Greg and Rhonda Mehling, Paige, Keeley and Carter; Kevin and Julie Clarke, Brooke, Bridgett and Hailey; Jay and Stephanie Mehling, Josie and Jerritt; Clint Haigh, April Mehling, Roy Mehling, Jerry and Deb Mehling, and Katrina helped Richard celebrate.

10 Years Ago (2003)

In just their second sanctioned meet of the season, the Miller/Wessington track team has already qualified four athletes to compete in the State Track Meet in May. Qualifiers are jumper Nathan Zacher and long distance runner Michael Peterka, high jumper Kelly Schilling, and sprinter Brittany Fanning.

Students and staff K-12 participated in “Career Dress-Up Day” at Wessington School. Participants dressed up to portray a career they would consider a “dream” job/career. Winners of career portrayal went to Macaela Parmely, portraying a horse trainer; Emily Schilling, portraying a fast food worker; Meghan Grubham, portraying a pediatric nurse.

Shane and Jan Woodruff, Sioux Falls, are the parents of a daughter, Kylie Rose, born on April 23, 2003. Grandparents are Byron and Penny Woodruff, Wessington; Great grandparents are Cliff Diekhoff, Wessington, and Erma Woodruff, Wolsey.

20 Years Ago (1993)

The Bank of Wessington is undergoing some major renovations with the demolition of the building housing the insurance agency and remodeling of the main bank. According to bank President Arnold Domke, a new 26 x 68 foot addition will replace the existing structure giving additional room for staff and customers.

Laurie Troth has been named a United States National Award winner in History and Government. Laurie, who attends Wessington High School, was nominated for this prestigious award by Kevin Quimby, a history/government teacher at the school. Laurie is the daughter of Jim and Judy Troth. Grandparents are Richard and Lorraine Mehling of Wessington and William and Gertrude Troth of Huron.

Emil Kunkel, The Dalles, Ore., Laurence Kunkel and his son Laurence, Jr., Yakima, Wash., surprised Leona Snyder Monday morning. Laurence and Leona were classmates at Wessington High School graduating with the class of 1925. This was Laurence’s first trip back to South Dakota since the family left Wessington in 1926.

40 Years Ago (1973)

New members received into the Wessington Presbyterian Church Easter Sunday were Curtis and Rhonda Horsley, Wanda Johnsen, Deb VanAsperen, Richard Swartz, Cathleen Wedge, Mr. and Mrs. Clark White, Alvin White and James McGirr.

Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Moller, Wessington announce the engagement of their daughter, Wand Kay, to Randy Hansen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hansen, Sturgis.

Lottie Jackson of Hayti, S.D. sent the library a Cornet magazine, from March 1954, containing an article by Winona Wheelock Sparks, formerly of Wessington. This article entitled “Libraries for Every Town” tells the story of the beginning of the Wessington Library in 1937 then located in a small glassed-in office in the back of the town’s hardware store.

50 Years Ago (1963)

At a meeting of the Wessington Commercial Club, it was decided to form another, separate organization. Jean DeHaven was unanimously elected as temporary chairman of the group, which tentatively has named themselves the “Wessington Community Club”. Approximately 35 community spirited citizens were present at the meeting and they all indicated a desire to belong to the organization, and a keen interest in various methods and possibilities of making the town grow and prosper.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Scott, Mr. Frank Fitch, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Clarke and Mr. and Mrs. Don Clarke attended the Spring Rural Letters Carriers Association District meeting in the Miller Armory.

Mrs. Darlene Rowen and Mrs. Lowell Prentice attended the style show and tea of the Women’s Student Association at Aberdeen. They were guests of Deanna Prentice, a student at Northern.

60 Years Ago (1953)

The Wessington Fire Department was called out the fourth time in two weeks Tuesday when a brooder house on the Harold Langehn farm caught fire. The fireman arrived soon enough to save the building and most of the chickens.

Last Friday, a good drizzling rain set in and continued throughout the day and Saturday with about 1.25 being measured here in town. Wednesday more came with .85 measure by that evening. By Thursday noon, another 1.51 had been measured. Quite a bit of hail was reported south of town.

Cpl. Eddie Rowen was in what could have turned into a major accident when he flew home in a Marine night fighter. The plane landed at the Huron airport and because of the speed of the plane, and Huron’s short runway, the pilot had to apply the breaks too hard, blowing out one tire, and wearing another tire so thin “you could see the air in the tire.” Outside of giving Eddie and the pilot a little scare, no damage was done.