5 Years Ago (2008)
Chris Hendrickson of Miller and Ron Risseuw of Wessington and Carole Beck of Ree Heights had the difficult task of choosing the best tasting chili at the Wessington Fun Day Chili Cook-off. After much deliberating, the mild-tasting chili won and Cindy Fernholz was awarded $20 in Wessington Bucks; second place went to Lynn Moller for his spicier chili.
Pie judges, Delton Prentice, Lynn Moller and Goldie Boggs, all of Wessington, took their job of judging pies entered in Wessington’s annual pie-bake-off very seriously, but they all agreed, it was one “sweet” job! First place went to Cheryl VanAsperen for her sour cream raisin pie; second place went to Lisa Fritzsche for her peach pie.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Several area students have qualified for induction into the 2002-03 National Honor Roll, including Amanda Duxbury, Theresa Jensen, Hannah Prentice, Blair Lakner, Amber Phillips and Robin Waldner, all of Wessington.
Two area women’s softball teams, Resel Oil and Wessington Stingers, participated in the South Dakota Women’s Slow Pitch State Softball in Huron. The Wessington Stingers took home the state title as Division 5 slow pitch champions. Four of the Stinger team members, Katie Jensen, Theresa Jensen, Kristi Rowen, and Stephanie Schilling, were chosen for the All-Tournament Team.
Inez Schwartz, 80, Wessington died July 24, 2003 at the Prairie Good Samaritan Center, Miller. Her funeral service was July 28 at the First Presbyterian Church in Wessington with Rev. Allen Sager officiating.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Ed and Kathy Abbey, their six children and a gigantic Newfounlander that answers to “Chase” moved into a two-story residence in Wessingotn early this month in response to an ad in “Mother Earth News” magazine. The family came to South Dakota from San Bernadino, Calif.
Amy Larsen of Wolsey took over the duties of Business manager at Wessington School July 1.
Winners in the two-crust WOW Pie Baking Contest were: 1st place, Hazel Rowen, rhubarb/concord grape pie; 2nd place, Betty Marvel, rhubarb pie; 3rd place, Lois Stobbs, rhubarb pie.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The girls’ softball team won their first tournament game when they defeated Rockham by a score of 13-7 in eight innings. Peggy Hoffmann lead the hitting with a double.
The local fire department was called to help extinguish a grass fire north of the Jake Fischer residence. No extensive damage occurred from the blaze.
Midsummer Food Savings at Len’s Town & Country included Folgers Coffee 3 pounds for $2.79; Old Home Cracked Wheat Bread 2 loaves for 69 cents; a pound of grapes for 59 cents; and a dozen oranges for 49 cents.
50 Years Ago (1963)
New construction is “busting out all over” in and around Wessington, with carpenters being swamped with work. Probably the one biggest building project of the area for many many years is the construction of the new gym-auditorium. This 80 x 120 foot structure is being built entirely with donations, and practically all donated labor.
Guests present at the Delton Larson home to help celebrate Jeff Parson’s 9th birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Daetwiler and girls and Jack and Dennis Clarke.
Mrs. Darlene Rowen and Cindy and Mrs. Delton Larson and Tracy were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Kleinsasser and girls last Thursday. Mrs. Ralph Clarke returned home with them. She had been staying there a few days to help with the new granddaughter.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Hail, high winds, rains, and high-humidity, were all in the weather this week. Heaviest hail damage was done on the Buchana farm farmed by Gerald McGirr, and the George Phillips farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Berg of Mason City, Iowa, were Wessington callers last week. They are former general store operators here, leaving 16 years ago. Mr. Berg built the building and operated a store in what is now the Golden Rule.
Six packages of Kool-Aid were 25 cents and a quart of dill pickles were 29 cents at Gold Rule Department Store. Other ad specials included 2 packs of Jello for 15 cents; beef roasts at 49 cents per pound; and a one pound pack of potato chips for 49 cents.