5 Years Ago (2008)
The Mount Marty College women’s basketball program has signed Emily Schilling from Miller High School, to enroll at Mount Marty College and to play basketball for the Lancers next year. Emily’s parents are Dan and Patty Schilling of Wessington.
Yankton won the VFW Teener minors State Tournament held August 8-10 in Sioux Falls. Nik Davis, son of Marla and Bryan Davis, and grandson of Gordon and Betty Davis, is a member of this team.
Richard Mehling, age 92, of rural Wessington, died Friday, August 8, 2008, at the Huron Regional Medical Center. His funeral Mass was held Aug. 12, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Wessington.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Since the first part of July, Fr. John Helmueller has been serving the pastoral needs of St. Ann’s Parish in Miller, St. Joseph’s Parish in Wessington, and St. Liborius in Polo. Fr. John originates from St. Paul, Minnesota. So far, he says he really likes it here and is not at all intimidated by the small communities and wide open prairie.
Kevin and Julie Clarke are the parents of a daughter born July 3. She weighed three pounds ten ounces and was sixteen inches long. Her name is Hailey Kaye and she joins a brother, Darin, and two sisters, Brooke and Bridgett. Grandparents are Jerry and Deb Mehling and Don and Jean Clarke, all of Wessington.
The Miller-Wessington Blacksox received the coveted Porter T. Talcott Sportsmanship prize, which is awarded to the state tournament team displaying the best all-around sportsmanship qualities, both on and off the playing field, during tournament competition. The team received a plaque and a replica of the Talcott Trophy, signifying the annual award given to a team participating in each of the state tournaments since 1952.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Louise LeGrand, Wessington, state recorder for the Future Business Leaders of America recently attended the national leadership conference of that organization in Washington, D.C. LeGrand was accompanied to Washington, D.C. by Carol Stobbs and Heidi Buesing, state historian.
The Wessington Rural Fire Department was awarded a $2,000.00 grant awarded by the South Dakota Department of Forestry. The grant will be used to purchase fire protection equipment such as radios, protective clothing and breathing apparatus, and training equipment.
Edith Rogers was a Friday visitor of Frieda Mortensen. They enjoyed a belated birthday dinner in a Miller cafe.
The Wessington Tee Ball team was one of eight teams in tournament play in Artesian July 27. The local boys played seven games, working their way back in the losers bracket to win first place, when they beat Artesian, 5-3.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Schorn, Huron, are the parents of a son August 1. He weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was named John Thomas. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ed Fritzsche.
Mr. and Mrs. Delton Larson, Tracy and Lynne vacationed last week at Leech Lake, Minn., and visited with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Winegar and girls.
Shoppers at Len’s Town & Country, Wessington, during the week of August 17, chose from these bargains: two loaves Old Home bread, 70 cents; two cans pears, 99 cents; two cans tomatoes, 49 cents; two pounds bananas, 29 cents.
50 Years Ago (1963)
The new home being built by Mrs. Etta Clarke made rapid progress this past week, and is new all sheeted up and closed in except for the doors and windows.
Some of the more recent local building projects include: Walter Palmer has purchased and is remodeling and modernizing what is known as the Russell Irwin house; Mrs. Helen DeHaven is enclosing the front porch on her home; Cliff Rowen is all set to construct a new pole barn and a new shop building; Calvin Fischer is completely remodeling the “Oscar Hultman” home in Wessington; Jean DeHaven is installing a large picture window in his dining room; the gym in the Wessington School is getting extensive remodeling; Wessington’s new auditorium is the scene of volunteer work crews; and the McNeil School is now sporting a new window.
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Wuestewald are the parents of a daughter born August 13. She weighed nine pounds.
60 Years Ago (1953)
On Sunday, August 9, at 2:30 in the afternoon before an altar decorated with white chrysanthemums and red roses, and white candles, Miss Mardelle Yvonne Major, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Major of Vayland became the bride of Lyle Clark Brown of Wessington. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Wynn Ward in the Wessington Community Church.
Funeral services were held in the Community Church in Wessington Monday for Erich Granberg, 72, who was found dead in an automobile in the residential section of Huron Friday.
A surprise farewell party honoring the LeRoy Saboe family was held recently. The Saboes left Aug. 9th for Washington.
Grapes were 19 cents a pound, ice cream was 79 cent a half gallon, and bacon and wieners were both 39 cents a pound at the Golden Rule Department Store the week of August 14.