5 years ago (2007)
Dean Duxbury congratulated the Wessington Round-Up Committee on the success of the 125th celebration and thanked them for all their work. Kevin Clarke commented there were no major “glitches” and that he was pleased with the turnout. People came from 26 states and 45 South Dakota towns. Marv Matthews also commented the community in doing a good job for cleaning up while getting ready for the round-up.
The Wolsey-Wessington Football team is ready for the season. They are: Austin Sheridan, Brandon Bergquist, Ryne Johnson, Wyatt Doering, Jabe Medima, Bo Mutchelknaus, Tyler Sprecher, Tyler Sievers, Sawyer Langbehn, Patrick Cypher, Nathan Johnson, Ryan Sprecher, CJ Keefe, Alex Babcock, Eddie Jackson, Mark White, Spencer Chase, Daniel Jensen, Patrick Eggleston, Cody McGehee, Drew Prentice, Ryan Bell, Alex Styer, Andrew Herdman, Cole Mehling and Josh Rittel.
Twelve South Dakota School Board members were honored for their commitment to board development at the Associated School Boards of South Dakota awards banquet in Sioux Falls on August 9. Among those receiving the Award of Merit and Award of Distinction were Lawrence Schlechter of Polo School District, and Rhonda Mehling, Wolsey-Wessington School District.
Riggin Scheer recently attended a week long ITT Tech Camp at the University of Minnesota. His chosen class was “Video Game Creation.” The course took students to a creative game-making process from theory to project completion. Students use Clickteam Multimedia Fusion 2 Developer to create a complex, realistic video game with everything from health meters to collision detection. He is the son of Holly Kahle, Wessington, and is a freshman at Wolsey-Wessington School.
10 years ago (2002)
A faulty refrigerator compressor appears to be the cause of a fire in the Concordia Lutheran Church, according to State Fire Marshall, Dan Carlson. The fire traveled up the side of the refrigerator to the counter and cupboards. There doesn’t appear to be any structural damage. All seems cosmetics. The fire, which started sometime afternoon on Saturday, July 27, was first notice by next door neighbor, Micah Prentice, who immediately alerted the rest of the family and called 911. The Wessington Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene within minutes of the call.
The Wessington Citizens in Action will be sponsoring a Hunter Safety Course for boys and girls who must be 12 years old by December 31 of this year.
Youth Business Adventures (YBA) recently completed its 23rd year, hosting over 300 high school seniors, educators and business executives from across the state during two-week long sessions. Local participants include Theresa Jensen of Wessington High School.
Mark Sunday, August 31 on your calendar, because a new, improved Miller Thriller will get underway at the Rodeo Arena at the Miller baseball complex. A flag presentation and an inspirational tribute to the Armed Forces will begin the evening event. This family rodeo event will last about three hours.
20 years ago (1992)
The big horses took over the arena in front of the grandstands at the Central States Fair Thursday. Darcy Rogers of Wessington drives Clyde and Sid in the youth hitch class. This was Darcy’s first time in the show ring with the team.
Teri Woodruff, Wessington has been named as a recipient of the $1,250 Benson Quinn Scholarship by the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences for the 1992-93 school year at the South Dakota State University in Brookings. She is the daughter of Byron and Penny Woodruff of Wessington, and is a 1989 graduate of Wessington High School.
Greg and Rhonda Mehling are the parents of a daughter born August 12. She weighed eight pounds nine ounces and was named Paige Katharina. Grandparents are Wilbur and Lynette Goehring; Jerry Rahskops; and Roy and Jan Mehling. Great grandparents are Lester Stroschein; Bud and Agnes Hahn; Richard and Lorraine Mehling; and Evelyn Phillips.
Wessington Pee Wee Baseball Team was Pony Hills League Champs and runners-up in the league tournament held at Alpena on July 30. Team members include: Coach Lyle Rowen, Jr., Assistant Coach Nate Wuestewald, Jason Fritzsche Tim Davis, Brant Winter, Dan Wedge, Skipper Voss, Brett Runge, Matt Fanning, Clay Duxbury, Greg Baldwin, Cody Kleinsasser, Zach Wuestewald, Kyle Rowen, Evan Rogers, Dusty Clarke and Jason Everson.
Marla Davis, Mitchell, was named to the first string of the Mitchell Silver League All-Star team playing the left field position. The All-Star game was played Friday, August 7 in Mitchell. Marla was named Most Valuable Player of the Silver League game. She is the daughter-in-law of Gordon and Betty Davis, Wessington.
Lance Corporal Donovan J. Bohr was recently promoted to his present rank at Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-24 at The Marine Corps Air Station in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
30 years ago (1982)
The Wessington big girls picked up a win over Hitchcock in a double header to end their season last week at 14-7. Peggy Diekhoff connected for a homerun, a double and two singles while Sherry Williams added a homerun. Lynn Larson hit for a double and two singles. Diekhoff picked up the win on the mound for the local girls.
Concordia Lutheran members were honored to have Pastor David Loesch, Waverly, MO deliver his retirement sermon August 8. He was assisted by his son, Rev. Keith Loesch. During Rev. Loesch’s ministry, Concordia Congregation was formed. The first service was December 10, 1950. He served St. John’s and Concordia until 1954 when they moved to Missouri.
Wessington Boosters 4-H club members earned several top honors during the Beadle County Achievement Days August 10-11 in Huron. Kari Rogers earned a top Jr.-Jr. purple award in dress review. Livestock trophies were awarded to Vicki Van Asperen, beef project, and Scott Hamilton, sheep.
One of the largest collections of Hull Pottery in the world will be available for public showing August 25 at the Joan Hull residence in Huron. Mrs. Hull’s collection includes over 1,000 pieces of Hull Pottery which has become a collector’s item because of its beauty and rarity.
One of the faithful workers in the First Presbyterian Church of Wessington who will be long remembered was Mrs. Emmet (Inez) Huestis. In 1913, she and Emmet moved into Wessington and she was active in the church and Ladies’ Aid from that time on. She served on the Church Board of Trustees for fifteen years, and took a keen interest on financial as well as the spiritual welfare of the church. In 1937, she more than anyone else, helped Rev. J.J. Black in the development of the plans for the Sunshine Dinners which have become an annual event. In 1940-1941, when the church building was moved to its present location, she spent many days to make the basement into a convenient meeting and working place. She did carpentry, painting, scrubbing or any task necessary. According to Ladies’ Aid records, she was elected President in 1941, Treasurer in 1943, and President in 1950. In 1946, the Aid presented her a wrist watch in appreciation of her many acts of service. She was on the cemetery board for 32 years, and at that job, she also worked “beyond call of duty.” In 1964, she entered the Violet Tschetter Home in Huron, where she died August 21, 1972 at the age of 94.
40 years ago (1972)
The mercury climbed up into the 90’s every day during the past week, and with no rain or high humidity, harvesting has been nearly completed in the Wessington area. Haying operations also are progressing on schedule, and late crops of corn matured rapidly due to the high temperatures.
Mary Rogers and Rosemary Van Laecken have been selected Outstanding Young Women of America for 1972, according to an announcement today by the Women’s Study Club, Wessington. They were nominated by the organization earlier on the basis of their achievements.
A total of twenty purple ribbons were captured by the Wessington Boosters 4-H Club at the annual Beadle County 4-H Achievement Days in Huron last week. The recipients were Deb VanAsperen, Wanda Johnsen, David VanAsperen, Lee Johnsen, Gloria Spicer, Cathleen Wedge, Janelle Krause, Lana Bultman, Rennae Stiner.
Lenard Rundcrantz, Skara, Sweden, Youth for Understand Exchange Student, arrived last Monday at the Ed Brown home where he will live for the coming year. One hundred ten Swedish students came over on the same plane and are located in homes all over United States.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Scott are the parents of a daughter born August 10. She has been named Cori Sue. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Scott and Mr. and Mrs. Nova Palmer are the grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Martens are the parents of a daughter born August 10. She was named Crystal Lynn. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Martens and Mrs. Irene Borkirchert.
Mr. and Mrs. James Gamber are the parents of a son born August 14. He was named Andy Lee. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Archie Davis and Mrs. Ruth Nelson.
Sunday, September 3, will be designated as Queen Day at the South Dakota State Fair. All reigning Queens of South Dakota, who enters the Queen’s Day festivity will be honored by the State Fair Board.
A cradle shower was held August 5 at the Legion Hall for Mrs. Roger Sass. She was assisted in opening her gifts by her mother, Mrs. Donna Heasley, and Virginia Hansen. At the coffee service was Blanche Phillips, her great grandmother. Lunch was served by the hostess Deb Mehling, Penny Woodruff, Robin Tucker, Toni Smith and Jonnie Zvonek.
50 years ago (1962)
The weather during the past week has been ideal for maturing a very promising corn crop in this area, and for increasing an already abundant alfalfa and prairie hay crop. Pastures and hay land remained unseasonally green for this time of year, and the majority of the livestock are in extremely good condition.
The “Troth Duxbury Ross” race car placed second in the first race in the Auto Races at Huron last Sunday, but was eliminated from further races when a mechanical failure caused the auto to roll over during the second race. The car will be back in competition again this Sunday afternoon.
David Bennett, Keith Orr and Charles Sutton have completed their basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, and are now enjoying a two weeks leave at their respective homes. They will all return to Missouri for secondary training next week.
Sp. 5 and Mrs. Francis Freese and daughter arrived here from Germany August 8. They are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Freese. Following his furlough, he will be stationed at Camp Picket, Virginia.
Wm. Troth Jr. did not get to drive the “Company” car in the races Sunday as he got a piece of steel in his eye while welding Friday. He had it removed and treated by a specialist in Huron, Jim Troth drove the car and came in second.
A group of relatives called at the Frank Snyder home on Wednesday evening to remind Mrs. Snyder of her birthday. Lunch was served, including a birthday cake and Mrs. Snyder was presented gifts.
60 years ago (1952)
Death came suddenly and tragically into the Hill home (Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hill), taking with it one of their twin boys. Gary, 3, with his brother with his twin brother Terry, his sister Margaret, and an aunt, Mrs. Beatrice Frank, were riding with his grandmother, Mrs. Ralph Hubert, to town Sunday afternoon. The twins were riding in the back seat when Gary accidentally fell out of the car on the oil road south of town near Earl Scotts. He was taken immediately to a Huron hospital where he passed away. He was born July 26, 1949.
The Turtle Creek Ladies Aid honored Mrs. Mattie Curtis who has been an active member of this Aid for 50 years. She has lived in this community all her life, until a few years ago when she moved to Wessington. An appropriate program was given and Mrs. John Haigh presented her with a Black Hills Gold Pin.
In one of the best played ball games of the season, the two contenders for the Ree Valley League Championship squared off for the fifth time this season with Wessington edging out Polo, 4-3. Two hits in the second inning gave Wessington first base Sunday, as Sauer belted one followed by Bothwell. Bothwell got his second hit of the day his next time at bat in the fourth inning and was scored by Luschen.
Cpl. Carl M. Lindblad of Wolsey, recently left the 45th Infantry Division in Korea for return to the United States under an Army rotation program. His division, an Oklahoma National Guard Unit, of which Roger Bottum of Wessington is also a member, was called to active duty in September 1950. He has been awarded the Army of Occupation Medal for service in Japan, Combat Infantryman Badge and the UN and Korean Service Ribbons.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Williams entertained Tuesday evening at a birthday party in honor of their daughter, Connie’s second birthday.
General of the Army, Douglas McArthur, one of the great controversial figures in modern times, has accepted a job with Remington Rand, Inc., at a reported salary of $100,000.00 a year. When the General was fired from his Far East assignment by President Truman last year, the manufacturer of business machines and electronic equipment renewed a job offer that has been made in 1949. McArthur refused, saying he felt obligated to arouse the people to their “peril” and embarked on a series of speeches attacking the Truman administration.