5 Years Ago (2008)
The Miller/Wessington Shockers’ season came to a disappointing end at the Pony Hills Tournament held in Miller. The Shockers were forced to play a do or die game with Wessington Springs last Tuesday night and came up short with a 5-2 loss to the top seeded team.
Rita Matthews reported that she and Betty Davis will soon be moving all the old copies of the Times Enterprise papers to the museum for storage and use, at the Wessington Heritage Society meeting, August 1. Deanne Rowen reported that she had begun a file on the History of Wessington, its earliest pioneers and their families.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Winter and spring wheat harvest is just about completed in central Hand County, says Dakota Ag Coop manager, Richard Mueller. “The spring wheat is exceptional quality, with the best test weights I’ve seen in 32 years in business, “ Mueller said.
Visitors to the Wessington School see a pleasant place to work and learn as a result of some teachers, parents, and students getting together to paint a group of murals. Painters included Julie Clark, Cheryl VanAsperen, Sandi Kellogg, Diana Runge, Karen Clarke, Madeleine Rogers, Carol Rowen, Tracy Rowen, Rhonda Mehling, Darin Swartz, Shane Runge, Kayti Rowen, and Courtney Kleinsasser.
Amanda Duxbury, Wessington, was one of eighteen area students who had a chance to learn about many aspects of healthcare during a Health Academy held in Aberdeen.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Jim Lakner, a Wessington native, has returned to his hometown for the summer from his home in San Diego to do the brick and stone work for the new Heartland State Bank building, which stands adjacent to the 80-year-old main bank building.
The annual SD Junior Simmental Field Day was held at the state fairgrounds, Huron. Local area winners in the Junior division were 2nd, Amy Duxbury of Wessington; 5th, Kelly Duxbury, Wessington; and 6th, Melissa Johnson of Miller.
Vernetta LeGrand, Louise, Lisa and Joshua attended a Twins-Orioles game in Minneapolis over the weekend and shopped at the Mall of America.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Walton announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Diane to David Hohn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Florian Hohn of Mitchell. A September 15 wedding is being planned.
Mark Scott suffered rather severe burns on his face, arms and hands in an effort to extinguish a fire on his stack mover. He was moving stacks in the area west of the Nova Palmer farm when fire broke out above the motor and quickly spread to the stack of hay.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Major, Loren and Mrs. Josephine Kieffer spent the weekend in Lead visiting relatives and attended the Jane Hienen and Michael Holeton wedding.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Larson, a daughter August 3rd. She weighted seven pounds and six ounces and has been named Lisa Renee.
A reward of $100 is being offered by Pearl Phillips for the recovery of a green metal box containing a real estate deed, tax files, wedding license, and other personal papers. The box was taken from Phillips’ farm home four and one-half miles east of Wessington sometime during the weeks of July 28 to Aug. 4.
Guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Runge in honor of Shirley Runge and August Runge’s birthdays were August Runge, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Hedge and family, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mehling and Jerry, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Runge and family, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mehling and Mrs. Ferriel Morston.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Mrs. Ralph Clarke entertained twelve girls Monday afternoon in honor of her daughter Marjorie’s birthday. Games and contests were held and lunch of birthday cake and ice cream served.
Oranges were advertised, 2 dozen for 55 cents and 10 pounds of Gold Medal flour was $1.09 at Red Owl the week of August 7. Other specials included skinless wieners for 39 cents per pound; tomatoes for 19 cents per pound; and a 3-pound can of Crisco for 89 cents.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Gogolin, Sunday, August 2, at a Huron hospital, a daughter weighing eight pounds, 11 ounces.
Twenty-three neighbors and friends of Mansel Johnson gathered at his farm with eight combines, and trucks, and combined all his small grain crop. Mr. Johnson, who has been ill for some time, is at present making his home at the Wayne Lyle home in Hawarden, Iowa. Furnishing combines for the “bee” were Alford Syring, Cliff McGirr, Herb Vitters, Kenneth Rowen, George Wittington, Bob Vaughn, Bill Lichty, and Roy Cook.