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Posted January 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

December 28, 1912

Christmas is past once more and we will soon enter upon another year. 1912 as well as 1911 was hard on the grain farmers in this community. Some of the newer settlers have pulled up stakes and emigrated to other and, as they hope, greener pastures or fields. Those who remain are embarking more and more into livestock raising and dairying.

A bundle of infantile sweetness came as a Christmas present to Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Wharton Monday, Dec. 23. It’s a girl and all are doing well.

G.W. Crossman was up from Wessington between trains Tuesday for a short visit with his sister, Mrs. T.J. Leyson. He was accompanied by Dr. Chaffin of Los Angeles, a former neighbor and schoolmate, who is visiting old friends and scenes after an absence of 12 years.

December 29, 1922

The Ree Heights camp of Modern Woodmen, with 60 members present, gave nine candidates a warm welcome into the Society Thursday evening, after which an oyster stew was served at midnight.

Eleanor Wareing received the lucky number on the doll that was given away at the post office Friday, Dec. 22. Mary Jane was her name.

William Frank left Monday for Missouri for a week’s visit. R.J. Holmes is marshal during his absence.

December 30, 1932

Don Meehan arrived home from Mitchell Friday to spend the holidays with home folks.

Farmers marketing their grain through cooperative elevator associations during the 1931-32 season were paid in the form of patronage refunds approximately $1,000,000 more than if they would have received if their grain had been sold through private agencies.

January 1, 1943

To conserve heat and lights for the war effort, Mrs. Speirs has announced that neither the post office or the lobby will be open after 6 p.m. for the balance of the winter.

Clarence Justice was home on furlough for the Christmas holidays, returning to Great Lakes Naval Base Monday evening. Corp. Roy Kopecky arrived home Thursday of last week from a camp in Virginia to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Kopecky. A.I. Nicholas received word that their son, Rev. Wayne Nicholas of New York City, has joined the Navy as a chaplain and expects to go into active duty soon.

January 1, 1943

Boys in the service spending furloughs with their families are: Wilbert Renner, who is with the Marines, is home on an 18-day leave. He has been stationed in California and will return there after his leave. Donald Steptoe has been spending furlough with is parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Steptoe, and other relatives. Robert Hickcox arrived home Tuesday from Korea, where he has served with the Marines for the past 15 months.

December 28, 1962

Gene Duke escaped with only a good shaking up when his car stalled on the highway near Mac’s Corner south of Highmore, as he was on his way to work at Big Bend Dam Friday morning. One car struck his car in the rear as the driver was unable to stop on the icy pavement, and seven more cars plowed into the melee in a matter of moments, one car overturning. No one was seriously injured. The safety helmet that Gene was wearing was badly smashed.

Dean Beck escaped uninjured when his car was side-swiped by another as he was driving from Ree Heights to Miller Wednesday evening. The driver of the other car apparently fell asleep at the wheel and his car wandered into the left lane. The other driver was a serviceman who was en route to his home in Montana from Ft. Smith, Ark.

December 29, 1972

The Ree Heights Community Club held their annual Christmas dinner inthe Legion Hall December 17. Mrs. Ervin Kost was hostess. About 30 people were present.

John Conerton was one of three South Dakota residents who scored an unprecedented triple-header victory in Standard Oil’s service station promotion, “Hats Off to the Past.”

December 31, 1982

Mr. and Mrs. Newton Semmler and family and Olga Semmler returned Monday afternoon from their two weeks’ Christmas vacation with Bob and Darlene Sandstedt, Boring, Ore., daughter of Mrs. Semmler and sister of Newton.

Dot Hanson took Amy to Pierre Tuesday, where she entered the hospital for surgery Wednesday, and returned home Thursday.

Buster Deuter and Jim Deuter went to the Randy Knippling’s Sunday afternoon to go snowmobiling.

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