December 7, 1912
Miss Ida Anderson, an industrious and worthy school teacher residing in Midland Township, hurt her knee several years ago and after suffering for months had to suffer the loss of this limb. Since her recovery she has taught school, walking through the snow and mud with a crutch, displaying a true Dakota grit. The object of a meeting was to raise money for an artificial limb for Miss Anderson—it was asked that the group raise $100 to purchase the limb. In a few minutes $102.41 was raised. Much more has been handed in since the meeting.
The next meeting of the Local Order of the Grange will be held December 12 with an interesting program. The debate for the evening will be: Resolved, That the American Family would be benefitted if the Christmas present habit were abolished.
Henry Scott, Wm. Voelker, C.C. Shreffler and August Hadeler all went to Miller on the freight Tuesday to attend circuit court, the two latter to serve as jurors.
December 8, 1922
Much visiting and many dinner parties had to be given up Thanksgiving Day on account of the threatening weather. Many of our young folks attended the party given at Roger Paine’s place Friday evening.
Mrs. R.J. Holmes has a letter from a brother in Texas, who tells her that they are putting in their crops and garden.
All the section men have been laid off except one until spring opens up.
December 9, 1932
The Christian Temperance Union met at the parsonage. Mrs. Mead, who is the Women’s Christian Temperance Union representative in this locality, called the meeting for Monday the 5th, the day Congress convened.
R.H. Paine made a trip to Sioux Falls Monday by airplane, where he had the plane inspected and relicensed.
Sixteen days left to buy Christmas Seals. In June, Ervin Frey and Gladys Flint were sent to Camp Wanzer from this fund to rebuild their run-down condition. Both of these children were greatly benefited by their stay at the camp.
December 11, 1942
Mr. Jurgens has announced that Christmas vacation will begin December 23 and end January 4. School will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 to make up the Thursday before Christmas. After January 1, school may be held every Saturday to shorten the school year, in step with national defense.
August Sandcamp suffered a serious shoulder injury Friday of last week, when a haystack which he was on gave way and let him down on the head of a critter, which threw him to the ground. Jimmy Scott and a brother of Mrs. Sandcamp are doing the farm work.
In cooperation with the rest of the Northwest, residents of Ree Heights are being asked to make plans to extinguish all lights or make them invisible from the outside on the night of December 14 between 10 and 10:20 p.m. The church bell will sound the blackout signal and also the all-clear. Members of the Town Board will act as air raid wardens and anyone failing to cooperate by concealing or extinguishing their lights will be subject to a fine.
Jack Cook is expected home on furlough to visit at the home of his parents. Hoyt Nicholas has taken over the duties of coach in the local school since Gale Cowan’s departure.
December 5, 1952
Mr. and Mrs. Clair Fawcett, Mrs. Don Kelly and Mr. and Mrs. Kleinsasser attended the South Dakota Evangelical Sunder School Association State Convention in Huron Tuesday.
Ote Hammill of Washington state has been visiting his brother, Curt Hammill, and his daughter, Mrs. Herb Frier and family, also other relatives and friends in the community.
December 7, 1962
Miss Loretta Mykkanen arrived from Pine River, Minn., over a week ago to spend a couple of weeks visiting at the Ed Schock home. Miss Mykkanen and Miss Charlotte Schock became good friends while the two girls worked together at a resort near Pine River last summer.
There were 44 members and guests in attendance at the annual Christmas smorgasbord, a joint meeting of the Cedar Homebuilders and Christian Parents, held at the Ree Heights Church Sunday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hartman came from Pierre Saturday to visit her mother, Mrs. Roy Hammill, a patient at St. John’s Hospital in Huron, where she is recuperating from major surgery last week.
December 8, 1972
Mrs. Beryle (Donald) Kelly, English instructor in the Miller High School, has been nominated as Miller’s candidate for the distinction of 1973 South Dakota Teacher of the Year, in the contest sponsored by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Pvt. Tim Wallace and his friend, Dale Franklin, both stationed in Camp Carson, Colo., were weekend guests at the Francis “Buster” Deuter home. Pvt. Wallace and Buster are cousins.
Friday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Pietz attended a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party fro Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Lawler.
December 10, 1982
Mr. and Mrs. Garner Sivertsen and Travis have moved to the farm vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Harvey and boys, who have completed their move to Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Fawcett went to Sioux Falls Wednesday to attend the South Dakota Livestock Association convention, and came home Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Bouren treated Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bouren to supper Saturday evening for their 45th wedding anniversary and later attended the Firemen’s Dance.
December 11, 1992
Buster and Lois Deuter took Florence Nicholas out for supper Saturday and later attended the Snow Queen contest.
Darlene Campbell left Wednesday for Omaha, Neb., where she visited with her son, Randy Rowen and family. She had Thanksgiving with them and returned to her home Sunday.
Many from this area will be keeping a nocturnal watch next week, intent on staying awake long enough to catch Hand County’s famous saddle bronc riders in action when Robert, Dan and Bill Etbauer compete at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, December 11-13. The brothers, sons of Lyle and Beverly Etbauer, grew up near Ree Heights, and spent most of their childhood “in the saddle.”