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Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

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from the files of the

Ree Heights Review

compiled by

Jeanie Hartman

February 15, 1913

A jolly party consisting of Misses Mary Stuart, Hazel Strong, Ethlyne Berry, Beulah Theobald, Mina and Jessie Scott, and Messers. Carl Speirs and Harry Gardner went to Pierre Friday night to watch the Legislature in action and see the sights at the Capitol. They returned Sunday evening.

Jack Wareing says that while the “hen fanciers” are doing a lot of boasting about their fine chickens, his Buff Orpingtons are making a record for laying eggs. He states that 23 laying hens turned out $8 worth of eggs during the month of January and will beat that in February.

That Hand County is going to need a new courthouse in a very few years is very evident. The present building is becoming too small to accommodate the business necessary to be transacted in such a large county. Anyone going to the treasurer’s or auditor’s office on a busy day will easily see that in the course of five years at the most, there must be a new and much more commodious place in which to transact county business.

February 16, 1923

John Vlasek was laid to rest in Morningside Cemetery at Ree Heights on February 10. He was born in Hand County on June 24 and died February 6 at the age of 14 years and seven months. He is the son of Mrs. John Vlasek, Sr. Rev. Matthews officiated at the services in the Congregational Church.

John Hall, and old-time resident of this community wrote the Editor this week from his home in Woodland, Calif. Many of our readers will remember him. He states that they were having bright sunshine that day and the Ground Hog would see his shadow, but it didn’t make that much difference in California as it did when he lived in South Dakota. He said that h e had lived here for 36 years and had seen a lot of rough winters.

The Domestic Science class is going to have candy and cake sales to help pay for the Victrola that the high school recently purchased.

February 10, 1933

A number of basketball fans from Ree Heights went to Miller Sunday afternoon to attend the game between the Green Lanterns and the Harlem Globetrotters, a fast, clever Negro team. They defeated Miller 39-30.

Five persons were wounded Wednesday night in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as he was making an informal address from an open car in one of Miami’s parks, to an audience of about 25,000 people.

“Ode to a Horse” – O, horse, you are a wondrous thing. No horns to honk, no bells to ring; no license buying every year, with plates to screw on front and rear. No sparks to miss, no gears to strip; you start yourself, no clutch to slip; no gas bills mounting every day to steal the joys of life away. Your inner tubes are all O.K., and thank the Lord they stay that way. Your spark plugs never miss or fuss; your motor never makes us cuss. Your frame is good for many a mile; your body never changes style. Your wants are few and easily met—you’ve something on the auto yet.

February 19, 1943

Chris Mack of radio station WNAX called at the John Lingscheit farm on Wednesday afternoon of this week and recorded an interview with the family for a broadcast. The broadcast will be heard over WNAX next Wednesday at 12:05 on the regular Chris Mack Show.

Jack Rainey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rainey, and Bill Struse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Struse, left Thursday for induction into the U.S. Army.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mitchell have received a letter from their son John, who is serving with the U.S. Navy, that he has undergone a spinal operation in a Seattle hospital and was to undergo another one.

February 20, 1953

Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Nicholas and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Paine returned home Monday night from their trip to New York and Florida. They returned by way of Wichita Falls, Texas, where they called on Roger Nicholas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Nicholas, who is stationed there with the Air Force.

Kenneth Steptoe, second oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Steptoe, left from Miller Wednesday afternoon for the armed services. On Saturday evening, a farewell party was held at the Steptoe home in his honor. About 50 were present. Darrell Morford and Donald Heasley also left on Wednesday.

Since about Thursday noon, quite a ferocious blizzard has been raging in this territory. Reports indicate that near a foot of snow fell, driven by a strong northeast wind. At this writing, side roads must be pretty well blocked and the highway is heavy if not blocked. One advantage, it has not been very cold.

February 15, 1963

Double funeral services were held in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller Friday for Mrs. Eugene Moos, 37, and her brother, Frederick Bozward, 24, who died January 28. (Note: the brother apparently killed his sister, then committed suicide.)

Cheryl White has been selected by the faculty as the DAR representative. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne White. Miss White has also been named the winner of the Betty Crocker Homemakers Award, having excelled in a written test on homemaking skills taken with other senior girls.

Hilltop Grange met Friday and voted to present the State Grange Master , C.E. Polland, with pheasant feather corsages, to be given at the National Convention as compliments of Hilltop Grange. Mrs. Leonard Fawcett will be chairman of the project.

February 16, 1973

Sunday, Jan. 28, Ron Palmer moved his wife and son to their new home in Littleton, Colo., where they plan to be for a year, and Ron Gunnufson moved his wife to their new home in Lakewood, Colo. The girls are sisters.

Mr. and Mrs. Clare Cahoon left Wednesday on a two-week vacation trip to Hawaii and California. Wayne McGee is operating the Ree Heights Implement in their absence.

Mrs. Joan Hull and girls, Mrs. Roma Eschliman, Mrs. Ruth Garner and Mrs. Ada Fawcett were Sunday dinner guests at the George Engelmann home. In the afternoon, friends of Mrs. Hull joined the group for a surprise birthday party in her honor. A specially decorated cake was served during the afternoon of visiting.

February 16, 1983

The Ree Heights PTO will host their Father-Son Chili Supper Monday, Feb. 21 in the school gym.

After a period of approximately seven years, Miller will have a participant in the 1983 South Dakota All-State Band. Robin Pratt, a senior at Miller High School and a trumpet player, is one of 17 trumpet players selected for this year’s band. Miss Pratt was among five Miller students to audition for this year’s band, along with approximately 900 students state-wide.

Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Bouren, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bouren and Mr. and Mrs. Seth Hall attended the Fireman’s Banquet and dance in Miller Saturday evening.