January 25, 1913
Aaron Burge presented us with a liberal jar of hickory and hazel nuts, just received from his former home in Missouri. Aaron’s thoughtfulness is much appreciated by yours truly.
Miss Pearl Arends of St. Lawrence, one of Hand County’s school teachers, was thrown from a wagon last Friday, and was almost instantly killed. It is reported that the side of the wagon box gave way while making a sharp turn, and a number of young people were thrown. None of the others were injured.
Riverside news: S.L. Wilcox bought a cow of Mr. Miller. N.T. Hickcox and Mr. Miller traded cows, and Cal Saulsbury bought one of R.W. Barnes’ cows three weeks ago. Cattle business rather rushing in this vicinity.
January 26, 1923
Jas. Rychtarik was in town Thursday completing arrangements for an auction sale, which will be held at his place Monday, Feb. 26. Mr. Rychtarik expects to go to Chicago to make his future home.
Thor Nerland has purchased a new Ford through the Dale Garage.
(From the Huron Huronite) Between Turtle River and the tributary Wolf Creek, a few miles to the north of Ree Heights, a stone formation is puzzling scientists. With the persistence which has given the world many of its most splendid achievements, the scientists, however, continue to delve patiently into the secret. There is a line of rock, running perhaps two miles, with a great boulder at one end and at the other a small rock. Each stone is a trifle smaller than the preceding one in line, if one begins at the border. And the line is straight as an arrow. Science has asked the secret, whether some ancient Indian fort might have been erected there, whether some religious custom caused the rock to be so placed, and other possibilities.
January 27, 1933
Mrs. Leadbetter, nee Alice Reynolds, passed away Sunday forenoon, Jan. 22, at the age of 69 years. She was married to W.D. Leadbetter February 23, 1885 at Milton Junction, Wis. The same year they came to South Dakota and started housekeeping east of Ree Heights. She braved many hardships in the pioneer days of this state. There were three children born, Zua, Isabel and George. Two of these children, Isabel and George, preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at the Leadbetter home and the Congregational Church in Ree Heights.
The local independents, or as they call themselves, “Tony’s Bologna Pushers,” defeated St. Lawrence 25-35 on the home floor.
A local Farmer’s Union was organized at the Cedar Hall Monday night. Mr. Herman from St. Lawrence gave an interesting and instructive talk.
January 29, 1943
Having completed a thorough 45-day course in the repair and maintenance of most of the many types of vehicles used by the quick smashing Armored Force, P.F.C. Ambrose Lawler, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lawler, Ree Heights, today graduated from the Wheeled Vehicle Department of the Armed Force School.
Mrs. Roger Paine received a letter Wednesday from Mrs. L.H. Cowan, saying they arrived in Long Beach Saturday, and had not trouble on their trip except for a sleet storm in Arizona and a heavy rainstorm in California.
Mrs. Pearl Voelker received word that her son George passed his examination and received his wings last week at Spearfish.
January 30, 1953
On Monday evening at a regular PTA meeting, the charter troop awards, merit badges and cards and pins were presented. A Court of Honor followed, with the following boys receiving merit badges: Verlin Schock, farm mechanics; Dennis Kleinsasser, public health; Barry Steele, home repair, machinery and citizenship. Edward Moody was awarded the Star Badge for having completed five merit badges.
The voice of Betty Bower, the former Betty Nicholas, was heard on the “Two for the Money” program broadcast from New York Tuesday evening of this week. Highlights of her broadcast was her description of the weather in this area (40 below with the snow piling as high as the houses).
January 25, 1963
The 1963-64 “Who’s Who In the West?” has selected C.L. Speirs, USN, Ret. for a biographical sketch. Lee writes his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Speirs of Ree Heights, that this includes a resume of his naval career from Ensign through Commander.
An oyster supper was held at the Franklin Deuter home Wednesday evening. The occasion was in honor of their 45th anniversary.
Orville Hill and Ray Huisman left Saturday morning for Texas, Mexico and other points of interest. They plan on stopping to see Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Moore, who are spending the winter in Texas.
January 19, 1973
This big one didn’t get away, and Roger Grogan has a fish story to end all fish stories. While fishing at Jones Lake Sunday, Grogan snagged a “fish,” which fought him every inch of the way. Sure he had hooked the great-granddaddy of all fish, he worked his catch to shore, where he found that he had caught not a fish, but a mink. In the struggle, the animal had drowned.
Under warm sun and mild temperatures, the snow and ice have been melting rapidly and even resultant slush and mud is preferred. The break came Friday, when the mercury rose to a high of 38, and each day found it rising a few degrees until it reached a high of 49.
Peggy Fawcett and Laura Heasley left Friday in company with other 4-Hers winning an expense-paid trip to the Western Livestock Show in Denver.
January 28, 1983
Margie Beck participated in the Snow Flake Style Show in Miller Saturday. She rated third in her class.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Fawcett and Troy went to Rapid City to a wrestling tournament where Troy participated. Mr. and Mrs. Butch Evans and Kyle also attended, with Kyle participating.
Tuesday dinner guests at the Seth Hall home were Mr. and Mrs. George Hall and Mrs. Hope Hall, Carthage, and Mr. and Mrs. John Eggert, Bountiful, Utah. Kurt Hall and Karla Willman, Mitchell Vo-Tech, were weekend guest at the Seth Hall home.