March 8, 1913
Rev. E.P. Swartout of Turton, who will be the next pastor of the Congregational Church at Ree Heights, will take up his duties April 1. His contract with the Turton church does not expire until that date. Dr. Thrall is expected to preach here a couple of times during the interval.
The sale of S.V. Flints was well attended with nearly 200 people attending. Horses went low, while cattle went high. This is the first time this writer has seen Mr. Starr “in action” and we must say we were very well impressed with his work.
Cornelius Van Wyngaarden has accepted a position at the Ree Mercantile store. “Case” has been employed there before, and his many friends are glad to greet him over the counter.
March 9, 1923
A business deal was made last week when I.J. McClane purchased a half interest in the Holmes Grocery and the new business will be known in the future as Holmes & McClane. The firm is considering a new brick structure on the present site in the very near future.
The Dale Brothers filling station firm was dissolved this week, with A.W. purchasing the half interest of his brother, John, who will return to Iowa in the near future. John has had charge of the filling station for the past three years, day or night he was there to give his patrons service.
The Fairmont Creamery Co. has rented a room in the Nicholas building, where Mr. Nicholas has had his insurance business, and will install equipment for a cream station. The new station will open for business sometime next week, with Ben Nesheim the new manager.
March 10, 1933
Saturday morning, Gov. Tom Berry ordered all banks in South Dakota to be closed for an indefinite period because of financial conditions existing in other states in the east. Sunday evening, President Roosevelt ordered all banks suspend business until Thursday of this week. The purpose of this is to stop the flow of gold out of the banks and raise the price of food commodities.
Highmore won the independent basketball tournament held in Ree Heights Saturday. After the game, a bowery style dance was held. On the whole, the entire day was a success, and in spite of the fact the banks closed that morning, they grossed about $87.00. In the afternoon, a crowd of 300 attended the event, and in the evening over 500 packed into the hall.
Another touch of winter these last few days caused us to throw another bucket of coal on the fire and forget about that spring feeling, and that was a break for the coal dealers.
March 12, 1943
Among the Hand County inductees called to report on March 15 is Elmer Albert Schultz of Lodi, Calif., formerly of Ree Heights.
Friends here received announcement of the marriage of Miss Audrey Smeby of Mission Hill to Technical Sergeant Oscar Hofstad at Mission Hill on February 28. Miss Smeby is a former teacher in the grade school here.
Pfc. Bill Harvey from Florida and Sgt. Wesley Brisben from Pennsylvania have both enjoyed furloughs lately. Sgt. Brisben arrived Tuesday and left the following Monday.
March 13, 1953
Mrs. Ruth Barnes, former long time resident of Hand County, died February 2 in San Diego, Calif., at the age of 90 years. She was married to Richard Barnes in 1883 and they lived in Ohio for a time, moving to Miller in 1900, where Mr. Barnes was engaged in buying stock and farming. They moved to a farm northwest of Ree Heights in 1930, and moved to San Diego in 1935.
A bit of change in the weather this week, following the big blow Sunday night, which blocked the highway in several places between Miller and Highmore, and gave the show crowd from Ree Heights and vicinity plenty of trouble on their way home from the show. Many cars were stalled, ditched and others unable to travel on account of the drifts. The state snowplow came out during the night to help the bus through, giving those cars on top of the highway a break. Since Sunday it has been thawing. At this writing, it is raining and freezing as it falls.
March 8, 1963
Tuesday, March 12, the voters of the Ree Heights Independent School District No. 1 will go to the polls to cast their ballot for or against the closing of the high school, an institution of 40 years’ duration, which some of the people have given much to publicity that it has outlived its usefulness.
The Ree Heights PTA meeting was held Monday evening, Feb. 25. The group voted to co-sponsor the annual school athletic banquet with the American Legion. It will be held about March 23.
March 9, 1973
The American Legion Auxiliary of Ree Heights held Woman’s Bingo night Friday evening, March 2. The purpose was to earn money to send a girl delegate to Girls’ State. A bake sale was also held.
The engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Debra Jean, to Terry Lee Kopecky, is announced by Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pratt. Miss Pratt is a senior in the Miller High School. Her fiancé is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lamont Kopecky of Orient, and is employed with Ree Heights Implement. The wedding date has been set for June 22.
March 11, 1983
The family of Pearl Voelker, Miller, took a carry-in dinner for her 88th birthday Sunday. Those present were Stella Hammill; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hartmann and girls, Pierre; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Schultz and Mr. and Mrs. Randy Schultz and family, all of Tulare; Kevin Schultz and a friend, Miss Hargens, Mr. and Mrs. George Voelker, and Milton Hickcox, Miller.
Family came to attend the funeral of Lucy Rombough, and spent several days at their sisters’ and aunts’ homes. Relatives gathered at the Jack Cook home for supper and visiting Thursday evening. An earthquake made a large noise, as though something fell. The pictures were crooked on the wall.
South Dakota is indeed a land of Infinite Variety—at least weather-wise. Besides the rain, fog and bizzard, the residents also experienced an earthquake that measured 4.4 on the Richter scale. About 12:30 Friday morning, many people all over the county were shaken from their sleep as tremors from the earthquake were felt. Many reported their floors shook, dishes rattled and pictures fell off the walls. Some said the noise that accompanied the tremors sounded like thunder, while others thought it was semi-trucks.