April 26, 1913
The play, “Clarindie Cackser’s Courtship,” given by the young people of Bailey last Thursday evening at the Koc Schoolhouse was well attended. There were 106 people present. Mrs. George Hoy furnished the music.
H.H. Frahm is putting in 700 acres with his farm engine. First he sows the grain with an end gate seeder, then the engine, pulling four eight-foot discs, followed by a harrow, puts the grain in and smoothes the earth, all in one operation.
The mail route to Phelan has been discontinued and Clarence Barnett is out of his job. Clarence has been a faithful public servant, making his trips in calm and stormy weather three times each week for about five years.
April 27, 1923
Word has been received by friends that Luella Dale, daughter of Mrs. John Dale, had passed away about four o’clock Saturday at Shellrock, Iowa. Little Luella was raised at Ree Heights and her many friends and schoolmates mourn her untimely death. She was nine years old.
Bessie Beranek, who has been suffering from an attack of pneumonia, is still unable to attend school.
April 28, 1933
A group of junior girls “hiked to the hills” after school last Wednesday. After a picnic lunch around a camp fire, they were entertained with “ghost stories” until the approach of night forced them to secure more permanent shelter. Those in the party were Renata Hasart, Mildred Specker, Phyllis Burge and Delores Curtis.
Kent Hammill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hammill, gathered at the Curt Hammill home with nine little boys to help him celebrate his birthday—his seventh, by the way.
April 30, 1943
A checkup at the post office here shows that approximately $1,500 worth of War Bonds were sold during April, the month of the Second War Bond Drive. This does not include the sales of War Stamps, which amounted to $94.00.
Jerry Courts, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Courts, narrowly escaped serious injury Tuesday when he fell on the axle of a toy, driving it into his head just above the ear, while playing at the Bud Paine home. Mrs. Paine, being unable to pull it out, rushed him to the hospital in Miller, where the axle was removed.
Ira Courts has one for Believe it or Not. It is a lamb with two bodies connected together at the head. The face of the lamb was almost normal, even to the location of one pair of ears. On the back of the head were two more ears, these were close together at the root. There were two complete bodies, each with the legs about where they should be. The lamb, or should we say lambs, were dead.
May 1, 1953
Clarence Justice, who is employed on a paper at Milbank, S.D., called in town Sunday forenoon. He had been visiting his mother at Miller, and his sister, Darlene, who had been home for a visit from Denver, Colo.
Clare Cahoon left Sunday for Chicago to spend two weeks attending an International Harvester School of Instructions.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Steptoe drove to Pierre Thursday night of last week with their son, who left by plane for Ft. Lewis, Wash., and from there he will leave for overseas duty.
April 26, 1963
Dedication services for a new 28×30 addition to the Ree Heights Congregational Church will be held next Sunday, April 29…The new addition is a story frame structure with a full basement, pastor’s study, youth room and a new modern kitchen in the basement. Five years ago the chancel was completely rebuilt.
Flying Farmers from ranches and from 17 towns in South Dakota, as well as Canby, Minn. and Chicago, attended a Flying Farmers and Ranchers Fly-In at the Miller airport Sunday afternoon. Leonard Fawcett, first vice-president, Ree Heights, was one of the officers present.
Edward Henson, Miller High School cornet player, has been awarded the John Phillip Sousa Award. The award is present each year to an outstanding instrumental musician.
April 27, 1973
This area apparently was on the fringe of a severe windstorm Thursday afternoon. There have been reports of wind damage to outbuildings, etc., around this vicinity from the windstorm, which brought with it .29 of rain and much thunder and lightning.
Most of the news was family dinners held on Easter Sunday. Most everyone either went somewhere or had a house full of company.
Weekend guests at the Edmund Pietz home were Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Palmer and family, Littleton, Colo.; Alice Pietz, Aberdeen; Arlyce Pietz, Pierre; and Mr. and Mrs. Allen Greenfield, Huron. Saturday night, they all visited at the Gene Norton home in Miller.
April 28, 1983
Welcome home to Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Nicholas, from their winter home at Pharr, Texas. Wednesday, Florence showed some of her paintings at the Miller Library along with other local artists.
Georgia M. Cook, Ree Heights, was elected to serve the South Dakota Democratic Party as their new vice-chairman. She will serve a two-year term, ending in 1985. Mrs. Cook goes a long way on community leadership. She has been chosen for the sixth time to be in the “Who’s Who in American Politics.”
Twenty years of teaching that started in Iowa will come to an end this spring for Mrs. Ernest (Ruth) Hoversten, who will retire at the end of the school term. The past 14 years she has been at the Ree Heights School, where she has taught grades three through eight at various times.
from the files of the
Ree Heights Review