Looking Back

Posted May 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

May 24, 1913

A much needed, soil-soaking and crop benefiting rain visited this section of the country Saturday afternoon and Monday morning in the amount of three inches, to be exact. Mark Hague, who has been in this territory and state for 42 years, says if we can get rain like this in June, we will have some hay and some grain.

Two years have passed since we have launched the Review on the sea of journalism. Said “sea” has not been “troubled” in the least. Not a clash with a brother editor, not a political scrap, not even a roundup with an irate subscriber.

Mrs. Henry Heasley left Monday evening for Chicago to spend a week with her brother, whom she has not seen for 15 years. He is manager of the US Post Office at Shanghai, China and is in this country on a six months’ leave of absence for the benefit of his health.

May 25, 1923

Mr. Peter Watkins arrived Monday from San Benito, Texas, making the trip by auto in eight and one-half days. He was accompanied by T.J. Leyson and family, who will visit relatives and friends.

The first airplane of the season passed over Ree Heights Thursday morning, going west.

Battery “C” of the Ninth Field Artillery, which is to pass through our community about May 25, is an organization belonging to one of the finest and most honorable regiments in the United States Army. The battery will march through with approximately 120 men, three officers, 126 horses and mules, four guns, four caissons, and nine other auxiliary vehicles.

May 26, 1933

On January 1, 1933 occurred the marriage of Miss Vera Miller to Mr. David Paine at Faulkton. The couple was married secretly and most of the people here, including the parents of both parties, had no suspicion, although it was generally thought that they would be married in early June. Mr. Paine is engaged in trucking with his father and Mrs. Paine has been teaching at the local high school the past year.

Robbers entered and looted the pool hall of about $12.00 worth of cigarettes and $3.00 in cash Tuesday night. This is the third time in three years that thieves have entered the pool hall. It is thought they entered through a coal chute and came up into the main part of the building through a trap door in the floor.

The school year came to an end officially Thursday with the presentation of diplomas to 14 seniors. States Attorney Leo A. Tammey of Huron delivered the commencement address, supplemented by Edwin Hasart and Carolyn Suhn, who delivered the valedictory and salutatory addresses.

May 28, 1943

Miss Lois Paine was hostess to a group of girls at a farewell party Thursday afternoon for Donna Troon, who is leaving with her mother to make her home in California.

Raymond Voelker went to Sioux Falls this week to take a test for the Army Air Corps.

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Paine and family accompanied by her father, Elmer Miller, and her brother, Lt. Marlin Miller of the US Infantry, who is home on furlough, were dinner guests at the Leonard Nation home Thursday. Mrs. Nation, Mrs. Paine and Lt. Miller are sisters and brother. Mr. Miller has spent the winter in Washington with his daughter, Mrs. Bernard Hasart.

May 29, 1953

Funeral services for Fran A. Loveless, former Ree Heights businessman, were held May 27 in the Reck Funeral Home at Miller. Mr. Loveless died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.T. Linstrom, in Riverside, Calif., at the age of 90 years. He moved to S.D. in 1886, where he homesteaded near Gettysburg. Later he owned and operated a hotel in Gettysburg. He operated three mail routes to Hoven, Eals and Potter out of that same town. He was in charge of the Atlas Elevator in Gettysburg for 15 years and was register of deeds for Potter County for four years. In 1912 he and his family moved to Ree Heights where he was manager of an elevator for a number of years. He later moved to Rapid City, then Miller, where he was janitor of the school during the thirties.

Sunday evening, the Editor and family had the pleasure of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brisben and three daughters in Huron, who were en route to their home in Jamestown, N.D. from Texas, where they had visited their son Rex, who is in the Air Corps. Joy and Leone are both Ensigns in the WAVES and are stationed in New York. Wesley and family are in Germany, Maxine in Seattle, and Dick is in school in Jamestown. The Brisbens are former residents of Ree Heights.

The Wm. Steptoe family and Delores Steele left Thursday noon for Denver, Colo., to visit their son, Kenneth, who is stationed there. On their return, Delores will remain in Rapid City for the summer.

May 24, 1963

Chester Fish, Volga, announces the engagement and approaching marriage of his daughter Karen to Robert Steptoe. She is a teacher in rural school in Hand County, located south of Ree Heights. Her fiancé was graduated from Ree Heights High School and is engaged in farming and ranching with his parents.

Miss Charlotte Schock left for Minneapolis the 5th of May, where she has employment with the Pillsbury Mills.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Beranek and Mr. and Mrs. John Kopecky of Ree Heights were among the picnickers at the Ontario School. Grandchildren of the two couples attend the school.

May 25, 1973

The American Legion Auxiliary held their monthly meeting Tuesday, May 15. Election of officers was held, with the main topic of businesss being to appoint a girl for Girls’ State. Laura Heasley was selected and Patricia Crackel as alternate.

The Ree Heights sixth grade class spent an enjoyable day Friday, May 18, when they participated in a field trip. Part of the group went to visit the Huron Daily Plainsman, as they had just completed a unit on newspapers. The second group of sixth graders who had taken South Dakota History took their field trip to the Buffalo Kill Site in the Francis Deuter pasture.

Friends and relatives of Harry W. Gardner of Eugene, Ore., who has been making annual visits back here for several years, will be sorry to learn that he suffered a heart attack the middle of March that put him in the hospital for over two weeks. Since his release April 3, he has been staying with his daughter, with whom he plans to make his home. He says he is feeling better, but has to take things easy. Harry is a former Ree Heights resident.

May 26, 1983

Mary Hancock graduated May 13 from the Beloit, Kan. Vocational College in computer programming. She will work for the Rapid City Journal. She arrived home Sunday and brought Jim and Elsie’s grandson, Joey Bryant, who will spend about a month here. Mary left for Rapid City Monday.

Georgia Cook left last Wednesday for Los Angeles to visit her sister, Edra Hathaway, who is ill. On the way out she attended a Democratic National Convention at Santa Fe, N.M. for two days.

Rose Fawcett and her mother, Dorothy Wangsness, and her sisters, Dottie Zens and Harriet Chipman, Miller, left for Sioux Falls Wednesday and took the plane to Florida Thursday morning to visit Elvin Wangsness. They plan to return Monday.

Bob Moore, Jim Graham, Miller, and Edith Evans and Marty McGran, Pierre, were visitors at the Buster Deuter home Monday. The Pierre visitors came to see the museum and buffalo kill site.