Looking Back

Posted June 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

June 21, 1913

John T. Cogan, who started the Ree Valley Free Press here 31 years ago, stepped off the cars here Wednesday evening, looked up the street and asked, “What happened to the old hotel?” He asked after William Richmond and said he remembered William Price, the Gardner brothers and other old timers. It is interesting to recall Mrs. Leadbetter’s poem—“There was John T. Cogan, the paper to edit, a paper that does this country much credit. For every time we had the least drop of rain, he published it for…“an old soaker again!”

We are in receipt of a notice of an Equal Franchise Convention at Huron on July 1 and 2, at which time plans will be laid for a vigorous campaign in 1914, when they expect to win a glorious victory. If the women are really anxious to do something to help along their cause, we respectfully suggest that they appoint a committee to round up all the high-voiced, whistling, squeaking bunch of female “operators” who have been hoodoo to the suffrage movement in South Dakota for the past 25 years and send them off for a two-year trip to the South Seas, then hire two or three enthusiastic gentlemen to speak in every town in the state before the election.

The Harrold ball team autoed over Friday and made arrangements to play a return game with the Ree Heights bunch, but a rain came up and wet the diamond, so the contest had to be put off until 4 p.m., when a seven-inning game was played. Pete Suhn was on the mound for Ree Heights and in spite of the fact that he was not in practice, and that the diamond was muddy and the ball was wet, he made the Harrold team think we had a real pitcher. The final score was 6-3, won by Ree Heights.

June 22, 1923

Thompson Lindsay, who lived in this vicinity up to about 15 years ago, was in town on business the forepart of the week. Mr. Lindsay is a graduate of Harvard University and is on his way to Montana, where he has accepted a position.

Up to last week, there have been 106,119 passenger automobiles registered in South Dakota, and indications are that the number of these cars will greatly exceed the number last year, when 116,144 were licensed.

June 23, 1933

Carl Voss, an early day settler of Hand County and a long-time resident of Ree Heights, died Sunday night at the home of Mrs. W. Bower in Miller. He was born in Hamburg, Germany February 15, 1847. He passed away June 18 at the age of 86. When a young man he came to America and settled at Malcon, Iowa, where he worked and later ran a butcher shop. Then he came to Ree Heights, where he has since lived. He never married and had no other relatives.

Fritz Nelson, Harold Bell, George Voelker and Gale Cowan went to Pickerel Lake Wednesday evening to fish.

June 25, 1943

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Scott received word this week of the marriage of their daughter, Carol, to Pvt. 1st Class Nevada B. Taylor of Clinton, Ill., at the Gretna Green Wedding Chapel, where the groom is stationed in gunnery school. Carol is a graduate of the local high school and taught school for several years. For the past year she has been working in the ordinance munitions plant at Denver, Colo.

Seeping water is inundating many basements in town. Some basements have not been free from surface water for over a year, while others have not been bothered since last fall, until the past two weeks.

Sgt. Wesley Brisben arrived Monday morning from Pennsylvania on furlough with his folks. Sgt. Waldo Speirs was in Ree Heights Monday and Tuesday visiting friends and relatives. He is stationed at Ft. Lawton, Seattle, Wash., in the medical division of the Army.

June 26, 1953

Rebecca Fawcett, Ree Heights, won the $5.00 grand prize at the Pet Parade held Tuesday morning during Good Will Days in Miller.

Wayne A. Nicholas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred I. Nicholas, was recently granted the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Columbia University at the 199th annual commencement exercises.

The members of the Miller Press staff and their families were guests in the C.W. Stockman home Friday evening and helped Mr. and Mrs. Stockman celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Bob McFarlane and two sons; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Thrall and two daughters; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Van Rosendale; and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Waddell.

June 21, 1963

The Ree Heights five-digit zip code is 57371, according to postmaster Kathryn Speirs. Everyone will use this zip code on all their correspondence to speed mail delivery.

Mrs. Dick Gremmert, Decatur, Ill., is visiting in Ree Heights. She is staying at the Gott. Pietz home. Mrs. Gremmert and her late husband lived northwest of Ree Heights for a number of years.

June 22, 1973

Julie Novotny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Novotny of Ree Heights, suffered facial and other injuries in a freak accident Sunday. Julie was riding her Honda when the machine ran through the shop door. The accident occurred at the home of her parents.

Two Ree Heights teachers, Mrs. Ruth Hoversten and Orville Kleinsassar, have been chosen Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America for 1973. Nominated by their principal earlier this year, they were selected for this honor on the basis of their professional and civic achievements.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Quinten Werdel are making their home on a farm south of Ree Heights, following their marriage April 28 in Highmore. Mrs. Werdel, the former Lynn Louise Volek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Volek of Highmore, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Werdel of Ree Heights.

June 23, 1983

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Lockner and Brooke camped out at Pierre last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. They were supper guests at the Rex Haskins home at Pierre.

Rick Hansen spent the weekend at the Lyman Hansen home at Highmore. He participated in the 5-kilimeter race in Highmore Saturday morning and placed second.

Patti Cowan, Highmore, and Ed Werdel, Ree Heights, exchanged their marriage vows June 11 at an afternoon ceremony performed by Father Paul Bachman at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Highmore. Parents of the couple are Mr. Pat Cowan, Highmore, and Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Werdel, Ree Heights.