Looking Back

Posted July 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

June 28, 1913

Henry Steinleitner, while driving on the scale Thursday at the Atlas Elevator, with four horses and the big wagon loaded with coal (2 ½ tons to be exact), made a miscue somewhere and the two “nigh” wheels got “off” on the platform. While the coal did not spill, it took Henry some time to jack the wagon and load back on the scales.

Through kindness of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Welker, this writer and family had the pleasure of attending the Children’s Day exercises of Midland Sunday School, held in Campbell’s Gulch. We had no idea that such a beautiful spot existed in this part of the county. A crowd of about 200 people was present and the young folks rendered a fine program. The people of that neighborhood expected to celebrate the Fourth there.

Herman Heitritter, of Boyden, Iowa, was here Sunday to see his land. He owns the half section on which stands the Greenleaf Church.

June 19, 1923

It is hard to believe, but the publisher can vouch for it that Mrs. Lillie Jones has three broods of chickens who are mothered by old roosters. When she takes a brood from the incubator, she catches a rooster and shuts him up with the baby chicks, and within a day or two he is clucking and scratching for them just like an old hen. Mrs. Jones evidently believes in equal rights and is going to see that the males do their share of the work.

A petition was presented asking the town board to close up the alley in block 28 to the public because it is useless and impassable. The petition drew forth considerable discussion, but was acted upon favorably.

Clyde Ice came up in his airplane Saturday and flew over the town a while. Ethel Burge and Mrs. McGee went up Saturday for a spin over the city, and Sunday morning Harold Danielson enjoyed a ride among the clouds.

June 30, 1933

The first-class mail and wrappers from the parcel post taken in last week’s mail robbery here was found in a burlap bag and Wolsey and returned to the post office here. The letters and packages had all been opened and anything of value, with the exception of checks and post office money orders, was missing.

The sudden death of E.P. Swartout at his home about 3 Wednesday morning, June 14, came as a shock to his relatives and many friends. Rev. Swartout was an early day minister in Ree Heights and served in that capacity in Gann Valley and other towns of the state. He was 84 years old.

The addition of 10 percent alcohol to gasoline resulted in an average of 2.8 more miles per gallon of gas, according to reports from 500 users in Iowa and Nebraska during the past 90 days.

July 2, 1943

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at Polo for Mrs. Richard Martinmaas, daughter of Mrs. John Kelly, who passed away Saturday as a result of burns suffered at her home northwest of Ree Heights, when a stove exploded last Thursday morning. Besides her mother and several sisters, she is survived by her widower and three-year-old daughter.

Auxiliary Linda M. Frier of Ree Heights is a member of a Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps unit, now working at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The WAACs have taken over many jobs there in the post headquarters.

Due to a twister in Highmore that wrecked the power lines north of town Sunday night, Ree Heights was without electricity Sunday night and Monday until about 5:30. This is the longest period of time that we have been without electric power since the service company came into Ree Heights.

July 3, 1953

On Saturday, July 11, 79 Pheasant Council Scouts and leaders will depart for the Third National Jamboree, to be held at the Irvine Ranch, on the Pacific Ocean near Santa Anna, Calif. 50,000 Scouts from throughout the nation, including 35 scouting nations of the world, will participate. Those from Ree Heights making the trip are Dennis Kleinsasser, Dale Fawcett and Scoutmaster Zach Kleinsasser.

The Prostrollo families held a family gathering at the Mike Prostrollo home in Miller Sunday, as a farewell to Mrs. Grace Ingebriten and children. They left Saturday for New York en route to Degonfore, Germany, to join Lt. Col. Ingebriten.
Reports for the armed forces on June 15 for the induction on June 16 were Wesley Yost, Charles S. Sisk, both from Miller; James W. Goldsmith, Highmore; and Demaree L. Story, St. Lawrence. Among those reporting for their physical examination was Roy R. Harvey, Ree Heights.

June 28, 1963

The American Legion sponsored a banquet in the Legion Hall Monday evening of last week in honor of the American Legion Auxiliary. Guest speakers were the Girl and Boy State students, Sharon Bouren and Warren Beck.

At the annual horse show sponsored by the Hilltop Grange, horses and riders were present from many communities, as well as many spectators. Buckles and ribbons were awarded for prizes. The winners of the All-Around Buckles were: Women, Gloria Huisman; Men, Leland Sivertsen; and Kids, Randy Blaseg.

South Dakota Flying Farmers and Ranchers concluded their state convention at Aberdeen with a Fly-Out. The convention brought many highlights, one of which was the crowning of Mrs. Leonard Fawcett, Ree Heights, as the State Flying Farmers and Ranchers Queen Saturday evening. Mrs. Fawcett (Dorothy) was elected from a field of three contestants by members of the association.

June 29, 1973

No precipitation during the week, but the mercury must have gotten a little dizzy from jumping around. On Saturday the temperature jumped to a high of 97.

The United Church of Christ Congregational of Ree Heights was the setting for the marriage of Miss Judith Lynn Hull of Ree Heights and Steven Charles Jensen of Stockholm, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Gary M. Gray, uncle of the bride, and Mrs. Roma Eschilman officiated at the ceremony that took place on the anniversary of the bride’s parents.

Hand County Grange members recently competed in the State Grange sewing contest held in Pierre, and received a number of awards. All articles entered in the contest had been awarded prizes in the county contest held earlier. Receiving prizes from this area were Mrs. James Waring, Susan Fawcett, Mrs. Bill Rodman and Mrs. Kenneth Werdel. Mrs. James Waring received Best of Show.

June 30, 1983

Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Bouren and family were Sunday supper guests at the Clayton Sisk home for her folks’ 54th wedding anniversary.

Ruth Hoversten and her granddaughter, Denise, were Friday evening callers at the Dean Lockner home. Ruth and Denise accompanied Candi and Brooke Lockner to the play, “Those Who Heard Jesus,” at the Presbyterian Church in Miller Friday evening.

The Hoyt Nicholas spent Saturday night in Rapid City and attended a musical directed by Loie Nicholas at the Dahl Fine Arts Center. They returned home Sunday.

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from the files of the

Ree Heights Reviewcompiled by

Jeanie Hartman