5 Years Ago (2008)
Not wind or rain or cool temperatures could dampen spirits as Wolsey celebrated their 125th anniversary over the weekend. Nearly 70 entries lined the parade route Saturday morning. Other activities included a hypnotist, musical entertainment, wheel barrel races, karaoke, a basketball tournament, a pool party, and Wolsey’s famous goat races.
Children Trevor, Tracie and Todd Balvin came from Arizona by plane and visited for a week at the Doug and Marlas Balvin and Great-Grandma Dorothy Menning homes.
10 Years Ago (2003)
The streets of Wolsey were lined with cars June 28 for the annual town-wide rummage sale sponsored by Onward Wolsey. Bargain hunters from Beadle County and the surrounding area descended on the town from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to seek out whatever useful treasures they could discover.
Saturday, June 21 found thirty members of the Wolsey community volunteering their time and talents to improving the Wolsey school grounds during the Join Hands Day effort.
Wolsey photographer, Thomes E. Bartholow, earned second place in Photography at the Granary Art Show for his photograph “Morning Song”.
Becky Pribyl, Wolsey, earned a grade point average of 4.0 and was named to the President’s Academic Achievement List of top ranking students at Northern State University in Aberdeen for the spring 2003 semester.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Matt Moser and John Davis represented Wolsey High School at New Underwood at the South Dakota State High School Rodeo. Matt qualified to compete in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping. John qualified to compete in cattle cutting. Both qualified for the short go of the finals, Matt in team roping and John in cutting.
One hundred and eighty guests attended the Open House for the 50th wedding anniversary of Richard and Evelyn Eichstadt. Steve Eichstadt was Master of Ceremonies for the short program which featured a message by Pastor Rynearson and music by Dutch and Sally Meyer.
Callers Saturday at the Florence Schiltz home were Scott Miedema, James Miedema, Marlene Miedema and Mandy and Eric Miedema.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Janice Stegman was one of the approximately one hundred winners of the South Dakota Rural Electric Contest, who participated in an all-expensed paid trip to Basin Electric Power Plant at Stanton, North Dakota June 26 and 27.
The Wolsey Cards defeated the Alpena Midgets 7-2. Ken Barnes, Mike Overbay and Jeff Schiltz hit home runs to power the Wolsey Cards to victory. Doug Hortness took the win on the mound, and accounted for a double to aid his cause.
A good rain was received in this area last Sunday evening, with local gauges measuring about 3/4 of an inch. Strong winds accompanied the welcome moisture, but damage in this area was limited to broken tree branches, small buildings, etc.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Mrs. Alma Sejnoha was very pleasantly surprised and honored Tuesday afternoon when presented with a citation of merit in appreciation for her several years of public service in reporting fire emergency calls. The citation was presented by W. H. Walker, Chief Deputy Fire Chief or the state of South Dakota, which was signed by Governor Archie Gubbrud and The State Fire Marshal.
Comments by visiting alumni, their wives, husbands, and friends easily points to the success of the Wolsey High School 50-year celebration. The event marked the end of fifty years that Wolsey has had a four-year high school and the high interest of alumni and others was attested to by the attendance of more than five hundred people from all over the country.
Mrs. Myrtle (Schultz) Spoerling, Kerman, Calif., and Mrs. Mae (Montgomery)Peterson, Minneapolis, Minn., the first two graduates of Wolsey’s four-year high school and members of the 1913-14, were present for the 50-year Golden Jubilee celebration. The two ladies were each presented with a corsage, and a vase of flowers in remembrance of the event.
60 Years Ago (1953)
The month of June closed its precipitation books for the Wolsey community with a total of 4.40 inches bring the year’s total to 14.76–about five inches in excess of the total 1952 moisture receipt. For the most part June was cool with only the last few days being extremely warm.
Dean McGillvrey arrived here Wednesday evening from Alameda, Calif., to spend a 30-day leave with his mother, Mrs. Lorine McGillvrey, and other relatives and friends here.
Mrs. John Rahder gave a party for the ladies who helped with house cleaning after the fire. Among those present were Mrs. Elmer Scwartz, Mrs. Harry Salisbury, Mrs. Richard Hein, Mrs. Vernon Hein, Mrs. Charles Teply, Mrs. Wm. Teply, and Mrs. Henry Muhs.