5 Years Ago (2008)
Election 2008 was one of historic proportions, with Barack Obama being elected America’s 44th president, and its first black president. South Dakota, however, voted in favor of John McCain, with 53.16 percent voting for Cain-Palin, and 44.75 voting for Obama-Biden. About 73 percent of eligible South Dakota voters went to the polls November 4.
Officers for 2009-10 for the Wolsey Senior Center are: Bob Brodkorb, president; Vivian Rearick, vice president; Marlys Diegel, secretary; and Verla Lindblad, treasurer. Board members nominated are: Melvin Wagner, Janice Wagner, John Bult, Lester Kahre and Elmer Bartel.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Thomas E. Bartholow, Wolsey, received third place in the photography category (ages 60-79) for his picture of a sunflower, “Hybred” at the seventh annual Dakota MasterWorks Art Show for artists over 60, held Oct. 23-24 at the Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls. Bartholow also received honorable mention for a goto titled, “Cloud Chaser.”
The area received between four to six inches of snow the past week, which brought out the snow plows.
Students in Joann Drew’s 6th grade reading class at Wolsey School recently achieved their goal for Reading Counts. Each student read to earn at least 14 points (approximately five books) for the quarter in addition to the classroom reading assignments. As a reward, the students chose to throw whipped cream pies at the teacher.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Steve Bertsch and daughter, Kayla, of Sturgis called at the Don Bowersox home Sunday afternoon. They had been weekend guests at the Wilbert Bertsch home in Huron.
John Radcliffe and Mary Haley have returned home after a two month vacation through North Dakota, Montana, Canada, and the West Coast, where they attended a school reunion, and then through New Mexico and Texas.
Dennis, Marilyn and Brandee Eggleston and Justin Swartzendruber, Sioux Falls, are attending the Kansas City Royal and National Charolias Show. Brandee and Justin are Junior National officers from South Dakota.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The Wolsey Fire Department answered two calls during the past week. The first one was Saturday night at 8:50 to a fire at the Eugene Palmer residence. The fire originating in a clothes closet, was soon extinguished. The second call was Tuesday at 12:20 p.m. from the Larsen grain drying operation at the south edge of Wolsey.
A surprise anniversary party was held at the Joe Rawstern home last weekend honoring the 57th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rawstern. Present for the occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Art Witthoeft of Hot Springs; Mr. and Mrs. George Philips, Bonilla; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kooiman, Salem.
Mary Haeder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Haeder, and senior at Wolsey High has been chosen as Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) candidate representing Wolsey High, for her qualities of dependability, service, patriotism, and leadership.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Glenna Boyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Boyd, and a senior in Wolsey High School, represents her school at the Regional Declamatory contest to be held Nov. 14th at Chamberlain. This is the first year Glenna has taken part in the declamatory work and has already won the local and district “Superior” ratings in contests in Wolsey.
Karen Scheel was revealed as the Wolsey FFA Chapter Sweetheart at the annual pheasant feed sponsored by the organization Wednesday evening at the high school auditorium. Miss Scheel was presented with a corsage and FFA Sweetheart jacket by Terry Jungemann, FFA Chapter president, and Glenna Boyd, the 1962 Chapter Sweetheart. The Future Homemakers of America named Kent Scheel as their Chapter Hero, and gave him a billfold.
The Wolsey community was shocked and saddened Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning when word gained headway that Eli J. Lafayette, 75, had passed away at St. John’s Hospital Tuesday evening. For the past eight years, he and Mrs. Lafayette had made their home in the Wolsey community.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Gloria Jungemann, Wolsey, has joined the staff of the Alphomega, Huron College Newspaper, which is published by the student body of Huron College. Jungemann, a sophomore, is a reporter on the paper.
Wolsey fireman have been more than active answering fire calls during the past month and only this week responded to four calls for assistance. Wednesday they were called three times within a matter of a couple of hours: to north of the Richard Pribly farm where sparks from a passing train ignited dry grass; to the railroad right-of-way about two miles south of town; and to a prairie farm south of Virgil, which had gained momentum and was out of hand.
A dinner was served at the Donald M. Carson home Sunday honoring the birthday anniversary of Mrs. Ethel Carson. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Carson and Susan of Huron, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Langbehn and Kurt; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Scheibe and family; Mrs. Harry Langbehn and Miss Mabel Dummer.