5 Years Ago (2008)
Students at the Wolsey-Wessington School, in observance of Kidney Month, have teamed up to hold the “Save A Penny, Save A Life” campaign to raise funds for Jay Spencer, former resident of Wolsey, who is in need of a kidney transplant. The Wolsey After School Program is spearheading this project as a community awareness project to educate students via an assembly on how one’s kidneys work.
Kyle Rowen, age 23, of Sioux Falls, and formerly of Wessington, died March 22 as a result of a car accident. Kyle was born October 29, 1984 to Scott and Tracy (Larson) Rowen in Huron. He graduated from Wessington High School in 2003.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Families, friends, and the communities of Redfield and Miller filled the Green Building in Redfield to support their local 94 National Guard members as they accepted their orders for mobilization.
Miss Jamie Lea Kleinsasser, daughter of LaDean and Debora Kleinsasser, Wessington, has been selected a finalist for South Dakota’s 23rd Annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held April 26 and 27 in Pierre. She is the Wessington High School Homecoming Queen.
Theresa Jensen was named to the 281 All Conference Girls’ Basketball Team. Katie Jensen was named to the second team, and Tara Danburg and Amber Brodersen received honorable mention.
The March meeting of the Wolsey Senior Citizens was held March 17. The meeting was preceded by a sing along led by Florence Adermann and Shirley Larsen. A St. Patrick’s Day dinner was served to 54 members and guest. Vivian Klaschen won the baby blanket that was given away.
20 Years Ago (1993)
The Junior Class sponsored a talent show as part of their Spirit Month activities. The winners were Robert Sargent, 1st in the comedy division and Greg Serfling, 2nd in comedy; Cami Heller and Erica Boomsma, first in non-comedy and Vicki Schnetzer, 2nd in non-comedy.
Saturday, March 13, sixty-five youngsters and their cheering sections of parents and friends gathered at the Wolsey High School gym for a pedal pull showdown. Winners that qualified for state competition included Colton Pullman, Jamie Miedma, Nathan Chase, Amber Brodersen, Jamie Salisbury, Mike Hiles, Amber Ehrk, Ashley Ehrk, Cody Bartells, Aaron Boomsma, Stacey Martin, Andrea Stegeman, Adam Jacobs, Chantelle Pullman, Brandy Hiles, April Stegeman, Josheph Chase, Jennifer Phillips, Brad McGillvrey, Dusty Reilly, Sandra Brodersen, Joey Salisbury, Lance Moser, Michael Eichstadt, all of Wolsey.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Wolsey High School cheerleaders, Lorenda Hein, Joy Reither, Vicki Dracy, Vick Dunnick, Phyllis Scheibe, and Barb Langehn, were among those honored at the Athletic Appreciation Banquet March 18.
Weekend rains beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday totaled .49 of an inch in precipitation at the Wolsey recording station. The rain brought the March total precipitation to 1.38 inches and the year total to 3.42 inches.
The Wolsey High School’s new vocational building is nearing completion. Several days of electrical work are left before shop work can begin. All the equipment and the materials have been moved from the old vocational agricultural building into the new accommodations.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wiese, Mrs. Fred Guthmiller and Mrs. C.O. Lindblad accompanied a group of senior citizens from Huron on a bus tour to Freeman to attend the “Schmeckfest”. While there Mrs. Lindblad visited the former Darlene Richert, now Mrs. Lloyd Hofer, who is the daughter of Wolsey School Superintendent John J. Richert, who headed the Wolsey Schools for 13 years.
50 Years Ago (1963)
The Bonilla and Wolsey communities were shocked and saddened Friday, when word spread that Delbert Miller had succumbed about mid-afternoon following a severe heart attack. He was 53 years of age. Surviving him are his widow, Ruby; one daughter, Barbara, Bonilla; two sons, Douglas, Bonilla, and Dwight, Winner.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. David Gamber, route 3, Wolsey, in St. John’s Hospital Sunday, March 24, twin daughters, weighing five pounds, 10 ounces, and six pounds, on-half ounce, at 12:12 p.m. and 12:24 p.m.
The Beadle County Conference All-Stars played the conference coaches at Wolsey. It was a close game all the way but the coaches turned it on in the final quarter to win 71-63.
The Wolsey seniors sponsored a grade basketball tournament. In first round place Wolsey opposed Lane and took a win by a margin of 27-13. Doug Langbehn and Mike Boyd were high scorers for Wolsey. In the second game they took a victory from St. Lawrence by a score of 32-16. Tony Larsen was high scorer with 10 points.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Destroyer Division 152 arrived home from Korean waters March 19 and its second tour of combat duty. Serving aboard the destroyer USS Wedderburn is Milburn E. Hiles, fireman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton E. Hiles of Wolsey.
Spring-like weather has been the order in this area during the past week. With a week past since the actual advent of spring according to the calendar, nearly all the usual signs of spring have been noted. The weather itself has been blustery with snow, misty rain and sub-freezing temperatures prevalent, but also with warmer days and the thermometer registering in the fifties and sixties.
A hundred friends and neighbors of Herbert V. Gose gathered at the Gose farm west of Wolsey last Thursday night to give the newlyweds a good, old-fashioned charivari party. Mr. and Mrs. Gose were married on March 3 at Redfield.
March 18, the music groups of Wolsey High School, under the direction of Miss L’Eveque, presented an assembly program for the students not participating in music and also the teachers. The Girls Glee Club opened the program by singing, “People Will Say We’re In Love”. The mixed chorus gave its first selection, “Comin’ through the Rye”. The mixed chorus closed the program by singing “Onward Christian Soldiers”.