5 Years Ago (2008)
A”Lece Boomsma, a sophomore at Wolsey-Wessington High School, has been selected as a 2008 Rural Electric Youth Tour winner from Dakota Energy Cooperative. A’Lece will join other South Dakota winners, along with youth from across the United States for a week of activities in Washington D.C. in June. A’Lece is the daughter of Steve and Julie Boomsma, Wolsey.
The South Dakota State AAU wrestling tournament was held April 5-6 in Rapid City. Dylan Hines placed first in Division III at 130 pounds. Caleb Brandt placed second in Division III at 103 pounds. The boys are third graders at Wolsey-Wessington School.
Eighth grader, Alex McGillvrey’s poem, “The Faces of Freedom” has received a first place in the District 5 Class V contest. The local contest was sponsored by the Wolsey Legion Auxiliary. Shayla Kay Simons, 7th grader, was the Wolsey Auxiliary essay winner, with her essay entitled, “America –Home of the Brave, Land that I Love”.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Joann Drew, Jackie Wells-Fauth and Rosemary Moeller were among the many English teachers to be entertained and enlightened at the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference held March 28 and 29 at Cedar Shores, Chamberlain.
Tony and Tammy Peterson, Wolsey, became the parents of a son on April 1 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. He was named Martin Willis.
With the coming of warmer weather, construction work has begun for the Mid-Dakota project. The Mid-Dakota/Bartlett & West construction field office has been moved to a location 5 1/2 miles west of Wessington Springs in preparation for the upcoming construction season. A field office has also been set up in Wolsey for the mainline construction inspection staff.
Sandi Ransom, first grade teacher for Wolsey School invited Charnelle Scheel, high school social science teacher, to come to their room to talk about the war in Iraq. Mrs. Scheel tried to explain how the war came to be and why Saddam Hussein was targeted by the United States. In a comforting voice, Mrs. Scheel assured the children that they weren’t being targeted here in Wolsey, South Dakota or the United States in general.
20 Years Ago (1993)
South Dakota Governor George Mickelson and seven prominent South Dakotans, including two state cabinet members, three Sioux Falls businessmen and two state pilots, were killed in an airplane accident near Dubuque, Iowa on Monday April 19.
Members of the Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) Branch 3724, Wolsey, have been awarded a gold star ratings by the fraternal benefit society in recognition of exemplary volunteer service to the community. Officers of AAL Branch 3724 are: Lorraine Kahre, President, Wolsey; Janice Babcok, Vice President Wolsey; and Charlotte Fink, Secretary, Huron.
A daughter, Mikayla Ray, was born to Dale and Lori Heller April 15. She weighed seven pounds eight ounces and has a sister, Caitlin.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Approximately 150 guests attended the open house at the Presbyterian Church in Wolsey to honor the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William Tepley. The event was planned by their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tepley, and granddaughter, Charleen. Mrs. Frank Balvin and Mrs. Mabel Muhs presided at the silver service, Mrs. Elmer Lusch served the cake assisted by Mrs. Clif Allison.
Mrs. Boyd and student librarians Collen Guthmiller and Lori McGillvrey drove to Polo Monday to a get acquainted evening for librarians and student librarians. They toured the new school and were evening meal guest of the Polo student librarians.
Mrs. Marie Ehrk was an Easter dinner guest at the Lloyd Ehrk home. afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Reinhardt and family to help Mike celebrate his 13th birthday.
In “For What it’s Worth” by LeRoy: “If this copy of the Wolsey News looks rather strange to you, it is probably because the printer over at Wessington (LeRoy McGirr) filled in for Jim. Jim was admitted to St. John Regional Medical Center in Huron on Monday as a medical patient. The size and shape of this Wolsey News was changed to make it easier to print with the Wessington equipment.
50 Years Ago (1963)
There are 18 students enrolled in the Wolsey Public School kindergarten class this year with Mrs. Ward Schnetzer as the instructor. The class roster is as follows: Pamela Andresen, Susan Boe, Anthony Broderson, Georgeen Brower, Rodney Christopherson, Kent Eichstadt, Debra Gose, Julie Houck, Kathy Houck, Cynthia McDermaid, Sharlotte McDonald, Nola Kay Molander, Theresa Muth, Scott Mutchelknaus, Clark Risetter, Kim Unruh, Donavan Wenz, and Michael Yost.
The South Dakota Weekly Crop and Livestock Report says that progress of farm work continues to be ahead of normal even though it was delayed somewhat by Monday’s light snow and rain. Progress of small grains and the spring grasses has been limited by the below normal temperatures which have been prevalent in the area.
Future Homemakers of America sponsored an Eighth Grade Tea. Eighth grade girls from Wolsey grades and the surrounding rural schools were in attendance. Also attending were the Chapter Mothers, Mrs. Gilbert Scheibe, Mrs. E. Keith Smith and Mrs. Arnold Guthmiller. The grade teachers, Mrs. Darrell Brown and Mrs. Robert Cash were also guests. The girls enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by the Home Economics students.
60 Years Ago (1953)
St. John’s Lutheran Ladies Aid met on April 16 with 28 members answering roll call. The topic discussion, led by Rev. David J.O. Loesch, was taken from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League quarterly and dealt with helping the sick and dying.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Larsen returned to their home here Saturday evening from a trip to Tokyo, Japan where they spent thirteen days. Mr. and Mrs. Larsen and their granddaughter of Spokane, Wash., made the trip by plane taking the great circle route up around Alaska and down the Kuriles Isands. While in Japan they visited Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eichstadt. Paul is located in Tokyo with the U.S. Army and accompanied the Larsens to many points of interest in the Japanese capitol.
Two fire calls were answered by the local fire department this week with little or no damage resulting from the two fires. The first one was on Sunday night about 6 o’clock when a fire was set by a passing train about a mile south of town. Monday evening about 6:30 a call came from the Otto Haeder farm where a fire was in progress northwest of the barn. No damage was done to the buildings and the fire was soon under control.