December 26, 1912
A letter announces the death of George Beasom, at Grandville, Mich. at the age of 71 years. George was one of the noted pioneer merchants of Miller, where he settled in 1882, almost at the town’s beginning. He engaged in the hardware business with his nephew, Bert L. Moffatt, on the lot now occupied by the Masonic building. He was among the early history makers in the stirring times from 1882 to ’96. Many old residents knew him as a man among a thousand. When George and Maria Beasom left Miller, they left a void in the hearts and lives of their old neighbors. And now he has gone on that long journey which awaits us all.
Notice is hereby given that bids will be received by the undersigned at his office in the courthouse at Miller, S.D., for doctoring the poor of Hand County, S.D., for the year of 1913. Doctor to furnish all medicine and appliances. Bids will be considered by the board of county commissioners at their January meeting. Chas. I. Odle, county auditor.
Mrs. A.H. Churchill returned Sunday night from the hospital at Pierre, where she underwent an operation for appendicitis three weeks ago. She is getting along nicely now and will soon be out again.
December 20, 1962
A Hand County bachelor farmer remains in critical condition in a Sioux Falls hospital as the result of an apparent murder attempt and suicide by his brother. George Schmidt, 67, Rockham, has a bullet wound in his head, and he also suffered several blows to the head from a hammer. Fred Schmidt, 69, died of a self-inflicted wound, a coroner’s jury ruled. Schmidt’s body was found by his wife, at the foot of a bed in the farm home of the two brothers, south of Rockham.
Twenty-six members of the World Friendship group caroled to shut-ins Monday evening, and took baskets of goodies to each. They also sang at Prairie Center and the hospital. The girls were accompanied by their leaders, Mrs. Glen Smith and Mrs. James Gerdes.
If you hate to write letters, you might like to know how Mrs. Flossie Renshaw and six brothers and sisters keep in touch without taking a pen in hand. Seven members of the family have tape recorders and make recordings of their letters, which are sent from one to another. “It’s easier than writing letters,” says Mrs. Renshaw, “and it’s much more personal, because we hear each other’s voices.”
December 21, 1972
Mrs. Donald E. Krog, the former Dixie Lee Anderson, has been selected as Military Wife of the Year by the Officers’ Wives’ Club of Grand Forks Air Force Base. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Lee Anderson of rural Miller are her parents, and Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Krog are Captain Krog’s parents.
Funeral services were held Tuesday for Mrs. George Diekhoff, 78, of Wessington, mother of Mrs. Herb Meriweather. She had been a resident of the Wessington area since 1908, and of Sand Creek Township following her marriage to George Diekhoff in 1914.
Holiday food specials: Hams, 69¢/lb; bacon, 79¢/lb.; torsk, 89¢/lb.; ducklings, 59¢/lb.; lettuce, 25¢ per head; cranberries, 28¢/l lb. bag; Grade A large eggs, 39¢/dozen.
December 23, 1982
Clyde Ice, Spearfish, was one of 12 installed in the OX5 Aviation Hall of Fame during the recent 27th annual reunion in San Francisco. Ice began flying in 1919. His accident-free experience includes aerial acrobatics, mercy missions, barnstorming, charter and airline piloting, fixed-base operating, crop dusting and flight instructing. Clyde grew up in St. Lawrence.
Students at Millerdale Colony started school this fall in a new modern building. The new building creates a better environment for education, is well lighted and energy efficient.
The school board provided the materials and the Colony craftsmen did the construction. Before the new building, the students attended school at the Colony church.
An open house is planned for Mr. and Mrs. Carl Klages in honor of their Golden Wedding anniversary. The open house will be held January 2 at the Lutheran Church from 2 to 4 p.m.
December 21, 1992
Miller businessman Dr. Wayne Carr last week was named chairman of the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Commission, a regulation-setting board.
AAA’s pre-Christmas survey reports the statewide average price of self-serve unleaded gasoline is $1.103. This represents a 6.4 percent decrease from the pre-Thanksgiving report.
Janice and Andrea Hargens of Orient and their two siblings are raising their new pets, Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs. The Hargens children began raising the unusual breed as a money-maker but have grown so attached to one of the “little porkers” that he may have a permanent home with the family.
December 25, 2002
Christmas vacation for MHS freshman Alain Moeller will be unique this year, as he prepares to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, December 26-January 11. Alain will be participating in the World Scout International Jamboree that is held every four years at a different location around the world.
The Outreach Committee of the Presbyterian Church is exploring the need of a calling corps for “telephone care” in the Miller area. Volunteer callers would contact individuals living alone who have indicated they would welcome a daily telephone call.
A Friday morning accident demolished a snowplow, and the driver sustained injuries, according to Hand County Sheriff Doug DeBoer. Durward Ratzlaff, Highmore, was driving a 1992 Ford snowplow owned by S.D. Department of Transportation. He was traveling east on Highway 26 when the snowplow entered the ditch and possibly rolled at least once, and came to rest on the passenger side.