Retrospect 1-22-13

Posted January 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm

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January 15, 1914

Bert Sebring of Park Twp. spent a week in Miller, returning home last Friday. If there had been a prize for turkeys in the chicken show, he would have captured it good and strong on points. There was no prize, only praise.

Father Ambrose had a narrow escape from drowning in the Missouri River at the Lower Brule Agency last week. He was crossing the river with a team and buggy and had crossed the channel and was nearing the shore, when the team broke through, taking the buggy and all with them…Fr. Ambrose had extreme difficulty getting out from under the buggy, but at last succeeded and got onto the ice, but broke it again when almost to shore. He walked several miles to Medicine Crow’s for help. They returned and found the team dead, but succeeded in getting both horses out, and saving the harness and buggy.

Last Monday, January 12, was the 26th anniversary of the great blizzard which swept the Dakotas and other northwestern states, which so far as loss of life is concerned, is the greatest in the history of this country.

January 16, 1964

Funeral services were held Jan. 15 for John Heilman, Sr., 83, Hand County pioneer. He was born at Hawkeye, Iowa in 1881. He came with his parents to Hand County, Dakota Territory, in 1884. He is survived by his wife and four sons, Henry, George, John Jr. and Elmer.

A heart attack, suffered while he was shoveling snow, took the life of John Nelson Saturday morning, Jan. 11. Nelson had completed shoveling a neighbor’s walk and was clearing the snow in front of his own home when the fatal attack occurred.

She finally arrived! Hand County parents of the first baby born at Memorial Hospital this year are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peterman, Rockham. Miss 1964 is Barbara Lyn, born January 14 at 1:29 p.m.

January 10, 1974

Four Hand County 4-H members were awarded a trip to the National Western Livestock Show in Denver. Selected were Marie Neu, Rockham; Kathy Duxbury, Wessington; Susanne Fawcett, Ree Heights; and Cindy Johnson, Miller.

The Watson-Krauter Post of the American Legion of Wessington has announced plans for their dedication ceremonies for their new Post Home January 13, at the site of the recently completed structure on Wessington’s Main Street.

Another week of vacation? The St. Lawrence School cannot be resumed until after January 14, at the soonest. The gym is being repaired and the building is unsafe until the repairs are complete.

January 11, 1984

Temporarily at least, Miller has been chosen as the site of the CENDAK (water) Subdistrict office. The meeting, the second since the subdistrict’s formation, laid the basis of the organization by choosing the location, appointing Jim Lewis as part-time manager, and electing Robert Duxbury of Wessington as chairman.

As the divestiture takes place, confusion is growing in the public sector on at least one portion of the “break-up” of AT&T. What to do with your AT&T telephone? Under the terms of the divestiture, AT&T is only obligated to continue leasing telephones at the current rate for two years. After 1985, there is no guarantee as to where the price level will be set.

Jim and Aileen Gerdes were honored at an open house reception and dance Jan. 7 at the American Legion Hall, in celebration of their 40th anniversary. They were married Jan. 7, 1943, and have four children and five grandchildren.

January 10, 1994

At a cost to the city only slightly higher than the price of resealing the runway, Miller’s airport will receive three quarters of a million dollars worth of improvements this summer. The federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost, and the state will pay five percent.

Ree Heights: Everyone in town is hoping the rest of the year will be better than the start. The water pressure proceeded to decline on the first, to a time Jan. 2 that there was no water in town for use by the residents.

Education spending and health care reform will be hot topics during the 1994 S.D. Legislature, which began Jan. 11.

January 14, 2004

A dinner and dance will be held Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Miller American Legion to say “Welcome Home” to Francis Knippling of Wessington. It’s a token from the older Knippling grandkids, who want to demonstrate their love as well as their gratitude that their grandpa is doing well after a near-fatal accident and several days of touch-and-go.

South Dakota’s State Legislature convened Jan. 13. Leaders of both parties say education and money will dominate the 35-day session.

Sarah Fawcett, a fifth-grader at Miller Elementary, has been selected as the Redfield Area winner in the “S.D. Grandparent of the Year” essay contest, sponsored by AARP South Dakota and the S.D. Retired Teachers Association. Title of her essay was “Grandparents Need a Round of Applause.”