Retrospect 1-9-13

Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

January 2, 1913

Deadwood – One hundred thousand dollars in gold was distributed as a Christmas present among the employees of the famous Homestake Gold Mine, of which Mrs. Phoebe Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst, is the principal owner.



The superintendent of public instruction filed his annual report with the governor, and the summary of statistics shows a comparative statement of progress in city and independent school districts…for 1912, the average salary for male teachers in city schools was $102.78, and $59.70 for female teachers. In rural districts, the average male salary was $54.17, and $48.71 for female teachers.

The new cluster lights were all turned on last week, and they made a very pretty sight. They are useful and ornamental, and will be effective in lighting the business district as soon as the obstructions are removed. Of course it is evident now that all telephone and electric light poles should have been put in the alleys in the first place, but in the early days of a town’s development, the future is often overlooked.

December 27, 1962

On Christmas night, 123 teenagers and adults, including five from this area, left for what is called one of the most fabulous conventions to be held in Washington, D.C. This Capitol Teen Convention is sponsored and organized by the Youth for Christ International. Attending from this area are Barbara Williams and Ambrose Monroe of Miller, and Judy Kay Bose of St. Lawrence, and counselors Robert Kaltenbach and Maurice Williams.

During the first two years of Mr. Eisenhower’s administration, 20 heads-of-state came to Washington on official business and visits. During our youngest president’s first two years, the record and guest books show that the Kennedys have entertained officially for foreign dignitaries 73 times!

For New Year’s Eve…twin pack potato chips, 49¢; T-bone steak, 88¢/lb.; egg nog, 55¢/qt; 3 cans oysters, $1.00.

December 28, 1972

A business which was started in Miller in 1912 and has continued under the same family ownership continuously has been sold. The Reck Funeral Home has been purchased by the Aaseth Funeral Home of Huron. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frank, who have been associated with the Aaseth Funeral Home the last four years, will manage the Reck Funeral Home, which will continue under the original name.

In respect to former President Harry S. Truman, the Miller Post Office will be closed all day Thursday, Dec. 28, the day on which the funeral will be held.

Harlan J. “Huck” Bushfield was elected president of the Civic and Commerce Association at the annual election held recently. Harlan Meier was named vice president and Bob Blachford will be the new secretary. New directors are John Niederauer and Ken Tucker.

December 30, 1982

A drawing for $1,500 in prizes was held December 22. The grand prize is a trip to Las Vegas for MHS two and was won by Leona McCool. The Miller C&C sponsored the Christmas prize drawings.

Special education class members and teachers were treated to a Christmas party at the Driftwood Café last Thursday. The annual event is sponsored by Leo and Delores Istas, owners of the café.

All home sewers are encouraged to participate in the “Snow Flake Style Show,” to be held in conjunction with the Farm and Home Show, January 21-22.

December 28, 1992

Pickups and horse trailers lined the driveway at the Fred and Cheryl Schaefers farm Tuesday afternoon, waiting in line to haul away milk cows, the only remaining sign of a family dairy operation that spanned the last 16 years. The milking operation was destroyed by fire Monday night, a fast and furious fire that razed the huge barn in the pre-dawn hours.

Longtime Miller High School coach and teacher Charles “Charlie” Sizer recently was named “Coach of the Year” by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association, one of the awards given each year to honor outstanding South Dakota coaches.

Four MHS seniors were honored as Academic All-Staters. To earn the honor, students must earn a 3.5 grade point average or better. All-Staters named were Toni Schmidt, Natalie Wilber, Jodi Schaefer and Jennifer Johnson.

January 1, 2003

MHS cross country Tom McGough has been encouraging young runners for the last 16 years to achieve their goals to “get after it,” “leave it all on the track,” and “have no regrets.” Last week, Coach McGough was voted by his peers as the South Dakota Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Summer Anderberg as named Athlete of the Week in recognition of her expertise in gymnastics. The past week she had a great performance at Stanley County. She placed fifth on the beam, first on the floor and attained one of her three all-around scores needed to qualify for State.

Miller Lions Club members assembled some 50 Christmas boxes of food for area families again this year .

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