Retrospect 10-10-12

Posted October 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

October 3, 1912

W.D. Leadbetter is advertising an auction sale of horses, cattle and machinery. Mr. and Mrs. Leadbetter were among the early settlers, and are now to leave the old farm and take a well deserved rest. After spending the winter in California, they will undoubtedly return to Ree Heights and make their home.



A report is current here that Frank Baker, also known as Frank Cooper, has been sent to the Washington Penitentiary for a term for shooting a man. Baker was raised in north Hand County and was related in some way to the Cooper family. He worked about the city for a year or two before going west.

Four young men dressed in cowboy outfit and riding ponies came to town yesterday. They were on a tour of the U.S. by horseback. They started from Olympia, Wash., and expect to visit every state capitol, and expect to wind up at the San Francisco World’s Fair, with views of various scenes taken by their own Kodaks, and with the proofs from the governor of each state and postmaster of each town visited. It is their hope to take their pack pony clear through. They are selling calendars to pay daily expenses.

September 27, 1962

The Rustler football fans who have patiently waited six years for another outstanding club are beginning to be rewarded as the Green & White heads toward a promising season. In three games, the Rustlers have racked up 363 yards in the airlanes for a total of 727 yards in three contests.

The annual appropriations budget for city operation was approved last week at a special meeting of the City Council, in the amount of $369,100. The city budget for 1963 represents an increase of $104,850 over this year’s budget. The amount to be raised by taxation is $59,600 and represents an increase of $1,200.

Dedication ceremonies marking the completion of Interstate Highway 29 between Sioux City and Sioux Falls will be held September 30 at Beresford. Other Interstate sections now open to traffic include 25 miles of I-90 from northwest of Tilford to east of Rapid City, 18 miles of I-90 from west of New Underwood to northwest of Wasta, and 20 miles of I-90 from Wall to Cactus Flat.

September 28, 1972

Friendship Center will be officially opened with ribbon cutting ceremonies Wednesday, Oct. 4. The opening of the senior citizens center in Miller is the result of several years of planning by various interested citizens.

Telephone users in Ree Heights will soon have private lines after members of the community okayed installation of prived line service by a 65 percent plurality. The future will include installing 100 percent underground lines and giving each subscriber a private line.

Being an exchange student is a great experience. Dirk Stofberg of South Africa is very grateful to be spending this year in Miller. August 25 wasn’t only Dirk’s first school day here, but also his birthday. He was presented a pair of cowboy boots from the student body.

September 30, 1982

Scott Kopplin and Tammi Hutmacher were selected by the MHS student body to reign over the 1982 Rustler Homecoming festivities. The new king and queen were crowned by last year’s royalty, Doug Moncur and Tyann Swaney. The Rustlers capped the Homecoming festivities with an 18-6 victory over the Platte Panthers in the Homecoming football game.

Miller Rustler quarterback Corey Meier and halfback Wade Lager were selected as “Aces of the Week” by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. The selection came after the Wessington Springs game September 17, and was based on an “immaculate reception” of a Meier pass to Lager for the winning touchdown in the final minute of the game.

Anyone interested in taking part in this season’s production of the fall Community Theater should come to the Miller High School this Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Deb Carr-Franciscus will be directing “Feiffer’s People,” a play based on the comic strips by Jules Feiffer.

September 28, 1992

Seven South Dakota State University alumni will be recognized during Hobo Day homecoming festivities. Faith Cahalan of Miller will re recognized for distinguished service to South Dakota. She graduated from the College of Home Economics at SDSU in 1951. She has spent more than 35 years working as an extension home economist for Beadle and Hand counties.

This year’s Miller Rustler Homecoming Parade will be led by fifty-year MHS graduates, Dr. James DeGeest and his wife, Shirley. High school sweethearts were married in 1947. Shirley supported the family by working as a registered nurse at the University of Minnesota while Jim completed his internship there.

Viewers of KELO television will have the opportunity to learn more about the video lottery issue during a debate between Lee Brown, proponent of video lottery, and “Miller grandmother” JoDean Joy, the spokesperson for sponsors of Initiative #4 to repeal video lottery in the state.

October 2, 2002

Miller’s Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Miller’s club was organized in 1942, in the midst of World War II. Charter member Winifred Lorentson was the first BPW president, and she held that office until 1944. Her vice president was Jessie Moncur.

Homecoming royalty candidates were recently chosen at Miller High School. Corornation will be held October 7. Queen candidates are Darcy Werdel, Lea Gnat, Anna Simons, Kayla Schlechter, Chelsea Heasley. King candidates are Ryan Cain, Jay Winter, Marcus Suhn, Nathan Zacher and Ryan Fischer.

The annual Polo Bazaar sponsored by the St. Liborius Catholic Church was held September 29, and the roast beef-turkey meal was served to 585 persons. This year we would be remiss in not giving an extra appreciation, because it was not as easy to get to Polo, with Highway 45 construction causing people to take alternate routes to get here.

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