October 16, 1913
The Press is authorized by Attorney Harlan J. Bushfield of Miller to announce his candidacy for the nomination of Attorney General before the Republican primaries of South Dakota. He is a pioneer of Hand County, graduated from Miller High School, learned the printer’s trade during vacations, attended college at Mitchell, and graduated from the law department of the Minnesota State University, class 1904.
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Polo church, there occurred a pretty ceremony when Miss Dora Schlechter and George Lechtenberg were united in matrimony in the presence of many of the friends and relatives of the couple. The young couple needs no introduction, as they are both well known here.
The ladies of the Catholic Church will hold a bazaar and will also serve dinner and supper on Thanksgiving Day, and in the evening the Catholic Sodality will give a great Thanksgiving Ball at the Opera House November 27.
October 10, 1963
Two thousand three hundred and three residents plunked down their quarters Sunday afternoon in the Miller Armory to receive their third oral polio vaccine, Type III. The oldest man to receive the sugar cube was a 90-year-old from Wessington, and the oldest woman was an 85-year-old Ree Heights resident. The largest family present was a Miller family of 12.
Dennis Augspurger, a member of Den 6, Miller Cub Scouts, presented a pack charter to Boyd Stymiest and Melvin Zeller, representatives of the Lions Club. The Lions Club sponsors the Cub Scouts here.
The swimming pool fund gained another $224.80 from the sale of a swimming pool calf. The pool fund has reached the $8,000 mark and is expected to be around $15,000 yet this fall when all of the pool calves have been sold.
October 11, 1973
The Board of Education took action to correct the problem of settling wall behind bleacher seats in the St. Lawrence School gym at their regular meeting. The earth was removed from all footings to repair sewer line about five years ago, and danger exists that remaining earth under wall fittings will crumble away, causing the wall to settle.
A rabies warning comes to Northwest Hand from one of our neighbors. Richard Martinmaas reports that he killed a rabid skunk recently, which was fighting with two stray dogs near his place. He thinks he killed the skunk before it got close enough to hurt either dog, but if you have a strange acting stray dog around your home, beware!
Maxine Grace went to Palmer, Neb. Wednesday morning to prepare for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Thure Anderson were honored October 7. Kelly Grace was chief cook at the farm until she, Curt and Don left Friday evening for Nebraska.
October 12, 1983
Patricia Boldt Shaff, local artist, was named Artist of the Year by the board of directors of the South Dakota Cowboy and Western Heritage Hall of Fame.
The Board of Education, after wrestling several months with teacher contract offers, rejected the fact finders report and re-affirmed its last offer of $11,500 and single insurance benefits of $67.75. This offer represents a $400 increase on the base salary.
St. Mary’s Parish, Zell, is hosting a party including a 6:30 potluck Sunday, Oct. 30 in St. Mary’s Hall. Entertainment for the evening will be showing film, movies or slides taken at the Zell Centennial.
October 11, 1993
Jim Ellenson, owner of the Dairy Queen in Redfield, plans to open a Dairy Queen in Miller. “It’s definitely a go,” he says.
Henrietta (Sis) Shaw was in Huron Sunday afternoon and was honored at the Spirit of Dakota Award banquet. She was a nominee for the award, which was given to Ruth Ziolkowski, Custer, for her work on the Crazy Horse Memorial. Mrs. Shaw was honored for her many years of work and devotion to teaching children in the rural schools.
Anna Johnson, owner of Johnson Antiques, a long-time Hand County business, has sold her Miller building and will liquidate her antique stock at auction. “After 25 years of teaching and a lifetime of business, I kind of hate to do it, but my age and health require my quitting.”
October 15, 2003
Wall Lake Hunting Club will hold its annual Hunters Banquet October 20 at the American Legion. Dr. Fred Hubbard, DVM, says 300 or more usually attend, and you don’t have to be a hunter to attend…and it’s a good way to welcome hunters to the Miller area.
Hand County law enforcement officials felt they had two suspects safely in custody after a chase and arrest. The two were transported to the Beadle County Correction Center. On October 9, Jason Heasley escaped from the correction center, and has still not been located. Amanda Johnston remains incarcerated and is 8 ½ months pregnant.
The MHS boys’ cross country team notched two more wins when the captured the SESD Conference championship in Wagner Oct. 6, and the CSD Conference title in Faulkton Oct. 8.