Retrospect 10-30-13

Posted October 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm

October 23, 1913

The Magness sale of cattle at St. Lawrence Thursday was the biggest sale that has occurred in this locality, amounting to $24,600. The sale consisted of about 500 head, all native cattle, gathered up in the state during the summer by Magness Brothers.

Gerhard Martinmaas of Fairview, and Mrs. Francis Dunder of Germany, were married last Tuesday. We understand a large number were present at the wedding, which took place at the Polo church. Fr. Burkel tied the nuptial knot.

Another aged citizen, Mr. John Etbauer, passed away Saturday morning at his home West Fourth Street at the age of 76. He had been a resident of Miller only a short time. The remains were taken to Duncan, Buffalo County, for burial, where services were conducted by Father Pius Boehm, of the Hyde County mission.

A new tariff prohibits the importation of feathers or birds to be used on women’s hats, and the secretary of the treasury has ruled that women landing from ships must hand over their hats to the custom house officers.

October 17, 1963

Mrs. Milton Schmidt, Mrs. Avis Schmidt and Mrs. Freddie Schmidt honored Mrs. George Melber Saturday afternoon with a bridal shower at the Milton Schmidt home. Twenty-two ladies were present and gave the honoree advice and recipes.

Funeral services for Gottfried Melhoff, prominent Miller businessman, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. He died Tuesday morning of a heart attack. He has been a long-time resident of Miller and, with his brother Rudolph, was engaged in the grocery business for over 17 years.

The weather cooperated by giving Carleton Church a lovely fall day for its annual Harvest Home Festival October 6. Many area churches were represented, filling the church to capacity both at the morning worship service and in the afternoon.

October 18, 1973

Residents of the Miller Independent School District are invited to visit the present high school building October 25. Tuesday, Nov. 20 is the special election on the bond issue to build a new school to replace the present building.

Was it a helicopter or visitors from outer space? Rumors have been flying thick and fast following two incidents, one Friday night and the other Saturday morning. The sheriff and highway patrolman received a call from an area about 15 miles southeast of Ree Heights, where alarmed observers reported what they believed to be helicopters making passes and circling over the areas for some time before the authorities arrived. Whatever the object was did not land, and finally disappeared.

Mrs. George Melber, Sr. celebrated her 87th birthday and her brother, Menris Lieske, celebrated his 94th birthday at a family dinner at Lips Dining Centre October 7.

October 19, 1983

A Volunteer Appreciation luncheon was held Friday afternoon to honor all volunteer workers at Prairie Good Samaritan Center. Special recognition was given to Darlene Droz as the Prairie Center Volunteer of the Year.

The student body of Miller High School chose Tim Hargens and Tonja Waring as their 1983 Homecoming King and Queen to reign over this year’s festivities.

Miller teachers carrying informational signs took their grievances to the public last week, accusing the school board of making a mockery of the state negotiations law. The contract provision not in agreement is health insurance benefits.

October 18, 1993

The Miller School Board will sponsor a community auction on November 13 to benefit the theater seat fund in the new junior-senior high school building.

The temperature read 35 degrees when the Miller High School marching band rounded the corner onto North Broadway for the Homecoming Parade. “I know it was cold outside,” says parade marshal Ethel Brown, “but we were real comfy in that little old Model T Ford.” She, Bern Oldfield and Jean Kluthe shared the parade marshal’s spotlight this year.

October 22, 2003

The former Miller Speedway property, one mile south of Miller, has been purchased by R.H. Rittenour, to be developed over the summer of 2004. Plans are to be open for racing in 2005. The last race held in Miller was in 1986, and the property has been unused for the past 17 years.

Miller-area officers were summoned to a reported shooting Sunday night. According to Miller Police Chief, Ernie Stirling, law enforcement and EMTs found Bruce Telkamp, 47, the victim of a single gunshot wound. He was airlifted to McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, where he underwent surgery. About 3:30 a.m. Monday, police arrested Elizabeth Shaffner, and charged her with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault-domestic violence.

MHS cross country team makes history at Regions…boys take first, girls capture second, both qualify for state.

From the files of The Miller Press