Retrospect 10-31-12

Posted October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

October 24, 1912

Thursday night a fire got away from H. Goyke of Florence Twp. while he was burning a guard around his premises. It went over a mile and burnt some hay and straw for Mr. Goyke.



The Opera House was filled Tuesday evening with theater-goers to witness the dramatization of Harold Bell Wright’s famous novel, “The Shepherd of the Hills.” The presentation was first-class in every respect, and the play is the best ever seen in Miller in many years. The fact that the book has been so popular increased the interest in the play.

Clyde Fitch’s splendid play, “The City,” in which Hugo B. Koch is to appear here November 4, has as its central theme the lure of the bright lights of the metropolis for the boy and girl raised in the country or small town. It is a problem that many homes have faced. Fitch undoubtedly aimed to be fair in his treatment of the subject. One of his characters launches into a powerful defense of the city. It is often quoted and has been used as the basis for numerous newspaper editorials.

October 18, 1962

Something akin to the Battle of the Marne, the Mardi Gras and a mass evacuation of South Dakota’s cities will occur Saturday, Oct. 20, when the state’s annual pheasant hunting season opens. High noon, Central Standard Time, will be H-Hour for an estimated 180,000 scattergun artists, as cornfields, brush patches and Soil Bank acres the length and breadth of South Dakota become dotted with red caps, khaki pants and blue-barreled shotguns toted by hunters in search of the state’s most famous inhabitant, John Q. Ringneck.

Mrs. Dean Robinson, vice chairman of the Hand County Republican Central Committee, pinned a boutonniere on W.E. Hurd. Hurd has voted Republican for 66 years, casting his first presidential ballot for McKinley and Hobart in 1896.

Since the first season opened in 1919, more than 60 million pheasants have been killed by South Dakota hunters. Even more amazing is the fact that this tremendous harvest was the result of only a $20,000 investment. Between 1914-18, some 7,000 pheasants were purchased for $20,000. From these birds, plus ideal habitat, has emerged an almost unbelievable brand of pheasant hunting not even remotely approached by any other state.

October 19, 1972

The New Income Scale brought about by the Policy Change for Family Eligibility for Free Meals will serve as a guideline for free meal eligibility in the Miller School District: family size (1) – yearly income $2,662; (2) $3,847; (3) $4,312; (4) $5,137; (5) $5,900; (6) $6,662. Add $625 for each additional family member.

Sgt. Kenneth E. Ortmeier, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ortmeier of Orient, and his unit at Ellsworth AFB, have been honored for rescue and recovery work during and after the flash flood that devastated nearly 30 percent of nearby Rapid City June 9-10.

Mrs. Ray Magness was hostess Monday night at the meeting of Chapter AK, PEO. The program, “Women in Politics,” was given by Mrs. Cort Vaughn. Mrs. Harlan Bushfield was presented with a corsage by Mrs. Vaughn. The courtesy was in keeping with the program, as Mrs. Bushfield is the widow of Harlan J. Bushfield, who was a governor of South Dakota and a U.S. Senator (and Mrs. Bushfield completed her husband’s Senate term upon his death).

October 21, 1982

Sen. Larry Pressler was the main speaker at the Verne Collins Night here October 17. The event honored Mr. Collins for his past services as county commissioner for Hand County.

Friendship Center: The Friendship Chorus will sing at Redfield Friday evening. Nearly 90 attended our dance Thursday night. It was Grace Arbogast’s 89th birthday. Edna Ward made her a birthday cake. People from Redfield, Highmore, Ree Heights and Huron, plus our own people were here. Many of the ladies wore long gowns.

The local World War I Bluegrass Barracks Auxiliary was given special recognition at the organization’s national convention, in recognition of their efforts in planning and obtaining the Avenue of Flags at the GAR Cemetery.

October 19, 1992

Charles Sizer, a teacher at Miller High School for the past 15 years and girls’ basketball coach for 13 years, was hired as athletic director at last Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

The Mid-Dakota Rural Water System and the Lake Andes/Wagner/Marty II Irrigation Unit received full authorization in legislation that passed the Senate recently. The bill will be sent to the President and should be signed into law, Senator Larry Pressler reported.

The sanity of North Hand residents came under scrutiny last Friday evening, when reports of moose sightings were heard from an area about 15 miles northwest of Miller. After all, the prairies of South Dakota are hardly what one would consider a haven for the marsh-loving member of the deer family. The mighty creature seemed friendly but cautious as she made her way across the prairie in search of her home.

October 23, 2002

Wessington’s auditorium was filled to capacity for the 10th annual meeting of Mid-Dakota Rural Water System, Inc., held October 15. The theme was “Quality on Tap—Our Commitment, Our Profession.”

Minetta Puffer, 103, of Miller died October 18. She was born November 10, 1898 at Sabula, Iowa. She came to Ree Heights in the spring of 1916 to work for a cousin. She later met and married John Puffer in 1919.

After 14 years of coaching gymnastics, either in the head or assistant position, Sandy Greenough can add another award to her long list of accomplishments. She was honored recently with the SD Assistant Gymnastics Coach of the Year after being nominated by MHS head coach, Terice Ketelhut.

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