RETROSPECT

Posted July 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm

June 26, 1913

A large crowd of ladies of the city gathered at the courthouse Saturday afternoon and organized an equal suffrage association to assist in the campaign for the franchise in this state. Mrs. J.L. Pyle, Huron, one of the state leaders in the work, was present and presided at the meeting.

Black and Yellow Trail: A pathfinder trip from Chicago to Yellowstone Park is being planned by the good road boosters for August. The party will start from Chicago, traveling through Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota to the Black Hills, thence across Wyoming to the park. Miller will be one of the towns on the route.

A proposition was submitted by the officers of the city of Miller to place eight lights around the courthouse grounds at an approximate cost of $375 for fixtures. Motion was made to order the eight lights.

June 20, 1963

Work is progressing on the new Methodist Church in Miller. Since the Palm Sunday groundbreaking, steel reinforced footings have been laid and foundation blocks have brought the structure up to floor level.

Lack of more than one bid on a new police car prompted the Miller City Council to pass on a rejection and start proceedings to call for new bids. Nissen Motor Co. was the only bidder on a new car for $1231.50 plus trade-in.

Postmasters of Miller, St. Lawrence, Zell and Orient today announced their five-digit ZIP code for their post offices. The Codes are as follows: Miller 57362; St. Lawrence 57373; Zell 57483; and Orient 57467. ZIP Code is the Post Office Department’s revolutionary new system of improved mail.

June 21, 1973

The Rev. Bruce Hanks, a clergyman with many years’ study of Abraham Lincoln, will visit the residents of Prairie Center Nursing Home June 30. It is remarkable that Mr. Hanks, who is Lincoln’s exact height and weight, has not only a striking likeness to the 16th president, but can trace his ancestry back to the family of Nancy Hanks, Lincoln’s mother.

Meeting in special session Tuesday evening, the Board of Education of Miller Independent School District #4 decided to submit the question of whether or not to construct a new junior-senior high school to the voters of the district.

At the annual fishing contest sponsored by the Ree Heights American Legion, held at Lake Louise, Duane Hoftiezer caught the largest bass, 3.42 pounds, and his son, Ronnie, came up with the largest pan fish, a bluegil weighing .39 of a pound.

June 22, 1983

Judge Martin, Huron, denied a motion by Jim Gentile’s attorney asking the court for an order restraining the Miller School District from entering into a contract with any potential employee for the position of athletic director, head wrestling coach and head football coach.

City employees will be taking home an additional five percent in pay beginning July 1, as the council approved the increase at last Monday’s meeting.

Bruce Knight, a native of Gann Valley and a University 4-Her at SDSU, will travel to Egypt July 25 to live and work with host families in the International 4-H Youth Exchange program.

June 21, 1993

JoDean Joy was all smiles Wednesday as she sat at her kitchen copy machine, compiling a mailing list for the upcoming campaign to defeat the $100 bet limits put in placed by the 1993 S.D. legislators.

Bob Hanks of St. Lawrence, owner and operator of Bob’s Disposal Service, received a hefty vote of confidence in the county-wide election that grants his firm exclusive franchise for garbage-hauling in Miller, St. Lawrence, Ree Heights and all of Hand County.

Featured in the Press special section on Hand County were the Porter Sculpture Park, St. Lawrence; McWhorter Museum; Indian artifacts at Ree Heights; Ree Heights’ Chalk Hill; Jim Blair’s Belgian horses; prairie steel sculptures at George Engelmann ranch; “Marsha’s Garden”; Ree Heights Store bottle collection; and Schaefers’ Swan Farm.

June 25, 2003

St. Ann’s Parish will hold a farewell open house for Sr. Deb Nelson and Fr. Terry Weber at the MHS Commons Sunday, June 29. Fr. John Helmueller will replace Fr. Terry and will begin his duties at St. Ann’s, St. Joseph’s and St. Liborius Parish July 1.

The Hand County Courthouse dome got an overhaul last week when the protective covering over the Florentine glass dome was redone to prevent water and weather damage. The arched dome has been a focal point since the courthouse was built in 1926.

Miller still boasts the Midway Drive-In Theatre, operated by Alyce and Marvin Oligmueller. This year it is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In celebration of the mid-century milestone, a whole carload of showgoers can watch the movie, “Daddy Daycare,” July 4, 5, 6, and 7 for one fee.

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