Retrospect 11-14-12

Posted November 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

November 7, 1912

Woodrow Wilson is to be the next President of the United States, as decided by the voters at Tuesday’s election. This result is due to the fact that the Republican voters divided their strength between President Taft and former President Roosevelt. This division made Wilson’s election a foregone conclusion. The nation will now be under Democratic control for four years after next March. All patriotic American citizens will wish the new president well, and hope that he can be of real worth to his day and generation.



Andrew Buck of Huron was in Miller this week, gathering up a carload of poultry for shipment to Huron, where he and his brother have a cold storage plant. The car was a regular poultry car, and used for no other purpose. The Buck brothers were pioneer farmers in Ontario Twp. this county.

The South Hand Ladies’ Union Club and the Glendale Ladies Aid will meet at Mrs. J.H. Yost’s Saturday, Nov. 16, instead of Wednesday, as several teachers belong to the Aid and can attend on Saturdays only. Each lady is to bring quilt blocks (nine patch pattern), one-foot square, and a picnic dinner. Each lady will pay 10 cents for dinner, with proceeds to be used for charitable work.

November 1, 1962

Funeral services were held in Wessington for Harry J. Clarke, a resident of the Wessington community for 50 years…Clarke was born in Eastborn, England April 6, 1892. He came to the United States in 1912 *(and had been slated to board the Titanic). He served as a rural mail carrier out of Wessington from the early 1940s until his retirement.

A meeting with all veterans of World War I will be held at the VFW Club at 1:30 Sunday to form a “Barrack.”

Monday, Oct. 22 will be remembered for a long, long time by many, many Americans. The ordinary citizen will remember it as the first day of his complete knowledge of the “Cuban Missile Crisis,” which will remain familiar and common and distasteful for many years…for 13 days, the world waiting—seemingly on the brink of nuclear war. Finally with masterful timing, careful documentation, measured and deliberate delivery, a solemn faced and voiced President read from a prepared text—bringing to an end a tremendous and complicated team effort of defining and delineating our position and stand.

November 2, 1972

Members of the Rose Hill Presbyterian Church are offering a $25 reward for information concerning the theft of the communion service, which was taken from the church. The loss of the service was not discovered until members of the committee were preparing for the communion service several Sundays ago. Value of the communion service is estimated at in excess of $250.

Hand County voters will join the rest of the nation in a trek to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 7, to cast their ballots in what will be the most hotly contested election in many years. A record turnout is expected. (Presidential candidates were Richard M. Nixon and George S. McGovern).

Jay Monfore won his second cross-country title in the last three years with a first-place (state) finish at Brookings Friday. His winning time in the Class A division was 11:14.2 over the 2.2-mile course. John Carr placed second among the Miller runners and 23rd in the field in over 140 runners.

November 4, 1982

Hand County turned out in large numbers, with 81 percent of the registered voters casting their ballot in the general election for the candidate of their choice.

Four Miller High School music students will be representing MHS at All-State Chorus in Rapid City. Those attending will be Jade Yost, Lela Bertsch, Teresa Schwartz and Brian Fawcett.

Adult leaders honored for their 15 and 20 years of service for 4-H at the 4-H recognition banquet were Delmar and Patty Fawcett (15 years) and Marjean Fawcett (20 years) and Robert Fawcett (15 years). Patty Fawcett was also the recipient of the Extension Club Award.

November 2, 1992

The spotlight at last Friday’s birthday party at Prairie Good Samaritan Center rested upon tiny, white-haired Elizabeth Engelmann who, at the age of 106, is Hand County’s eldest resident. She emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 19 from her home near the North Sea in Nordike, Germany. After her marriage to Peter O. Engelmann in 1908, they lived for a time in Rockdale Twp. of Hand County, and then moved to Ohio Twp., where they raised their family of two sons and a daughter.

Members of Crescent Chapter No. 4, Order of Eastern Star, will host an open house in honor of Eva Lanz on becoming a 75-year member on Sunday, Nov. 8. Eva’s father, R.T. Sedam, organized the chapter back in 1888. At that time, the Masonic Temple was located on Main and Second Street in St. Lawrence. Eva joined Eastern Star on November 9, 1917.

Jim Blair, Ree Heights, spent a couple of hours last week doing a little reminiscing. He said, “The weather was so nice I thought I’d give picking corn a try.” It was the first time he’d picked corn by hand in over 40 years. “It was fun to pick the first row or two, but I’d advise using modern machinery to finish the field,” he said.

November 6, 2002

Residents of St. Lawrence and the surrounding area are asked to get into the Christmas Spirit in the next couple of weeks and contribute holiday ornaments to help decorate a tree at the State Capitol. St. Lawrence is among the 100 or so communities and groups who have been invited to decorate a tree this year.

Eleven members of the MHS chorus will participate in the All-State Chorus, to be held Nov. 8-9 in Sioux Falls. Attending will be Ryan Fischer, Anna Simons, Brandon Hammill, Mathew Brueggeman, Michaela Iverson, Katie Eschenbaum, Lindsey Lockner, Ben Moeller, Gary Price, Kate Swenson and Kristin Hargens.

The MHS cross country team earned their runner-up position at the state meet October 26 in Huron. Team members are Chris Heezen, Ryan Cain, Adam Peterka, Bronc McMurtry, Michael Peterka and Jesse Vrooman.

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