Retrospect 11-19-13

Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm

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Nov. 6/13, 1913

The Wessington Times contains the obituary of Monroe Patridge, a pioneer settler of Rose Hill Twp. Deceased was 70 years old, and a veteran of the Civil War.

This is the time of year when stray dogs are left in the city, either wandering here themselves or accidently lost by their owners. At any rate, they are a nuisance. They infest the streets in groups of three to half a dozen, running and barking at teams and automobiles. If owners do not claim them and keep them off the streets, they should be killed.

A land deal involving nearly $100,000 was consummated in Huron this week between Dr Chambers, J.C. Jefferson and others, and the Elm Creek Hutterische Bruder Germinde Society. The deal was the sale of 1,939 acres, at $60 per acre. The Hutterische Society are of the same denomination as that of the Jim River Colony living north of the city.

The Huron Daily Herald of yesterday announces that the Great Northern Railroad will extend southwest from Huron to Chamberlain next year.

Oct. 31/Nov. 7, 1963

Eagle Scout David Posey will attend a recognition ceremony at Aberdeen, which is being held for all Eagle Scouts in the Pheasant Council who have recently earned the highest Scouting award.

A series of break-ins occurring over the past weekend are under the investigation of the city police department and the county sheriff. The robberies committed were an apparent effort to obtain money, as little or no merchandise was missing.

Barriers on a new segment of I-90 east of Rapid City will come down about Nov. 1. The 8.992-mile section is just east of Box Elder, and will give 45 minutes of continuous Interstate highway from west of Wasta to north of Piedmont.

Nov. 1/ 8, 1973

Two brothers died Tuesday, Oct. 30 at almost the same hour. Avert Gortmaker, 78, died Tuesday morning at his home in Miller. At almost the same time, family received word that Ben Gortmaker had died in Sioux Falls.

A hunting accident about noon Sunday resulted in the death of Joel William Fanning, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fanning, Jr., of rural St. Lawrence. The accident occurred on the Fanning farm, where the youth was hunting with a party, when a shotgun accidentally discharged.

Thirty-six head of steer calves were sold for an average of $395 per head, totaling $14,220, at the Central South Dakota Calf Show and Sale held Nov. 3 at Miller Livestock Sales Co.

Nov. 1/9, 1983

For an unprecedented third consecutive year, the 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, S.D. Army National Guard, has received the Walter T. Kerwin Readiness Award.

The Central Plains Arts Council is presenting “Deadwood Dick” or “The Game of Gold” at Nov. 18-20 at the Miller Livestock Sale Barn. It’s a “meller-drama” at its classic best. Leading the action are black-hearted villain Lester Moeller, heroines Michelle Carr and Glenda Gross. Western heartthrobs are Julian Gugenheim and Scott Heidepriem. Rosemary Dunn runs the Man-Trap Saloon.

Helmuth “Dutch” Huber ended stocking shelves, sacking groceries and operating checkout counter, with retirement last Saturday. With the exception of military service, he has spent most of his work days in a grocery store.

Nov. 1/8, 1993

The smoldering remains of what was Greg Froning’s alfalfa crop creates a charred scene. By the time Polo firemen were able to get the flames extinguished, 16 stacks of alfalfa had burned. Then gale force winds started up Thursday, and Polo and Orient fire departments battled the wall of flames coming from a hay yard full of bale stacks.

Myrtle E. Johnson, 100, of Miller, died Oct. 22 at Prairie Good Samaritan Center. She was born in 1893 at St. Lawrence to Charles and Elizabeth Stegmire. She married Arthur Johnson in 1916. They farmed in south Hand County, and in the 1930s they moved to Miller. She worked at the hotel as a housekeeper (known as a chambermaid).

The keynote speaker at Mid-Dakota’s annual meeting November 9 will be South Dakota Governor Walter Dale Miller. The meeting will be held at the Miller Armory.

John McInnis, Miller, was honored in observance of 50 years of continuous membership of the Masonic Lodge. About 30 fellow Masons and friends from Huron, Wessington and Miller were present for the ceremony.

Nov. 5/12, 2003

Today is a milestone for Sadie Ames of Miller. She is one of the three oldest South Dakotans at this time. Two have already turned 107; Sadie joins the other two who have 107 candles on their cake, on Nov. 5. She is one of the few who can say she has lived in three centuries.

After being on the run since his escape Oct. 9 from the Beadle County Correctional Facility, Jason Heasley, 29, was arrested early Oct. 29 in Sioux Falls, where he was hiding in an attic crawl space.

Carole Skinner, Miller, is featured in the September 2003 issue of US AIRWAYS ATACHE, the magazine available to travelers using US Airways. She was interviewed just after she won her second International Whistlers’ Championship.

Emily Schock is on the rugby team at the University of Minnesota, where she is majoring in chemical engineering. The rugby team traveled to Champaign, Ill. and beat the University of Kentucky, qualifying them for national finals. Her team in now one of the eight in the nation to qualify.

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