November 14, 1912
The combined vote of Roosevelt and Taft is 7,666,669, or 1,267,672 more votes than Wilson received. In other words, a considerable majority of voters did not favor Wilson, but by dividing their votes between Roosevelt and Taft, they gave Wilson the electoral vote of several states by a minority vote.
Aldermen McCullen and Crabtree circulated a subscription paper Monday to raise enough cash to purchase cluster lamps for Main Street, similar to those now being put on the streets in other South Dakota cities. Eventually these cluster lamps may be increased about the city. Miller’s “Great White Way” will be visible to all travelers near this city.
Clearing up the mystery of the disappearance of Peter Lutes, the young cashier of the Farmers’ State Bank of Zell, who for several days was thought to have been murdered, a message purporting to come from Lutes was received yesterday saying that he (Lutes) was a defaulter and that he would return to this town and give himself up…Lutes is said by the examiner to have worked one of the smoothest deceptions ever uncovered in the state. He is alleged to have kept two sets of books, one showing the bank to be in good condition, and the other its real condition.
November 8, 1962
The hard-fought U.S. Senate race between Joe Bottom (R) and George McGovern (D) came to an end shortly after noon Wednesday when results from precincts of the state were tabulated, giving McGovern a slim, unofficial vote advantage.
Miss Elizabeth Bucher, 93, former Cottonwood resident died at Lewiston, Idaho. Born August 29, 1869, at Schneizingen, Kauton Argou, Switzerland, she came to the United States with her family in 1880 and settled in Minnesota. She later came to South Dakota. She was the last surviving member of a family of 12 children. Miss Bucher was a life-long communicant of the Catholic faith, and donated her homestead land to St. Liborius Church at Polo.
A ranch north of Ree Heights will be the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Beranek following their marriage Nov. 3 at Immaculate Conception Church at Stephan. The bride is the former Mary Goodwin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Goodwin, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beranek, all of Stephan.
November 9, 1972
With all nine greens at the Miller Country Club seeded to grass, members are hoping the public will be considerate enough to give the grass a chance to grow. A special appeal is being made to drivers of snowmobiles, horseback riders or any type of vehicle which would tend to compress and pack the grass under the snow cover.
Pleasant weather, a keen interest in the issues involved, brought out a record vote of Hand County voters for the general election Tuesday. Of a total of 3,793 registered voters in the county, 3,151 went to the polls, for a total percentage of 83.70.
Joe A. Knippling, Gann Valley, was one of seven men honored October 26, at Billings, Mont., by the International Livestock Expedition by elevating them to the NILE Hall of Fame.
November 11, 1982
“Feiffer’s People,” a play by Jules Feiffer, will be presented by the Miller Community Theater November 12, 13 and 14 at the Miller Armory Commons. The cast includes Dr. John S. Carr, Michelle Carr, Norma Carr, Mary Cundy, Rosemary Dunn, Glenda Gross, Jim Jones, Ken Kulesha, Barbara Melber, Lester Moeller, Vicki Neilson, Darlene Settergren and Jade Yost.
Faith Cahalan, Hand County Home Economist for the past 30 years, received the Friend of 4-H Award at the 4-H Recognition Banquet held October 30. Joy Duxbury was the recipient of the Adult Leaders Friend of 4-H Meritorious Award.
Mrs. Susan Benham, 92, died November 7. Susan Lillie Conkey was born Nov. 13, 1889 in York Township, Hand County. She taught school in several places and was librarian in the Huron High School. After her mother’s death in 1925, she kept house for her father until his death in 1936. She was assistant postmaster in St. Lawrence and during World War II she worked in the Civil Service in Utah, Hawaii and Nebraska. She married Bernard Benham in 1944 in Utah. He died in 1946.
November 9, 1992
Young Miller attorney Scott Heidepriem recently made the decision to leave his hometown to become a managing partner in the law firm of Johnson, Heidepriem, Miner and Marlow in Sioux Falls. Earlier this year, Heidepriem surprised constituents when he announced he would not seek re-election to his State Senate seat, a decision based on the high priority Heidepriem gives his family.
Voters decided winners…and losers…in Tuesday’s election. On the County level, winners were JoAnn Morford-Burg, District 22 Senate; Robert Duxbury, State House; Joanne Lockner, State House; Sheriff Jerry Miller; and Sally Sivertsen, county commission seat. (Winners in the nation’s presidential race was Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. The U.S. Senate seat went to incumbent Tom Daschle, and incumbent Tim Johnson was re-elected to the U.S. House seat).
The Miller High School marching band’s percussion section was awarded “Best Overall Drum Line” honors at this year’s Hobo Day parade in Brookings. The MHS marching band placed second.
November 13, 2002
Election ’02 has come and gone. In Hand County, 2,393 of the 3,024 registered voters went to the polls, showing a 79.1 percent turnout. In the county, Sheriff Douglus DeBoer received the top votes over Kurt Hall; Sheila Coss was elected register of deeds, and Larry Rowen was elected county commissioner for District 1. Robert Duxbury handily won the State Senate seat. Incumbents Quinten Burg and Dale Hargesns were returned to the State House.
Miller’s school board meeting November 11 played to a full house, as more discussion revolved around how to best slice a very low-fat budget pie. The board voted to hire an education consultant to look at the situation.
Wade Yost, Ree Heights, went to Green Bay, Wis., to participate in what’s hailed as the “World’s Toughest Rodeo,” the Bulls & Broncs Finals. The top 12 qualifiers of the “extreme events of rodeo” were on hand for the grand finale of the 2002 season. When the dust cleared, Yost had come in second in saddle bronc riding the first day, and fourth the second day. Also participating, Tigh Anderberg went into the finals in third place in bull riding, and Dana Ruhnke, St. Lawrence, was at 12th place in saddle bronc.