Retrospect 12-11-13

Posted December 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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December 4, 1913

While on his way home from the city Saturday night about 9:30 or 10 o’clock, Nicholas Duehr was thrown from his wagon and instantly killed. He had been to town for a load of coal and, as he lives only four or five miles north, he started home in the dark, with a double box load of coal. It appears the team swerved off the grade and threw Mr. Duehr to the roadside, where he struck his head, which must have caused instant death. His body was not found until early morning when an auto drove by.

This issue of the Press enters upon the 33rd year of its publication. It is one of the oldest papers in central South Dakota. The “old man” has gone along with the Press for 31 years.

A handsome snake, covered with small spots, was discovered a few days ago in a bunch of bananas in the Sutphen Store. It was put in a box with a wire netting over the top, and placed in the window of the Hambly drug store, where it has attracted considerable attention. Someone has looked up this species of snake, a very poisonous snake of Central America.

November 28, 1963

A shocked nation mourns…November 22, 1963. The nation and world was shocked when the word flashed out over radio and TV networks that the President had been shot. It just couldn’t happen to a man that in a short time had captured the respect and admiration of people throughout the nation and the world. The President is dead ~

Long live the President ~ Now we must stand united under President Lyndon B. Johnson, who, without warning, assumed the heavy burden of the President of the United States.

Miller observed the national holiday last Monday, and joined the nation in mourning the loss of President John F. Kennedy. City stores, county, state and federal offices remained closed during the day. Schools did not open. Catholic and Protestant church services were scheduled Monday.

November 29, 1973

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Wessington, observed its Golden Jubilee November 18. Fr. Dudek, Fr. Albin and Fr. Molumby concelebrated the 3 p.m. Mass. Fr. Albin and Fr. Molumby gave the homily, St. Joseph’s choir furnished the music with Mrs. Paulsen at the organ.

Renae Veskrna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Veskrna, was crowned 1973 Snow Queen at the festival held last Saturday night. First runner up was Theresa Coss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Coss, whose sister was chosen as State Snow Queen last January.

A double anniversary dinner was held at the Lips Dining Centre Sunday for Mr. and Mrs. DeWayne Sivertsen and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knippling. The dinner was given by their brother and sisters, Mr. Alex Lobban, Mrs. Tom Hasart, Mrs. Gus Jager and Mrs. Gene Smith.

November 30, 1983

Miss Tonja Waring, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim (Norma) Waring, was selected from among 23 candidates to reign as Miller’s 1984 Snow Queen. She was crowned by the 1983 Snow Queen, Barbara Melber.

Funeral services for James (J.C.) Jones, 92, long-time pharmacist in Miller, will be held December 2. Jones came to Miller in 1930 and started Jones Drug Store.

Kea Ufen, a second-year student at Cottey College, Nevada, Mo., has been named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She is the daughter of Jack and Ramona Ufen of Miller.

November 29, 1993

Ellie Cotton was officially installed as postmaster in St. Lawrence Friday, Nov. 19. She had been officer-in-charge at St. Lawrence since October 1992, and served as postmaster relief there since 1986.

The Miller Rustlers girls’ basketball team has recorded another perfect season, winning 22 games so far and running their streak to 71 straight games. They advanced to the state tournament with a 52-33 win over the Black Panthers of Platte.

Ed Stobbs has been doing business in Miller at the corner of East 2nd Ave. and East 3rd St. for 56 years now, longer than any other businessperson in Miller can claim to have been doing business at the same location. Ed started his operation in 1937, with $100 and a 1935 Ford to his name.

December 3, 2003

The new Miller Snow Queen was chosen last Saturday night during the Snow Queen Festival. Gina Neu will represent Miller at the state contest in Aberdeen.

Less than one week after receiving an alert notice, members of the S.D. Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery received their notice Nov. 25 for activation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This will include the Miller unit.

Second only to the National Finals Rodeo, The Dodge Nation Circuit Finals Rodeo is the crowning event of the PRCA’s circuit system of competition…and after 11 years of perfecting his sport, local cowboy Wade Yost of Ree Heights is receiving so well-deserved glory. Yost qualified for the Dodge finals this month.