Retrospect 12-18-13

Posted December 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm

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December 11, 1913

Saturday night, word was telephoned to town from the Westmire place in Greenleaf Twp. that Robt. M. Wilson had been badly hurt by a young man named “Billy” Paul. Mr. Wilson says he went to the barn to attend to his horses and someone shot at him twice. He was then attacked by a pitchfork, which was gouged into his head and face. The assailant ran out of the barn and disappeared…the affair is supposed to be the outgrowth of a warrant sworn out by Wilson and Mr. Hammond for stealing. Paul was in town Friday and learned of the warrant. After the attack, Paul stole a horse and struck north. Others followed him as far as Rockham, where the trail was lost.

Thursday night after the Commercial Club entertainment and dance closed, a businessman who lives on main street, went to the Vanderbilt Hotel and stayed there quite some time. When he started home, the lights were out and it was dark and foggy. A man stepped out, asked where he was going, and followed the businessman. The businessman got to his place of business and got inside, took up a loaded revolver and walked out the door. He stuck the gun in the fellow’s face, and the man went away, protesting he wasn’t looking for trouble.

Wessington: Dr. H.H. Aldrich reports the arrival of a 12 ½ pound girl at the Wm. Sass home southwest of town. This makes something near the “baker’s dozen.” A few more families like the Sasses, and the country wouldn’t be so sparsely settled.

December 5, 1963

Patty Roduner won the Snow Queen Contest sponsored by the Miller Music Parents Association here Nov. 29. Connie Roach and Marcia Dristy were first and second runners-up.

Births at the Miller Hospital, Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Campbell, girl, Nov. 26; Mr. and Mrs. David Naber, girl, Nov. 28; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tong, boy, Dec. 1; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sterrett, twin boys, Dec. 2; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Heitzman, Wessington, girl, Dec. 2.

Mr. and Mrs. Merle Keating were passing through Dallas at the time of President Kennedy’s assassination, but they didn’t know it had taken place until some time after they left the city. When they reached Dallas they found the traffic so dense, they turned off the radio to concentrate on driving.

December 6, 1973

1973 Soil and Moisture Conservation Contest winners were honored at a Monday evening banquet. Winners were Jim Gerdes, first; Harvey Faulstich, second; and Arnold Johnson, third.

Announcement was made last week of the sale of the Crossman Hatchery to Donald “Casey” Schultz, who has taken over the ownership from Lee Crossman. Schultz has been with the firm the past 13 years. The Crossman Hatchery was opened in Miller in 1935 by Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Crossman, and is still located in the original building.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Rumelhart of Miller will observe their 70th wedding anniversary December 6. The Rumelharts have been residents of Hand County since 1921, and of Miller since 1947.

December 7, 1983

Jerry Dvorak was an apparent victim of carbon monoxide Sunday night. He was found in his car in the parking lot across the street south of Lips Dining Center, with the motor running and the door locked. Patrolman Schwartz also found that a vacuum cleaner hose was attached to the exhaust pipe and running up through a hole in the floor of the car.

John Froning, a senior at MHS, has been named the school’s top Century III Leader. He is now eligible to compete with other local winners for one of two scholarships and an all-expense-paid trip to the national convention in Williamsburg, Va.

There is only YCL (Young Citizens League) still meeting in South Dakota, and that is in the Miller School system. Luella Schultz’s sixth graders continue to learn about participatory democracy and have fun while they’re doing it.

December 6, 1993

Tammy Wilber won the 1993 Snow Queen crown at festivities November 28. Rochelle Cundy was named Junior Snow Queen.

Misty Stevens is providing the rest of us the opportunity to make sure children receive a special gift. Again this year, she is sponsoring the Angel Tree at Midwest Supply.

The Rustlers are one step closer to their third State A title after downing the Tri-Valley Mustangs 44-39 in the opening round of the state tournament at Huron Thursday night.

December 10, 2003

Area residents are invited to take a break from their own holiday preparations and tour five homes in Miller brimming with holiday spirit. Proceeds go to the Blachford House.

The Christmas Live Nativity will be presented Sunday, Dec. 14 at Sunshine Bible Academy. This year, Valerie Augspurger will portray Mary and Ezra Mehlhoff will portray Joseph.

Jean T. DeHaven, 75, of Wessington, died December 3. He was an outstanding auctioneer and was one of the founders of the Highmore Livestock Auction. In 1966, Jean put together a 20-mule team wagon train and drove them from Death Valley, Calif., to Montreal, Quebec.