Retrospect 12-19-12

Posted December 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

December 12, 1912

The city of Pierre is in a turmoil over the proposed opening of a moving picture show on Sunday afternoons and evenings at which the proprietor intends charging an admission fee. The ministerial association of the city hold that such a practice is in violation of a city ordinance. The discussion has become so warm that petitioners have asked for a special election to settle the matter.



The Press has now finished another year, its 31st, and entered upon its 32nd. The “Old Man” in this shop has been on the job more or less strenuously for 30 years. Not many of the newspaper bunch now in the state were engaged in the business 30 years ago.

The funeral of Lincoln Walton, Jr. occurred Tuesday, with services at the Presbyterian Church, and the remains were laid to rest in the G.A.R. Cemetery. The deceased was a young man who had just reached the legal age of manhood. He was sick for some time in Miller, but had recently gone to his parents’ home in Nebraska. The remains were brought here by his father, Lincoln Walton, Sr., one of the pioneer settlers of the county, and where the young man was born and reared.

December 6, 1962

Funeral services were held for Charles Moncur, 80, pioneer resident of Hand County. Moncur was born March 30, 1882 in Birmingham, Ohio. When he was four years old he came with his parents to Dakota Territory. Here he grew up, clearly remembering such historical events as the “Blizzard of ’88,” when his father saw the strange curtain of cloud moving in and decided to keep his children home from school, perhaps saving their lives. Life on the prairie was hard but exciting, and memories were vivid of severe winters, bumper crops and disappointing harvests, and Moncur knew them all.

Fifty-five rural teachers met at the Armory Saturday for the County Local Education Association meeting. At the general teachers meeting, chorus practice was held by R.O. Moberly director, and Mrs. Truman Elder, accompanist.

The VFW building was the scene of another upholstery workshop November 28-30, with eight ladies completed as many davenports and chairs under the guidance of Faith Cahalan, Home Demonstration Agent.

December 7, 1972

Mrs. Beryle (Donald) Kelly, English instructor in the Miller High School, has been nominated as Miller’s candidate for the distinction of 1973 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

MHS varsity debaters won first place in their division at the Central Forensic Conference debate meet in Pierre. The junior varsity debaters won 7 out of 8 rounds. Jr. varsity debater Gregg Cotton and sr. varsity debater Fred Slunecka received outstanding speaker awards.

Library Notes: “Khrushchev Remembers” by Edward Crankshaw is the recollections of the man who sat at the summit of power in modern Russia from 1953 to 1964. Experience Stalin’s death, the break with Mao Tse-tung, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the war with Finland. Gain unexpected insights into the minds and motives, strengths and weaknesses of many of Krushchev’s colleagues.

December 9, 1982

Mr. and Mrs. Daelyn Sanger, Rockham, were honored at dinner Monday evening by the Hand County Soil Conservation Service Board. Sanger was named winner of the annual Soil and Moisture Acheivement Award.

Ernest C. Hoversten, 68, died December 5 at his son’s home in Sioux Falls. He married Ruth E. Etter in 1938. He attended the Rio Grande Bible Academy. In 1960 they moved to the Miller area, where he was pastor of the Carleton Community and Beulah churches.

The Miller gymnastics team will center around seven returning letter winners, when they compete December 13 at Pierre. Returning letter winners are Michelle Danburg, Mona Tarr, Sherri Istas, Tonja Waring, Tammie Danburg, Staci Danburg and Denise Simons.

December 7, 1992

Queen Angela Arbogast will represent Miller at the 47th annual South Dakota Snow Queen Festival, to be held January 8-16, 1993.

Architects from the Sioux Falls firm of Koch Hazard Baltzer, Ltd. presented updated plans for the new school building at Monday night’s special school board meeting. The board requested a study on the cost saving that could be realized if the proposed multi-purpose building were constructed as a rigid-frame structure.

Douglas W. McFarlane, 41, of Miller, died Friday, Nov. 27 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was born December 16, 1950, in Miller, the son of Robert and Virgean McFarlane. He attended Miller School, and married Shirley Ackerman on June 24, 1978. Douglas worked in the family business, The Miller Press.

December 11, 2002

Miller students got into the holiday spirit of giving this year, providing special messages and treats to South Dakota military personnel stationed far from home. Janis Gimbel’s students in the family & consumer sciences class made sugar cookies, M&M cookies, peanut brittle and caramel corn to send overseas.

Two MHS seniors, Marcus Suhn and Jay Winter, were selected to the South Dakota 11B All-State Football Teams.

The MHS gymnastics team competed in their first meet of the season in a Clark duel. Darcy Werdel took the All-Around title with a score of 31.35, while taking a first on the floor, second on the beam and vault, and fifth on the uneven bars.

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