Retrospect 12-4-13

Posted December 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

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November 27, 1913

The automobile registration for 1913 shows up at the present date with 14,628 automobile licenses and 1,207 motorcycles.

The new school house in St. Lawrence is fast nearing completion and the teachers are expecting to occupy their rooms within the next two weeks.

Mr. Samuel Stobbs and Miss Minnie Rowen were married at high noon November 19 at the home of the bride’s parents, south of Wessington. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Rowen, and is a young lady of charming disposition and has a host of friends. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Stobbs and is a man of good family and is a “chip off the old block.” He is an industrious young man of good habits.

November 21, 1963

More than 100 persons gathered at the new Methodist Church to witness cornerstone-laying ceremonies November 17. The pastor explained that a copper box will be placed behind the cornerstone, which is located in the west wall of the main entrance.

A Wessington bowler set an all-time high in league bowling for Coral Lanes Thursday night when he fell just seven pins short of 700. Hitting 693 with scores of 219, 275 and 199 was Delbert Hoffman, who bowls with Davis TV of Wessington.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Stobbs were honored in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 19, 1913, at the home of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Alex Rowen, near Wessington. The Stobbs moved to Miller in 1944 from Wessington, where he operated a service station. He is retired but assists his son at Stobbs Oil Company.

November 22, 1973

Heavy voter turnout defeated school bonds: The majority of voters of Miller Independent School District #4 turned thumbs down on the question of a $1.1 million bond issue for a new high school building. Sixty percent of the eligible voters in the district was required to carry the election. The total vote showed 728 in favor, with 1,165 opposing the bond issue.

Hand County 4-H Recognition Banquet was held Saturday night, when 93 4-Hers, leaders and friends of 4-H were honored for past work, and support of the 4-H program.

Word has been received of the death of Harry J. Lapke of Minneapolis. Lapke, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anton Lapke of northern Hand County. (Mrs. Lapke was murdered in 1929, and the murder has never been solved.)

November 23, 1983

George B. Ice, 87, died at Hand County Memorial Hospital. He was born on a farm east of St. Lawrence. During World War I he served in the Army Air Service. After his discharge he began his career in aviation, which included barnstorming throughout the Midwest. He trained pilots during World War II. After the war, he started a crop spraying business in the Miller area. He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter-in-law, three grandsons, three great-grandchildren, and a brother, Clyde Ice.

The parishioners of St. Liborius Church in Polo have been involved in a redecorating project of the church, and it requires many busy hands.

The Miller Rustler girls’ basketball emerged as the District 14 champions over Wessington Springs, which gave them a berth in the Region 4 Tournament, which started Monday in Huron.

November 22, 1993

Dan Keck, St. Lawrence, doesn’t mind taking risks to meet his goals. His successful efforts have been recognized by the National FFA Organization, which named him the 1993 Ameican Star Farmer. He was chosen from a national field of four finalists.

The girls’ basketball team claimed their third straight district title, and will travel to Parkston Monday night for a game with the Platte Black Panthers. The winner advances to the State A Tournament in Huron.

The Hand County Commission met in special session November 9. Ron Blachford met with the commission concerting the construction of the rubble site. The commission named Blachford as site manager.

November 26, 2003

Ellie Cotton, St. Lawrence postmaster, was honored as 573 Postmaster of the Year at a meeting of postmasters within the 573 ZIP code area. She has been postmaster for 10 years.

As earthquakes go, it wasn’t mighty, but it was rare. An earthquake with a magnitude of three-point-five hit the area just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 20. Two previous earthquakes have been recorded in Hand County, one in 1899 and one in 1949.

As of Friday, Nov. 21, South Dakota’s 2nd Battalion of the 147th Field Artillery was placed on alert status for possible support of Operation Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. The battalion has its headquarters in Watertown, with subordinate units in Webster, Sisseton, Aberdeen, Redfield and Miller.