Retrospect 2-13-13

Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

February 6, 1913

One of the most successful and largely attended social events of the season was the Fireman’s Ball, which occurred on Monday evening at the Opera House, under the management of the newly organized fire company of this city. There were 135 tickets sold and the floor was crowded to its capacity for dancing, the gallery being filled with spectators.



If plans of the farmers’ institute corps of the South Dakota State College of Brookings are carried out by the state legislature, the better farming movement in South Dakota will receive a tremendous impetus during the next two years…It is planned to start out with field demonstrations, farmers’ institutes, short courses in agriculture to be held at different parts of the state, and boys’ and girls’ clubs in which work and play will be skillfully combined.

Wessington is engaged in an interesting campaign for postmaster, and two candidates are announced. One is editor of the Times, McNeil, and the other is Hi Bowman, old line Democrat who is still voting for Andrew Jackson. There is considerable dissatisfaction because the voting is restricted to residents of the incorporated town.

January 31, 1963

The Miller Fire Department was called to a county fire Monday afternoon, and upon its arrival and subsequent investigation, an apparent murder-suicide was brought to light. The firemen were called to the Eugene Moos farm 13 miles north and one mile east of Miller. Victims of the alleged murder-suicide were Mrs. Eugene Moos, 37, and her brother, Frederick Bozward, 24, who was visiting from England. Bozward had apparently killed his sister and then went to the barn and set it on fire before fatally shooting himself in the heart with the revolver.

Gary “Smokey” Wallman, Miller, gained his 35th consecutive win as a high school wrestler Saturday as the Miller matsmen downed Webster 39-11 in a conference bid.

Viva Mohr, city auditor, has given notice that the term of office will expire for three councilmen and mayor. Present office holders are Dr. John C. Hagin, mayor; Buck Titus, councilman, First Ward; George Voelker, councilman, Second Ward; and Charlie Wilber, councilman, Third Ward.

February 1, 1973

Sunday, Jan. 28 was a memorable occasion for the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church, when a mortgage-burning ceremony took place as part of the morning service. The new church building was dedicated June 12, 1960.

At the Knippling Herefords Sale on January 25, the top bull sold for $4,300 to the Sidwell Farm, Nun, Colo. The Knipplings retained a fourth interest in this bull.

Albert Nelson, accompanied by his niece, Mrs. Miles Cotton, left Monday for Oakland, Calif., where they will visit relatives, and other California points. They will later go to Hawaii for an extended visit with Mrs. Cotton’s son and daughter-in-law, Capt. and Mrs. Jerry Cotton and family.

February 3, 1983

The Miller High School jazz band1competed against 10 other Class “B” schools in the South Dakota Jazz Festival at Northern State College, Aberdeen, and took first place honors. Their director is Leo Warnke. The MHS swing choir also took first place. Six choirs were in competition. Bonnie Ruebke is director.

The family of Les and Irene Droz met at Prairie Center Sunday afternoon to help them celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Not all the family could be there, but those present were Lowell and Donna Droz, Greg and Lisa Droz and children, Darlene Droz, Marilyn and Jerry Kolda and girls, Fern Taylor, Harry and Pauline Huisman, Jeanette and H.J. Hastings, and Layton and Esther Stebbins.

The Miller Rustlers matmen will be out to defend their district title February 5, when they travel to Gregory for the District Tournament. The Rustlers have won the district title for the past three years, and will be hard-pressed to win this year with all the injuries incurred during the season.

February 1, 1993

Herbert Adair Heidepriem, 70, died January 23 at Cuzco, Peru, apparently of a heart attack…His college years were interrupted by World War II. He served in the Battle of the Bulge with the 106th Division in Belgium, and was trapped behind enemy lines for days. After college, he established a law practice in Miller, and an abstract business. He served in the State Senate for 10 years, and worked tirelessly for court modernization.

On Hand Economic Development and Ronmar Industries are jointly sponsoring a three-week sewing class in anticipation of contracts that will present a need for an immediately available trained work force.

Brian Cain, sixth-grade student at Miller Elementary, won the school-level competition in the National Geography Bee on January 12. He will now take a written test, where the top 100 scorers in each state and territory will be eligible to compete in their state bee.

February 5, 2003

Curt Johnson has been hired as the executive director of On-Hand Development Corporation. Johnson has been the Commissioner of School and Public Lands for the past 12 years.

Gov. Mike Rounds called a teleconference last Thursday to announce his plans to introduce a bill to the Legislature, in hopes of stimulating wind energy development.

Sgt. Dwight Aymar has worked for Beaner Construction for the last five years. He showed his appreciation to Mike Beaner for his support of Aymar’s commitment to the National Guard.

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