Retrospect 2-6-13

Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

January 30, 1913

An attempt was made to establish a post office at Winterville in southeast Hand County. This is in the neighborhood of the Bates post office and advice from the department at Washington is to the effect that Winterville cannot be given a post office unless the postmaster at Bates resigns and no one will take his place.



The Lenten season is very early this year, Ash Wednesday falling on February 5. This brings Easter March 23, the earliest possible date except one, on which Easter Sunday can occur.

Pleasant Valley – A fair number attended the taffy pull held at Mr. E. McCool’s last Friday. A good time is reported.

January 24, 1963

Funeral services were held for William Evarts Hurd, 85, who died January 13. He was born October 23, 1877 in Vernon County, Wisconsin, and came to Hand County with his parents in 1883, settling in Carleton Township, where he spent his entire life farming.

Ida Weideman of the Ida Beauty Salon, Miller, again won the Grand Award at the semi-annual meeting of the South Dakota Hair Fashion Committee held in Pierre. She will do a replica and hair style to represent South Dakota in the Parade of States, which will be held in Las Vegas during the National Hairdressers Convention.

The Rev. Tyra Talley of Spearfish has accepted a call to the pastorate of the Miller First Presbyterian Church and Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church. Rev. Talley expects to take over his duties about March 10.

January 25, 1973

The City Council is considering plans to declare the diesel engines and electrical generators as surplus property and offering the equipment to the highest bidder. Present power demands in the city far exceed the plant generating capacity.

At least two St. Lawrence residents were able to leave the hospital this week. Muriel Clegg was released from St. John’s in Rapid City and is recuperating at her home there. She was involved in an auto accident January 19. George Melber came home from the Miller hospital where he had been since November 16, when he was hurt in a farm accident. He is walking quite well with crutches.

Rick Nisssen, former Rustler star, turned out his best performance so far at USD against Morningside, with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

January 27, 1983

Ron Gustafson, manager of Habichts’ of Miller, announced that Habichts will be closing its Miller store after 56 years of doing business in Miller. Gustafson blames the poor economy, coupled with the lack of community support for local businesses. The Miller store was opened in 1926. The Habicht family has been in the clothing business over 65 years.

The “Snow Flake” style show was held during the Hand County Farm & Home Show. Sewing for a child winners were Karen Steptoe, second, sewing for Connie Steptoe; Kay Goodall, Ree Heights, first, sewing for Becky Yost; and Kay Goodall, third, sewing for Kristi Yost.

The parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish, Zell, and residents of the Zell community are preparing for a joint 1983 centennial year celebration of the church and also the village of Zell.

January 25, 1993

Activity around the headquarters of Mid-Dakota Water has stepped up with initiation of the sign-up and collection portion of the project. The Mid-Dakota Water Development District is presently in the process of advertising for a new manager.

James Hart, Miller, will soon complete his first year as a member of the prestigious Board of Regents for the state. He says it has been a great learning experience.

The resignation of Police Chief Don Rombough was acknowledged, effective April 1. Rombough has been a long-time employee on the police department staff.

January 29, 2003

Thirty years ago, Kim Edwards came to the Dakota plains as the new bride of Danny Edwards. The night ride from the airport at Pierre to the home of Danny Edwards’ parents was strange for Kim. And when she revisited her homeland, it’s also a great transition from South Hand County to the bustling city of Pusan, South Korea, population 3.8 million.

With farmland in most of the country idle until spring, experts are recommending that farmers and ranchers act quickly to take advantage of the programs created under the 2002 Farm Bill.

Seniors Casper Jones, Kyle Nye and Jay Winter continued their domination in their individual wrestling classes in Parkston last Saturday at what is called the “Little B.”

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