Retrospect 3-20-13

Posted March 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

March 13, 1913

The new liquor law passed by the recent legislature permits two saloons in any town, but to obtain more than two, a basis of 600 population or major faction thereof is named for each. The population of Miller at the last census was a trifle over 1,200, so that the new law limits Miller to two saloons.



In this world of uncertainty and doubt, there is one ever constant, loyal person—mother! Among the last of the bills of the House which the Senate accepted was the McFarland mother’s pension act. The provisions of this act are to authorize counties to levy a special tax to raise a fund to carry out the provisions of the law, payment to a mother with dependent children: $15 per month for one child, and $7 per month for each additional child under 14 years of age.

The women of Mitchell are about to start a movement for the elimination of billboards in the business residence portions of the city, as is evidenced by a petition presented to the city council. The petition would also abolish the use of walls and windows for the purpose of advertising on the grounds that it makes an unsightly condition and that many of the posters on billboards are of an immoral nature.

March 7, 1963

Installation services will be held in the First Presbyterian Church March 10 at 8 p.m. for the Rev. Tyra Talley, who assumed pastorate of that church and the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church March 3.

The Ree Heights Independent School has been operated at an average yearly deficit of $8,370.49 the three years prior to July 1, 1962, according to a financial fact sheet prepared by the Board of Education. The report also showed income since July 1, ’62 until February 20 was $20,960.32, while disbursements for the same period were $32,000.47.

While the death rate for tuberculosis is at an all-time low, it still remains one of America’s greatest killers among contagious diseases. The real tragedy of tuberculosis is that it is now possible to stamp it out completely.

March 8, 1973

A busload of school children escaped injury while the driver of the bus and the driver of an oil truck received only minor injuries when the two vehicles collided on the curve on Highway 45 just south of Miller. According to the sheriff, the gas truck slipped off the soft shoulder as the bus driver was rounding the curve and lost control of the vehicle, striking the school bus on the front fender and side.

A petition is being circulated among Miller residents. Specifically, the petition asks the voters of Miller be given an opportunity to decide whether or not they desire the city to engage in a garbage collection service.

Eva Lanz arrived home Sunday evening after visiting in California several months. She stopped in Rapid City to see her son, Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Fritts, and to get acquainted with Mr. and Mrs. David Blair’s new baby girl. The baby is using the cradle that Wilmer used as a baby, nearly 60 years ago. For many years, Mrs. Lanz loaned it to be used for new babies to be “rocked” as they joined the cradle roll at the St. Lawrence Church.

March 10, 1983

Monday, March 7 marked the end of 16 years as county auditor when Charlie Conerton stepped down and handed over the keys and duties to Carol DeGeest. Conerton says the biggest change over those years was the school reorganization and the financing of overlapping districts.

Audiences were delightfully entertained February 25, 26 and 27 when the Orient-Polo Catholic Daughters presented “Aunt Tillie Goes to Town” in the Polo parish hall.

An open house will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Heidepriem honoring Yumi Taniguchi and her brother. Ms. Taniguchi lived with the Heidepriems as an AFS foreign exchange student from Japan during the 1975-76 school year.

March 8, 1993

Last weekend marked the end of Ryan Resel’s high school wrestling career…but what a career it has been. The MHS senior claimed the title of State Wrestling Champion the third year in a row at tournament in Watertown and brought home a third champion’s ribbon.

Construction bids for the new junior-senior high and elementary school physical education complex were awarded by the Miller School Board March 1. Capitol City Construction of Bismarck, N.D. was awarded the general contract work.

The Orient Legion Hall was changed to a pool hall atmosphere when 180 players came to town for the third annual “8-ball” weekend January 26-28. Three generations of players make up the singles and teams that returned to participate.

March 12, 2003

Just two days after getting their alert notice, members of Battery C, 2nd Battalion 147th Field Artillery of Redfield and Miller, were notified their unit will report for federal service March 13. The alert notice was for possible duty in support of Operation Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom.

Miller School District residents will again go to the polls March 25 to cast their ballots on the proposed opt out for $275,000 for a three-year period. The school board has determined the opt out is essential in order to retain programs, activities and staff in light of decreasing enrollment and increasing expenses.

Receiving superior ratings for their Illustrated Talks at the FCCLA district meeting were Alora Campbell, Sheila Brueggeman and Tracie Fauth. They will now advance to the state meeting in April.

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