February 27, 1913
On February 16, a group of school children playing on the gumbo peaks near Ft. Pierre, found a leaden plate buried in the sand, bearing on one side a Latin inscription, and on the reverse side, a French inscription. History relates the story of explorations made by Pierre Verendrye, a Frenchman, who attempted to reach the Pacific coast by Canada, came as far south as the Missouri River, buried a leaden plate, claimed the country for France and returned to Canada. The plate found bears the date 1743, which corresponds with the date recorded in history.
The first public demonstration of Edison’s latest invention, the kinetophone—the talking moving picture—was recently given in the Colonial Theater, New York, and was pronounced a success by a large and critical audience.
Towns and cities along the Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul road are working to establish and grade a tourist and wagon road across the state, from Minneapolis to the Yellowstone National Park. (*the beginning of the Black and Yellow Trail, which followed approximately what became US 14 from Chicago to Wyoming).
February 21, 1963
Dancing classes begin Monday afternoon at the First National Bank community room. Lessons are one dollar and the money will be donated to the Kiwanis swimming pool fund. The teacher, Mrs. Dean Robinson, is donating her time for this program, as it is a pastime she enjoys.
Etaoin Shrdlu – The Indians finally won and all the Baddies finally succumbed to the eighth bullet from a six-shooter. Wyatt Earp has brought his last man to justice; Tombstone, the town that wouldn’t die, finally did; The Rifleman and Law Man are tracking down nothing more dangerous than rabbits; Paladin found the bottom has dropped out of the market of guns for hire, and anyway he was getting tired of all the traveling. Which is taking the long way around to remark that TV no longer is producing a bumper crop of Westerns. But Mr. Dillon still walks stiff-legged at the beginning of Gunsmoke; the Wagon Train is still lumbering across the plains; and Gil Favor is still trying to get his cattle herd to Sedalia.
Showing at the Princess Theater: “The Kettles in the Ozarks,” starring Marjorie Main, and “My Geisha,” starring Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand and Edward G. Robinson.
February 22, 1973
Don Constantine, Miller school band director, has recently been inducted into the South Dakota chapter of Phi Beta Mu at the South Dakota Bandmasters annual meeting and clinic. Phi Beta Mu is a national bandmasters fraternity.
A little part of Vayland will be preserved for posterity. The post office and equipment which was used so many years by Arvy Ravenscroft, “Mr. Vayland,” will be moved to Mitchell and become an exhibit in the museum there. The post office will be set up in as much of its original form as possible.
Congratulations, Eleanor Lanz and Tootie Manning, on your grand opening, Fabric Inn—February 22, 23, 24. Polyester double knits, $2.77/yard; wool and wool blends, 99¢/yard; crushed velour, $1.99/yard.
February 24, 1983
Juanita Jane Bonebrake, 21, Chickasha, Okla., formerly of Miller, died as the result of stab wounds she received during a holdup February 10 in Chicasha. The robbery-slaying happened about 9 p.m. at the J&L Liquor Store, where Ms. Bonebrake was a clerk.
A good many South Hand folks attended the wedding and dance of Elaine Purrington and Darrell Peterman the evening of February 14.
Mona Tarr won first place in all four events to take all-around honors and lead Miller to a first-place finish in the Redfield Invitational gymnastics meet held last Thursday. Tarr won on beam, bars, floor and vault.
February 22, 1993
Al Reber was crowned King and Mable Alarie was crowned Queen at the Valentine’s Dance held at Prairie Center. David Blachford and Ron Blachford furnished music.
Three Miller gymnasts advanced to the state individual competition in Huron this weekend. They were Sarah Templeton, bars; Jana Gortmaker, all-events; and Tyann Danburg, all-events. Danburg placed first in all four events at the Region 2B meet in Sisseton.
The Miller Rustlers captured three district championships and on their way to a second-place finish at the District 2B wrestling tournament held Feb. 14 in Ipswich.
February 26, 2003
It’s been a long time coming, but the House and Senate Conference Committee finally last week signed an omnibus bill for FY 2003 and included in that bill was $17.9 million for Mid-Dakota Rural Water.
A proposal was made to the school board as a way to cover the $40,000 shortfall and in turn retain the activities the board has proposed eliminating. Terry Stevens, Miller, said a group of school patrons will sign a promissory note for that amount, and also made suggestions to recoup the amount.
The upcoming track season will be a change of pace. Wessington will be combining with Miller for track, and competing against Redfield, Hoven, Wessington Springs, Ipswich and Mobridge.