Retrospect 4-10-13

Posted April 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

April 3, 1913

The Hand County Automobile Association was organized in the morning at the Commercial Clubrooms, with a charter membership of 42. The membership was placed at $1, which includes this year’s subscription to a fine, illustrated magazine called “The Roadmaker.” This organization should include every automobile driver in the county. It will keep them in touch with auto affairs and auto people, and they can frequently enjoy short or long trips together.



Monday evening, at the Ree Heights City Hall, an interested group of poultry fanciers organized the “Ree Valley Poultry Association.” It is desired to get all fanciers from Wessington to Pierre, and from Orient to Onida, and including Buffalo County.

Fire entirely destroyed the St. Lawrence schoolhouse last night. This building was a township school, and if memory is not amiss, was built in 1884. Its location was across the creek, east of town, which was insisted upon by early farmers who threatened to oppose the building bonds if not located there.

March 28, 1963

Boxers from Miller and Rapid City tied for the South Dakota State Amateur Boxing title for the second consecutive year, as each team earned 13 points for the C&C-sponsored meet at the Miller Armory.

An estimated 50 high school and college students held a party at Lake Louise following the boxing tournament, and the high spirited affair resulted in damage to picnic benches, shelters and toilet. Sheriff Bruce Hammill reported that repairs are being made.

The Hand County Historical Society was held March 25, according to C.W. Gardner, curator and historian. Ross Cotton related some of the prairie experiences of his father. He told some winter and blizzard tales. Sam Kelley talked about the location of the graves of the soldiers of the Iowa 6th Cavalry. Some were buried on the north bank of Little Wolf Creek, and others near the Ree Hills. Dick Bawdon delved into the history of some of the pioneer cattle ranches.

March 29, 1973

Joe Oligmueller received the annual Livestock Improvement Association award, presented by Robert Duxbury. Crop Improvement awards were given to Brad Mareska, feed grain; Art Hibbison, forage; and Orville Hill, wheat.

The Board of Education employed the firm of Meese, Peterson and Foss, Architects, who will work with the high school building planning committee. The decision was made at a special meeting March 21.

Etaoin Shrdlu: Someone has written a book entitled “365 Ways to Cook Hamburger.” What this country needs is only one suggestion on how to buy hamburger to cook just one way, without going in to bankruptcy.

March 31, 1983

Once again the State Office of Voluntary Citizen Participation is coordinating a statewide cheese distribution. Due to a variety of problems, butter will not be available. A one-person household must have a yearly income of $8,660 or below to qualify, a two-person household, $11,510, etc.

Julian Gugenheim, London, England, arrived Thursday to live at the Maxon Conkey home. Mr. and Mrs. Conkey and Lee went to Watertown to meet his bus and bring him home.

WNAX 570 radio station at Yankton will present the “WNAX Farmer of the Day” award to Lester Becker, St. Lawrence, on April 6. The award goes to farmers for outstanding agricultural practices and participation in community activities.

March 29, 1993

According to Virgil Lips, owner of Lips Dining Center and Lounge in Miller, Deadwood casino owner Dan Costner and Rapid City engineer Richard Rangel plan to be in Miller March 29 to present informational sessions on the proposed Costner resort project. Plans for the $65 million resort were put on hold after JoDean Joy, Miller, began circulating petitions to force a statewide vote on a new law allowing expanded bet limits.

Michele Wieseler was recently named Community Health Nurse for Hand County. Her office is located in the basement of the Hand County Courthouse.
Miller’s design specialist Deb Willert has announced the grand opening of Deb’s Designs and Gifts, a shop located on the east side of Miller’s Main Street.

April 2, 2003

The third time was a charm. Voters of the Miller School District approved an opt-out resolution March 25, with 886 saying “yes” and 612 voting “no.” With a 56 percent turnout, the voters approved the three-year, $225,000 per-year opt out from the property tax freeze.

Representatives from Mid-Dakota Rural Water System will travel to Washington, D.C. April 5-9 in an effort to direct more funds to the project for federal FY 2004. The President’s 2004 budget recommends only $2 million for Mid-Dakota.

MHS basketball player Nathan Zacher received the MVP honor from his team while playing in the Northeast Area All-Star basketball game in Redfield March 27.

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