Retrospect 4-17-13

Posted April 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm

April 10, 1913

J.P. Morgan succumbs in Rome. He entered the banking business in New York City before the Civil War. He was known as the “Money King” of the world, influenced art, literature and philanthropy.



The St. Lawrence schoolhouse fire was caused by a youngster Cousins, who wanted to get even with the teacher. The boy used kerosene and burnt his arm while setting the fire. He was bound over to the circuit court and is now in charge of the sheriff.

We conducted a furniture and undertaking business in Miller nearly three years. The times have been hard. We dealt fair. We are here today. We thank you for past patronage. May it be our privilege to supply your wants in the future. Reck, Montgomery & Co.

March 28, 1963

Barbara Fastnacht was declarled winner in the essay contest sponsored by Ree Electric Cooperative. The subject was “The Value of Rural Electrification in Our Community.” She is a sophomore at Miller High School, and is looking forward to a trip to the National Capitol along with other student winners.

A party honoring Mrs. Anna Joy on her 85th birthday was held held March 24 at the William Biermann Ranch northeast of Midland. She has seven children, all living and all in South Dakota, including Archie of Miller.

At Jack & Jill Food Market—pork chops, 10¢ each; Armour’s Star slab bacon, 39¢/lb.; French fries, 3 for 29¢; pudding, 10 boxes $1.00; 50 lb. bag of flour, $3.29. Just arrived—daffodils, 19¢ per dozen.

April 5, 1973

Midway Trailer Sales, Inc., has been sold to Dennis Letsche. Jim Carter announced Monday that his interest was transferred March 26. Jim Carter started Midway Trailer Sales in 1965.

Connie Baloun has been selected by the Miller Business and Professional Women’s Club as its Career Girl, and her name will be entered for the state honor. Miss Baloun is a stenographer in the Time-Pay Department of the First National Bank.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frank, owners of Reck Funeral Home, will be hosts at open house at the home on April 8. The interior of the funeral home has been completely redecorated.

April 6, 1983

The Central Conference All-Conference basketball team selections were announced last week and include Darin Hunter and Gary Peterka from Miller High School.

Gustave A. Goehring, 90, died March 20 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Armour, just 12 days after his wife Anna had died there.

Patty Froning, Polo, placed second in the Business and Office Skills contest sponsored by Northern State College’s department of business education and office administration. Two hundred eighty contestants from North and South Dakota high schools participated.

April 5, 1993

Deadwood entrepreneur Dan Costner was in town to unveil plans for the proposed Deadwood resort that has come under attack by anti-gambling activist, JoDean Joy of Miller. Costner said, “It all started with ‘Dances With Wolves’.” While filming the epic he and his actor/brother Kevin, grew very fond of the state and its people. The Miller crowd seemed to offer little opposition to the Costner plan.

JoDean Joy didn’t attend the Costner presentation at Lips Lounge last Monday night. “What their resort is about doesn’t concern me,” she said. “But expanding gambling does.”

We had snow and ice the first of the week with temperatures rising into the 60s and 70s at the end of the week.

April 9, 2003

The Hand County Commissioners will continue its burn ban. Due to a lack of moisture, higher than normal temperatures and low humidity, the fire danger has reached the EXTREME level and every caution should be taken to limit open burning.

The Blachford House, the new group home in Miller, will provided 24-hour-care with eight apartments. A “Spring Sing Concert” will be held April 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will be taken and all proceeds will go toward furnishing the new group home.

Legends of Hand County…County native Clyde Ice helped lead the way as a barnstorming pioneer in aviation. Born in 1899, in 1919, he traded a farmer two used cars for a plane…He moved to Pinedale, Wyo. when he was 101, and he died July 17, 1992, at the age of 103. His memorial service was held at the place he loved—the Black Hills Airport, Clyde Ice Field, near Spearfish.

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