Retrospect 4-24-13

Posted April 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm

April 17, 1913

City election won by wets…By a vote of 148-137, this city declared for licensing saloons at Tuesday’s election, which means that after July 1, there will be two saloons in Miller, instead of three, as it is at present.



Linden Ludlam, a young man about 26 years old, was found dead in a field on the T.P. Sutphen farm, sec. 15 York Twp. yesterday. He was seeding, with one rather unruly horse in his team. The marks on his body were evidently a horse’s kick over his heart. An examination disclosed that his neck was broken, and he must have died almost instantly.

A new state law which goes into effect July 1 requires the yearly payment of $3 for a state automobile license. The new law also required that two number tags be used on each car, one before and one behind.

Circuit Judge Hughes came to Miller Tuesday evening to hear the case of the Cousins boy, who set fire to the St. Lawrence school. The judge decided to send the boy to the reform school at Plankinton.

April 4, 1963

Groundbreaking services are scheduled Sunday, Apr. 8, immediately following Palm Sunday worship in First Methodist Church. The ceremony will mark the beginning of construction of the new church that will be located on 4th Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

Fairview Girls’ and Boys’ Staters have been selected. Phyllis Mullaney has been selected from Fairview High School, Polo. David Aesoph is the Boys’ State representative.

Funeral services were held Monday in Wessington for Mrs. Arvey Ravenscroft, 71. Clara Belle Brown was born in Wessington July 29, 1891. She married A.J. Ravenscroft in 1914. They moved to Vayland in 1919 and operated the general store, making their home there until her death.

April 12, 1973

Dog owners who allow their pets to run at large, in violation of a city ordinance, face arrest and fines, according to a decision of the City Police Department. Instead of picking up the dogs, owners will be arrested and required to appear in court.

Everette Williams, 67, was killed instantly last Thursday evening in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 45, five miles south of Gann Valley. It is believed Williams failed to see a tractor driven by Norman Marshall of Gann Valley and smashed into the rear of the tractor.

Mrs. Maude Carter had the misfortune to fall down the stairs in her home Sunday morning. She broke both bones in one ankle. She is in Memorial Hospital.

April 13, 1983

Lynn Sievers will be Miller High School’s representative to the HOBY State Seminar. She is involved in band, chorus, cheerleading, girls’ basketball, track, Luther League and swim-a-thons.

A family reunion and open house was hosted Easter Sunday for Anna Schaefers’ 90th birthday. She was housekeeper for Fr. Kregsa in Stickney, White Lake and Epiphany for 43 years. She enjoys crocheting afghans and quilt making.

Kim Templeton, Rapid City, has been named 1983 local Independent Athlete of the Year. He is assistant basketball coach at Rapid City Central High School, and was cited for his outstanding softball and amateur basketball accomplishments.

April 12, 1993

Former city police chief Don Rombough was awarded a plaque for 17 years of service in law enforcement.

Johanna Fawcett, 86, died April 2 at Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller. She was born May 15,1906 in the Odessa area of Russia, and came with her parents to the U.S. in 1908, settling in Tripp. She married George Fawcett in 1926 at Cedar Congregational Church of Ree Heights.

Carole Skinner of rural Miller is the April “Artist of the Month” at the Hand County Library, where she has one oil painting, one watercolor and one colored pencil drawing on display.

April 16, 2003

Military I Care kits were assembled by members of the City Slickers 4-H Club for the 94 members of the Miller-Redfield National Guard. They will be delivered by family members who go to visit at Easter time.

An Ecumenical Prayer Vigil will be taking place Good Friday evening, April 18, until the next morning at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Miller. This means that members of the community will be praying for 12 straight hours for safety of service men and women while away from us.

Miller FCCLA Chapter once again sponsored their annual ‘Bobbin’ with the Bunny’ event. Several children from the area had their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, and then were treated to several craft projects and games.

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