RETROSPECT

Posted February 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

February 13, 1913

Huron – Word was received here of the death of Mrs. Jan Hannum at the home of her son, Ross Hannum, near St. Lawrence. Mrs. Hannum’s death occurred on her 97th birthday and she was the oldest woman in Hand County. She was a native of Pennsylvania, moving from there to Iowa, and thence to Hand County, Dakota Territory, in 1883.

The Ree Heights Review brings out the courthouse question in an able review last week, pointing out a fact well known to many that the present building is inadequate to the county’s needs. The rooms are small, the building in not up to and cannot be well heated, because it has no basement. If an attempt to place a basement under it, the building would crumble. This old building, erected in 1889, cost the county nothing. It was a present from the citizens of Miller to redeem an old county seat pledge.

One of the most disastrous fires that ever occurred in this section of the county, was that at the Nedgwick Bros., Park Township, last Friday morning about 3 o’clock. The whole of the very large barn was destroyed with all its contents—4 horses, 6 cows and calves, 20 pigs, 17 sets of harness, a barn full of hay and all the implements that would naturally be found there. A large chicken house also burned, with about 300 chickens in it.

February 7, 1963

“Aunt Nellie” Redmond had her 92nd birthday Monday, Jan. 28—one of the oldest pioneers, having lived here since 1882. She came with her stepfather and mother, the William Stovers (her name was McIntire) from Madrid, Iowa, in September 1882, shortly after the town’s founding. She and her sister, Libby, were members of the first graduating class in Miller, from 10th grade, in 1889.

The county’s oldest citizen, J.E. “Eck” Westmire, observed his 96th birthday February 6. He came from Indiana in 1884 and settled in Bates Township. He often has told of the wonderful buffalo grass used for grazing, how he twisted hay for fuel, hunted prairie chickens, and took wheat to the mill in town and brought back flour. He was caught out in the blizzard of 1888 a few miles past the Dean post office on his return trip from Miller…but his horses circled and made it back to Dean. He made several violins and found pleasure in playing the old songs. He and his wife played for dances over 70 years ago.

Double funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church for Mrs. Eugene Moos, 37, and her brother, Frederick Bozward, 24, who died in an apparent murder-suicide January 28. Bozward lived with his family at Hampton, England, until Nov. 26, 1962, when he came to the U.S. to make his home with his sister.

The fabulous victory string of Miller wrestler Gary “Smokey” Wallman came to an end here Friday. Wallman, who had never lost an inter-city match, was defeated in the 120-pound bout by Byron Becker of Mobridge. Wallman had won 35 straight going into the match. In another conference match Tuesday, “Smokey” got back in his winning ways when he pinned his opponent in near record time.

February 8, 1973

Antennas are being installed on the cable TV tower for each of the channels that will be available. Transmission equipment is being installed and the system is expected to be operational soon.

Polo played in their newly erected classroom complex and gymnasium last Wednesday night, Jan. 31. The game between Polo and Lower Brule was the first game in the gym, and as of yet the classrooms are not completed.

MHS News: Lois Manning recently had an experience she’ll never forget. Beginning Jan. 16 until Feb. 2, Lois was a page in the House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Philip Testerman.

February 10, 1983

Miller High School’s entry, “Everybody Loves Opal,” in the state one-act play contest was awarded a superior rating. Superior acting awards were awarded to Barb Melber, leading actress; Paul Lewis, leading actor; and Teresa Schwartz, superior supporting actress.

St. Lawrence: A group of friends met at Lips Dining Centre Tuesday noon for a luncheon to honor Mrs. Novella Magness and Mrs. Margaret Humphrey before they leave for their homes in Georgia. Mrs. Anita Fremark sang several songs and all enjoyed reminiscing about old times.

There were 40 from the Friendship Center at the dance Thursday night. Those attending were from Onida, Redfield, Huron and Miller. Some attended the dance at the Huron Center Tuesday evening and had a good time. Some also went to the Highmore Center Friday night and had a great time. Some plan to go to Redfield this Friday evening if the roads stay good.

February 8, 1993

January 1993 marks the 20th anniversary of the Polo School and Gymnasium. Now two bus routes—from Miller and Faulkton—pick up the students to go to those respective communities.

The Tuesday meeting agenda of Hand County Commissioners was overshadowed with issues related to the proposed county landfill. South Hand landowners were on hand to express dissatisfaction with present plans to locate a landfill facility 11 miles south of Miller, and commissioners themselves expressed a desire to explore alternatives.

Seventeen-year-old Luis Lorca recently completed the first semester of study as a junior at Miller High School. He is part of the IEF program, and comes from Murcia, Spain.

February 12, 2003

Monday evening’s school board meeting drew a crowd of agitated patrons because they had heard the board was contemplating the elimination of golf, cross country, gymnastics, wrestling and oral interpretation/plays from next year’s budget…the board again approved a resolution to ask for a tax opt out for the next three years, this time asking for $275,000.

Belva Evans, Miller, visited her son, Jim Brown, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Columbia launch was scheduled for the 16th, and she was an onlooker at the launch. She was talking to her son Feb. 1, when he said, “Oh, Mom, our shuttle just blew up!”

MHS volleyball players Nicole Vrooman and Tara Haar have been selected to participate in the TourneySport Volleyball Classic in Oahu, Hawaii June 22-July 1.

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