Retrospect 7-10-13

Posted July 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

July 3, 1913

Over 100 veterans of the Civil War left South Dakota Saturday on their special train for Gettysburg, Pa. Those attending from this city were A.S. Ober, C.H. Henshaw, Esq. Kelly and J.R. Casterline. Mr. Ober and Mr. Henshaw fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Fifty years later, these gallant defenders of their flag, be it North or South, are gathering on this spot to clasp hands across the graves of the 60,000 fallen heroes of that memorable time.



Holden: On the 26th, several hundred people met in Coquillette’s fine grove and enjoyed the Sunbeam S.S. picnic.

A moving picture concern from Minneapolis is taking views of the Black Hills this summer and will then exhibit them in the “movies.” We venture to predict that the views will be a surprise to many South Dakotans as well as to people in other states, for few realize that we possess one of the most scenic spots of North America in this state.

June 27, 1963

Eastern South Dakotans who responded to a questionnaire distributed by Rep. Ben Reifel, R-SD, showed strong opposition to programs and policies of the Kennedy Administration. Strongest sentiment was shown on questions dealing with a proposed tax cut, foreign aid and strict farm production controls.

The Old Settlers Picnic was attended by a large crowd June 21 at Vis Grove southwest of Miller. Twenty-one old settlers were honored. Honors for having lived here the longest went to Mrs. Lena Edwards, whose birthplace was near Ree Heights. Eldon Jones was the man having lived here the longest, 80 years.

Thirty-four eager, happy Miller Boy Scouts waited for the signal to board the stock truck Sunday morning for the annual summer outing. The group was accompanied by Scoutmaster Ray Murray.

June 28, 1973

It will be a few weeks before baby pheasants will be able to run with the big kids. The C&C distributed 185 chicks to Mrs. Wilbur Fremark, David Fremark and Ronald Blackburn, who will take responsibility for rearing the birds until they are big enough to be released.

The St. Lawrence dump ground will be closed effective July 1, 1973. All garbage, trash and trees from St. Lawrence will be accepted at the Miller dump ground. All users must comply with the Miller City Ordinance concerning the use of the dump ground.

See the new Sylvania GT-matic color television sets at Labor Electric.,,the first true self-adjusting color television. You may never have to touch this set except to turn it on and off or change channels.

June 29, 1983

After almost a year, Cris Salas, Miller AFS student, will leave June 29 from Fargo, N.D. on the first leg of his homeward journey to Chile. Cris has made his home the past year with the David Simons family, St. Lawrence, and attended Miller High School.

The village of Zell, which boasts a population of 48, was overflowing and bursting at the seams when people from near and far converged on the tiny community to help the local residents celebrate their centennial.

Gasoline prices have continued to climb slowly in the state, but remain well below their level of one year ago, despite the April 1 addition of five cents a gallon to the federal tax. Statewide average prices are: full service, regular, $1.328; unleaded, $1.371; premium unleaded, $1.485. Self service: $1.229 regular; $1.281 unleaded; and $1.348 premium unleaded.

June 28, 1993

Construction workers at the site of the new Miller Junior/Senior High School building put in long hours this week to make the most of the South Dakota sunshine. Progress on the building was slowed because of recent rains, but a flurry of construction activity this week has walls of the new facility on their way up.

Vern’s Manufacturing, a Wessington manufacturing firm specializing in farm equipment, held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday at the future site of a new 80’x150’ building that will expand their manufacturing capabilities.

Authorities were contacted by a local farmer last Tuesday morning when, as he was moving cattle, he came upon the body of a missing Blunt man in a ravine. The man was reported missing when he left Miller on a motorcycle ahead of a group of friends headed for Orient. He apparently lost control of his motorcycle when it left the road on a curve near Greenleaf Church.

July 2, 2003

Miller’s Masonic Lodge will honor high school band director Leo Warnke as “Citizen of the Year” July 16. The event is open to the public and lunch will be served. Jim Jones, a member of the Grand Lodge Jurisprudence committee said, “He has touched literally hundreds and hundreds of students, and widened their horizons so much.”

The Wessington School Board voted, four to two, to approve a motion to co-op with Miller for boys’ and girls’ basketball.

Rusty Parmely, recent Wessington High School graduate, has earned a position on the S.D. High School Rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Farmington, N.M. to compete in the 55th National High School Finals Rodeo.

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