Retrospect 7-31-13

Posted July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am

July 24, 1913

Mondamin – Harvesting is now here. The small grain is short. Wheat is not going to be as good as it looked to be in the early part of the season. Corn is king of all crops.



Thirty years ago a young man named Wm. Beck dropped off a train at Ree Heights. He looked about him and decided that a nearby claim just west of Ree Heights was the place he had long sought…where horses and cattle grow. Thirty years of labor and experience is rolled up there in that farm and livestock.

While Mr. and Mrs. VanDerWert and Mrs. Funstun were returning from church, their team became scared at an auto coming up behind them and ran away. Mrs. VanDerWert was hurt by jumping out.

July 18, 1963

Dr. M.W. Pangburn, M.D., announced retirement from his medical practice, which became effective July 13. Dr. Pangburn has practiced medicine in Miller for 33 years.

The outlook for further participation of the Miller Bluejays in the James Valley Night League and, for that matter, the future of the ball team itself, remains in doubt. A rift has developed over Miller’s eligibility to claim the first half championship, because of being late in filing their player contracts.

At Melhoff’s SuperValu, large cantaloupe, 33¢ each; fresh ground beef, 2 lbs., 89¢; oleo, 29¢/lb.; all flavors ice cream, 98¢/gallon; SuperValu cigarettes, $2.09 per carton.

July 19, 1973

One person is dead and two others were hospitalized as the result of an automobile accident Friday morning, in which a car struck a tree along a country road. Dead is Nathan P. Anderson, 80, rural St. Lawrence, a passenger in a car driven by his sister, Mrs. Olga Gaudig.

Freddie Kuchenerg and daughter Elizabeth and Mr. and Mrs. Hans Rosgen and daughter Christa, all of Ukerath, Germany, have been house guests in the August Wermers home. They left Monday for Wisconsin to visit other relatives.

Watergate: The drama of the Watergate has been a long time unwinding and it appears that the show, or charade, will be continued for the remainder of the summer show season.

July 20, 1983

Andrea Heitzman and Robin Testerman will represent Hand County at the State Fair Senior 4-H Fashion Revue. Judging was held Friday, July 15, with the winners announced at a salad luncheon and fashion show.

South Dakotans will have the opportunity this week to pay tribute to a remarkable lady, Gladys Pyle. Gov. Janklow will accept the official portrait of South Dakota’s first woman Senator.

Dr. Vince DeRouchey joined an elite group at the Miller Country Club, when he scored a hole-in-one July 5.

July 19, 1993

At the school board meeting, concerns over safety of the Ree Heights School building were brought before the board by Mark Van Zee. He reported he saw little hope of “quick-fix” answers to the aged brick building’s problems. A public meeting was set for July 19 in the Ree Heights Gym.

A silver trail of 11 Airstream campers made their way down the Ree Valley Road last week to the Leonard and Dorothy Fawcett home. The group came to the ranch at the invitation of Dorothy’s brother, Willis Speirs. The visitors came from New Jersey.

Gene and Lenarda Swaney, Tyann Jones, Terice Ketelhut and Leniece Savwell left Thursday for Tegucigalpa, Honduras to attend the wedding of Lorena Taylor and Fredy Fernando Aquilor. Lorena was our AFS student at Miller High School in 1987-88.

July 23, 2003

Consider spending 13 months at the bottom of the earth in the frozen world of Antarctica where, according to Dick Haigh, “Only the humans are not smart enough to leave in the winter.” Haigh is the Hand County VSO, but 40 years ago he volunteered to be part of Operation DEEP FREEZE of the Naval Task Force, which installed the Antartic’s first portable nuclear power weather station.

Two Miller High grads are now at the helm of large healthcare systems at opposite ends of the state. Fred Slunecka, Sioux Falls, is president and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center. Dr. Charles Hart, Rapid City, has just been named interim president and co-CEO at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

More than 30 citizens attended a special meeting of the Wessington School Board. The board overturned its decision to co-op with Miller, and decided to pursue a co-op with Wolsey.

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