Retrospect 8-7-13

Posted August 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

July 31, 1913

Without any warning, the grim death angel overtook John Morrow yesterday afternoon, while he was sitting in a chair in Andrew Gifford’s cream station on Second Street, visiting with aged companions. He was one of Miller’s earliest citizens, oming her from Audubon, Iowa with his family in 1882. He built one of the first dwellings on the west side, on Hand St., now part of the Dan’l Walsh dwelling. He was also the first landlord of the Vanderbilt Hotel, built by him and Peter Aneerson in 1882, and was prominent in the early affairs of the town.



Ambrose Stevens, a pioneer farmer of Glendale township, died Friday, July 18, aged 66 years. The writer had known Mr. Stevens for many years and admired him for his rugged character, honesty and singleness of purpose.

Several farmers have reported the loss of large numbers of chickens to thievery and are on the lookout for the thieves. A.A. Manning reports the loss of about 150.

July 25, 1963

A brief but devastating storm hit Hand County early Sunday morning, causing considerable property damage over a wide area. Most of the county experienced the wind in varying degrees of intensity, with the greatest amount of damage in the Miller area.

The Carleton Church got a face lift Tuesday when people gathered to paint it: Rev. and Mrs. Ernest Hovesten and David; Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Hermann; Mr. and Mrs. August Sanger; Mr. and Mrs. Daelyn Sanger; Mrs. Wilbur Hurb and Larry; Mrs. Don Canham; Mr. and Mrs. William Roberts; Aunt Eunice Hurd; Henry and Albert Lee Van Zee; and Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Morris.

Stinker Day, the annual bargain day in Miller, will be in full swing Saturday, Bargains are available in Miller most of the time, but extra reductions have been made for this event.

July 26, 1973

Residents of Miller and the county are urged to take all possible precaution to prevent their children and pets from contact with rabid animals. Beginning Monday, July 30, poison will be spread at the edge of Miller and at the creek at the west edge of town, in an effort to control what might be a serious outbreak of rabies.

More money will be required to operate all departments of Hand County during 1974, according to figures shown in the provisional budget, which has been approved by the County Commissioners. Total amount budgeted is $1,431,833, as compared to $1,258,430 for the current year.

Etaoin Shrdlu: It was not only hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk July 11; it was hot enough to melt the hen that laid the egg. A plastic lawn ornament in the shape of a hen, and standing in the yard at the B.A. Goyke residence, began shrinking until the hen was no longer standing on two legs, and finally was sitting down on the lawn, a victim of the 104-degree temperature.

July 27, 1983

Bumper crops of winter wheat are being harvested in Hand County this year, with yields in excess of 55 bushels per acre reported.

Forty-three cadet member of the Civil Air Patrol braved the 90-degree heat at their annual encampment held at Camp Dakotah, southwest of Miller last week.

Excursion Days, a part of the summer recreation program, was held July 11-15, with 47 youth participating. The week started out Monday with churning butter. Only two youth had ever seen how butter was churned, and it was a big thrill to taste the butter on crackers, and to try the buttermilk.

July 26, 1993

More than 50 Ree Heights patrons came to the school gym Monday to hear the Miller School Board tell them what most already knew in their hearts. The aged brick building is in need of extensive repair, which left School Board members and patrons alike wondering where to draw the line between feasible fix-up and foolish expenditure of taxpayer dollars. They set a year to make a decision.

Greenleaf: Our new minister, Rev. Ann Louise Weisenfluh, was welcomed with open arms and fireworks her first Sunday at Greenleaf. It was doubly special as it was Independence Day and also her birthday.

Miller youth rodeo contestants participated in a 4-H rodeo at the State Fairgrounds in Huron. Wade Yost and Monty Lammers received first-place ribbons and a buckle in the saddle bronc and goat tying events, respectively.

July 30, 2003

The Ree Heights Community Church will celebrate is 120th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 10. The church building was constructed in 1885 and is the oldest church structure in Hand County to still be in use.

Fifteen members of the Sylvania Baptist Church, Sylvania, Ala., drove 1,270 miles to Miller, S.D. to help build the new parsonage beside the First Baptist Church. The Alabama members take a week annually to do a project.

After 26 years of work at Prairie Good Samaritan Center, Billie Blaseg is ready for a bit of R & R. Her last day at PGSC was Friday, July 25.

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