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Northwest Salmon


Historic Happenings

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Lightning blamed for Falnes church burning to the ground

15 years ago
August 16, 1999

Falnes Evangelical luth-eran Church, rural Langford burned to the ground Aug. 12. The cause of the blaze is thought to be lightning.
Bristol School District and many volunteers helped get the playground ready for school with new playground equipment. The planning, purchasing and installation has been a year and a half long project.
Winners of the Ladies’ Afternoon Golf Club tournament were Jackie Harstad, third flight; Sharon majeske, second flight; Jan Bergan, first flight; Jeanette Lutz, championship flight and Trea Schuring, fourth flight.

25 years ago
August 14, 1989

A performance by God’s County, a nondenominational church service and fireworks display will be new events at the Day County Fair Aug. 17-20.
The remodeling project of the new labor, delivery and recovery room at Lake Area Hospital is complete. The goal of the project was to give the room a homey atmosphere.
Needs Anonymous will move to a new location in Webster, the basement of the First Baptist Church.

50 years ago
August 12, 1964

Rural schools of Day County will open Sept. 8.
A reunion to celebrate the 15th anniversary next year of the activation of Tank Company, local unit of the South Dakota National Guard is being planned.
E.A. Nerger, 88, long time merchant of Webster died last night. Nerger came to Webster in the 1890s and had been engaged in business here since that time. He was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago.

75 years ago
August 17, 1939

Plans for a historical pageant depicting the progress of 50 years of statehood are going forward as one of the features of the Day County Fall Festival.
Dennis Bierschbach and David Sorbel brought home a superior rating for South Dakota at the World’s Poultry Congress in cleveland. They were entered in the 4-H production contest.
Plans for a celebration at Fort Sisseton in observance of Lief Erickson Day Oct. 9 are in progress by members of the Sons of Norway Lodge of Roslyn.

100 years ago
August 13, 1914

At the meeting of the county board a committee was appointed to contract for the erection of a new barn and to repair the damage done at the poor farm by the cyclone of June 23.
The European war has created an almost unprecedented condition in the American grain market and wheat prices which are especially susceptible to the influence of foreign conditions have been decidedly erratic. The high mark was reached Tuesday when No. 1 went up to 99 cents. At present the price is 95 cents.
E.P. Wilson, a laborer while attempting to get off a moving train at Andover fell under the car in such a manner that his left foot was amputated near the ankle. Dr. Schenecker was summoned and brought the man to Webster and placed him in Peabody Hospital.

125 years ago
August 15, 1889

E.H. Bates threshed out the first wheat and took a grist to the mill. He passes under the wire, winner of the season’s race with the first wheat threshed in Day County in 1889.
We want to call the attention of our readers to the fact that this is a good time to put out fire breaks. As soon as you finish harvest put out these breaks and be prepared, long before frost comes. Make your breaks 200 feet wide. Plow half a dozen furrows on each side and be ready the first calm day after the grass dies to burn out between. It may take a day of your time but it will pay you.
John Newman went to his oats field and was compelled to take only half a cut, about three feet. A full six foot cut was so heavy that the machine would not bind it.