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Northwest Salmon


Historic Happenings

Nineteen fifteen

County population decreases by 1 percent in third census

15 years ago
August 28, 2000

Local collectors took advantage of the antique fair and appraisal at the Day County Courthouse to receive expert opinions on what value their collectables and other items might have.

Representative John Thune (R-SD) met with medical and administration staff members of Lake Area hospital to discuss pending telemedicine legislation in Congress and challenges that rural healthcare faces in South Dakota.

Webster’s track hadn’t seen much action since school got out last spring, but after the Relay For Life, it is broken in again. From 7 p.m.-7 a.m. 283 team members from all walks of life walked to fight cancer.

25 years ago
August 27, 1990

Day County commissioners are proposing a county budget for 1991 that tops the $2 million mark, up nearly 1.5 percent from this year’s budget. The county budget for 1990 was set at $1,991,671; commissioners are proposing a $2,021,028 budget for 1991.

Day County started the 1990s with 1,176 fewer people than it had in 1980 according to preliminary census counts from the Census Bureau. According to information provided by the county auditor’s office, Day County had a population of 6,957 when the census was taken earlier this year. The population was 8,133 in 1980.

It’s your last chance for soft ice cream at J.D.’s, Webster. Having sold the property, J.D.’s will close Sept. 3.

50 years ago
September 1, 1965

The two and a half story apartment house at 103 East 12th Ave., Webster is nearing completion and is expected to be ready for occupancy by Oct. 15. The structure will house 15 apartments ranging from two bedroom to furnished efficiency housing.

Bids are being received for the addition of a pretreatment research facility to the Brackish Water conversion demonstration plant here. The new facility will take water from Well No. 5 which is not used now. Water could also be trucked in from other areas and pretreated to find out its components for experimental purposes.

Lily School opens Sept. 7 with Mrs. Arnold mccarlson teaching the upper grades and Mrs. Leonard Rusche teaching the lower grades. George Popleau is custodian and Martha Dean cook.

75 years ago
August 29, 1940

More than 50 1940 football hopefuls answered the initial call for candidates for the Webster High School Bearcat 11. This number far exceeds any previous preliminary practice.

More than 20 barns were destroyed and dozens of smaller buildings damaged in the wake of a high wind that whipped across the western part of the county between 10 and 11 o’clock last Friday.

Hundreds of Day County people joined the huge throng that gathered near Summit to see the wreck of the eastbound Milwaukee passenger train which crashed about 10 a.m. in the worst smashup in this territory for many years. The wreck was the second to take place at the same spot in less than 24 hours.

100 years ago
August 26, 1915

Returns of the third state census show that Day County has lost a few people since the 1910 census was taken. The loss is 137 or one percent making the present county total of 14,235.
Monday, Sept. 6, the school bell will again ring. The buildings have been cleaned as well as their condition will permit, window frames and sashes painted, seats and furniture varnished.

The board of education has seen fit again to introduce the kindergarten, another step toward making our school system more modern. It is here a child learns to use his play instincts in doing useful things.

A deal was closed by which the Waubay advocate changed ownership, the company of which L.C. Young was the principal stockholder and manager selling the business and plant to Rome Walker, Ruskin, NE. The Reporter & Farmer extends a fraternal welcome to the new proprietor.