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Northwest Salmon


Historic Happenings

Nineteen ninety-nine

Balloons released over Webster represent drug free lifestyle

15 years ago
November 1, 1999

Webster High School Peer Helpers released dozens of balloons decorated with antidrug messages. The balloon release was one of several events and promotions encouraging a healthy drug free lifestyle.

The Bearcats, for the second year in a row, won the Region 1 football title by defeating the Miller rustlers 35-20.

The Pirate cross country teams capped a good season with a fine showing at the state meet at Huron. The girls finished sixth as a team while the boys finished 13th. In the combined team standings, Bristol finished third behind Chester and Marion.

25 years ago
October 30, 1989

The state centennial office is asking people to ring bells for one minute in their churches and school Nov. 2 at 2:40 p.m. to commemorate South Dakota’s 100th birthday and start the state’s second century.

Bill Bubs, Webster took second place in his division at the state corn picking contest in Brandon. He picked 151 pounds of corn in 10 minutes. The first place winner picked 154 pounds.

Webster Kiwanis Club honored Rudy Hillgren upon his retirement after 47 years of membership with the club.

50 years ago
October 28, 1964

A five year federal airport expansion program costing over $10 million for South Dakota was announced. Among the towns listed for improvements, Webster was mentioned for additional land, lighting, paved runway, taxiway and apron.

A new pancake industry comes to Bristol to be owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Anderson, who formerly operated the Town & Country Grocery Store. Mrs. Anderson previously operated Andy’s Pancake House in Portland, OR. The frozen pancake batter is being distributed at local stores.

Leonard Sigdestad, a member of the Future farmers of America chapter at Bristol received the highest award given to a member farmer. The award was made during the ceremonies at the national convention in Kansas City, MO.

75 years ago
November 2, 1939

One arrest for speeding, one for intoxication and cases of small property damage stood on the police report following a comparatively quiet halloween. Small buildings suffered heavily as bands of youngsters advanced upon them to give them their annual upset. Cars were found with air out of tires and ghosts and goblins played hide and seek with extra police.

With the death of Julia (Bakke) Ray there passed away the first woman homesteader of Lynn Township and the woman who named the township. She was born Oct. 6, 1846 in Bergen, norway. She and her mother came to Day County, Dakota Territory in 1880 after her father’s death and took a homestead in what is now Lynn township. She was an admirer of Jenny Lind, the singer and proposed this name which subsequently became Lynn Township. She married John Ray, a soldier at Fort Sisseton in 1893 and they homesteaded north of Fron Church.

High on the list of notables who have visited northeastern South Dakota in quest of hunting is Leo hartnett, manager and catcher for the chicago Cubs baseball team.

100 years ago
October 29, 1914

Mrs. D.E. Potter, 67, one of the earliest residents of this county died at her home. She had been ill for several weeks and though she had the tender care of loving children she rapidly grew worse. She married D.E. Potter July 10, 1873 and in 1883 they moved to Day County and have lived in Webster, Butler and vicinity. Four children and her companion, now 81 years survive her.

The circulating library maintained by the Thursday Club in the rear of First National Bank has received a new set of books. The library is free and open Tuesday and Friday 2-4:15.

Webster High School football team played its second game of the season with Britton on the home grounds. It started at 2:15 with but few spectators who made up for their lack of numbers with their enthusiasm. Although the score was a tie, Webster had somewhat the advantage and showed very marked improvement in every department of the game.

125 years ago
October 31, 1889

The rush of loaded teams into the market Monday was positively astounding. One man avers that he counted 86 teams at the elevators and mill waiting for their turn to be unloaded and more coming on the roads from the north and south. Counting 30 bushels on each load there was 2,580 bushels waiting to find its way into the commercial lap of the world.

D.F. Potter is now presiding at the desk of the clerk of the courts helping settlers to prove their title to some of Uncle Sam’s dirt.

There is more sickness in our city than has been known before in the history of the county. The fevers and other diseases from which our people suffer is undoubtedly attributable to the low stage of water in the wells on which they depend for water. As a sanitary precaution it will be necessary for the authorities to sink artesian wells to secure a permanent water supply that will not bear disease in every drop.