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Northwest Salmon


Historic Happenings

Nineteen fifteen

Montana Slim leaves message

15 years ago
October 9, 2000

Several beaver may find their homes on Pickerel Lake blasted away if the state wildlife department carries out the request of county commissioners. Day County Commissioners moved to rejoin the state Game, Fish & Parks’ animal damage control program.

Beautiful weather greeted the Minnekotas Flying Farmers as they arrived at the Webster airport for their weekend tour of Day County. About 14 members on eight aircraft flew in for a tour of sites including Blue Dog Lake Fish Hatchery, Fort Sisseton and Sica Hollow State Park.

Bristol High School held their homecoming coronation Oct. 2 selecting Jacob Zimmerman as king and Darcie Herr as queen.

25 years ago
October 8, 1990

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally drew national attention when it celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer and while he has never been to the rally, Peter Bakke, Webster will observe an occasion of his own this month when he turns 78 years old aboard a motorcycle.

Bristol posted its first win of the season in area girls basketball action. Waubay and Roslyn also posted wins last week.

Roslyn-Bristol Raiders won their first game in two seasons when they defeated Florence-Henry 34-18.

50 years ago
October 13, 1965

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nauman, Custer were in the Waubay area filming the Enemy Swim legend for the publicity section of the state highway department. The film will tell the legend of the Chippewa-Sioux Indian battle near Enemy Swim.

Steven Bury, Bristol and Dennis Reiprich, Webster received American Farmer degrees at the National Future Farmers of America convention in Kansas City, MO.

Joan Vehe and Bob Duerre were crowned Bristol homecoming royalty at coronation ceremonies.

75 years ago
October 10, 1940

Elaborate plans are under way for a joint community-school celebration of Webster High School’s 13th annual homecoming Tom Tom Day. The Better Webster Club, sponsor of the event last year, has purchased the football game between Webster and the Sisseton Redmen and has invited the Webster community to witness the mile long homecoming parade and football contest free of charge.

Police are investigating the theft of six blank drafts from the desk of the Pacific Grain Co. in Webster sometime after Oct. 1. Three of the drafts were cashed at Redfield. It is presumed that some transient visited the office when employees were busy elsewhere.

To learn details of the registration under the newly enacted draft law, E.O. Potter, F.M. Cornwell and Charles Klein, members of the Day County draft board drove to Watertown to attend a meeting with officials of the Adjutant General’s office. Serving without pay, the draft board is empowered to secure an office and hire clerks to assist them. They will classify the 1,500 registrants expected in Day County.

100 years ago
October 7, 1915

R.E. Crocket, railroad contractor was in Waubay and closed a contract for the construction of two miles of road west from the town. The new line eliminates three railroad crossings and straightens up the Yellowstone Trial considerably. It will be greatly appreciated by all who have occasion to use the road.

Two of the biggest potatoes ever raised in Day County were brought into this office. They were raised by Ira Long on the A.W. Campbell farm and the two of them weighed four pounds, six ounces. They were monsters and would delight the heart of any man with Irish blood in his veins.

Day County experienced a jail delivery when Frank Lahmann, notorious auto bandit made his escape from the county jail. In leaving, he took a shotgun and left a letter stating: “As it is my longing to run some more autos and your grub is not sufficient to satisfy my hunger and your watch has not been close enough to keep a maniac under lock – so long. Montana Slim.”