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Northwest Salmon


Historic Happenings

Nineteen fifteen
New towns on the prairie are booming

15 years ago
April 24, 2000

Giant pumpkins, painted pumpkins and baked pumpkins will be discussed as the Webster Area Chamber of Commerce plans for the first annual pumpkin festival. Ideas for a three-day festival were presented by students from SDSU at the Champion community meeting.

Webster’s Destination Imagination group of middle school students has won the honor of representing the state in the organization’s global competition in May at Iowa State university, Ames. Ashton Kulesa, Adam McCarlson, Danielle Gaikowski and Nathan Skadsen won first place in state competition in Aberdeen.

Day County will receive a $1 million grant from the state. Governor Bill janklow announced the award in a conference call to commissioner Darrell hildebrant and highway superintendent Chuck Fromelt. He said he was well aware of all the problems that this area has had but said the commissioners know better how to use the money.

25 years ago
April 23, 1990

Small grain planting in Day County is well under way and started earlier this year than it did last year according to Jim Kanable, Day County agriculture extension agent.

Construction on a new grain handling and storage facility is under way at SD Wheat Growers, Bristol.

John Gusenius, rural Bristol was honored as one of the state’s oldest active farmers by the SD department of Agriculture. He and Bill Dale of Timber Lake were honored as South Dakota’s oldest active farmers or ranchers, both men are 93.

50 years ago
April 21, 1965

A topic of much conversation over the coffee cups in Day County these days is “When will the ice leave the lakes?” As of the first of this week there were few signs that the date for the breakup is anywhere near. Most guesses are running May 1 or later with a possibility that this spring might set a record for a late date. The latest date on record kept by former county game warden Ury Dahling was May 9 in 1950 and the earliest was March 27 in 1945.

Mrs. Franklin W. Hauser, Bristol became the 10,000th patient of the Day County Hospital when she was admitted last week. The figure includes only bed patients and does not include the approximately 12,000 additional outpatients treated at the hospital since it opened in February 1959.

With a program at the school auditorium featuring an address by U.S. Senator George McGovern followed by an open house, Bristol’s new post office was dedicated last Tuesday.

75 years ago
April 25, 1940

Application has been made to the WPA and approval of the voters will be asked at a special election next month for the proposed new Webster city hall. The building which would be erected on the site of the present city hall would be 50x100 feet, two stories and a basement. It would house city offices, library, fire department, public restrooms, street equipment and city jail in addition to an auditorium with a stage and other rooms.

May 1 at the courthouse will occur a naturalization hearing for eight Day County applicants for citizenship. Appropriate ceremonies observing New Citizen’s Day will be held. Judge Perry will give an address on the duties of citizenship. The public is urged to show their interest by attending.

Several Webster business firms were victimized by a clever forger who cashed six checks totaling about $70 before leaving town. Rapid work by the Day County sheriff’s office resulted in the culprit’s apprehension at Milaca, MN and he is being held to answer to two other prior charges.

100 years ago
April 22, 1915

Webster is dry for another year at least, the voters having so declared by a decisive majority of 68. The proposition of purchasing the firemen’s building seems to have struck a popular chord as the proposition carried by a majority of 114. The greatest surprise was the defeat of the proposition to authorize the city council to establish a public library but the returns show a majority of 40 against it.

Owing to the demand of Roslyn businessmen for space in the Roslyn reporter we have been compelled to transfer the Roslyn department from the last page and give them two inside pages. We believe this arrangement will be more satisfactory and will give us plenty of room to handle the news and advertising from that enterprising new town.

A representative of the Reporter & Farmer visited the new towns of Roslyn, Grenville and Eden on the Fairmount & Veblen extension and we were greatly surprised at the activity all of them are showing. In every portion of the new towns, new buildings are in the course of construction – business houses, residences, etc. – and the sound of the hammer and saw now predominates where only a few months ago the prairie was practically untouched.