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Northwest Salmon


Historic Events

Nineteen forty-one

Highway 12 construction

completion celebrated

15 years ago
October 22, 2001

Co-oping athletic activities and finance planning for the future were two main areas of discussion at the Bristol school board meeting.

The only disappointment for American Kitefliers Association members during Webster’s Pumpkin Fest was a lack of enough time to get all of their kites in the air. Don Murphy had brought more than 200 kites to put into the sky over Sigurd Anderson Airport for Dakota Kite Fest held in conjunction with Pumpkin Fest.

Webster Elementary students created a “We Love America” sign by sticking foam cups into a chain link fence on the south side of the playground. All elementary classes took part in making the sign. Fifth graders graphed out letters for the design.

25 years ago
October 21, 1991

Additional displays and attractions are being planned at the Museum of Wildlife, Science & Industry here. A major project being discussed is to locate a complete farmstead at the museum. The telephone office from Wallace will be moved to the museum and plans are being finalized for the Sigurd Anderson law office building.

Lake Area Hospital Group 2, which organized five years ago to provide assistance at the hospital has raised about $15,000 to purchase equipment and other items for the hospital. Group 1 auxiliary organized as Anna Olson Hospital Auxiliary March 28, 1949 to assist at Peabody Hospital.

Coach Randy Pirner and his Webster Bearcats went pheasant hunting a few hours early and bagged the Redfield Pheasants 17-0 to push their record to 5-2 and assure themselves a spot in the first round play-offs.

50 years ago
October 19, 1966

There are seven rural schools in operation in Day County according to Mrs. Brandlee, a reduction of four in the past year. During the same period, pupils attending rural schools dropped from 165 to 95. Three years ago there were 336 students attending rural schools. At one time the county had 120 common school districts. This year there are 31 in operation compared to 37 last year.

A 24 1/2 pound South Dakota Prairie Trout, better known as a carp, topped the weight class this week as recent cool weather improved fishing at Pickerel, Enemy Swim and Blue Dog Lakes, according to game warden Doug Salley. A number of large walleye and northern pike were also caught.

Many women from extension clubs in Day County participated in the Christmas fair. Offerings ranged from decorated candles to wreathes made of painted IBM cards.

75 years ago
October 23, 1941

Husking a net of 12.05 bushels in the 80-minute contest, Arthur Hanson of Lily won the 1941 Day County corn husking championship at the Severy farm. He previously won the 1938 county title.

Seven-thirty a.m. Oct. 24 marks the grand opening of the modernized, streamlined Red Owl Food Store in Webster. The interior has been repainted and new lighting practically turns night into day.

Headed by a 50-piece band of Webster High School, a delegation of Webster people plan to drive to Milbank to celebrate completion of U.S. Highway 12 from Minnesota to beyond Mobridge.

100 years ago
October 19, 1916

It was a red letter day in the history of St. Otto’s Catholic Church when the Rt. Rev. Thomas O’Gorman, bishop of South Dakota confirmed a class of 175 children, the largest in the history of the church.

The work of the Red Cross nurse is proving exceptionally popular and will do a great deal of good. People seem greatly interested in the conditions found common among the children and are taking measures to have defective vision, poor hearing, decayed teeth, etc., cared for. Next week will be spent among rural schools of the eastern part of the county. Saturday the nurse will meet with the teachers’ reading circles at Roslyn and Waubay.

The Webster football squad played a splendid game at Groton. About nine or 10 cars from this city filled to their utmost capacity with enthusiasts attended. According to rules, the score was 12 to 6 in favor of Webster, although Groton insisted on the score as being 6 to 6. Evidently the referee had never learned the rules of football, for Webster made two touchdowns which Groton would not count, saying they were not according to rules. Nevertheless, the true score was 12 to 6 in our favor and we shall not change our mind about it.

125 years ago
October 22, 1891

“It is strange that our market have not been invaded by many young chickens this year,” we overheard a business man remark the other day. Not at all. The McKinley bill has raised the price of eggs so it pays better to keep the fowls than to sell them. Eggs at 15 cents per dozen pays the farmer for keeping and feeding hens.

Parents, see that your children attend school regularly. If you allow them to run the streets, you do them, yourselves and the community great injustice. Besides, boys often acquire education on the street that fits them for the reform school, penitentiary or politics.

Zither solos at the concert hall Saturday night.