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Northwest Salmon


Historic Happenings

Nineteen fourteen
St. Paul band marches into Webster businesses

15 years ago
July 26, 1999

Webster Area Chamber of Commerce has begun planning for the new year and a community celebration Dec. 31. It will begin with the night parade in November, continue with the Christmas promotion and end Jan. 1 at approximately 1 a.m.
Congregation members of All Saints Catholic Church, Andover gathered for one last time July 4. The church will close, along with several other small churches due to the lack of priests.
Players from Groton and Bristol attended a seven on seven passing camp in Sioux Falls. This was the first time players from the two communities played together. Groton and Bristol will be in a co-op for the upcoming football season.

25 years ago
July 24, 1989

A windmill was erected last week at the Museum of Wildlife, Science & industry of Northeastern South dakota. The windmill was donated by Ole and Vi fosheim, rural Bristol and was restored by Oscar Ackerson, Webster. The windmill is about 80 years old and is unique because of its wooden wheel.
A total of 855 people watched last weekend’s rodeo sponsored by the Webster Westerners and the Webster Area Chamber of Commerce. About 120 contestants competed in the third annual rodeo.
Donna Vander Linden, Webster and Marci Caster, Clark won the women’s division of the Petunia Open golf tournament.

50 years ago
July 22, 1964

A shetland pony will be given away at the close of Crazy Day. The pony was purchased by secretary Rudy Hillgren for the chamber of Commerce.
Burglaries of two webster churches are being investigated by local authorities with the aid of the State Bureau of investigation. At St. John’s Lutheran Church $59 was taken and at the Methodist Church entrance was gained by splintering the door and forcing open a locked filing cabinet. So far as determined, nothing was taken.
The TOPS Club of bristol organized four months ago has recorded a weight loss of 175.5 pounds for the 11 members with 27 pounds for a single high. Meetings are held weekly and if a weight gain is proven, a penalty is imposed.

75 years ago
July 27, 1939

Grant Happe holds 1939 Webster golf tournament honors as a result of defeating Dr. L.W. Cook one up in the 36-hole final match of the championship flight.
David Sorbel and Dennis Bierschbach of the Morton 4-H Club won first place competing with seven other counties at the 4-H round-up at Brookings. They will represent South Dakota in 4-H poultry production demonstrations at the world’s poultry congress in cleveland, OH.
Addie Roth and margaret Reiss left for minneapolis, MN where they will board a train which will take them to the New York World’s Fair, Niagara Falls, Washington, DC and other places of scenic interest.

100 years ago
July 23, 1914

The new management of the City Hospital have re-christened that institution and it will hereafter be known as St. Luke’s hospital.
About 75 St. Paul jobbers accompanied by the minnesota State Band arrived on a special train. A parade was formed headed by the band and the party marched up Main St. At a given signal they broke ranks and invaded the various business places and proceeded to show the businessmen why St. Paul is one of the best and most progressive cities on the map.
The annual influx of harvest hands into South Dakota is now underway and all the larger cities of the state report that they have more than they can handle and are trying to induce them to disperse to the smaller towns where there is a greater demand for harvest help.

125 years ago
July 25, 1889

Several Dakota newspapers have dropped into the hands of the sheriff. Some of them foolishly trying to do more than the community will pay for and some dishonestly do much less than they extract pay for. Both extremes are sure to meet with disaster.
During the storm sunday lightning struck the West Hotel and ran along the roof, down the gutter and into the rain barrel, no damage done aside from a hole knocked in the barrel and a few bricks off the chimney.
J.W. McEldery sends us in a specimen of wheat from his farm two miles north of this city that stands five feet high and will go 25 bushels to the acre.