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Northwest Salmon


Historic Events

Nineteen forty-one

Webster’s new city hall construction

crew provided by WPA

15 years ago
June 25, 2001

According to Day County Sheriff’s Office records, the first 20 days of June brought Webster 4.64 inches of rain. The last day of May ushered in .99 inch. Since May 18 there has not been three days in a row without measurable precipitation.

After months of planning, a 20x66-foot mural was installed June 22 at the Day County Arts Center.

Museum of Wildlife, Science & Industry Old Time Saturday Night celebration was June 16. Visitors were able to experience dancing, music, haircuts by Tony and much more including a working blacksmith shop.

25 years ago
June 24, 1991

The 740th Transportation Company will be coming home from Saudi Arabia and may come through Webster this weekend. The company is expected to fly into Aberdeen and members based in Milbank are expected to be bussed home from there.

Webster’s Museum of Wildlife, Science & Industry of Northeast South Dakota was first opened to the public five years ago. The first post was put into the ground June 16, 1986 for the William P. and Mabel Peterson Building. The first historic building moved onto the museum was Rusk School, dedicated May 1988. Curator Carol Murphy estimates about 20,000 people have toured the museum from 49 states (all but Delaware) and 11 foreign countries.

Webster Swim Team has combined with the Britton Swim Team this year to form the Northeast Aquatic Swim Club. Webster has 47 members and Britton has 16.

50 years ago
June 22, 1966

Several thousand were on hand for the Sam Brown centennial celebration at Fort Sisseton. The event climaxed a five-day 150-mile trail ride to retrace the route taken by Brown 100 years ago.

The lifetime earning capacity of the average male resident of Day County has reached new heights. Under current conditions of employment, of national productivity, of education and life span, the average local man who is just starting out to earn a living has a prospective lifetime income of no less than $166,000.

An inch and three quarters of needed rainfall was recorded during a wind and electrical storm in the Webster area. The “dry spell” has not yet seriously affected crops which appear to be making excellent progress.

75 years ago
June 26, 1941

Work began on tearing down the east wing of the city hall in Webster, preparatory to moving the building from the lot to make way for construction of the new building. A crew of 10 men are supplied by the WPA.

For the first time in its history, Webster had more than a million dollars worth of taxable real estate, $1,021,090 in all as compared with $991,300 last year.

George Boyle, chief engineer of the Webster power plant of Northwestern Public Service Co., will retire after a long career in electricity. He began working in 1907 at the Webster city light plant.

100 years ago
June 22, 1916

Last week Roy Wilcox was plowing corn on the Albert Holmquist farm west of Webster when a heavy thunderstorm came up. He stepped up to his horses and commenced patting them to quiet them when a lightning bolt struck, killing both horses instantly. One of the horses fell on top of Roy and a companion who saw the accident hurried over and dug him out from under the horse. His shoes were torn from his feet by the force of the bolt and his left leg and arm were badly burned.

In response to a call from Mayor Mohs, a meeting of representative businessmen and citizens was held for the purpose of discussing ways for showing the appreciation the citizens of the county feel towards the officers and members of Company “A” who received orders to mobilize at Redfield.

Day County Old Settlers’ Association’s annual meeting at Lily drew a big crowd, estimated at 1,500. The exercises were held in a bower erected on the south side of the bandstand and were opened by music by the Lily Cornet Band, which rendered remarkably fine music. The citizens of Lily are justly proud of their band.

125 years ago
June 25, 1891

The Grand Army boys of Webster and the entire district are proud of the Coteau Band of Webster. The boys were on deck every minute during the three day encampment and got right square to the front when called on. It was a common remark among our visitors that they never saw such a jolly, good natured set of fellows nor ones who could make more or better music.

Monday was E.W. Smail’s birthday and his friends, who are legion, assembled at his home. Each gentleman and lady were furnished with a buttonhole bouquet, the gentleman being required to find the lady who wore the counterpart of his bouquet who was to be his first partner of the evening. The games progressed from croquet to cinch, then billiards, then angling, then seven up whist, authors, etc. Mr. Norton presented Smail with a handsomely upholstered easy chair and a few well chosen remarks.

The institute now in session in this city is very satisfactory to the teachers – its work will redound to not only the best good of the teachers but of the schools of the county as well. It is the commencement of a three-year normal course that will elucidate all the best methods of modern teaching.