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Northwest Salmon


Historic Happenings

Nineteen ninety

Community meal draws over 400

15 years ago | November 20, 2000

Anyone concerned about Webster not having any snow on the ground for the community’s Festival of Lights had those fears alleviated by the sight of the white stuff falling Nov. 11-12. The snow melted during the daylight hours creating problems for motorists when water froze on roadways after dark. Difficult travel conditions continued to the middle of the week.

John Blair, Andover; George Bartell and Harlin Bachmann, Webster are three Day County residents among a group of South Dakota veterans who have received their Republic of Korea War Service medal from the Republic of Korea.

Dawn Senior bases her technique in teaching art to young children on showing kids how to sketch basic shapes and proportions and then letting their imaginations go to work. The wyoming artist taught a class of Webster fourth graders how to create block printing.

25 years ago | November 19, 1990

Kristin Halvorsen was crowned Bristol Snow Queen.

About 400 people have been coming to the annual community Thanksgiving dinner in Bristol the last few years. The amount of people eating together is about equal to the town’s entire population of 419.

The way the Waubay Dragons had it figured, it was their turn to come out on top in a rematch with Rosholt. The two teams met twice before during the regular season. The dragons did come out on top, downing Rosholt 30-14 for the District 1B girls basketball championship.

50 years ago | November 24, 1965

A highway sign in honor of the late Charles H. sheldon of Pierpont, South dakota’s second governor, was dedicated near pierpont. The sign was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. C.V.N. Perry in cooperation with the highway commission. Perry was a neighbor of Sheldon. according to authorities, Day County is the only county in the state that has had two governors, the other being Sigurd anderson.

The fund drive by the webster Development corporation to aid the development of a cheese factory here neared the $16,000 mark. The drive began last week in an effort to match funds of Webster Creamery patrons who raised about $14,000.

Eight residents are now making their home at the Waubay Rest Home owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Skatvold. An open house for the newly constructed home was held.

75 years ago | November 21, 1940

Benjamin D. Fish, 93, last remaining Civil War veteran of Day County, one of three left in South Dakota, died Nov. 19. Thus ended a long, useful and godly life of one of Day County’s most respected citizens.

Webster’s Bearcats open-ed the basketball season by defeating the Roslyn Vikings 29-6.

A Court of Honor for Webster Boy Scouts at the high school assembly admitted 18 boys to tenderfoot rank and seven boys advanced from tenderfoot to second class rank.

100 years ago | November 18, 1915

State fire marshal S.E. Crans was in the city having come up to investigate the prairie fires in the northern part of the county that occurred a couple of weeks ago and did considerable damage. While here he inspected the city in the company of Chief Knapp of the Webster Fire department. We failed to hear the complete results but understand that a number of old shacks in the fire limits will be condemned.

The Village Post Office, a home talent play in three acts presented at the Coteau Opera House, under the auspices of the Congregational ladies aid, proved a big drawing card. The opera house was well filled and there was not a dull moment. It was musical comedy of the best kind.

About 1:30 a.m. a fire was discovered in the trefethren house in the Third ward. An alarm was turned in and the fire department responded and succeeded in extinguishing the flames. Again the webster Fire Department proved it has the goods when it comes to handling a fire.