Carthage News

1922: 500 loads of gravel dumped on Main Street


The Prairie Lutheran Parish will worship at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at Trinity in Carthage with an outdoor service. Trinity will hold their annual meeting at 10:30 a.m.

The Campbell Straw Bale Museum held a special meeting last week. Pete Miller resigned as chairman, and Norbert Moldan was elected to the position. Other agenda items included applying for a grant, a computer and printer, work to be done on the building, museum highway signs, holding the annual play during Straw Bale Days and a Minnesota youth group interested in visiting Carthage again.

Word was received of the Jan. 30 death of former Carthage resident, Pearl Grogan, age 87, of Centerville. Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard is in charge of arrangements.

Mark and Lisa Hinkley of De Smet called on her mother, Harriet Hattervig, last Tuesday and on Wednesday, took her for her vaccination in Salem and ate supper with her.

Did you know?

It is recorded in “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone,” by Sally Madison, that in 1922, it was reported in The Carthage News that a street graveling bee was held in Carthage. Everyone was needed to get out and help. Teams and trucks dumped 500 loads of gravel on Main Street, and a flagpole was put up in the middle of the Mail and Buell intersection.

In 1926, it was reported that SD Highway 25 from Howard north was to be graveled. Thirteen miles extends to the Kingsbury County line.

An ad in 1923 offered beef quarters for sale at the Meat Market. Front quarters were nine and one-half cents a pound, and hindquarters were 12 and a half cents a pound.

The same year, the mail carriers were to carry grain to feed starving pheasants. They were to distribute grain along routes.

In 1925, eggs listed at 34 cents a dozen. A pound of butter was 50 cents and cream was 50 cents.

In 1928, a horse sale at the stockyards drew a small crowd, and the bidding was not at all spirited. Five men bought most of the horses at $1.25 a head to $26.00 a head.


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