Word has been received of the passing of Phil Heavirland on Dec. 19, 2020, formerly of Esmond. He was the youngest son of Asa and Lydia Heavirland. The Heavirland family bought and ran the garage in Esmond from 1938 until the late 40’s. Phil attended school in Esmond, then high school in Carthage. When his folks sold the garage in Esmond, they moved to Huron, and Phil graduated from Huron High School. After graduation he served in the Marines and lived the rest of his life in California. He was the younger brother of Irene (Heavirland) Aughenbaugh married to Hiland Aughenbaugh, who also both grew up in the Esmond area.
No church services were held in Esmond this past Sunday due to the cold.
Michelle Bornitz and children were in Sioux Falls this past weekend celebrating her mother's birthday.
1938 – The Clendening and Frost ice houses were filled. The county truck brought apples, oranges, rice and potatoes for distribution. Dale Hoeye took over the pool hall for Pooley for the rest of the winter.
Screens were put over the windows in the hall, and hoops were put up so that the school could play basketball games there. (the out of bounds lines are still visible).
Dances were popular during February with Bane Nelson, Edwin Anderson and Les Clendening each sponsoring one.
Winning the declam that spring was Lois Timm, grades 1-2; Dick Wiles, grades 3-4; Lavonne Nelson, grades 5-6 and Maxine Nelson in grades 7-8.
During March, Mr. Newman of Canova took over the pool hall from Roy Pooley. A hearing was held about closing the depot. Lohr was leaving. Louie Engel trucked Lohr’s belongings out west and hauled those belonging to A.P. Heavirland, of Belle Fourche, back to Esmond. Heavirland had purchased the Lohr Garage.