Esmond News

1939: Green fields mostly thistles

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The memorial service for Greg Thompsen held in Esmond on Saturday was attended by people from the Esmond community and the cities and towns of Omaha, Lake Norden, Castlewood, Cavour, Pierre, De Smet, Madison, Blunt, Cavour and family members from Esmond, Woonsocket, Ethan, Belle Fourche, Vermillion, Mitchell and Nebraska.

The Clendenings held a gathering for family members who had come for Greg Thompsen’s memorial at their place on Saturday afternoon and evening with games and a cookout. Those attending were the Wehlanders, the Steiner families from Nebraska, Woonsocket family, Roy Clendening and girls from Belle Fourche, Topetes from South Sioux City, Jeff Clendening from Ethan, Erik and Hannah Wehlander and Kevin and Rachelle Goshorn from Omaha.

Tenley and Torree Olinger were overnight guests of the Wehlander’s on Saturday and Sunday.

Marlin and Jeanette Clendening and Lori and Curt Wehlander attended ball games Monday evening in Huron to watch Tenley and Torree Olinger and Kapri Heimstra.

Sally Madison of Carthage and nephew, Lance Johnson of Minneapolis, Kan., were Sunday morning visitors at church services in Esmond. Lance is the son of the late Bud and Illa Rae Johnson. Bud is the brother of Sally and grew up in the Esmond area.

Annette and Charemon Dunham attended the State American Legion Convention held in Huron last Thursday through Sunday. Charemon received a 1st and 2nd on her post history projects, and they also attended the Iroquois American Legion Auxiliary meeting last week.

Joanne Schlueter spent the week in Canton, Ohio, where she judged the Great Lakes Regional Baton Twirling Championship. Following the competition, she was camp director and instructor at the Great Lakes Twirling Camp involving local students and students from several states.

History Note

1939 – The county truck was still bringing out supplies. Supplies received were oranges, beans, butter and flour. It was reported that although the small grain fields looked nice and green, the green was mostly thistles. Grasshoppers were numerous, and in July crops were not good. Farm laborers were having a hard time finding work, and the hot winds and dry conditions were hurting the corn.

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