Carthage News

1939: Harlem Globetrotters play ball in town


Everyone is welcome to The Prairie Lutheran Parish outdoor service at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at First Lutheran in Artesian.

Lucas and Levi Hattervig, both of Sioux Falls, and Levi Hattervig of Winona, Minn., spent the Christmas holidays with their parents, David and Connie Hattervig.

Andrew Nelson was a visitor with his mother, Loralee Nelson, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Recent visitors with Harriet Hattervig include Connie and Phil Larson and Jasmine, of Broken Bow, Neb., Preston Larson of Lincoln, Neb. and Robin Hattervig.

Christmas Eve guests of Lyle and Jodene Darnell were Brandon and Jessica Darnell, Atticus, Ona and Iris.

Santa recently passed out bags of candy to about 40 children in Carthage.

Did you know?

In 1940, 300 treats were passed out by Santa to the kids from Carthage courtesy of the American Legion Auxiliary ladies. In 1946, Santa arrived in town to greet 200 children and hand out a sack of candy to each. His visit was sponsored by the Masons.

Some other interesting items from “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone” by Sally Madison include : In 1939, the Harlem Globetrotters played at the Carthage auditorium. In 1945, the Little Hickory Association accepted the Carthage invitation to hold basketball tournaments in Carthage the same year the auditorium floor was sanded and refinished. In 1944, the office of War Utilities asked city officials to dispense with Christmas lighting as they did in 1942 and 1943 since the fuel situation in most states was critical. In 1945, a national “brown out” began on Feb. 1, prohibiting types of electric lighting. It eliminated the use of outdoor advertising, ornamental and display lighting and was estimated to save over two million tons of coal. A 1948 article noted that George Bannard, author of “The Old Rugged Cross,” world-famous hymn, appeared at the local Nazarene Church.


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