1946: A birthday party, a train strike and a missing bride


June 1, 2011

Nathan Mann, who will be a junior at De Smet High School this fall, is traveling to Europe this summer as part of the People-to-People Student Ambassador Program. Mann will tour places of interest in Ireland, Wales, England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands as part of his learning experience and will earn academic credit in history. President Eisenhower initiated the project in 1956 with the hope that “direct interaction between ordinary citizens around the world can promote cultural understanding and world peace.”

June 5, 1996

Army Maj. Dawn E. Jones has been called to active duty to support peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia. Jones, who served as a Military police officer from 1981 to 1994, was serving as an Army Reservist while attending Austin Seminary in Austin, Texas. She is now serving a nine-month tour at the command’s headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. and is overseeing psychological operations for Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR in Bosnia. She is also a certified parachutist and participates in static-line jumps while on active duty. Jones, a daughter of Dale and Marilyn Jones, is a 1977 graduate of Lake Preston High School. Following active duty, she plans to attend Candler Seminary at Emery University, Atlanta, Ga.

June 3, 1971

New residents to De Smet are Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Engel, who purchased the John Feuerstein residence some time ago. They finished moving their household goods from Iroquois this week.

Spending the Memorial weekend in Worthington, Minn., were Mrs. Forrest Asleson and son, Randy, and grandson, Darin Hunter, of Miller. They visited the Bill Hofer family.

Accompanying William Poppen and his mother, Mrs. Art Poppen, as far as Wichita, Kan., was Mrs. George Muser, who went on to visit her sister, Mrs. Arlyss Harris, and family at South Haven, Kans. They left De Smet Thursday noon; the Poppens are to attend a wedding of a relative.

May 30, 1946

Mrs. Paul Green honored her daughter, Barbara Ann, at a birthday party Sunday afternoon by inviting eight friends to a picnic in Washington Park. Other guests included the Ralph Green family of Sioux Falls and Barbara’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Casper Rasmussen of Bruce and Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Green of De Smet. Barbara was four years old.

The train strike brought problems to war brides from Europe, among other persons, and De Smet’s war bride was one of them. Mrs. Robert Heim, on the way from her native Belgium, was stranded half way from New York. Her husband drove to Mankato, Minn., Thursday, expecting to meet her there, but she had gotten no farther than Chicago, and he returned without her. She arrived Monday evening.

June 3, 1921

The memorial exercises were conducted by the American Legion Post, the G.A.R. having turned the day over to it a year ago. The new colors of the Post, the armed guard and firing squad and the men in uniform all helped to make the ceremonies impressive. There were three old soldiers in the audience Monday. Each year there are fewer to take part in the services that were dedicated to them.


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