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1946: Belgian war bride arrives in De Smet


May 25, 2011

A seed planted in the minds of a De Smet couple, Glen and Janet Davis, grew into a regional seed business. Legend Seeds, Inc. is expanding its operation. The seed company is building a 12,000 square-foot addition on the east side of its existing building. About 7,400 square feet of the addition will include office space with 11 work stations and 960 square feet for the expansion of the company’s warehouse seed lab. About 3,600 square feet will be added to its existing warehouse storage space, said Legend Seeds, Inc. President Glen Davis. “We want to thank everyone involved in the project, but especially the Legend team whose hard work and dedication made it possible to do this expansion,” Davis said. The company was started in 1990 by Glen and Janet Davis of De Smet with a number of investors. The company is one of the largest seed companies in the nation.

May 22, 1996

The De Smet American Legion will honor six 50-year members May 27 at the Memorial Day program. The program is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall. The Reverend Dale Harris of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church is the featured speaker. The De Smet Legion is honoring Marvin Ketelsen, Fred Peschl, Hollis Hill, Andy Close, Roy Brusse and Lawrence McKibben during the program for 50 years of continuous service to the local Legion.

The De Smet boys varsity golf team grabbed the state B title Monday and Tuesday in Sioux Falls. De Smet took the championship with a 467. The Bulldogs led after the first day of competition by 7 strokes but struggled to keep the lead on the second day. Matt Kees finished third overall out of 100 golfers. Jared Baszler finished 16th overall. Derek Helms was 21st overall, and Mark Burgers was 22nd overall. Burgers thanked Coach Ron Peterson for coaching and congratulated everyone out for golf for pushing the state team to the title. Athletic Director, Marv McCune, praised Peterson, who since the mid-80s has brought the golf program from nothing to a program which involves more than 30 students. “I think Ron Peterson has done a tremendous job. And the kids lived up to expectations and came through,” McCune said. But Matt Kees said it all in only a few words: “We played good.”

May 27, 1971

G. William Coughlin will be in charge of the De Smet Post Office when it opens Tuesday, following the Memorial Day holiday. He succeeds Hollis M. Hill, who retires as postmaster at his request, this after 35 years in the position. Notice of the acceptance of Mr. Hill’s resignation and the appointment of Mr. Coughlin as Officer in Charge came to De Smet Tuesday. An inspector will come to De Smet Monday to officiate in the change in administration of the office, so for the two men involved, the day will not be a holiday. Mr. Coughlin has been senior clerk at the post office and is expected to have preference for the postmaster appointment.

May 23, 1946

A war bride, native of Belgium, is on her way to De Smet, where her husband, Corp. Robert Heim, anxiously awaits her arrival after several months of separation. The couple were married in her home city of Liege, Belgium, March 2. Corporal Heim was later shipped home, reaching here April 18 after receiving his discharge at Camp McCoy, Wis., on the way. The marriage was a secret from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Heim, until after his arrival. The bride was Miss Marie Josie Vroonen before her marriage, a singer and actress, whose professional work brought her to perfect her school English and learn other languages, speaking several. The local soldier heard her sing, got to meet her and had a six months acquaintance before their marriage.

May 28, 1926

The Peoples State Bank of Erwin has opened a branch in the American State Bank building, Theodore Meyer being in charge. Mr. Meyer has applied for a state charter to move his bank here from Erwin. The Farmers & Merchants Bank of Willow Lake has opened an office in the Waters office, C.L. Case cashier, being in charge the first of the week.

The De Smet National Bank failed to open its doors Friday morning of last week, closed by the directors for liquidation by the comptroller of currency. In its failure, the county seat lost its third and largest bank.


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