Days gone by

1946: Shortage causes long lines at J.C. Penney Co.


October 12, 2011

Shirley Lenz, home representative and grand librarian, was recently honored at the 123rd Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star session in Pierre. She is a worthy matron. 50-plus years, and received the travel award. Lenz will serve as vice-president for the home representatives association and grand librarian in 2012. She gave the grand librarian report during the session. Donna Stewart also attended the session. She was the assistant grand organist and presented the ESTRAL report. She will serve two more years on this committee. Members from other states and Canada attended the session. The 2012 grand session of the Eastern Star will be held in October at Pierre.

October 16, 1996

A new state-sponsored snowmobile trail has been formed by the Game, Fish and Parks Department and the Town and Country Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club. The Four Lakes Trail is 66 miles long and connects Iroquois, De Smet, Lake Preston, Arlington, Lake Norden and Bryant. It also connects with the Coteau des Prairies Trail, creating 300 continuous miles of riding. It is the largest snowmobile trail system in eastern South Dakota. State Parks Director Doug Hofer said the trail will be created this winter through a grant-in-aid program which gives local snowmobile clubs the responsibility for maintaining and operating the trail. Town and Country Snowdrifters has members from Kingsbury, Hamlin and Clark counties. Hofer praised the club for its enthusiasm in establishing the trail.

October 14, 1971

Three old business structures of De Smet have met their doom, the Richards crew demolishing the buildings located on De Smet’s Main Street. The long-time café building was pulled down from the rear in an operation Friday. The old barber shop was next, with Lou’s Hatchery building third in line. Once the Wolkenhauer Building is razed, there will be four vacant lots in the south block of Calumet Avenue, for the erection next year of the home of De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company of South Dakota.

October 10, 1946

Arrival of men’s overalls, announced with a three-line reader advertisement in last week’s News, packed the J.C. Penney Co. store Saturday afternoon, with a waiting line of men that would compare well with those women, have formed to purchase nylons. With a sale hour set at 4 o’clock, men began to gather in the store shortly after 2 o’clock, and by the appointed hour, had filled the store and soon had bought the nine dozen pairs of overalls – the first the store had received in months. “How did you come out for sizes?” the clerks were asked. No trouble about that, it seems, needing overalls so badly, farmers were not fussy about the fit. The local K&K Company receives shipments of overalls from time to time – far less than the demand.

October 14, 1921

The thoughts of certain residents of this vicinity have gone back to the early days during the week, and while the pleasant Indian summer, their thoughts have been of blizzards and days not pleasant. Fri., Oct. 14 was the anniversary of a big storm that raged for three days, at the opening of what turned out to be the winter of winters - the Hard Winter of 1880-81.


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