Esmond News

1956: Baptism boom for young and old


The Schlueters returned home from visiting the Jeff DeBenedettis in Tracy, Calif. While there, they celebrated their daughter Geanna’s birthday.

Rick and Vicki Aughenbaugh had as guests Friday evening Vicki’s parents from Meza, Ariz., Pat and Linda Owens, Iroquois, Gordy and Marilyn Skyberg, De Smet, Rita Anderson, and the Mark Aughenbaugh family of Esmond. The gathering was to celebrate Vicki’s birthday. On Sunday, they gathered again along with the Cory Aughenbaugh family of Sioux Falls and Linda Owens’s son and wife.

The Mark Aughenbaugh family were campers last week at Lake Oakwood.

Dale and Barb Reilly have as visitors their son Travis Reilly and family from Aurora, Colo. Travis and family also visited his grandmother, Adaline Reilly, and attended church services Sunday morning in Esmond.

Annette and Charemon Dunham attended the Bensley-Rounds American Legion Auxiliary meeting, Monday in Iroquois. On Saturday, they helped put up flags on the veterans' graves in the Iroquois cemetery. The Dunham family attended the Memorial Day program and lunch Monday in Iroquois.

Marlin and Jeanette Clendening were Saturday noon guests of Mike and Perianne of Woonsocket.

The confirmation of Rosalie Wehlander, daughter of Curt and Lori Wehlander, was held Sunday morning at the Esmond Church, with Pastor Kris Larson conducting the service. In attendance were Rosalie’s baptism sponsors, Don and Jill Wehlander of Milnor, N.D., Roy Clendening of Belle Fourche, S.D., Katee Olinger and Karisa Hiemstra of Woonsocket. Also coming for the confirmation were Jeff Clendening from Ethan, Mike and Perianne, Woonsocket and Hannah Wehlander of Mitchell, S.D. The entire congregation of the Esmond Methodist Church were Rosalie’s mentors during her confirmation studies that started in 2018, but due to winter weather and COVID shut-downs, the classes were not completed until 2021. Marlin Clendening was the confirmation teacher. A reception was held after church services in the Esmond Hall. Rosalie’s family gathered at the Wehlander home for a noon meal.

The Esmond Cemetery veterans' graves were decorated with the flag and red, white and blue flowers for Memorial Day.

History Note

1956 – Five babies and two adults were baptized in May; 15 young people joined the church, and 20 children were enrolled in Bible School.


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