Days Gone By

1970: De Smet all aglow with holiday lights


December 1, 2010

The Outlaw Gang is bringing the Holiday Train to De Smet Saturday. People will see the beautiful lights and displays around town while raising money for the Kingsbury County Cancer Walk. The walk gives aid to help defray expenses for individuals receiving cancer treatment. The Holiday Train, or the LeBahn Family Railroad, is a sight to see. It contains an engine, coal car, passenger car and caboose that are decked out in Christmas lights and decorations. The LeBahn family created the first train to lift the spirits of a loved one who was fighting his own battle with bone cancer. The train will start at the 4-H Building at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with pick-ups and drop-offs at Ward’s Store and Bakery and the 4-H Building until 7:30 p.m. People should dress warm.

November 29, 1995

The snowstorms in late October that caused millions of dollars in damage in broken power poles also wreaked havoc on trees in a large portion of South Dakota. The heavy wet snow fell when many trees were still holding their leaves. Thousands of trees and tree limbs broke, severely injuring not only the trees, but causing heavy damage to power lines, homes and cars. As with any storm, certain types of trees in specific locations received the heaviest damage, while others survived quite well. Trees located in open areas where the wind could move them enough to keep too much snow from accumulating on them survived with little damage. This was even true for trees which were still fully leafed. Trees found in shelterbelts also fared well, generally suffering less damage than the trees found in community settings.

December 3, 1970

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cheney at the De Smet hospital Saturday, Nov. 28. She weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Patricia Lynn. She joins a brother, Robert, and a sister, Janet Rae. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Iverson and Mrs. Herman Jacob, De Smet.

It was a white Thanksgiving in this vicinity with a layer of white snow in evidence before residents retired Wednesday evening. Rubber-deep snow covered the landscape Thanksgiving Day, giving a clean and bright winter atmosphere. The snowfall, wet and with the weather mild, affected travel for the holiday drivers, and some Thanksgiving plans were changed due to highway reports. The snow brought out snowmobiles to glide along the streets in town and on roadsides and across the prairie in the rural areas. Temperatures have been up and down in the days since, with the snow remaining as ground cover and the winter considered as having arrived.

November 29, 1945

Rationing is off, in foods, with the exception of sugar. Households should save their ration books for the No. 4 sugar stamp and for possible resumption of rationing of other items. As for the rest, all points were removed at midnight, Nov. 23.

Grade School News: Last week was Juana Kay Nordlund’s last week here as she is moving to Hot Springs. She is in the first grade. The second graders are studying the post office in social studies. They have made a post office, and they buy stamps and mail their letters there. The third graders have new spelling charts made. They are glad to have Donnie Buchele back after being sick two weeks with the mumps. The third grade has a new student, Dale Erickson. James Klinkel is back in school again after being ill for several weeks. The fifth graders are studying future airplanes in reading class and also drawing pictures of them. They are writing reports on musicians and inventions. Last week the sixth graders had a treat consisting of hamburgers and pop given by Darrel McGarvie. Several seventh grade students were absent from school last week on account of illness.

November 26, 1915

Martin Torgeson says that two years ago he husked and cribbed 102 bushels of corn in ten hours on the Martin Larson farm, and that he can husk as much this year, even though the corn is not so good.

County Agent Wije organized a farmer’s club in Hartland Township, north of Erwin, one night last week and will organize others during the winter. These clubs will be helpful and a pleasant way to spend many winter evenings.


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