carthage News

1992: Filming began!


Trinity Lutheran Church will have Worship Sun., June 26, at 8:00 with Pastor Allen Brakke.

Trinity Women of the ELCA met Thurs., June 16 with Harriet Hattervig conducting the business meeting and Connie Hattervig as hostess. Harriet presented the program “Aging: Prospects, Problems and Purpose of Life.” The next meeting will be July 21.

Norbert and Barb Moldan hosted a Stevens Reunion for the descendants of Kenneth and Margaret Stevens June 10-12 in Carthage with 40 people attending. Family came from Iowa, Missouri, Connecticut, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and of course, South Dakota. They played corn hole, old fart’s golf and card games, while enjoying lots of food.

People of the community play cast are working on their lines for the play “The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt” by Tim Kelly and produced by Pioneer Drama Service, Englewood, Colo. Plans are to have play practice weekly. Travis Bornitz will be Phineas Flatworm, a scoundrel who fools some of the people some of the time. Sandra Austerman will play the role of Sweet Sally, an owner of a laundry in Digalittledeeper, Calif. The play will be presented Friday evening and Saturday afternoon during Strawbale Days.

did you know

Fifteen years ago, Carthage was a busy place as a movie site.

From “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone” by Sally Madison, we read “Little did the town know in 1992 that it would later become the site of Paramount Studios’ movie based on a hitchhiker that Wayne Westerberg, a local elevator and combine operator, befriended on the road. Shortly after the meeting in Wyoming, the hitchhiker, Chris McCandless, walked into town and stayed the rest of the summer, befriending himself to the townspeople. He worked at the elevator, painted houses and blended into the community. Residents knew little of McCandless’s background. He was the son of a wealthy family, who rejected his family and trust fund in search of an adventure. After leaving Carthage he hitchhiked west and found adventure in Alaska.”


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