days gone by

2011: Pageant folks patiently ‘Wait for the Wagon’


July 27, 2011

The line of people waiting for a wagon ride last Friday at the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant stretched down the hill to the first row of bleachers. Total weekend attendance was 2,241, up some 600 from the previous week. Last weekend’s attendance brings the year’s total to 5,350. That compares with total attendance last year of 4,364 and total attendance in 2009 of 6,348.

July 31, 1996

Twenty attended the first annual De Smet area yard and garden tour. Participants from Carthage, Iroquois, Howard, Lake Norden, Willow Lake, Bancroft and De Smet met at the courthouse to pool rides at 5 p.m. on July 23. Yards on the tour included those of Wes and Lenore Robish, Larry and Debbie Beck, Bob and Ruth Zeller, Delver and Sharon Williams and Dale and LaVonne Williams. Tentative plans include a second annual tour next June. The event was coordinated by the extension office and a local master gardener.

July 29, 1971

Mr. and Mrs. John Mundhenke have been in Saginaw, Mich., where his mother, Mrs. Harry Mundhenke, had been on a visit with a sister and with other relatives in the area. They all returned home Tuesday evening by plane.

The Lyle Lesters had an enjoyable vacation in the Black Hills again this year. They spent over two weeks at Silver City, where they meet friends every summer. Mrs. Lester has a brother, Bernard Cones, at Rapid City, and another brother, Harold Cones, at Lead, and this year her nieces and nephews visited them there.

July 25, 1946

A resident of 30 years ago, when she and her husband operated a café, stopped in De Smet Tuesday and inquired about many persons she remembered. It was as Mrs. Calvin Dague that she had lived in De Smet, but as Mrs. H.D. Billingham that she visited this week, accompanied by her husband. They live in St. Petersburg, Fla., and were on their way to the West Coast, traveling with a new trailer. Mr. Billingham, a veteran of World War I, is to attend the Disabled Veterans of America national convention and later on, the American Legion convention at San Francisco. Mr. and Mrs. Dague came to De Smet from Carmichaels, Pa., buying the café from W.J. Hunter. They returned to Pennsylvania on selling the business later.

July 22, 1921

It was a shock to De Smet people to learn Friday morning of the death of R.A. Boast, which occurred at seven o’clock. Mr. Boast had been ill for several weeks; it was known that he was failing, but the end was unexpectedly soon.

The building occupied by the Sanitary Market is being remodeled and is to have a new front. The building is owned by John Hasche, and he has chosen rough brick for the new front.


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