days gone by

2012: A lifetime of recipes, compiled into one book


10 years ago
July 4, 2012

Henrietta (Henri) Truh, the “pickle lady” of Carthage, compiled eight decades of home cooking and canning experience into a cookbook, “Tried and Truh.” Truh became responsible for many of her family’s meals when she was 11 or 12, and had a commercial kitchen built in her garage nine years ago when she was 83.

She is a favorite at farmers’ markets in De Smet and Salem every summer, with her home canned vegetables and fruits and baked goods.

“If I can’t find a recipe for something, I make one of my own,” Truh said. “Recipes are only guidelines.”

“People often tell me about something their grandmother used to make, but they can’t duplicate it because she never wrote it down,” she said. “I’m going to be 92 this fall. I’m not going to be around forever, so I thought I better get some stuff written down.”.

25 years ago
July 2, 1996

Some 350 Girl Scouts converged on De Smet on June 25 to learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder and pioneering times.

Marian Raml, program director for the Nyoda Council based in Huron, said the girls went on wagon rides and saw quilting, spinning, hay-twisting, fiddling and trapping demonstrations. Many earned Little Town on the Prairie patches.

“Mother Nature cooperated; it was beautiful,” Raml said. “How wonderful of De Smet to do this for us.

Vicki Bierschbach and Kristen Roe co-chaired the event, and many from the community were involved in the day.

50 years ago

The back issues from the second half of 1972 are not available.

75 years ago
July 3, 1947

Henry Hoyer and son Jerry of De Smet were among the South Dakotans to take an air tour of the state last weekend, The 4-day tour began Thursday from Huron. The Hoyers met the other planes at Sioux Falls Saturday morning, flying from there to Yankton, and then west to Edgemont and Hot Springs. Rapid City was the overnight stop.

The Sunday flight included stops at Spearfish, Lemmon and Mobridge.

The flyers were entertained by the cities which they visited, with transportation and meals provided by the townspeople.

J. Ralph Horn, Civil Aeronautics Inspector, and Burt Hansen with the Aeronautics Commission were flight leaders.


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