In 1934 and 1963, Carthage got a new lake


Prairie Lutheran Parish Services will be held Nov. 29 at 9:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran, rural Canova. It’s an outdoor service, with people staying in their cars and listening on the radio.

Harriet Hattervig visited and had lunch Wednesday with her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Mark Hinkley.

Did you know?

• You might have heard talk of the “old lake,” and the “new lake.” Information from “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone,” by Sally Madison, states that the “old lake,” or first lake, was approved in 1932 and again in 1934; it says that officials in Pierre had approved an artificial lake with a dam to be made north of town, at a cost of $1,200 to secure the land, and an estimated $14,000 project. In 1934, it was noted that construction was being done at the concrete spillway, extending 50 feet westward toward the bridge; the cost to be $3,100. Local workers are to be hired for the job, with wages 26 cents an hour or 39 cents an hour with team. The men are to be paid in credit to local stores for food, clothing or fuel.

• A.S. Bensend and Oscar Morrell bought 6,000 black bass fingerlings and planted them in Lake Carthage.

• In 1962, the old lake dam built by WPA washed out.

• In 1963, the new lake was approved by the Game, Fish & Parks Department. The land for the project was purchased from August Swanson, Wencl Starzl, Wallace Kessel, Ted Stevens, S.S. Sorken, Charles Miligan and John Button. An 80-foot spillway is to be built. The back-up water will go three miles behind the spillway. The total area of the lake will be 220 acres, five times larger than the old lake.

• The “new lake”, built in 1964, is a popular camping, boating and fishing spot and has a handicap accessible fishing dock.


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