Esmond News

Comings and goings around Esmond


A public memorial service for Greg Thompson will be held Sat., June 26 at 2 p.m. at the Esmond United Methodist Church, with fellowship to follow. Greg was the son of the late Chris and LaJoy (Clendening) Thompson. He grew up in the Esmond area and graduated from Iroquois High School. Greg and his wife Carol lived in Florida. Greg passed in October of 2020 from cancer.

Vicki Aughenbaugh’s aunt on her father's side, from Silver City, S.D., has recently spent three days visiting them. Mark and Kara Aughenbaugh and family were Father's Day guests of the Rick Aughenbaugh’s.

Adaline Reilly had visitors recently including Kathy DeJong and her daughter, Missy VanDiepen, and children all from Cavour. On Saturday, Adaline attended a 7th birthday party for her great-great- grandson, Kollen Keating of Iroquois.

Jonathan Bornitz and Rayden Sherman, grandchildren of Richard and Nancy Bornitz, had their 1st t-ball game this past week in Iroquois. The Travis and Michelle Bornitz family went to Omaha, Neb., on Thursday for a two-day visit with Michelle’s siblings, and, while there, went to the airplane museum and witnessed a car show in Ashland, Neb.

Father’s Day visitors at the Richard Bornitz home were Christina Marshall and girls from Rapid City, the Travis Bornitz family and Kim Sherman and family.

Over the past two weeks, the Clendenings have attended three productions of “The Sound of Music” in Mitchell. Granddaughter, Hannah Wehlander, was a member of the cast. Others attending the production were Jeff Clendening, Curt, Lori and Rosalie Wehlander and Katee Olinger and children. This past week the Clendenings took 4-H lambs to their grandchildren, Baylee and Abby Clendening, in rural Belle Fourche. On Saturday and Sunday, Marlin attended and exhibited at the Antique Power Show held in Huron.

Lori, Erik and Rosalie Wehlander returned last week from a trip to New Orleans. While there they met up with Curt’s sister and husband from Arkansas, who took in some sites with them. Their tour included the National WWII Museum, a swamp tour, the French Quarter and other sites.

A Father’s Day fellowship was held Sunday morning after church at the Esmond Methodist Church.

Perianne and Mike from Woonsocket visited her father, Marlin, Sunday afternoon at the power show.

Visitors from Wisconsin this past week in Esmond were members of the Koenig family who lived in Esmond in the early 1950’s. They were related to the Zell family of the Cavour and Bancroft areas.

Lori Wehlander attended the visitation for Harvey Hammrich in Watertown on Sunday evening. While in Watertown she had supper with niece, Tayler Clendening, and Damien Koschney.

History Note

1939 – The county truck was still bringing out supplies. Supplies received were oranges, beans, butter and flour. It was reported that although the small grain fields looked nice and green, the green was mostly thistles. Grasshoppers were numerous, and in July crops were not good. Farm laborers were having a hard time finding work, and the hot winds and dry conditions were hurting the corn.


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