Carthage News

Local workshop was once Opera House, beehouse


First Lutheran of Artesian will be hosting the outdoor service for the Prairie Lutheran Parish at 9:30 a.m. Sunday

The water is just trickling over the spillway at Lake Carthage these days, after gushing over several times this year, flooding Carthage Park.

Connie Hattervig had an outdoor visit Monday evening with Harriet Hattervig and her houseguests Connie and Jasmine Larson of Broken Bow, Neb.

Did you know?

In 1946, Myron Floren, then of Sioux Falls, provided entertainment in Carthage, along with a guitar player, two dancers and a girl vocalist from Augustana College. The Lawrence Welk Band played in the Opera House at one time. Silent movies, traveling vaudeville shows, dances, debates, plays and school events were all held in this building. After being vacant for some time, Royce Hollan, a beekeeper from San Antonio, Texas, bought the building and used it for extracting honey. He had to sell the business in the early 2000s because of his health.

Today the building is owned by Dave and Kim Van Asperen, and they are using it as their workshop. Items of décor are appearing around the old opera house, adding interest to the building once again!

The historical information comes from “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone,” by Sally Madison.


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