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Rockin’ Robin was a treat for kids


Trinity Lutheran Church will have worship Oct. 17 at 8:00 a.m. with the Sunday School singing. Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. Trinity Women will meet Thurs., Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at Lorelee Nelson’s.

Mark and Lisa Hinkley, De Smet, spent Friday with Harriet Hattervig. On Sunday, the Hinkleys and Harriet went for a ride and had a picnic at Prairie Village.

Connie Larson, Michelle and Jasmine, Broken Bow, Neb., arrived at Harriet Hattervig’s Thursday for the Levi Hattervig–Katherine Kaufman wedding at Freeman on Saturday.

Many people came to Carthage last Saturday for the Fall Festival. There were over fifty vendors plus the local Heritage House, old opera house, The Cabaret, The Prairie Inn, Rails and Relics and the Campbell Straw Bale Museum open to welcome visitors. Entertainment for youth included a bouncy house, horse rides, crafts, a cake walk and more.

History note

The Carthage City Park had a T-33 Jet Aircraft on display and for children to explore from 1963 to 1982. The plane was obtained through the actions of several civic-minded citizens from the Air Force Surplus.

The plane named Rockin’ Robin was a trainer type craft but had been on active duty at Goose Bay Labrador. It was flown from that base to Sioux Falls, where it was demilitarized by personnel of the Air Force Guard. A group of citizens hauled the plane to city park.

The plane was an attraction in the park, but over the years, it became a victim of time, weather and souvenir collectors; the Air Force decided they wanted it back. Airmen worked in bitter cold for three days dismantling it for transport. According to Air Force officials, it was to be taken to Ellsworth Air Force Base, where it was restored and placed in the Ellsworth Museum.

From the Carthage News, February 16, 1983, Carol Carter, editor


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