Carthage News

What caused a mysterious hole to appear overnight?


The Prairie parish service for Dec. 20 will be an outdoor service at 9:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Artesian. People will sit in their cars outside the church and listen to services on the radio. Everyone is welcome.

Prairie Lakes Parish will hold an outdoor Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m. at Emmanual Lutheran in rural Iroquois. Everyone is welcome.

Santa is coming to Carthage Main Street at 10 a.m. Dec. 20. Rumor is that he will be coming by firetruck.

Lisa Hinkley of De Smet spent last Saturday visiting her mother Harriet Hattervig.

John Meligan of Ft. Pierre visited Shirley Stroud last Tuesday afternoon. Russ Stroud of Huron visited on Wednesday.

Play books for the Carthage community play have been ordered. Because of COVID-19, the play will not be held in March as usual, but it will hopefully take place in August during Straw Bale Days.

The weather was nice enough that the children at Loralee Nelson's on Dec. 9 were outside drawing on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk!

Did you know?

In the spring of 1955, the Carthage News reported a mysterious hole in the ground at the Ernie Hall Farm. The following article is found in “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone,” by Sally Madison.

“There was some excitement over the weekend at the Ernest Hall farm in Redstone Township, when a hole in the yard that appeared overnight caused some speculation among neighbors and people of the community. The hole was halfway between the barn and the house and was approximately 20 inches in diameter and 18 feet deep. It was so perfect and with no cave in that one would think it had been bored with a post auger. Max Stroud and Mr. Hall first noticed it Saturday afternoon, and before the day was over, several people viewed it and speculated as to what caused it. Could it have been caused by something dropping from the sky? Was it an old abandoned well? Or what-have you? Mr. Hall contacted Sheriff Jens Jorgensen, and he notified the Air Force investigators from St. Paul, Minn., and they too, were mystified. But they couldn’t find anything at the bottom to indicate it might have been made by something falling from the sky. As of now, the incident is closed as Hall expects to fill the hole in, unless some old-timer comes forward with an explanation that there was a well at one time. But that would leave the question of why such a perfect hole? Anyway, the Halls are glad that none of their small children happened to fall in it as the youngsters had been playing around the yard throughout the day.”

Next week there will be a solution offered by a woman from Pennsylvania.


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