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March 16, 1908

On last Thursday evening the friends of brother Knights of Pythias tendered their departing member, J.H. Pearson a banquet at Elliot’s Restaurant, in order that he might remember always his last night in Belle Fourche as being among true friends.

With this issue of the Valley Irrigator it reaches the age of six months, and the management takes this opportunity to thank the people, it subscribers and advertisers for their liberal patronage and it is hoped that the paper may continue to improve and merit its ever increasing patronage.

March 28, 1918

The local Red Cross made a good collection of old clothes in the drive for the benefit of the Belgian sufferers. One large packing case was shipped to the County Chapter and will be sent on from there.

It is not so important to know just where in France the American troops are now, as it is to know just where they will be in Germany this summer. Our solders in France need socks more than sweaters, the two garments are seldom being interchangeable.

March 29, 1928

Repairs are being made on the bridge crossing the Belle Fourche River northeast of Vale near the Frank Gammon place. One of the four tube piers was moved about six feet in the recent ice jam causing the overhead trestle to drop several feet. The center piling of the wooden approach at the north end was also washed out. Frankie Gammon Jr. has been hauling hay from the Lee Semmons place, going around by the Tommy Brown Bridge.

The annual meeting of the Commercial Club will be held Wednesday April 14 at 6:00 PM with a dinner served in the Liberty Hall (50 cents per plate). A program of activities which demand the attention for the club will be discussed, including sugar beet industry, cheese factory, dairying, natural gas for area towns and securing right-of-way for trailing livestock through town to the stock yards. The Newell Community Band under the direction of J.C. Brodsky will render music during dinner and everyone is assured of an evening well worth while.

March 31, 1938

Battle planes of the US Army will roar once again over the Black Hills Airport at Spearfish. Col Joe Leedom of Gordon, Nebraska, Army Air Corps made a trip to the airport this week to inspect the field and announced that war maneuvers by the Air Corps and the 4th Cavalry at Ft. Meade would be held June 17-19. Six observation planes, one pursuit plane, one bomber and one attack plane will make up the squadron.

Reports say the annual wild goose migration is started, the big birds evidently resting and waiting warmer weather for the last leg of their flight to breeding grounds in Canada. It is declared to be one of the biggest seen in 22 years. On one 100 acre field, was covered with geese, one couldn’t see a bare spot anywhere.

March 25, 1948

Martin Scott, Frank Palmer, Guy Post and Albert Eickelman, Newell truckers, were among a group of 17 Class B truckers appearing before C.L. Doherty, State PUC in Rapid City Monday testifying at a hearing for increase in commercial truck hauling rates. The application for increases will be announced from Pierre following evaluation of rates gathered. Livestock interests were represented at the hearing.

See the “Palace” house trailer, a home on wheels now on display at Shipley’s Service Thursday and Friday, Monday 25-26. E. M. Moore, Agent in charge.

March 27, 1958

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Sponsorship of a walking blood bank for Nisland has been undertaken by the Nisland Legion Post. According to George Seieroe, Chairman, all residents of the area are asked to cooperate. A representative from Belle Fourche Hospital is sending a qualified man to take blood types at the Legion Hall from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Friday March 28. Refreshments will be served during the day.

Congratulations to Newell High School speech students and coach DeWayne Hayes for doing the unexpected and bringing home a Class “B” trophy. While there isn’t the usual cheering at speech meets and tournaments on which students compete during the year, these students bring a lot of credit to there school while they receive invaluable training in a worthwhile field. Juniors were Karen Noste, Susan Christopherson and Lou Wyant and Sophomores competing were Larry Johnson and Andrew Pokorny.

March 30, 1967

As the volume of production of color TV sets grows, the price is expected to be lower according to Donna A. Spooner, furnishing specialist at SDSU. The use of transistors and integrated circuits is also expected to lower the cost. The most popular are 23” and 25” screen sizes. Further into the future, we may expect sets an inch thickness, wall hanging sets and pocket size measuring 3x4”.

Dean Vetter, Dean’s Garage, Newell, has announced that he is moving his garage to the Amunson building on 3rd St; the building is in the back of the Corner Café next to Lampert Lumber Co. The move will take place over the week end and will be open for business Monday morning.

March 29, 1978

Rich Mullen, Belle Fourche, special drug investigator for Butte County, resigned March 21 effective April 1, which he has held for 28 months to accept a position in the Washington State Drug Assistant Unit at Olympia, Washington. He divulges there is a drug problem in Butte County among Jr. Hi and Hi school age students and even getting down to 5th grade children. It is a big mistake for people to think there is no drug problem in the area, there is.

There will be no Hobby Show this year was the decision at the Spring Council of Extension Clubs held in Newell Thursday. Bad roads, bad weather and sickness prevented holding the annual show. Also busy schedules of participants were factors in deciding to cancel the show for the year. More than 50 people attended the meeting hosted by Jolly Junior Extension Club furnishing morning and afternoon coffee breaks. Luncheon was served by the NVN Senior citizens organization.

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