February 27, 1908
The largest crowd that has been in Vale for many moons was there Saturday night at the MWA Hall to attend the masquerade dance. The people came from Bixby, Spearfish, Lead, Sturgis and other points.
Harley Shevling was down from Belle Fourche Thursday and Friday of last week. He was accompanied by G.O. Newcomb, representative of Iowa Hog & Cattle Powder Company of So Omaha. Mr. Newcomb’s visit was to introduce his company’s sheep and cattle dip and succeeded in placing several barrels in this community.
February 28, 1918
Word comes from Hoover that the enterprising citizens of that section have started the erection of a community hall. The building operations are under the direction of H. Devereaux and we understand that $700 has already been raised for the project.
General Pershing states the hardest thing he has contended with among American troops in France is homesicknesses. All are urged to write to the soldier boys who have gone across, thus letting them know that we at home are thinking of them, that they are fighting for ones who are at home and that the sacrifice they are making is appreciated.
March 1, 1928
Fire destroyed the 2-story wood school house of unknown origin at midnight last night completely destroying the Nisland High School building, entailing a loss to the town and school district that can scarcely be computed in dollars and cents. On account of a favorably wind, the teacher’s cottage in near proximity to the school house was saved from destruction. The loss to the building, built in 1912 and contents is estimated at $18,000.
A meeting was held in Vale Monday evening and a Vale Volunteer Fire Department was organized. W.J. Dawson, state fire inspector, Sturgis and Ralph Root, representative for American LaFrance Fire Engine Company were present. Officers were elected; Chief Nels Kingsbury, Assistant Chief Earl Palmer, Secretary George Stoddard and Treasurer Fred Brunger. Twenty four prospective members signed up.
March 3, 1938
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Martin and Mr. & Mrs. Don Sherbon went down to Dalton Park, west of Piedmont Sunday to watch the ski riders perform. On the return trip they viewed the new Bear Butte lake project.
Mrs. Mollie Eide, who was taken to the County Poor Farm after her shack burned recently, was taken last Friday to Vale where Mrs. Greers is caring for her.
February 26, 1948
A rigging crew from Casper, Wyo, started work Tuesday morning erecting the rig and derrick which will be used by the Wm Seyler Co in making a deep oil test on the Carl A. Anderson ranch 6 miles southeast of Newell. Ed L. Jones, Seyler representative, announced that the crew should be completed in 4 or 5 days pending favorable weather and that drill pipe and other materials should arrive by the time they are finished.
Scoutmaster Bill Taft announced the Newell Boy Scouts will make a paper drive in Newell this Saturday as a money-raising project. The troop will stop and ask every house for paper, no scrap paper is wanted only newspaper, magazines and catalogs would be appreciated.
February 27, 1958
Erny Lyons has sold his dray and warehouse business in Newell to Donald Wahlfeldt, Twilight area young man. The sale was effective Monday of this week; Lyons would have been in the dray business 20 years this April. Wahlfeldt is well know in this area and experienced in the trucking business, having been employed by Barber Transportation Company at Sturgis. Mr. & Mrs. Lyons were former Harding County ranchers and their future plans are indefinite.
SD truckers were warned this week by the Maintenance Engineer of the Dept of Transportation that state highways will be posted for load limits between March 3 and April 30. It is pointed out that the alternate thawing and freezing conditions throughout the winter will create hazards on state highways during spring break-up period.
March 2, 1967
Circuit Judge Clarence Cooper last week reversed and nullified the actions of the Butte County Board of Education in allowing nine portions of the Vale Independent School District to be transferred to the Newell District. Judge Cooper, in submitting his decision, declared that the board “abused their discretion and acted arbitrarily in granting boundary changes detaching 30% to the assessed valuation which would result in substantial detriment, probably amounting to a catastrophe to the Vale District.”
Butte County Agent Kenneth Leslie went to school for a one-day computer course at the School of Mines, Rapid City. He didn’t pass the course, but it sure was interesting. Using a computer accurately will cut down on a lot of work, these machines are being used in Beef Performance Program and that is not a “bull story”.
March 1, 1978
Dale Knutson was chosen as Mr. Irresistible and Vickie Kron as FFA Sweetheart at the annual FFA-FHA Sweetheart Ball at Newell School lunchroom Saturday evening bringing a close to the week-long National FFA Week. Other candidates were Mr. Irresistible; Bill Roadifer and Larry VanSickle and FFA Sweetheart Cindy Milberg and Denise Lindenberg. The Mountaineers, Whitewood, played for the dance. Decorations were in a Valentine theme. Advisors for FFA (Future Farmers) are Russ Meduski and FHA (Future Homemakers) Carolyn Hendricks.
We have had some relief from the blizzard conditions the past week. Temperatures are warmer but the winds continue to blow and drift the highways shut. Hills Material Co crew of Rapid City is employed by Harding County to open roads. In Butte County and the state, the National Guard keep constantly busy opening side roads to assist ranchers to open trails to haystacks and feed. Schools are still not running.