Jan. 9, 1908

A man giving his name as James Wilson dropped into town last week and with a package of old magazines began canvassing for subscriptions. He had more or less successes in various parts of town; a receipt book in his possession showed he had secured around $1,000 from towns in the Hills, for which he never intended to give return whatever. Out of this amount he had $745 left, which he had spent for booze and cocaine.

George Shipley was pretty busy Saturday and Monday, circulating a petition for the organization of the Vale Township into a Civil Township. George met with good success.

Jan. 10, 1918

Postmaster Rogers reports a very active sale of War Savings Stamps and Thrift Stamps at the local Post Office. It will not be long until local banks will have a supply of Thrift Stamps and Baby Bonds on sale also.

Axel Peterson arrived on the 2nd to look after his farm southwest of town and departed the 5th. Axel has been employed at the Indian School at Rapid City for six months past. Olaf Carlson will continue to handle his farm chores.

Jan. 12, 1928

It is reported England & England, contractors who are building Highway 79 from Sturgis to Newell, are on the job when weather permits. They are making Sturgis their headquarters where they have gone into camp for the winter, but every day the big rock blasts on Sly Hill acclaim their activity. This will be one of the most important highways in the state when completed.

A kidnapped 5-year-old boy from Brooklyn, N.Y. may possibly be the adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Reine Tetrault, 12 miles northwest of Newell, they admitted Tuesday. Mr. Tetrault came into possession of the boy when he met a strange woman in a Sturgis Hotel just last fall and the only possession the boy carried with him was a toy airplane with Roger Paul Gaffney scratched on it; however the name Gaffney was partially removed. Photos of the boy will be sent to the Brooklyn, New York Police Department.

Jan. 13, 1938

Police Chief Costello, Deadwood, issued a warning Saturday to all local merchants in the Black Hills to be on the lookout for counterfeit silver dollars. One of the coins turned up at a local place of business. It is difficult to distinguish the counterfeit pieces, although they are a bit higher on weight than the genuine.

The high wind Monday night played havoc with the building now locally known as “Palace of Arts,” and being used as a workshop by the WPA crew on the sanitation project. The entire front of the structure was torn off and laid out in the street. At any rate, it gives the workmen something more to do. The building belongs to the county.

Jan. 8, 1948

Miss Esther Martin, NHS graduate of 1946 and stenographer at Butte Electric Association, was named this week as Newell’s Candidate for queen in the Second Annual Ski Carnival to be held by the Bald Mountain Ski Club, Jan. 11. Highlight to be held at the Stewart Slide on Terry Peak, will be the coronation of a “Ski Meet Queen,” with all cities expected to name entries. The slide is reported in excellent conditions.

Authorizations for appointment of four hide and brand inspectors in Butte County, were granted at the session of the County Commission in Belle Fourche. The sheriff will name the special inspectors in each town in the county and to be paid 10 cents per hide inspected by law.

Jan. 9, 1958

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Mr. and Mrs. Bub Jacobsen and sons spent an evening last week at the Carriers' home near Castle Rock, enjoying Roderick’s hi-fi set and his own transcriptions.

With chief interest centering on the proposed Newell Lake, what is believed the largest attendance in history at the regular meeting of the Newell Community Club meeting held in the Fellowship Room of the Congregational Church, State Game, Fish & Parks director Tom Schrader described the site of the proposed lake as “good” to “excellent.” Biologists will make a study of the water and possible silting condition at the site. Estimated cost of the construction could be $120,000.

Jan. 12, 1967

Carolyn Wilson, Newell, was a recent visitor of Radio Free Europe headquarters in Munich, Germany. While there she watched actual program transmission, being sent across the Iron Curtain. Radio Free Europe, a privately sponsored American network, broadcasting daily in the native languages of the countries behind the Iron Curtain. Miss Wilson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wilson, graduate of NHS and BHTC. She is teaching at a U.S. Army Base in Germany.

Jan. 11, 1978

Butte County Sheriff Joe Smith reported the recovery of three chainsaws that were taken in a break-in of Northside Implement, Belle Fourche, in October 1976. A search warrant was obtained for a residence in Nisland where two chainsaws and a dead bald eagle were found. Assisting in the search were Game Warden Harry Haivala and members of the Highway Patrol. A 35-year-old Nisland man has been charged with grand larceny and has been released on a $1,000 bond.

Fifteen tons of loose hay burned up the night of Jan. 3 when hay, brushing against the exhaust pipe, caught fire while the truck and stack mover were on transit through Newell. Passersby notice burning hay clumps dropping as the vehicle moved up the street. An outfit owned by Ernest Persche and driven by Dick Schulze managed to get the haystack over to a snow-filled vacant lot where he unloaded it on a snow bank. No damage was done to the truck or stack mover. The Newell Fire Department answered the call and remained on the scene until well after dark. The haystack burned all night and was still smoldering the next morning.

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