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April 30, 1908

Dr. F.E. Townsend came in from his ranch near Horse Creek, where he has had been located for the past two months. He has 180 acres of ground plowed and is ready to commence putting in his crop of corn, oats, potatoes, etc. The Doctor is a typical looking farmer, has a good healthy tan on his face and says the ranch life is the one for him.

While attempting to cross the Belleview Bridge with a bunch of cattle Saturday morning, James Cushing and Wm. Henderson met with an accident that may cause them considerable loss, but luckily they got off with only a scare. When fifty head of cattle were on the bridge when it gave way in the center, pitching the livestock into the river, but none injured, they all swam to shore. Mr. Cushing was on the bridge, quickly wheeled his horse off before the final crash.

May 2, 1918

There will be a meeting at 7:30 on Wednesday evening at the Theatorium for the purpose of organizing a Boy Scout Troop. Boys between the ages of 12 and 16 are eligible and up to 18 if they have been previously registered.

Senator L.H. Dunn and the state Veterinarian who were on their way to investigate the diseases among Mr. Dixon’s cattle were stranded at the Muddy Elm and had to have their car hauled to Newell.

May 3, 1928

A notice comes in from Frank Doud; that there will be no public shearing in his pens at Station Elm, this season. Will be strictly enforced and no exceptions.

Approximately three million brook, locklaven and rainbow (trout) fingerlings are now ready for shipment at the Spearfish station of the US Bureau of Fisheries. Many of this number will be shipped to be planted in streams and pools throughout the Black Hills, Superintendent Booth, who is in charge of the hatchery, is co-operating with organizations and individuals in the care of the fingerlings when they are removed from the station to the streams.

May 5, 1928

F.C. Youngblutt of the local Reclamation Project announced the reservoir now holds 105,000 acre feet or half full, nearly all of which came from Redwater streams. Irrigators will be allotted 10 inches per acre at the usual necessary charges. Starting next week, those wanting water should pay the charges and notify the ditch rider in the usual way.

Passenger service in the Wyo-Air Service was formally inaugurated at Spearfish yesterday. It will now be possible for persons desiring to travel by air to leave in the east-bound liner from Spearfish 1:30 PM or in the west-bound at 1:45 PM.

April 29, 1948

S/Sgt. Luverne Aldrich, of Sturgis and Lieutenant W. Van Atten of East Orange, New Jersey, members of the 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment in Trieste, Italy took part in a “rugged training” on horseback, with a jump through the “burning hoop” during allied field day. Tito’s Yugoslav horsemen have nothing on the skill and reckless daring of American riders.

Russell Jonas, President of Black Hills Teachers College, Spearfish, will deliver the commencement address at the graduation exercises of Newell High School, May 10, Supt G.W. Austin announced this week. Austin also revealed that Joyce Michelson will be Valedictorian speaker and Betty Cunningham, Salutatorian at the commencement at 8:00 PM at the high school auditorium and diplomas to the graduating class will presented by School Board President H.L. Cunningham.

May 1, 1958

The park season in South Dakota will officially open May 15, according to an announcement by State Forester Walter Fillmore of the Dept of Game, Fish & Parks. The official season will run through September 30 in the 10 state parks, 12 recreation areas, 5 reserve areas and 44 roadside parks.

The perfect gift for Mothers Day would be a step-saving extension phone in a choice of colors. It’s beautiful and practical and can be installed where mother wants. The monthly extension service charge billed to you or a gaily gift wrapped all ready for installation, with accompanying gift card. Call your Northwestern Bell Telephone Co today.

May 4, 1967

Military veteran Douglas Keil, Nisland, was an honorary member of the Montagnard tribe from the mountainous region of Vietnam, and who refused the Purple Heart award, is enrolled in BHSC. Keil, a freshman, was presented a bronze bracelet after being initiated by the Du Cho villagers. During his tour of duty, Keil was wounded in a Viet Cong punji pit booby trap and the stakes went into both arms. He was an infantry radio repairman with 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, also referred to as “Big Red One”. Keil refused the Purple Heart award, under the impression that the Purple Heart was given to soldiers seriously wounded.

May 3, 1978

Gene DeWeese, Nisland, is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of his 5-year old black cow that was shot and killed about April 21. Also that evening, a green and white 1970 Ford pickup was stolen from the James Mickelson farm 2 ½ miles east of Nisland. The truck carried a 165 gallon gas tank. The pickup was found in Sturgis.

Chester Jenks Estate sale, SW of Vale, Saturday was held in spite of Friday’s 1½ inch rain and a dense fog, but the crowd came clad in rain coats and boots. The Vale Community Club served lunch, selling out everything except coffee by early afternoon. Most of the heavy machinery had to be hauled through the mud and water by tractors.

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