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Butte County homesteader Sam Bober of Newell displays the medallion he received from the Farm Credit (Federal Land Bank) for outstanding work in 1967. It was given by President Lyndon Johnson.

May 14, 1908

Road Supervisors Wilson and Langdon are fixing the dam at the Vale Township line in Cottonwood Creek. This fill has gradually worn down until it is hardly safe for a team to cross and with a little rain would become very dangerous.

Two land contests were tried before US Commissioner Behrens Monday, Oscar Roseander vs Wm E. Low and George W. Lykes vs Levi D. Reed; the former case ex parte. The latter contested. T. S. Overpeck Attorney from Belle Fourche, appearing for the contestants in both cases.

May 16, 1918

Work in the excavation for the new First State Bank building has been started and will be carried on stimulatingly with the Brattons Mercantile building, as the same contractors; P.A. Swenson & Co, have charge of both buildings.

National Memorial Day, May 30, has been designated by President Wilson in a proclamation, as a day of public humiliation, prayers and fasting. The people of the nation are asked to gather that day in a place of worship and pray for a victory for the American armies which will bring about a peace founded upon mercy, justice and good will.

May 17, 1928

High School graduation exercises will be held at 8:00 this Friday evening in the High School Auditorium. G A. Fry of Belle Fourche will deliver the lecture and there will also be singers from Belle Fourche. Those to receive diplomas are Ruth Kingsbury, Bert Moorhead, Murell Palmer, Russell Sampson and Agnes Oster is the first class to graduate from Vale High School.

Secretary R.L. Bronson, of the Tri-State Round-up and Belle Fourche Community Club received in telegram information that Mabel Strickland, champion girl roper and rider together with Sam Garrett and Fred Hunt are planning to come to Belle Fourche two weeks prior to the annual round-up this year. Miss Strickland is planning to bring two relay strings composed of the best riding talent in the world, who will take part in a movie.

May 19, 1938

A warning is issued by city officials that the practice of dumping ashes and rubbish in the alleys and must be stopped. Any further violations of the Ordinance with respect to such practice will result in fines.

Huge signs on the roofs of various business houses in the area served by Black Hills airports will be painted soon for the purpose of encouraging air commercial and private flying. The work is a government WPA project. The signs will show the name of each town, together with an arrow indicating the direction and distance of the airport. Informational signs known to fliers also will be painted on the roof.

May 13, 1948

Jean Mitchell, Rapid City radio commentator will be the principal speaker of the last meeting of the PTA for the current school year here next Wednesday evening. The meeting will be held at 8:00 PM at the High School auditorium and refreshments will be served at the close of the session. Mrs. R. D. Long is chairman of the organization for the 1947-48 school term.

Much has been written and is being heard these days of the proposed repeal of the federal tax on oleo margarine, which has passed the House and now certain to pass by the Senate. The 10 cents tax per pound is on the yellow colored oleo. The existing tax has only the purpose to prevent colored oleo to be sold as butter. People who buy white oleo do not pay this tax.

May 15, 1958

The SD Game, Fish & Parks Commission has decided not to make any experimental elk plantings in the Slim Buttes area in Harding County the thought was to see if a small herd would be compatible with agriculture. Ranchers from the vicinity of the Slim Buttes and Custer National Forest where the elk were to be planted presented a petition requesting that the plans not be made. The Department of G.F. & P was happy too comply with wishes of the landowners.

Usual public graduation exercises held by the Newell School for students completing the 6th grade have been cancelled for this year; it was announced by Superintendent G.W. Austin. Due to much illness among students, he advised, a brief program was scheduled instead yesterday afternoon.

May 18, 1967

The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are now gathering donated flags for graves at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Leave the flags at Mrs. Elsie Youngberg’s home. The VFW Auxiliary will be selling poppies in Newell on Saturday, May 30. Please give generously.

Sam Bober, Newell seed man, received one of a limited edition of the Federal Land Bank golden anniversary medallions last Thursday evening at a banquet of Land Bank officials and farm leaders at the State Game Lodge in Custer State Park. Bober homesteaded in Butte County in 1915. He helped organize pasture and livestock experimental work at the US Experiment Field Station near Newell.

May 17, 1978

A high speed chase over a graveled road between Belle Fourche and Nisland Tuesday morning ended in the middle of an alfalfa field belonging to Thornton Vallery 2½ miles southwest of Nisland. A chase started in the High School parking lot at Belle Fourche when spectators complained to the police department that a Pontiac car was doing “cookies” in the parking lot. When Officer Steiben arrived, the car fled, taking off east on the Snoma or Crooked Oaks Road. One mile east of the old Hillside School, the car turned north, but going too fast to make the turn and wound up in the Vallery farmyard and also a dead end. With the police close behind, the fugitive car skidded around the farmyard a few times, and then took off through a soft alfalfa field. By that time neighbors arrive and blocked the attempted get-away. The perpetrator was handcuffed and taken away and charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence, attempting to elude an officer and resisting arrest.

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