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Dec. 11, 1907

The first storm of the winter struck us last Saturday afternoon and until a late hour at night. The wind and snow was pretty furious and everything looked as though it was going to be a genuine blizzard. Monday the clouds broke away and yesterday the fine weather was again with us.

E.H. Ely and wife were in Vale Monday from their ranch near the Government Townsite.

Dec. 13, 1917

Jas Shevling has accepted a position with the Newell Garage and on Tuesday moved with his family and household effects from Nisland. They are located in the Christian building.

From all over the state comes news of belated trains due to the cold weather and deep snows. Locally, the trains which were getting later and later, were abandoned altogether on Sunday, but on Monday we had a small batch of eastern mail. We are scheduled for another blizzard today and we are already getting part of it as a sampler.

Dec. 15, 1927

Work on Rushmore Mountain was suspended last week, owing to the cold weather. Thus far this winter the great national memorial has progressed rapidly and a tremendous amount of rock has been removed in the carving of the gigantic head of Washington. A greater part of the rock crew has been laid off, for the present.

The wool buyers got busy all at once last week and started contracting for next year’s crop. They are offering as high as 35 cents for better grades and are paying $11 per head down. M.E. Hafner has contracted for several individual clips this week.

Dec. 16, 1937

All CCC applications for January enrollment must be submitted by December 24, was announced at the Butte County Welfare office following announcement to that effect recorded from Pierre. Only one week is left for young men between the ages of 17 to 25 to take advantage this opportunity.

A letter to this office from Toivo W. Ranta, NHS Alumni brings word that he has been transferred to Washington, D.C. Mr. Ranta, SD Mines graduate, is employed in the Geological Service and has been headquartered at Sacramento, Calif for some time past.

Dec. 11, 1947

“Beware of anti freeze, preparations of unknown compositions,” is the warning to motorist from the State Chemical Laboratories at the State University, Vermillion. Shortages of tried and safe chemicals for use in protecting motors against freezing damage has caused an influx of fake preparations bearing untruthful labels and made up of chemicals which can do great damage to cooling systems and the entire engine.

Chas Lowell this week opened a general radio and electrical repair shop on Main St., having purchased the radio repair business and equipment from Morris Hafner. The shop will be known as “The Electrical Repair Shop,” located in the Wall Building formerly the Newell Off-sale liquor store.

Dec. 12, 1957

During the past week the children in the rural schools of Butte County have collected used clothing for the Christian Children’s Fund with a total of 25 bags of good used clothing to be shipped this week, Butte County Superintendent Naomi Spaulding reports. The clothing will be used to help orphan and neglected children in the US and other countries. The children were anxious to do their bit in assisting in the clothing collection.

In the only Northern Division Little Ten Conference game of the week, Vale defeated Buffalo 31-29 on the Ranger court Tuesday night. The count was 7 to 7 at the 1st period and in the 2nd Buffalo went ahead 18-13, however, Vale came back to take the game. Ed Keil was high scorer for Vale with 13, while Dennis Catron was high scorer for the losers with 14.

Dec. 14, 1977

Last week, personnel of the State Department of Environmental Protection and Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District posted warning signs along Whitewood Creek from Pluma to its confluence with the Belle Fourche River 3 miles west of Vale. This is to warn people that raw sewage from Lead and Deadwood will still be in the stream posing potential health hazards. Homestake Mine Co. stopped discharging tailings into the creek December 2 when its Grizzly Gulch impoundment dam and slurry pumping plant became operational.

Dec. 16, 1987

Students in Newell and Nisland Elementary schools are participating in legislation for SD state fossil. Ballots will be turned into East Elementary School Spearfish where they will be compiled. The fossils on the ballot were: Cycad (looks like a palm tree); Titanothere (related to modern rhinoceros); Mosasarus (a large swimming reptile); Ammonite (shellfish related to today’s nautilus) and Triceratops (a 3-horned plant eating true dinosaur). The triceratops won here by a landslide, kindergarten through 6th grade participated in the event. Representative Jim Hood, Spearfish, who is the legislative sponsor of the bill, asking students’ choice, be declared the official state fossil.

Game Fish & Parks officials are reminding hunters and fishermen that 1987 license expire December 31. Ron Catlin, law enforcement specialist, suggests that those residents who both hunt and fish can purchase a Sportsman’s License, in one package, which includes all stamps for general hunting, small game hunting and waterfowl hunting, for the first time for only $27.

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