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July 30th

Jack Gravatt

Jack Gravatt, age 86, of Elm Springs, SD, died July 27, 2009, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall, and one hour preceding the services on Friday.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m.


Myrna O. Coyle

Myrna 0. Coyle, 95, a well known local educator and artist, died July 25, 2009, at The Summit At Westlake Hills Retirement Community in Austin, TX.

Myrna, a long time resident of Rapid City, relocated to Austin, TX, in 2008.

Myrna was born to David and Beulah Carpenter at Fedora, SD, on December 29,1913. She attended both rural and town schools at Fedora graduating from high school there in 1931. She attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion and Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell where she received her South Dakota State Teaching Certificate.


Elva Hindman

Elva Hindman, age 91 of New Underwood, SD, formerly of Wall, died July 27, 2009, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Closed casket visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, at the United Methodist Church in Wall with Pastor Sheri Fadley officiating.

Music will be provided by Dorothy Shearer, pianist, and Ryan Richards, vocalist. Eulogy will be given by Joe Crawford.


Plans for 100-year-old bank building in Midland to be razed in near future

The Bank of Midland as it currently stands. The awnings are gone. It once was a beautiful bank, but now is starting to fall apart.

The Midland bank is to be torn down after over 100 years of serving the local area.  

On December 3, 1906, the Bank of Midland, chartered by the state, opened for business. The bank operated out of a corner of J.C. Russell's merchandise store for the first few weeks until the completion of a wood framed structure was built by Martin Johnson. This was the first lot west of the current bank in Midland. C.L. Millett was the first president, J.C. Russell the first vice president and M.C.


July 23rd

National High School Finals Rodeo includes three Philip cowboys

Tucker McDaniel and Jade Nelson finished in third place in team roping. Placing in the top four earned them each a berth at the national rodeo.

The 2009 National High School Finals Rodeo are being held July 19 through July 25 in Farmington, NM.

Three local cowboys will be competing. Clint Nelson will be in the saddle bronc event, and Jade Nelson and Tucker McDaniel will be in team roping.

Along with required safety seminars, the rodeo queen competition and the National High School Finals Rodeo trade show will be going on throughout the week.


National High School Finals Rodeo includes three Philip cowboys

Clint Nelson earned third place in saddle broncs at the South Dakota High School Rodeo.

The 2009 National High School Finals Rodeo are being held July 19 through July 25 in Farmington, NM.

Three local cowboys will be competing. Clint Nelson will be in the saddle bronc event, and Jade Nelson and Tucker McDaniel will be in team roping.

Along with required safety seminars, the rodeo queen competition and the National High School Finals Rodeo trade show will be going on throughout the week.


Robert Raymond

Robert Raymond, 82 of Ft. Pierre died Monday, July 13, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre

Services were held Friday, July 17, at the First United Methodist Church with burial in Scotty Philip Cemetery, Ft. Pierre.

Robert Russell Raymond "Rainbow" was born on August 7, 1926, to Casmir and Agnes (Helgerson) Raymond in Geddes, SD.

Bob married Mildred (Millie) Tatum on December 16, 1948, in Lake Andes, SD. They lived in Lake Andes where Bob worked on the Ft. Randall Dam. In December of 1950, Bob joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Riley.


Kathleen "Kay" Naescher

Kathleen "Kay" Naescher, age 81 of Wall, SD, died July 14, 2009, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, July 17, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Music was provided by Marianne Frein. Lector was Lloyd Frein. Altar servers were Monica and Katy Bielmaier.

Ushers were Dave Curtis and Charles Deutscher. Pallbearers were Brian, Darin, Gregory, Chris, Gary and Justin Naescher, Steve and Katie Cozine and Shonna Riggs.


Wilma Lynch

Wilma Lynch, age 81 of Quinn, SD, died July 17, 2009, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 20, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall with Reverend Curtis Garland officiating.

Music was provided by Rhonda Mettler, organist. Ushers were Dick Johnson and Darwin Haerer.


Prairie Homestead celebrates 100 years July 28

It all started in 1909 when Edgar and Alice Brown moved from Pierce, NE, to the Badlands and filed a claim for a homestead.

They lived on their claim for 18 months, and through the Homestead Act, paid 50 cents an acre and received a patent on the 160 acres. The Brown's built a sod house before the winter would set in, this is now known as the Prairie Homestead.

In 1910, Ed and Lucy Crew and their son Leslie, homesteaded next to Edgar and Alice Brown, as well as many others who homesteaded in the area.

Edgar Brown passed away at the sod house in April, 1920.