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September 19th, 2012

Porch is Wright Brothers Master Pilot

Boyd L. Porch, Kadoka, was presented the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), September 8, during a South Dakota Pilots Association (SDPA) meeting in Spearfish.
The FAA honored Porch for 50 accident free years of flying and presented him with a plaque and a blue ribbon package of his accomplishments and records over his flying career. The SDPA presented Porch’s wife, Pat, with a plaque and the FAA presented a pin for her support of him being a pilot.


September 12th

Leila Dithmer

Leila Dithmer, age 92 of Spearfish, S.D., formerly of Wanblee and Kadoka, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center in Spearfish.
Leila Mae Collins was born June 17, 1920, in Mellette County, the daughter of Claude and Minnie (Hennings) Collins. She grew up and received her education in rural schools in Mellette County, graduating from Belvidere High School in 1937. After graduation, Leila attended college at Southern Normal in Springfield, where she earned her teacher’s certificate. She taught school in Mellette County for seven years.


September 10th

Blast from the Past

84 Years Ago
September 13, 1928


September 5th

Fire engulfs Wounded Knee Museum in Wall

Wall Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at the Wounded Knee Museum along with the Philip Volunteer Fire Department and the Wall Ambulance Service.
The Wall Volunteer Fire Department received the page at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, September 2.


Country school teacher on billboard

Theresa Deuchar, instructor at the newly re-opened Deep Creek rural school, is the subject on a billboard approximately one mile south of Fort Pierre along Highway 83.
The billboard campaign by West Central Electric Cooperatives, Inc. began the week of August 20. The preliminary work-up and original photography was actually done in the spring of last school year. Then, Deuchar was one of the instructors at Milesville rural school, but then the Deep Creek rural school was re-opened for this school year. The billboard advertisement is expected to remain up for two years.


Lois J. Schrader Patton

Lois Patton, loving wife, mother, friend, and educator, passed away on August 24, 2012, after a long, courageous battle with esophageal cancer.


Sister Agnes Ann Holzapfel

Sister Agnes Ann Holzapfel, age 96, of Milwaukee, Wisc., formerly of Philip, S.D., died Thursday, August 30, 2012, at her residence in Milwaukee.
Sister Agnes Ann Holzapfel, SSSF, was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, on February 27, 1916, the daughter of William and Anna (Heimbach) Holzapfel. At the age of eight, Sister Agnes emigrated to the United States with her mother and younger sister Annaliese. They settled in Milwaukee for two years before moving to a small farm near Ottumwa, where Sister Agnes attended country school.


Gladys A. Smith

Gladys Smith, age 92 of Quinn, S.D., died Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Gladys Arthene Knodel was born December 22, 1919, at Wall, to Gustave and Lois (Lathrop) Knodel.
She lived in the Peno Basin area and attended elementary school at Big White. She stayed with Lynn and Lucille Lathrop and attended one year of high school at Nolan. In 1934, her parents moved her to a small farm outside Richfield, Idaho, where Gladys finished high school and started college in the area.


August 22nd

James W. “Jim” Gottsleben

James W. “Jim” Gottsleben, age 83 of Philip, S.D., died Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at the Philip Nursing Home.
James William Gottsleben was born April 14, 1929, to William and Helen (Gehan) Gottsleben in Pierre. Jim grew up ranching and lived most of his life on the Gottsleben Ranch, which was homesteaded by his grandparents in 1907.


Eleanor Harkin

Eleanor Harkin, age 93, of Interior, died Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Eleanor Louise Vifquain was born May 9, 1919, in Springview, Neb., the daughter of Elmer V. and Nellie (Kenaston) Vifquain. She grew up on a farm near Springview, and graduated from Keya Paha High School in Springview, in 1937. As a young lady she worked in Alliance, Neb., as a waitress and also worked at St. Agnes Academy.