Blast from the Past

85 Years Ago

November 17, 1927

Miss Opal Root, who conducted classes and gave private instruction in voice and piano here last winter, has returned from Chicago where she studied under the direction of Professor Witherspoon and is again prepared to accept students. Miss Root has had three and one-half years of study at Yankton College in voice and piano and further fitted herself for this work by taking a course under Professor Witherspoon.

Local News ... Dr. Ramsey was called to the Solan Brooks home Tuesday to see Mr. Brooks, who is confined to his home suffering from vegetable poisoning.

75 Years Ago

November 19, 1936

Ten thousand pounds of dressed turkeys - more than 1,000 birds - hanging on racks that almost filled half of a large room. That is what could be seen in the old planning mill building east of the Unicorn creamery over the weekend.


Wm. Steen has been appointed manager of the local Peter Mintener Lumber yard, succeeding H.G. Morrissey, who resigned to accept a similar position in the lumber yard at Wood.


Miss June Brekke of Sioux Falls became the bride of Owen Newman of Natchez, Louisiana.


The WPA crew working on the new city well have it down about 24 feet and well into the shale underlying the waterbearing gravel. Water is said to be running into the well at the rate of about 45 gallons per minute.

North Fork News ... Gravel was found on the Babcock place and a pit was opened last week. A barn was built and a well dug and the gravel trucks were to report for work Monday morning.

Fairview Headlights ... One day last week, Mrs. Henry Searls heard the children making a fuss out in the yard. She went to see what the trouble was and found a snake out sunning itself.

The Fairview children had a peanut shower on Mary Pavlas one day last week. it being her eighth birthday.

Milesville News ... Mr. and Mrs. B.T. Haley received word that they have a new granddaughter named Barbara Ellen Mehrhof.

Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Tavernier had their baby baptized Sunday. They named the young man Terrence Charles.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Berry of Philip are the proud parents of a baby girl.

Butte View News ... A large group of neighbors and friends gathered at the Ray Smith home Saturday evening to help them celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary which was November 10.

Elbon Chaff ... Owing to muddy roads there were only a few at the card party at O'Deas.

Mr. and Mrs. Emil Baye and Joe Rausch attended the party at O'Deas Saturday night.

Mrs. Rausch and Joe spent Sunday at Bayes.

Kingsbury Hardware ... Heavy duty radio batteries, $1.37; gold seal rugs congoleum 9x12 $6.98 9x10-1/2 $5.98; Aladdin mantle lamps $4.25; No. 2 lamp chimneys 9¢; 21" galv. wash tub 73¢.

For coal hauling and draying call Ray Coyle - truck at Peter Minterer Lumber Yard when idle.

Local Briefs ... Two Philip young people and two from Kadoka sustained minor injuries Sunday night when the car in which they were riding crashed into the cement abutment of a culvert between Philip and Kadoka. Lucille VanEpps suffer a badly sprained ankle, sprained finger and cuts and bruises. Harriet Hopkins sustained a gash on her forehead that required several stitches by the doctor to close. Walter Brown of Kadoka received a cut on the knee and bruises, and Don Brugman, also of Kadoka, escaped with only a severe shakeup.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Berry on Friday, November 18.

Midland News ... Showing at the Midland Theatre - The Dionne Quintuplets.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Nemec are the proud parents of a baby girl born at the St. Mary's hospital in Pierre on Wednesday, November 11.

Grindstone News ... The small son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Knutson has been named Dale Gordon.

50 Years Ago

November 16, 1961

Robert (Stub) Votroubek, 22, Rapid City draftsman whose parents live at Quinn, was one of the two men killed early last Saturday morning when the car in which he was a passenger, rolled over coming down Skyline Drive there. Votroubeck was a former employee at Dorothy Bros. in Philip, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Votroubek.


A large crowd was on hand last Friday night at the Philip City Auditorium to help school students stage a very successful carnival. All booths, displays and games were well attended.

Miss Dorothy Kay Paulson and Marshall Carr, both high school seniors were selected as the royal couple to reign over the event.


It is not generally known that Grindstone was the first post office established in what is now Haakon County. The post office was started in the home of Mr. Solomon S. Shoun, on March 31, 1890. The post office building stood near the Deadwood Trail. The house was built of Black Hills lumber about the year 1883, by Mr. Shoun. There were very few white settlers here at that time. Among the first patrons were the Shoun family, the Carstensen family, Joe Ladgin and the Thorson family. The first mail carrier was Bill Brown, who brought the mail out from Fort Pierre by way of Bad River and Grindstone Creek, twice a week. It took two days to make the trip out from Fort Pierre to Grindstone with a buckboard drawn by two broncs. Mr. Brown received $735.00 a year for carrying the mail. Mr. Shoun received $1.70 as pay for being postmaster the first year. By 1895 his pay had been increased to $28.85.

Milesville News ... The George Fitzgeralds went to Pierre Tuesday and then on to Gettysburg to see the bomb shelter that is in the process of being made there.

Old Trail News ... Shirley McDaniel had a birthday party for Bill's fourth birthday on Friday. Lillian DeKnikker and children, Bea Williams and Sandra and Beverly McDaniel and children were guests.

25 Years Ago

November 20, 1986

Christy Kennedy was chosen Philip's 1987 Junior Miss.


Three Philip students, Mike Parsons (humorous reading, "Mutiny on the Sea Puss"), Todd Fischer and Shane Daniel (duet memorized interpretation of Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First"), advance on to state in declam. Mr. David Zirpel was justifiably proud.