Blast from the Past

85 Years Ago - January 2. 1927

Philip Bakery changes hands ... A deal was closed the first of the year whereby Vern D. Williams became the owner of the Philip Bakery. R.J. Henderson who for the past three years has owned and operated the business will open a drug store in the building formerly occupied by the Pioneer Pharmacy.

Elbon Locals ... Earl Brooks installed a Model 35 Atwater Kent radio at the Steen Kjose home one evening last week.

John Breemes, Nels Morse and the Fairchild boys took down the telephone line from the John Breemes place to Elbon last week. A switch onto the high line is installed at the Breemes place now. The patrons of that line believe in this change they will receive more satisfactory service at a lower cost.

Local News ... The interior of the Variety Store is undergoing several alternations this week. New shelves are being built and several changes which will add to the convenience and appearance of the store are being made.

On Tuesday at Philip occurred the marriage of Jess Anderson and Mrs. Viola Stinson.

Vital statistics for Haakon County for the year ending December 1926, number of births 69, number of deaths 19.

The stork paid visits to two homes on Thursday and Friday of last week leaving a son on December 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Folsom and a son on December 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Thorvald Thorson.

75 Years Ago - January 2, 1936

Business of Dan Cupid improved in Haakon County during 1935 over the preceding year. Records in the office of A.S. Anderson, clerk of courts, show there were 40 marriage licenses issued during the last 12 months. The average age of men who secured licenses was slightly under 29 and the average age of the women was 24.

The annual banquet of the Philip High School Alumni Association was held in the basement of the Masonic Temple Monday evening, December 30. The feature entertainment of the evening, was given between courses of the dinner, was the Skunk Hollow School program, a burlesque of a country school program of years ago. Ted Lamb was the teacher who ruled with a heavy hand and was even prepared to enforce discipline among unruly pupils with a shotgun. Pupils who gave recitations or sang were: Everlyn Haberly, Clara Robbins, Carl Berry, Fern Johnson, Margery Brown, Mae Schimke, Bessie Whitney, Helen Smith, James Jones, Clair Severin and Dale Burgum.

The WNAX filling station was broken into some time Sunday night and burglarized of about $10 worth of merchandise. Entrance was gained by breaking the west window of the building. Articles taken included a car battery, a few boxes of candy, several pairs of gloves, half a carton of oil, and two cans of grease. The grease was found in the alley back of the station Monday.

Geo. Mesick, proprietor of the station, discovered the break in when he opened up the station Monday morning.

The same night an unusual theft occurred at the Marquardt garage. The windshield was stolen out of the wrecker, which was parked across the street from the garage.

Jim Daniel also reported the theft of a manometer from his car Sunday night.


The marriage of Miss Mabel Ferguson and Ray Pellet took place at Denver, Colorado, Friday afternoon, December 27. The bride has been conducting a successful practice of her profession of chiropractor for the past eight years.

Midland News ... Mrs. Archie Joy and baby girl returned home from the hospital at Pierre last Tuesday.

Powell News ... Father O'Dowd was a dinner guest at the Virgil Colvin home on the evening of December 18. About eight o'clock he was very surprised when a number of friends gathered to spend the evening as a farewell entertainment. Cards were played with Mrs. F.J. O'Connor and Sherman Walker winning high prize and Mr. and Mrs. Spilde, low. Lunch was served by the ladies. Father O'Dowd left for Lead Thursday where he has been transferred and Father Sweeney has taken his place.

Phyllis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Aske, and George Oldenburg were married last Friday.

Grindstone News ... Skating is becoming popular this winter. Many of the young people are ordering new shoe skates, others are digging out old skates that have not been used for years. Joe Rausch has a long, old pair of Norwegian skates handmade by Mr. Sether many years ago. Jean Westbrook is the champion skater. A former skating instructor, he seems to have been born with skates just as birds are born with wings and fish with fins. Among young people interested in the sport are the Penzeins, Knutsons, Eides, Rausches, Palmers, the Percy girls, Milton Hovey, the Slovek girls, Leonard Thorson, Billy Reynick, Ray Knutson, Orville Kirsteen, and probably others we have missed.

Red Owl advertised 10 pounds of sugar for 61¢.

50 Years Ago - January 5, 1961

Engaged ... Mrs. Marjorie Neumann of Philip, announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Virginia M. to John T. Prouty, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Prouty of Alexandria, S.D.

Wedding ... Miss JoAnne Arends, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Arends of Philip became the bride of Jerome Lloyd Stilwell of Kadoka at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip Thursday, December 29, 1960. A reception took place immediately following the ceremony in the church basement.

Local News ... Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Buhman entertained on Sunday evening in honor of their son, Ervin, who is home on leave from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Newman and Debbie, Paul Newman and LuAnn Knutson. Ervin returned to camp on Monday.

Betwixt News ... Palmer Pearson and Kathy went to Quinn Monday to bring home Dorothy and their new baby daughter, Paula Ann.