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Blast from the Past

84 Years Ago
September 13, 1928
Showing of oil was discovered at Standing Butte. The circumstances are these. The well has been idle for a year on the account of funds. The cap was taken off the well one day last week and baling commenced to rid the well of accumulated water. The bales brought up from a depth of seventy-five feet, as we understand, what was thought to be crude oil. The oil was sent to the state chemist at Vermillion and he made a report by telegram that the sample classified the product with that found in Louisiana, a high grade oil that commands a premium of seventy-five cents per barrel at the present time.
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Last week, Sheriff John Curington journeyed to the northern part of the county, uncovered a quantity of intoxicating liquors, a still and other products in the course of manufacture. He brought to town with him, Julius Tavernier, who resides about five miles northeast of Mileville, and on arrival a liquor charge was placed against Tavernier by the state’s attorney.
Grindstone News … Mr. and Mrs. Fay Coleman, Mrs. Coleman and a sister and a niece of Mrs. Coleman attended the Alfalfa Palace in Rapid City.
Mrs. Palmer took twenty-one prizes at the fair this fall. That would be an excellent record at any time, but is simply astonishing when it is remembered that Palmers were hailed out this summer, which would, of course greatly diminished their chances for exhibits. Cecil also took several prizes.
Local News … Mrs. Myrtle Church, chief operator of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company here, is in Rapid City this week attending the special instruction school offered telephone employees of this district.
Mrs. Alice Dawson is clerking at the R.M. Williams store during the absence of Mrs. Farnsworth.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Wood at the Einan hospital on September 6. The little one lived but a very short time.
Clarence Van Elsbark, Midland, and Tressa Young, Murdo, were united in marriage by Justice W.L. Church on Sunday, September 9.
75 Years Ago
September 9, 1937
This week saw the opening of all remaining rural schools in Haakon County, making a total of 51 in operation.
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A slow all-day drizzle Saturday, September 4, brought the immediate vicinity of Philip its first moisture since July 27. It likewise brought what promises to be permanent heat relief for the present season.
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Mike Brady, charged with grand larceny in connection with the theft of some wheat, was bound over to the circuit court after a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning. Brady was released under $2,000 bond.
Betwixt Places … Mr. and Mrs. Guy Morrison and Clark and Mrs. Freda Morrison Cole journeyed to Ash Creek last Sunday. Mrs. Morrison started to teach there Monday morning.
Elbon Chaff … Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Reedy, John, Bernice, Pattie and Barbara attended church at Top Bar and ate fried chicken at Harry Harts. They all went to Rundells and got some garden produce.
Grindstone News … Fred Ochsner, who lived on the place now occupied by Hank Sieler before moving to Isabel, was trampled to death by a team a week or so ago.
Local Briefs … Rev. Thomas Carroll returned last Thursday to resume his duties as priest of the Philip Catholic church after a trip to New York. Hugh Walsh and Bernard Fennell accompanied him on his trip.
The Brainard Poste family has moved to Philip in order that the children may attend high school. They are occupying the Minnie Neiderworder house.
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. O’Reilly, who live near the old Elbon post office north of town, plan to move in to Philip in the near future. Their six children are now attending school here. Frances, Marguerite, and Norbert are in high school and Loren, Delores and Mary June are in the grades.
Mr. and Mrs. A.R. McIlravy took Celestine Brech to Rapid City last Thursday, where she began work as waitress in the Virginia cafe. She had been employed at the B and M Cafe in Philip during the last year.
Midland News … Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schilling celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Tuesday, August 31 at their home east of town.
Powell News … Galo, George, Mary, Helen and Mrs. John Stroppel drove to New Underwood to consult Dr. O’Toole last Tuesday.
Galo Stroppel left Saturday night for St. Paul, Minn. He will take up the electric course at the Dunwoodie Institute in Minneapolis this year.
Old Trail Items … Eileen and Evelyn McDaniel are comfortably settled in an apartment in the Morrison house. Eileen is a sophomore and Evelyn is a freshman.
50 Years Ago
September 12, 1962
“Dad” Sims will be 104 Monday – Two years ago the Pioneer Review editor stopped “Dad” on the street in from of the office here and asked him how he felt. His answer then was much the same answer as we have gotten from him on several occasions since, the last in fact quite recently. The congenial old gentleman just smiles and say “well my knees hurt a little, but otherwise I feel pretty good.”
For the past year, “Dad” has made his home at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital here, but makes his way up town almost every day where he enjoys visiting with his friends, discussing problems of the day and watching the card games. He gets around remarkably well with just the aid of a cane, hears well, and reads the newspaper without glasses.
Eugene “Dad” Sims was born September 17, 1858, in Jackson County, Iowa. One of seven children, he came to Philip in 1926 after having lived many years at Madison, S.D., and after his wife passed away. His sons were living here at the time but since have passed away. “Dad” was a team-master in his younger days, dug many basement for present day homes in Philip, hauled gravel and did many other jobs.
Old Trail News … Ronnie Millage and Bobby Patton were among the senior boys of the FFA class to attend the State Fair.
Marriages…The St. Francis of Assisi Church of Sturgis was the scene where Miss Betty Jane Nelson, daughter of Mrs. Orman Nelson of Sturgis, became the bride of James Allen Byrne son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Byrne of Ottumwa, September 1, 1962.
Miss Mary Ann Piroutek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Piroutek of Milesville, became the bride of Daniel George, Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel George Sr. of Culver City, Calif., August 19, 1962.