Looking Forward to Our Past


February 12, 1914

The controversy regarding the official nickname and other attributes of like importance, of South Dakota, is settled by statute. Articles 21 of the Constitution fixes “Under God the People Rule”, as the motto. Chapter 219, of the Laws of 1903, designated the State flower as the pasque flower and the motto “I Lead”: Chapter 230, of the State laws of 1909, defines “South Dakota, the Sunshine State”, for the State flag, giving no legal standing to the “Coyote State”. The 2 mottos do not conflict one of them going on the State Seal and the line, and “I Lead” being used with the flower.

Fred Mix and Louis Wilcox, who have been working in the Flat Iron Mine south of Lead, for some time, returned Monday and will spend a much needed vacation at their homes at Vale.

The Jewell Nursery of Lake City, Minnesota, is in a class by itself for furnishing hardy fruit, ornamental and shade trees that will service us in the northwest. One of 2 Agents can secure employment for handling this firm’s stock by applying to C. D. Sanders, Newell.

February 7, 1924

Taxpayers from the Vale District have started action to prevent the removal of the Bismarck Bridge at Empire. They were granted a temporary injunction against tearing the bridge down.

Gasoline took another 2-cent jump on Tuesday of this week, the tank wagon price now being 21.9 cents. Kerosene also took on another cent a gallon. General belief is that the peak has not yet been reached.

A new Post Office to be known as Burlan has been established in Butte County, 14 miles northwest of Castle Rock. Mrs. R. H. Stephens is Postmistress and the office will be supplied from Castle Rock.

There have been several cases of tardiness during the week that has been uncalled for. There are some excuses for tardiness for pupils that live in the country, especially during the winter, because of road conditions, but most all cases have been pupils living in town and the general excuses: “their parents did not get up in time; the clock was slow; or they didn’t hear the bell or couldn’t find their shoes”. School always begins at 9:00 o’clock for all grades and every parent should make it a point to get their children to school by that time.

February 8, 1934

Mr. & Mrs. G. W. Morseman returned last Friday from a 5-week trip, visiting at the home of Mr. Morseman’s brother at Ft. Collins, Colorado and other relatives in Missouri. Mr. Morseman while gone especially noted conditions in the Scotts Bluff irrigation section and in comparing them with those on the Belle Fourche Project, concluded this section was not so bad off after all.

Cal Watkins and Merle Temple went out to the Eagle Butte community recently and purchased 2 Shetland ponies. Mr. Temple has purchased the feed on the Andrew Ness, Willow Creek place and will take his cattle there. The Temples and Walter Bay attended a dance at the Lon Ross ranch near Red Owl last Saturday evening, where they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Jim Reed was arrested at the Huddleston Bridge when he was about to drive a bunch of horses across. He had been followed from the North Country by Sheriff Floyd Short of Perkins County. He had about 30 head of horses in the bunch and owners for most of the horse had been found. One particular slant of the case was that Reed had some of Sheriff’s horses in the bunch. The rustling of cattle and horses has been going on quite extensively in the west river country of late years and several counties have joined in an effort to stop this activity.

February 10, 1944

Mrs. Robert L. Donahey received a package Sunday containing the Purple Heart medal which was awarded to her husband PFC, Robert L. Donahey, who has been with the 7th Infantry in the Italy War Zone for the past 4½ months. Mrs. Donahey had received a letter from her husband last November telling her he was sending a medal for getting a few scratches, but she did not know it would be the Purple Heart. PFC Donahey is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. H. Donahey, Newell having been educated in the Empire and Vale Schools. Mrs. Donahey is making her home with her parents Mr. & Mrs. Harry Hubbard near Newell.

In Perkins County an open pheasant season took effect last week. With 2 feet of snow on the level and the main highways plowed out for 1-way traffic only, many hunters resorted to saddle horses to do their hunting. In spike of the handicaps, a few hunters were quite successful.

“Reap the Wild Wind”, a spectacular Paramount sea saga in Technicolor, will be shown at the Arcade Theater here Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. For moviegoers this is exciting news, product of a great story and a great cast. Cecil DeMille’s “Reap the Wild Wind” has an epic quality; it takes us back to the days of 1840, off Key West, Florida where coastal prates salvaged plundered ships going to pieces on the reefs. DeMille’s “Reap the Wild Wind”, is a picture at the head of your motion picture entertainment list. Starring: John Wayne; Ray Millard; Paulette Goddard; Raymond Massey; Cynne Overman, Robert Preston; Susan Hayward and others.

February 11, 1954

Those from our territory receiving their caps and gowns are PattyYuill, and June Schmele both Newell and Etta Mae Williamson, Vale at the Catholic Cathedral Sunday afternoon in Rapid City. This is the completion of the first term of nurse’s training completed by the girls. There were 26 Freshmen of St. John’s McNamara School of Nursing; the 2 Newell girls were designated among those with “second high” scholastic honors. Mrs. Kenneth Viken and Jeanne and the Bill Yuill family attended the nurses “capping” ceremony. Also attending the ceremony were: Mr. & Mrs. Lyn Gladstone and daughters to see Miss. Eleanor Solon, a niece of the Gladstone’s, receive her cap.

The annual money-making event of the Nisland PTA will be held at the Nisland High School gymnasium, Saturday evening, February 20, was announced by Mrs. Jean Sorensen, publicity chairman. A program, dance and lunch will be held, details of which will be a surprise. Even the names of principals in the program are a closely guarded secret. However, it is expected to be a high entertainment night with fun for everyone.

The Newell Chapter, Future Farmers of America, held their annual degree ceremonies, raised the following members to the Greenhand Degree: George Breidenbach; Everett Barber;  Phillip Burke; Gilbert Wood; Wallace Miller; Kenneth Jaukkari; Allen Klein; Harold Schafer; Jack Bauer and Carol Oliver; Movies were shown and a lunch provided by the school lunch program was enjoyed by all following the meeting.

February 6, 1964

At the January meeting of the Butte County Commission, heard with great interest a report from representatives of Brady Engineering Company on their views and findings of the Vale Road. A petition was received with signatures of Richard Schnell, Louis Adams; George Piekkola; Howard Schmele and Robert Fickbohm, sternly requesting gravel on their road. No action was taken by the Board at this time.

Forty-two member of the Newell, Vale, Castle Rock and Mud Butte Volunteer Fire Departments received their completion certificates at the conclusion of what Deputy Fire Marshall Earl Hood of Spearfish pointed out was the second largest such school held to date in South Dakota. The 18-hour Firemanship Training Course was held 3 hours a night, beginning on January 22 and covered different phases of instruction on the nature and hazards of fires, fire procedure, protective equipment, first aid and rescue and the need for training. Those receiving certificates are: Castle Rock: Chief Roderick Carrieres; Henry and Francis Jacobsen and Glen Wendt, Mud Butte: Chief Eddie McDermott; Robert Draine; Sam Sundstrom; Bill Orwick; Bud Jones; Neil Mutcher; Elmer Orwick; Bill Patterson; Kenny Post; Glen Wahlfeldt; Louis Tobiska; Don and Floyd McGillevary, Vale: Chief Albert Drake; Joe Crockford; Harold Wetz; Jack Ulrich; Charles Mix; Leroy Pawlowski, Fred H. Heidrich, Rueben Lungren and Newell: Chief Dale Anderson; Don Hafner; Alfred Silvernagle; Herbert Vasknetz; Herby Lowell; Jerry Kuchera; Don Dahlberg; Don Moore; Cliff Reichstein; Geno Stedellie; Civilian Forde; Lorman Lange and Rodney DeGarlais.

February 19, 1914

A pleasant surprise was sprung on Mrs. Ikey McCown Friday evening. It proved to be quite a surprise as she was readying herself to spend the evening at a neighbor’s on Frozen Man Creek. Everyone enjoyed the impromptu evening.

C. M. Simons came to Newell on Tuesday for a load of freight for the Sulphur Store, returning Wednesday. Sneak thieves entered his granary on Monday night and carried off 2 sacks of alfalfa seed.

The Lawton brothers are busy building a home on the Edward Lawton homestead west of the Frank Griffith homestead. Frank Griffith will stay on his claim, which he recently proved-up, for a few weeks or perhaps, even until spring arrives.

February 14, 1924

Some members of the Castle Rock Community organized a rabbit hunt for Wednesday and Thursday and 513 rabbits were killed altogether, which was not as good as last year’s hunt when they brought in 628 pairs of ears. The losers gave the winners an oyster supper and dance at the school house Saturday night.

The ice going out of the Belle Fourche River yesterday and huge gorges were formed at several points at the Nisland Bridge, the ice piled up to an extent that threatened the structure. Dynamite was being used yesterday afternoon in an attempt to break up the gorge.

Art Westerlund, who was shot in the leg by Town Marshall Charles Lawell of Newell on January 23rd, is still confined to the Newell Hospital. The wound failed to heal promptly, but is reported to be gradually improving. The preliminary hearing of Charles and Art Westerlund, who were recently charged with liquor law violation, was called before Justice George W. Goff on Monday afternoon. Westerlunds’ attorney T. G. Wells asked for a change of venue to Belle Fourche which he was granted.

February 15, 1934

Under the direction of Mr. Brodsky, the Newell High School band is well underway for earnest practice with the Black Hills Music Festival in mind; they are now working hard preparing new numbers for the occasion. No new marches have been secured as yet, but “Overture Atlantus” written in 4 parts, has been started.

A new silver screen has been installed at the Arcade Theater, Newell and recent changes have been made on the widening isles and seating arrangements in order to comply with the State Fire Laws. Don’t miss the Patch News Reels next Tuesday evening at the theater before the feature movie.

The public auction sale at the Albert Lafferee place on Tuesday drew a large crowd and everything with the exception of cows brought a good price, according to auctioneer Charles E. Scott. Horses brought as high as $107 each and the farm machinery brought more than was expected.

February 17, 1944

Old winter sent us some ugly Valentines this year in the form of more snowfall and strong winds on top of the 2 feet or more which blanketed the entire northwestern part of the State 3 weeks ago. Weather forecasts out of Rapid City are absolutely inapplicable to this particular area. The big storm of January 27 came without a word of warning from the bureau. With a forecast high of 42 degrees today, it might go up to 20 degrees this afternoon here.

Albert Munroe arrived Sunday from Logan, Colorado, on a 20-day furlough and visited with his grandparents Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Munroe in Newell and his parents Mr. & Mrs. Everett Munroe near Stoneville. Albert has been hospitalized for the past 8 months while recovering from serious wounds received in the war front in Sicily. He was recently returned to limited duty and has been assigned to Ft. Ord, California. Jr. Knuteson, and Richard Kumpula, who arrived home last Thursday, will leave next Tuesday to report back to Farragutt, Idaho for assignment to another Naval Training Base.

February 18, 1954

The Annual Old Time Fiddlers Contest sponsored by the Newell IOOF Lodge is set for Saturday March 6; it was announced this week by Chairman R. D. Long. Further details, rules or regulations will be worked out and announced soon in advertising, but it is expected that there will be prizes in violin, accordion and harmonicas competition.

A 5-year old Columbia ewe owned by Chester Garness, a 4-H member is one of a kind. The ewe had quadruplets Friday, which boosted the production record for young Garness. In 1951 the ewe had twins; 1952 triplets; 1953 twins and quadruplets in 1954, making 11 lambs in 4 years. He began producing Registered Columbia sheep as his 4-H project in 1949 and now has a nice flock. Chester is a junior in Newell High School, FFA and entries in Butte County Fair and Western South Dakota Stud Ram Show & Sale.

The Annual Pancake Supper put on by the men of the Congregational Church is turning into a feud as to flapjack flipping techniques. The Masters of the art: Alphie Johnson. Eddie Anderson; Billy Swan; Roger Van derBoon; Nathan Robbins and Melvin Brennaman and the neophytes: Lyman Bruce; Loren Poole; Clarence Smith and Erny Lyons under the watchful eye of Herman Shipley and W.H.C. Swan. Walt Milberg is arranging the special entertainment or “floor show”. Come support your flapjack team.

February 13, 1964

Several men of the Castle Rock Community have been working on the Community Hall again for several days. Some cement work has been done and at present they are laying the sub-floor. Andy Johnson and Dean Oliver hauled a couple loads of gravel. The Butte County gravel trucks hauled several loads of gravel from the Hoover Pit for the approach and parking yard.

Paul Wright was host to a group of Vale High School students at a social and pizza party Saturday evening in his home after the Buffalo -Vale basketball game. The Beetdiggers were victorious 92-60 over the Ranchers. Wright had led the Vale scoring in the first period until he sprained his wrist and was out for the remainder of the game.

Albert Cram sold his irrigated farm east of Newell, now orrcupied by Mr. & Mrs. Frank Miles, to Mr.  & Mrs. Mike Berndt who have been living in the Horse Creek area; it has been announced this week. Cram is completing moving his machinery, haystacks and sheep to his ranch in the Castle Rock area. George Stapp is assisting in moving the haystacks and granary to the Cram ranch from the farm. Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Roberts hosted Cram and Stapp with lunch on Wednesday.