Nineteen sixty-eight


Waubay’s first Snow Queen pageant


Gov. Mike Rounds announced that South Dakota’s 2nd Battalion 147th Field Artillery was placed on alert status for possible support of Operation Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom.

Chris Kempton got his fair share of active duty when he signed on for a four-year enlistment in the U.S. Army. Kempton, a Webster native, pulled two tours of duty. The first one was in Afghanistan and the second in Iraq.

Webster Bearcats football team had a perfect 12-0 year and were crowned 11B state champions, downing Gregory 44-20.


Day County Commissioners have approved $1,200 to help organize a Day County Adolescent Support Group. Purpose of the group is to provide support for teenagers and youth in the county having problems with alcohol consumption and abuse.

Orinne Hagen, elementary library aide for the Webster School District has been named recipient of the first Golden Apple Award for promoting a good example toward excellence in education and relating well to students and staff.

Webster gridders Perry Brown, Lance Opitz, Jason Knebel, Nathan Breske, Neil Fischer and Brad Furman are among 49 athletes who have been named All-Conference in the Northeast Conference by the league’s football coaches. Webster posted a 5-4 record and reached the first round of playoffs.


The Milwaukee Road announced that it proposes to discontinue passenger trains 15 and 16 between Minneapolis and Aberdeen because of “the very substantial deficit resulting from their operation.”

Suzanne Prieb, Webster was first place winner in the advanced division of the talent find at the state convention of the Farm Bureau Federation. Her talent was a combined vocal and piano selection.

Bonnie Richardt, Waubay was crowned Waubay’s first annual Snow Queen. She is a hair stylist at the Fashion Trend in Webster and a graduate  of Waubay High School. She will represent Waubay in the state contest in Aberdeen. The winner will receive an expense paid trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.


An intensive drive to collect waste paper is being planned for Day County. Each school will collect newspapers, magazines and cardboard from the community and haul it to town where it will be purchased for not less than $10 a ton and hauled to the Twin Cities for processing.

The 1944 car license “plate” will be a sticker to be pasted on the windshield along with gas ration stickers and federal auto stamps. The stickers will be 3x6 inches in size, bearing serial numbers akin to the 1943 license tabs. The latter may be removed from 1942 plates but the plates themselves must remain attached to the car.

A church census will be conducted throughout Webster when all residents will be contacted by members of the Kiwanis Club. Information regarding church affiliation or preference will be available to the city’s pastors. The project is being undertaken in furtherance of the Kiwanis objective of giving support to churches in their spiritual aims.


President Wilson, in a proclamation, designated Thursday, Nov. 28 as Thanksgiving Day and said this year, the American people have special and moving cause to be grateful and rejoice. Complete victory, he said, has brought not only peace, but the confident promise of a new day as well, in which “justice shall replace force and jealous intrigue among the nations.”

President Wilson announced that he would sail for France early in December to attend the opening sessions of the peace conference and participate in the formulation of the principle features of the treaty of peace.

Reduction of the enlisted strength of the navy has commenced and applications for discharge by men both in the regular service and in the reserve divisions are being received. First consideration is being given to youths seeking to return to school or to positions in civil life which they gave up to join the naval forces.


A pleasant party took place at the Hotel Commercial. It was the bi-monthly meeting of Pastime Club. Music was furnished by Prof. Holcomb. Members of the club and a number of friends tripped the light fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.

Frank Sears and Jim Spenser took the train for Brainard, MN where they will look up some deer shooting. Frank put in an afternoon practicing with a rifle and a dummy deer and has the thing down pat. He will bring some good stories back with him whether he has any deer or not.

Grapes, cranberries, apples, sweet potatoes, melons, in fact all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables are available at Baxters.

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