Fort is leased as machine gun range
15 years ago
December 9, 2002
Votes are in and tallied and the fourth attempt to improve Webster High School has failed. Votes were 54 percent in favor, six percent under the required 60 percent to pass.
Day County Arts Council sponsored a sing-along in the mural garden and the garden Christmas tree was lit. A group of approximately 50 braved the cold.
With the sports season change to boys and girls basketball seasons running concurrently area families are learning to adjust busy schedules. Tom Lee, Roslyn boys and girls basketball coach said the change has brought about adjustment.
25 years ago
December 14, 1992
Webster Area Chamber of Commerce has opened an office on Main Street. Bobbi Langager, Webster is the new secretary-treasurer. The office is in the former Webster Bakery building.
Heather Niles was crowned Waubay Senior Snow Queen. Stacie Beisch was crowned Junior Snow Queen.
There’s a gathering spot in Webster where young people can play pool and video games, watch television and be with their friends. That place is the Webster Youth Center in the former Halbkat’s Drug Store building. The youth center opened Nov. 25 and is becoming more popular with youth each week.
50 years ago
December 6, 1967
Carrie Loterbauer, Bradley High School senior was named Bradley’s Snow Queen. She was selected from 11 contestants including entrants from Florence High School.
Area townships signed a new agreement with the City of Webster for fire protection and approved the purchase of a new rural fire truck at the meeting of the Webster City Council. Townships include Rusk, Webster, Butler, Racine, Wheatland, Highland, Morton and Kidder.
A lone buffalo mount won’t roam far and his bellow has long since been silenced, but he will provide enjoyment to anyone visiting the Fort Sisseton Visitor Center. The mount was loaned by the South Dakota Historical Society.
75 years ago
December 10, 1942
With the announcement by President Roosevelt that the Works Progress Administration will be discontinued Feb. 1, satisfaction is taken locally in the fact that Webster’s new city hall is approximately 70 percent completed and materials are on hand to finish the structure. The state WPA administrator instructed the engineer to put on all available certified WPA labor on the city hall project and to rush work so that as much progress as possible is made before the shutdown goes into effect.
The U.S. War Department has leased 2,700 acres of land in the Fort Sisseton area for use as an aerial machine gun range. This means that northern Day County will shortly be in close proximity to aerial war combat training. A crew of perhaps 40 to 50 men will be stationed at the Fort buildings.
With 100 percent cooperation from the general public, Webster’s practice blackout proved an effective demonstration of how complete a blackout can be secured if an emergency should require. Next Monday, 10-10:20 p.m. all of Day County will participate in a black-out which will include the nine states in the Seventh Defense area with headquarters in Omaha.
100 years ago
December 6, 1917
Richard Hurd of the American Defense Society urges Webster citizens to organize a local vigilance corps to aid the government in putting an end to enemy activity responsible for fires, ammunition plan explosions, sabotage, food scares and other attempts to damage the morale of the American people.
On and after Jan. 1, 1918, this great moral educator will be $2 a year in advance. In other words we will raise the subscription price of the Reporter & Farmer. Prices have raised from 25 to 100 percent on everything that goes toward the issuing of a newspaper. It’s all right to be a good fellow and keep down prices, but it doesn’t pay salaries and if we run our business at a loss and go broke, some of our friends would say, “he was a good fellow, but a damned fool.”
When we put 1,500,000 soldiers in the field, we withdraw those men from productive enterprises. They do not produce anything but they do consume much. There is nothing more expensive than to support and maintain a great army in the field. America is the one great remaining storehouse in the world. We must maintain our own soldiers and the soldiers of those nations who are fighting for us. Economy is now a national duty upon the people at home.
125 years ago
December 8, 1892
The crowning glory of the 19th century would be completion of the Nicaragua canal. The convention in New Orleans for its consideration shows the belief is becoming more fixed in the American mind that this project should be carried out by the American people.
The German Methodist minister of Webster drives to Wilmot and Big Stone City to hold services once in three weeks. Rather an extended parish when a minister is obliged to ride 160 miles to preach two sermons.
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