Counting birds for census
15 years ago
June 30, 2003
Pickerel Lake Lutheran Bible Camp experienced a record number of participants this year. Camp took place June 22-28 on the east side of the lake. Totaling around 200 participants there, were 154 campers, 25 counselors and more than 20 staff members from the region.
Day County Deputy Sheriff Barry Hillestad reported intense weather for Day County Sunday through Tuesday with heavy rain, hail, crop and auto damage. Total amount of rainfall varied from five inches recorded in Pierpont to seven inches recorded at Pickerel and Enemy Swim lakes.
Earlier this month, Frank Palleria, Webster School superintendent was presented an initial installment of $25,000 to pay down the recently passed school bond. The check was presented by the Bearcat Pledge organization as part of its ongoing commitment to support the Webster School District.
25 years ago
June 28, 1993
Dependable Sanitation of Aberdeen will begin providing garbage service to Webster residences and businesses July 5 according to owner Mike Erickson.
The best education Daniel Dulitz received in high school came from an instructor with an unusual style of teaching. He listened. Webster educator David Trefz was named by Dulitz, a recent Cornell University graduate, as his most influential secondary teacher. Trefz was honored by having a $4,000 scholarship established in his name.
Some Pierpont residents think it was a tornado, others are of the opinion it was a high wind, but regardless, a farm repair shop belonging to Doug Holler was blown away and yards of six home owners received storm damage about 11 p.m. June 22.
50 years ago
June 26, 1968
Day County school superintendent Ethel Brandlee reports a total of 3,092 children from ages six through 20 were registered in the 1968 census report in common and independent school districts.
The largest number of East River deer licenses available in recent years will be given this fall to South Dakota hunters. Five hundred will be up for grabs in Day County.
Dr. L.J. Moriarity, St. Paul, MN, formerly of Watertown and Herman Chilson, both past presidents of the South Dakota Ornithologists Union participated in the Federal Bird Census. Their two routes were in the Conde and Raymond areas and were 25 miles long. Each half mile they would stop for three minutes and count all birds seen or songs which could be positively identified. This made 50 stops per day. All findings were recorded on forms supplied by the U.S. Department of Interior.
75 years ago
June 24, 1943
Starting today and continuing through Friday and Saturday an intensive scrap drive to round up all remaining waste metal throughout Day County is in full swing. Scrap is urgently needed to keep steel production at top speed in order to furnish our fighting men with equipment needed to defeat the Axis.
Following a dinner directors of the Better Webster Club met. Discussion was on securing a flax straw depot at Webster for the purpose of processing both loose and baled straw. The loose straw would be hauled in by farmers. According to E.E. Gelhaus there is a large crop of flax in the county of approximately 50,000 acres. More than 44 new uses have been found for flax straw.
The Webster Public Library will open for public use June 28. The new quarters are located in the east end of the second floor of the new city hall. A spacious reading room is a new feature with a special reading room for children.
100 years ago
June 27, 1918
A staff of doctors and nurses will be ready to examine and measure the children under the age of six years at the farmers’ room in the courthouse. This movement is in the interest of the nation.
The Austrian offensive against Italy came to grief before it fairly started. Rains swelled the Piave River preventing supplies being sent to the armies which had crossed the stream. Italian, French and British armies counter attacked and were successful everywhere.
Come to the farmers’ room in the courthouse for a demonstration in emergency canning. Each quart canned will help win the war.
125 years ago
June 29, 1893
Crop prospects are anything but promising and will not be over one half. A redeeming feature is the prospect of better prices.
The 117th anniversary of our Independence will be celebrated at the residence of W.J. Jones, Egeland Township. Among the attractions will be a balloon ascension, horse racing, foot racing and grand ball in the evening.
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