Elevator is destroyed by fire
15 years ago
February 24, 2003
A commodity supplemental food program is being brought to Day County to assist income eligible seniors with food assistance. Webster Ministerial Association is sponsoring the food program and R&SVP is providing volunteers.
Bethesda Home, Webster has an atmosphere of comfort and hominess due to a major renovation. Bethesda Foundation funded the hallway renovation including new carpet, painting, wall treatment, hand railing and a mural.
Roslyn girls will head to district action in Webster as the No. 1 seed and having a bye opening night and then taking on the winner of the Wilmot and Tiospa Zina game.
25 years ago
February 22, 1993
Despite a fire Feb. 17 that destroyed all but the west annex, Harvest States Elevator here is still in business. The announcement was made Feb. 19 while salvage crews were cleaning up the smoldering grain. Manager Bud Houghton said Ketrol is open and gas delivery, feed delivery and grindings are available. Fire destroyed the main building of the elevator, feed mill and office.
Day County 4-H members Jason Warrington and Gaylon Townsend have been selected to attend Citizenship Washington Focus in July.
Carl Block, Waubay and Don Rumpca, Webster were among winners in South Dakota’s fifth Forage Bowl Hay Contest at the 1993 Dairy-Forage Conference in Sioux Falls. Block won and Rumpca took third place in the round bale division.
50 years ago
February 21, 1968
Waubay Dragons will make their first appearance in the Region I tournament since 1964 after upsetting a favored Bradley team 59-56 and then setting down Roslyn 68-62. Roslyn had won the title the past two years.
Circuit Judge Sigurd Anderson urged county commissioners to keep control of county government as guest speaker at a commissioner and planning committee session to discuss the future of county government. He stated, “In the past 15 years, Day County has lost 1,800 taxpayers. That means we have lost 1,800 consumers of clothing, groceries, cars and other items.”
A new distributorship opened for business in Webster with the announcement by Peter John Monzel, 25, that he will be owner-manager of a wholesale distributor firm of Coca-Cola products.
75 years ago
February 18, 1943
With nearly every county highway and township road blocked Feb. 14, the Day County snow plow has put in a busy week, working 24 hours a day in an endeavor to open the roads. By last evening about half of the county highways had been opened. Opening of the roads has been particularly difficult due to the crusted snow.
Reporter & Farmer files again proved valuable when Mae Chapman who was visiting in Webster was asked by her nephew Rennie Chapman, Stevens Point, WI to help him secure data for his birth record. In the newspaper files of April 23, 1891 we found the unique announcement of Rennie’s birth. “Charley Chapman was in a twitter so to speak, over the fact that his good lady had presented him with a nine-pound boy.” Charley Chapman was a pioneer Webster barber.
Do not forget to put forth a special effort and buy at least one extra bond that we may raise our quota for February. We must not fail in achieving the goal of $52,785. Remember to purchase your bonds from a selling agency in Day County so as not to give the credit to some other county.
100 years ago
February 21, 1918
At a special service on Washington’s Birthday a service flag will be dedicated at St. Otto’s Church in honor of the boys from that parish who have entered the service of their country.
The Woman’s Committee of the National Council of defense have been busy taking the Woman’s War Census in Webster; practically every woman registered. The great majority are housewives who registered for gardening and Red Cross work in their hometown but many of the unmarried women registered for service wherever the government may need them.
Friday is Washington’s Birthday and banks will be closed. It is suggested that on all holidays the people of Day County display their flags. It is a pleasing patriotic practice, one which costs nothing.
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