120 Years Ago: Nov. 30, 1899
The elevator took in about 150 loads of wheat here Monday, paying from one to five cents more per bushel than market price. The business in that line has been booming here for the past week.
Wild geese have been making their annual pilgrimage south this week. They are generally considered harbingers of cold weather, but it looks like they were crowding the season.
The telephone instrument has been placed in the drug store of W. Douglas and the citizens of Freeman and this place have been visiting with each other to a considerable extent. Menno is now connected to all points east. You can have a long or short talk if you desire.
“Did you ever run across an old home newspaper?” asks an exchange. “Did it not prove extremely interesting as you read its columns of local news and personal mention? As you look over its pages, the many seemingly trivial mentions carry with them a multitude of tender and pleasing associations. You wonder that you prized the paper so little when it was first printed when you find it so full of interest after so many years. It is only when one gets hold of some local paper and views its panorama of the past, and reflects on what a perfect mirror of local events the paper are, that he begins to estimate their real value as a recorder of current history.”
100 Years Ago: Nov. 27, 1919
Fine weather with bad roads.
The concert held at the Opera House Thursday evening was a unique affair. The audience delighted at the prospect of hearing Mme. Mabelle Wagner Shank and the Sokoloff Trio. But a surprise was in store for them. Not one but two Mme. Schanks sang to the spellbound audience. And this phenomenon was brought about by means of a graceful cabinet, which stood beside the artists on the stage. Mme. Shank, standing beside the cabinet sang in unison with Mme. Edison’s recreation of her own voice. In the midst of the song, Mme. Shank’s lips ceased to move but her song went on without a break. Veritably it seemed that there were two singers upon the stage. The tones which came from the new Edison matched those from the living artist so perfectly it was impossible to detect any difference. After the applause which followed, the Sokoloff Trio came forward to share the stage with their fellow musician, the new Edison. Again, two sets of artist were before us, the Sokoloff Trio, with their piano, violin and cello played in unison with the recreation of their art. One of the most interesting novelties in the evening of unique experiences was when Mme. Shank sang a duet with her own voice. The effect was somehow unreal and weird as though one artist had become bewitched into two by some magician’s art.
80 Years Ago: Nov. 30, 1939
Obituaries: Elsie (Oswald) Kunkel, died Nov. 21, 31 years; Anna Vanorny, died Nov. 11, 88 years.
Strip cropping is proving an efficient means of controlling erosion on many South Dakota farms.
There is no authentic record of the loss of human life by an alligator – stories and movies to the contrary notwithstanding.
Store clerks have to be smart these day lest they get outsmarted by swindlers. About the slickest swindle we’ve heard of in a long time was pulled in southern Minnesota recently. A stranger comes into a store, purchases a small article and presents a $10 bill for which he get change. A short time later, another stranger makes a small purchase and presents a $1 bill. After the bill has been placed in the cash register and the purchaser has been given change, the stranger tells the clerk a mistake has been made as he gave her a $10 bill. He says he remembers it distinctly because he had jotted down a telephone number on the bill and even mentions the number. The clerk finds the bill with the telephone number written thereon. Lots of the times the clerk falls for the scheme and hands over the change for the $10. But let’s not let ’em pull that one around here.
Menno businessmen are arranging to give away a number of free turkeys, geese and ducks on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Everyone over 16 may register and must be present on Main Street Menno at 4 p.m. to participate.
The unusual warm fall weather has proven to be a real boon to farmers who have taken advantage of the of the favorable climactic conditions to wind up their late fall work quickly.
50 Years Ago: Nov. 27, 1969
Obituary: Otto Bietz, died Nov. 14, 70 years; William Bechtold, died Nov. 22, 70 years.
Utility company representatives and engineers are meeting to coordinate plans for conformance with state requirements associated with the operation of a new $100 million electric generating plant on the western side of Big Stone Lake. The 400,000 kilowatt plant is to be constructed and operated jointly by Northwestern Public Service Co., Otter Tail Power Co. and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. “We will be burning North Dakota lignite coal,” said R.A. Wilkens, vice president of operations at NWPS. “This particular fuel is of low sulfur content, thereby reducing the possibility of detrimental effect on the atmosphere in the area.”
The $80 the Menno FFA made selling feed bunks has been donated to the Menno-Olivet Retirement Home Fund.
HM3 Lonnie G. Chance returned from Viet Nam Nov. 5 having served a year as a Medical Corpsman with the 3rd Marine Division in the Quang Tri Province just below the demilitarized zone. He was awarded the Meritorious Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was wounded while rescuing a wounded Marine in a February battle offensive in the Ashaw Valley. He is a graduate of Menno High School. He has one year left in the service; his new assignment is at the Naval Dispensary, Long Beach, Calif.
Mr. Tolzin, our band director, announced that the Menno School Band will be making a stereo recording. The Menno Music Boosters will sponsor the project.
30 Years Ago: Nov. 29, 1989
The first winter storm of the season arrived Monday with about three inches of snow with slippery roads and zero visibility along with cold temperatures. Menno school was dismissed after the students were fed the noon meal. Some motorists were stranded in Menno for several hours. The wind blew some areas clear of snow while deep drifts were evident in some places.
The Menno merchants will again be sponsoring a free Appreciation Day Dinner at the Menno Auditorium. The serving of a free ham dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will consist of ham sandwiches, homemade beans, potato chips, pickles, coffee and cold drink. Menno area business people are contributing funds for this free ham dinner in appreciation of business this past year and in the Christmas spirit. Arrangements are being handled by the Menno Community Club.
Davison County Sheriff Lyle W. Swensen has launched a statewide education campaign to prevent gunshot injuries and deaths among South Dakota children. It comes in the wake of two accidental shootings of children just days apart. “Our simple message to parents is unload and lock up guns kept in homes,” said Swensen. “It may save your child’s life.” The campaign was developed in conjunction with the Washington, D.C.-based Center to Prevent Handgun Violenceh.
Wednesday, Nov. 29 marks the start of the sixth Goosemobile run in the state of South Dakota. It will travel the state with refrigerator trucks selling farm-raised frozen and smoked poultry and feather products directly to state residents during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The Goosemobile will stop in towns and cities along the major east and west highways and systematically cover the state. It is scheduled to be in Menno at 9:30 Dec. 14.
A community blood drive will be held in Menno Dec. 4 at the Menno Senior Citizens Center. The drive is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.
10 Years Ago: Nov. 25, 2009
The Menno Area Development Corporation discussed plans for land along U.S. Highway 81 owned by the group to be used for two-bedroom apartments with single-attached garages. The project is in “Phase 1.”
After the 2009 harvest season stalled due to wet weather, the subsequent dry, cool weather set off a work frenzy that has nearly all soybeans and 65 percent of the corn in Hutchinson County. “We’re probably lagging a little behind previous years on that due to the high moisture and outstanding yields we’re getting,” said Mary Mortensen with the Hutchinson County Farm Service Agency in Parkston. “He said producers are reporting 150 to 200 bushels per acre of corn. Soybeans yields have also been strong with 40 to 60 bushels per acre reported throughout the county.
The school improvement committee of the Menno High School District is looking for the addresses of members of the classes of 2005 though 2009. The intent is to send a survey to recent graduates of Menno High School to find out how their lives were impacted by their high school education.
The monthly “Local Perspective” feature was on Cindy Kirschenman, who uses her embroidery skills to start a business that provides personalized touches and corporate logos on anything from baseball caps to jackets and everything in-between. She started her business about three years ago when she made caps for her husband’s (Reno) business, Kirschenman Electric.
One Year Ago: Nov. 29, 2018
Obituaries: John D. Knodel Sr., Menno, died Nov. 20, 74 years; Raymond J. Woehl, Menno, died Nov. 18, 82 years; Wilmer W. Mehlhaf, Freeman, died Nov. 20, 92 years; Leonora “Kathy” (Marcelli) Guthmiller, Menno, died Nov. 21, 63 years.
There was something for everyone at an auction sale held at Menno Mercantile Nov. 20. The longtime Menno business closed its doors for good after nearly a century of service and interested buyers came from miles around to bid on the unique inventory, which included vintage parts, signage and tools.
Victoria Lehr, a Menno FCCLA member, is organizing a winter clothing drive for the Clothing Closet in Yankton. You can place the clothing in a silver-colored Buick Envision that will be parked in front of the old gym doors during the winter concerts Dec. 6 and 17.
The Menno Area Development Corporation has announced the purchase of property at 131 North Pearl Street for a parking lot for the softball field.