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This Day in History - October 6-10


October 6, 1967

National Headlines:

  • The classic movie “Gone With the Wind” has been released for the sixth time, this time in a wide screen version.  The re-release premiered in Atlanta, just as it did the first time, with Olivia deHaviland, the only surviving main character star, present for the event.  “Gone With the Wind” was originally released in 1939 and starred Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, and Leslie Howard along with deHaviland.

State Headlines:

  • The Boeing Company announced today that it would begin a $17 million update of the Minuteman missiles at Ellsworth Air Force Base.  The project will employ 300 area men in addition to 500 Boeing workers.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Nationally known advice columnist Ann Landers is in town today to address the 5000 delegates gathered here for the Dakota Convocation of the United Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church.
  • The People’s Bank of Conde was robbed yesterday and thieves made off with the safe deposit boxes.  However the boxes were found intact and stashed behind the bank today—evidently the robbers had car trouble, dumped the loot, and planned to return for it when the getaway car was operable.
  • The senior class at Aberdeen Central elected Dave Sletting as its president, Dawn Fossum its vice president and Alan Chapman its secretary.  Junior class officers are George Amundson, president, Paul Skulborstad, vice president, and Mary Gorder, secretary.
  • Al Hirt will be the featured big name entertainment for this year’s Gypsy Day celebration.  He will perform at the Civic Arena immediately following the coronation ceremony.  Tickets for his concert are available at Stout Drug. 
  • Students at Webster High School are preparing for their production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”  Cast members include Toby Waldowski, Susan Prieb and Bob Markve.
  • Area high school football scores:  Groton over Cresbard 25-12.  Key players Lanny Swisher for Groton and Andy Schmidt for Cresbard.  Ipswich over Leola 57-29 Key Ipswich players were Rich Pfaff, Jim Engler and Ed Bosanko.  Leola key players were Al Guthmiller, Jim Reimer, Doug Breitag and Jerry Serfoss.
  • Aberdeen voters will consider a measure to raise the price of lots and burial fees at Riverside Cemetery.  Current fees are $40 for a lot and $20 for burials.  The proposal would raise these rates to $125 for a lot and $60 for burials.

 

October 7, 1973

National Headlines:

  • Attorneys for Vice President Spiro Agnew have asked for “constitutional immunity” for Agnew as he is being investigated for criminal prosecution due to alleged incidents of tax fraud, tax evasion, bribery and receiving kickbacks.  The request was denied by the US Department of Justice.

State Headlines:

  • One out of eight South Dakotans is over the age of 65 and about half the state’s elderly population has an annual income of less than $3000
  • The 1972 live birth rate in South Dakota was the lowest since 1906 with only 10,855 births recorded.  The highest birth rate occurred in 1955 with 18,566 babies born to SD residents.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Gypsy Day news:  Barb Schwant and Steve Graf are this year’s royal couple.  They are both from Milbank.  Stan Markley is the new King of the Gyps.  Ralph Johnson, director of Northern’s physical plant, was selected as the 1973 parade marshal.  Special guest for the parade was Georgia Swan, the 1918 Gypsy Queen.  Clark Swisher Jr. was selected as Coach of the Year.
  • Big name entertainment for Gypsy Day will be Mac Davis.  His concert will be at the Civic Arena.
  • Co-Captains for the Northern Wolves football team are Steve Graf and Curt Frederickson.  The Wolves play the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse in the homecoming game.
  • Frederick High School homecoming royalty for 1973 is Steve Karjalainen and Sonja Jarvi.  Sarah Trotske and Lonnie Remily reigned over the Doland homecoming festivities.  Royalty in Leola is JoAnne Meier and David Taylor.  Mark Bosanko and Patti Stevens were selected to reign over Aberdeen Central Pageant Day activities.  Chelle Grote and Don Krause are the Warner royal couple.
  • Aberdeen School of Commerce students selected Rodney Schick of Eureka and Janice Ham of Shadehill as the school royalty during the school recognition dinner at Lu’s Italian Villa.
  • Over 35 girls at Presentation College have spent the past 3 weeks in training for the annual Freshman vs Sophomore powder puff football game.  The game will feature 8-minute quarters and coaches from Roncalli will officiate.
  • Steve Ness of Aberdeen won the bike given away by the Pants, Pants, Pants store as part of its back to school promotion.  The store is located on East 6th Avenue across from the Big Boy Restaurant.
  • Open a new checking account at the First National Bank and get free Corning Ware cookware.

 

October 8, 1992

National Headlines:

  • Marvin Schwan, a Minnesota businessman who lives in Sioux Falls, is included in Forbes magazine’s annual list of the wealthiest Americans.  Schwan, with a net worth of $1 billion, comes in at number 70.  He owns an ice cream company headquartered in Marshall, MN.  Last year he came in at number 71 with a net worth of $950 million.

State Headlines:

  • The numbers are in from the 1992 Sturgis rally.  The average person who attended the event stayed six days and spent $761.  They also plan to return next year.  Two thirds of those surveyed were between the ages of 30 and 50; 74% were men earning  $30,000 to $40,000 annually; 93% had at least a high school diploma and 57% were married.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The funeral for Northern president Dr Terrance Brown was today.  Brown, who was 50 years old, died of cancer.  He had been Northern’s president since 1982.
  • The Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a pheasant feather contest.  The winner will be the person who brings in the longest pheasant tail feather.
  • Reed Mahlke and Carla Sumption are the homecoming royalty in Frederick.  Hecla royalty is Darin Wampler and Billie Jo Clark.  Hoven’s royal couple is Jason Kaup and Josie Zweber.
  • Mike Brumbaugh, an Aberdeen court services officer, was elected treasurer of the South Dakota Corrections Association.
  • Hub City Incorporated is celebrating its 100th anniversary and will host an open house at its facility in the Industrial Park. The company has evolved from a locally owned small repair shop to a worldwide manufacturer with sales of $44.5 million last year.
  • The Sully Buttes High School Band placed first at the PowWow Days competition at Huron College last weekend.
  • Bill Yuker, a junior at Timber Lake High School, was chosen the “homely-coming queen” after winning the evening gown competition, answering a current event question and performing in the talent portion of the homecoming spoof event.
  • Chris Swanhorst scored 22 points as the Northwestern girl’s basketball team defeated Warner 80-48.
  • More than 10,000 people have visited Sica Hollow this fall to enjoy the fall colors.
  • “Up With People” will return to Aberdeen later this month with a show entitled “Rhythm of the World.” Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $5.00 for students and children.

 

October 9, 1982

National Headlines:

  • A radio station in Dayton, Ohio, has organized a “burger lift” for the US troops in Beirut, Lebanon.  The soldiers will enjoy 3000 White Castle hamburgers that were packed in dry ice for the flight to Lebanon.  The White Castle franchise donated the burgers and a transport company donated its airplanes to deliver the treat.

State Headlines:

  • The US Census Bureau states that four SD counties are among the lowest in per capita income in the nation.  Shannon County is the nation’s poorest county with per capita annual income only $2,637.  Buffalo County was next with a per capital income of only $2,642.  Ziebach County was fifth and Todd County ranked eighth.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Today is Gypsy Day.  The festivities went on as planned despite a drenching rain. Jackie Ivers and Blake Olson are the Gypsy royalty.  Chuck Gugel was crowned as King of the Gyps.  Dr. Lester Clarke, NSU’s interim president, is the parade marshal.
  • The Aberdeen Central Marching Band under the direction of drum major Tony Haglund is the largest band in this year’s Gypsy Day parade with 140 members.
  • Debbie Gulleson of Britton is the new South Dakota Honey Queen.
  • Presentation College homecoming activities coincided with Gypsy Day this year.   Stan Ryman and Bonnie Unterbunner reigned over the An Tostal Day activities.
  • Construction on the $34 million sunflower processing plant near Ipswich started last week.  When complete the plant will employ about 56 people and run 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • You can still drink beer on Sundays in Clark.  A recent vote to ban Sunday beer sales was defeated.
  • Watch the Weekend News on KELO Land TV with newscasters Mike Schirmer, Ann Parker, and Bobbie Jo Lower. 
  • At the Movies:  Dolly Parton & Burt Reynolds in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and Kenny Rodgers in “Six Pack” at the Cinema Twins.  “Pink Floyd, TheWall” at the Orpheum.  At the Capitol, Laurence Olivier and Jacqueline Bisset star in “Inchon”
  • On TV tonight:  “T.J. Hooker”, “Silver Spoons”  “Give Me A Break” and “Different Strokes”

 

October 10, 1958

National Headlines:

  • The New York Yankees defeated Milwaukee 6-2 to claim the 1958 World Series title.  Yankee pitcher, Bob Turley, who was a former Aberdeen Pheasant player, was the winning pitcher.  He won a new automobile for being named the series’ outstanding player.

State Headlines:

  • South Dakota had a good tourist season despite the cool weather in June. Use of paid camping spots increased 47% and the use of free campgrounds saw a 37% increase. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen’s First National Bank will host an open house in its new facility on First Street this weekend.
  • The Gypsy Day Committee has announced the rules for this year’s parade.  A few are: No candy, gum, or other items will be tossed or distributed from floats.  No horses will be allowed in the parade.  Each float will be assigned a number by the parade committee—numbers may not be traded with another organization’s float.
  • Thirty bands from North and South Dakota have registered to participate in the Gypsy Day parade and field competition.  That translates to over 1000 student musicians.
  • The students at May Overby Elementary School evacuated their building the quickest in last week’s fire drill.  The 362 students were out of the building in 55 seconds.  The slowest school report came from Sacred Heart where the 584 students took 2 minutes and 9 seconds to evacuate the building.
  • The dates for the fifth annual presentation of “The Messiah” were announced today.  The concert will again be under the direction of Dr. John Berggren of Northern and feature the school’s 145 Collegiate choir accompanied by the Civic Symphony, a piano and an organ.  The concert will be held in the Civic Arena.
  • Teens, plan to attend the Palomar dance and party at the YMCA tonight from 7pm – 9:30pm. Tim Rich, Dennis Adams, Tom Tonner, Diane Evans and Susan Bantz are part of the planning committee for the event.
  • Western Printing, a tenant in the Western Union Building for the past 29 years, plans to construct a new facility at 315 N Main across the street from Aldrich Park.  The company hopes to move to the new site in early spring.
  • At the movies:  Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Capitol, “The Camp on Blood Island” at the Orpheum.  The Star-Lite has a Ma & Pa Kettle double feature.
  • On TV tonight:  “Your Hit Parade” with Dorothy Collins and Johnny Desmond, “The Jackie Gleason Show” “The Phil Silvers Show”, “The Thin Man”