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This Day in History - July 21-25


July 21, 1985

National Headlines:

  • Sharon Christa McAuliffe, a teacher at Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire, has been selected to be the first US citizen passenger on a space flight.  McAuliffe learned of her selection at a White House ceremony for all the candidates.

State Headlines:

  • The Flint Fire that has already burned 22,000 acres east of Edgemont, SD, is the largest forest fire in the Black Hills in nearly 50 years.  In 1939, the McVey Fire destroyed 21,857 acres near Hill City.  The estimated cost to contain the Flint Fire stands at $1.5 million.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Doug Riley is the new manager at Aberdeen’s Bonanza Family Restaurant.
  • New doctors in town include Dr. Mark Mogen, Dr. Scott Berry and Dr. Curt Wischmeier.
  • Golfers—get your foursome together for the 55th annual Dakota Open Golf Tournament to be held in Aberdeen August 24-25.  Play for over $6000 in prizes.
  • Aberdeen Wendy’s-Coke defeated Claremont in a doubleheader thanks to three-run homers in both games by Bill Gayton.
  • Anne Hall has resigned from the Aberdeen School Board due to an upcoming move to Columbus, Nebraska.  School board action includes the hiring of Robert Neely as the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.  Neely is currently the superintendent of the Emerson, Nebraska, school district.  His starting salary was set at $44,000 for the upcoming school term.
  • New members on the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce Board of directors include Terry Baloun of Norwest Bank, Lee Cleberg of the Firestone Stores, Trish Larson of Dakota Rentals, Dick Kolker of the Kolker, Maloney, Kolker, Fritz, Hogan and Johnson law firm, and Dale Chell of Chell Realtors. 
  • See the Bellamy Brothers for one show only this week at the Lumber Company.  Ticket prices range from $7 - $9 in advance or $11 at the door.
  • At the movies:  “E.T.” and “The Goonies” at the Cinema Twins, and “Pale Rider” at the Capitol.
  • On TV Tomorrow night: Major League Baseball with Howard Cosell, Al Michaels and Jim Palmer in the broadcast booth.

 

July 22, 1974

National Headlines:

  • Rose Kennedy, mother of President John F. Kennedy, celebrated her 84th birthday today at her home in Hyannisport, Massachusetts.
  • Chicago’s Biograph Theater closed today.  The theater captured national headlines 40 years ago when FBI agents killed John Dillinger as he was leaving the theater with “the lady in red.”  The pair had gone to the Biograph to see a gangster movie.
  • As of July 1 of this year, oil companies must offer at least one grade of “lead-free” gasoline to consumers.

State Headlines:

  • Country singers Faron Young and Wanda Jackson are the headline entertainment for this year’s “Days of ‘76” celebration in Deadwood. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Aberdeen IRS office reports it is holding 378 unclaimed federal tax return checks.  Staff is working to locate the rightful owners, but often a taxpayer moves from the area and leaves no forwarding address.
  • Dr. Stanley Altman has opened an office in Aberdeen.  Altman’s practice is limited to diseases and surgery of the eye.
  • Cresbard’s Mel Lerew was a double winner at the State Fairgrounds Speedway winning both the first heat and the feature race defeating Watertown’s Roger Swenson.
  • Handy Man Discount Store at 11 South Main in Aberdeen is celebrating its one year anniversary with storewide sales.
  • The Aberdeen Regional Airport Board elected Harley Taylor as its president, Cal Engel its vice president and Frank Kraft its secretary.  Other members are Roland Parcel and Vern Lausten.
  • The dedication of Rosholt’s new Bethanie Lutheran Church building will take place this Sunday.  This is part of the church’s 80th anniversary celebration.
  • Mrs. Art Schmidt is the chairman of the Eureka Garden Club’s flower show.  This year’s theme is “Beauty in our Gardens”.  Exhibitors need not be members of the club.
  • The St. Hubert Hotel in Milbank will be closing soon after serving the community since the early 1900s.
  • Top Records this week:  “Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae, “Annie’s Song” by John Denver and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven” by the Righteous Brothers.
  • Tonight is “Buck Night” at the Starlight—price for your whole carload is only one dollar for the double feature of “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Trader Horn”

 

July 23, 1958

National Headlines:

  • Soviet Premier Nakita Khrushchev is hoping to organize a summit meeting of the officials of governments of the US, Britain, France and India to head off a war in the Middle East.

State Headlines:

  • The state’s democrats are gathering in Watertown to elect party candidates for the fall election.  Brown County farmer and gubernatorial hopeful, Ralph Herseth, will be the keynote speaker. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Margaret Briscoe Hall, a new women’s residence hall on the campus of Northern State Teacher’s College, will be ready for use by September 10.  Bids were let this week for a new Student Union Building, which will include a new “Wolves Den” gathering spot for students.
  • The Houghton Congregational Church hosted a musical tea for guests from Hecla, Columbia, Claremont, Barnard, and Aberdeen.  Thelma Dennert was the chairman for the event.
  • This week’s specials at Martin’s Super Valu include:  Miracle Whip (1 quart jar) just $.49, Dad’s Root Beer  4 quarts for $.98 (in the handy “throw away” bottle), Cascade dishwasher soap $.49, and 3 pounds of Oleo margarine for $1.00
  • These tunes are on this week’s Top 30 play list at KSDN—“When” by The Kalin Twins, “King Creole” by Elvis Presley, “Poor Little Fool” by Rickie Nelson, “Splish Splash” by Bobbie Darin, “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Woolie, and “Yackety Yak” by The Coasters.  KSDN’s album pick of the week is “Stardust” by Pat Boone.
  • Construction of a $65,000 restaurant, service and bulk station on west 6th Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets will begin this week.  This structure is being built on the former site of Faeth’s Station.
  • Tryouts for “The Bell, Book and Candle”, the first production of Aberdeen’s newly organized “Prairie Players”, will begin next week at the YWCA.  Helen Holgate will direct the production, which is scheduled to open in mid-September.
  • Tickets are now on sale at the Olwin Angell store for the upcoming Jaycette Fall Fashion Show.  Admission—table of 4 just $5.00.
  • Goldberg’s Ready-to-Wear at 119 S. Main in Aberdeen is holding its July ½ price clearance sale.
  • The Aberdeen Smittys defeated Watertown 18-9 in a three hour and 25 minute marathon game to claim the region 3 American Legion title.  Some members of the Smittys are Phillip “Flip” Nikolas, Charlie Reich (Rich), John Oster, Tom Teigan and Jerry Ochs.

 

July 24, 1965

National Headlines;

  • More than 200 US Marines volunteered for newly created positions in Miami Beach, Florida.  The Miss Universe Pageant needs 72 escorts for pageant contestants and has called in the Marines.  To be eligible for this assignment, a Marine must be at least 5’8”, single and volunteer to come on his own time. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Members of the new Aberdeen Swim Team will compete in their 2nd meet.  The group is hosting the state AAU swim meet here this weekend.  The group, sponsored by the Aberdeen Elks Club, includes:  DeJay Heath, Brenda Cogswell, Ann Palmquist, Paul Skulborstad, Bill Taylor and David Olson.
  • Mobridge residents will determine the fate of a proposed feedlot and meet packing plant in an election tomorrow.  Voters will decide if the city should lease land near the railroad track to the developers for this purpose.
  • Merchants and shoppers alike are declaring the 1965 Crazy Days event the best ever.  The event featured entertainment, a kiddie parade and of course, lots of sales.
  • Pediatrician Dr. Juan Chavier has joined the practice of Dr. Noel deDianous.
  • Aberdeen’s 6th Avenue has a cosmopolitan look now that construction is complete.  The street now boasts 4 lanes, a concrete surface and overhanging stop lights.  Plans to make Highway 12 east of Aberdeen into a 4 lane highway will be finalized soon.
  • The Star Lite Drive In is still celebrating Crazy Days with 4 shows for $.75 tonight only.  See Carol Lynley in “Blue Denim”, Sal Mineo in “Dino”, Dale Robertson and Yvonne De Carlo in “Law of the Lawless” and Doris Day and James Garner in “Move Over, Darling”
  • Save 15 Dr. Pepper bottle caps and get one free movie ticket good only at the Orpheum.
  • Shop the world’s only real “Little Big Dollar Store” which is locally owned and operated by Merle Klein.  During Crazy Days all $1 items will sell for only $.87.
  • Jeff’s Fairway in the Super City Mall is giving away free peanuts to enjoy while you shop the great in-store grocery specials.  Jeff even wants you to throw the shells on his floor!
  • Looking for family fun?  Ride the go-carts at the Spitfire Raceway.

 

July 25, 1970

National Headlines:

  • President Richard Nixon is in Fargo meeting with governors from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska about the problems facing those in rural America.  Nixon delayed the meeting for nearly 30 minutes while he mingled with the crowd gathered outside the Fargo Public Library, the site of the meeting.

State Headlines:

  • According to state tourism officials June was a good month in South Dakota.   Visitation to Mount Rushmore was up 11%, Wind Cave up 40%, Wall Drug up 19% and the Passion Play up 20%.  Attractions on the east side of the state also showed significant increases in visitors.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Myrna Kokales of Aberdeen received the Proud Angler award from the state Game, Fish and Parks Department for the one pound 10 ounce bluegill she recently caught at Enemy Swim Lake.
  • The Depot Club is the City League champion for 1970 with an 8 – 1 season record.  The team will play an exhibition game at Eureka next week. 
  • This is opening day for the Prayer Rock Museum in Britton.  Along with the famous prayer rock, exhibits include an early day sitting room and kitchen.
  • The Aberdeen YWCA will offer babysitting services during the upcoming Crazy Days.  Children ages 1 ½ - 9 are welcome.  There will be a $.40 per hour fee.
  • Craig Schaunaman, a member of the Future Ranchers 4-H club, won a purple ribbon for his first-aid demonstration.  He will now compete at the state fair in September.
  • The Joe Stuwe family of rural Hoven has been selected to host a student from Tehran, Iran as part of a summer student exchange program sponsored by the state 4-H organization.
  • Buy a bucket or barrel of chicken today at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Aberdeen and receive a whole cherry pie and a six pak of “Coke” free. 
  • Ipswich banker, Stewart Holdhusen, was recently named to the state banking commission by Governor Frank Farrar.
  • Marianne Kindel, Debbie Bennett and Holly Zabel, all of Selby, will return home today after spending the week at a high school speech and communication institute at USD.
  • At the movies:  Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in “Easy Rider” at the Orpheum and “1932: The Moonshine War” at the air-conditioned Capitol Theater.
  • On TV:  “My Three Sons” “Adam 12” “Petticoat Junction” and “Mannix”