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This Day in History - June 9-13
June 9, 1989
- Cooperstown, New York is planning a special weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Planned activities include parades, fireworks displays and the dedication of a new wing on the Hall itself, the unveiling of a new postage stamp featuring the likeness of Lou Gehrig and an “old timers” game featuring former major league stars and such Hall of Famers as Lou Brock, Bob Feller, Bob Gibson and Harmon Killebrew.
- Due to the low water level at Lake Oahe, the US Corps of Engineers is allowing the construction of an extension on the boat ramp at the Point of View Resort on the lake. The Corps has assured Senator Tom Daschle that they will respond quickly if other ramps are in need of extensions if the water level continues to drop throughout the summer months.
- Roslyn will be celebrating its Jubilee this weekend with a kiddie parade, two dances, picnics, and an Alumni Banquet.
- Faulkton’s new mayor is Jim Wagner and its new council members are Randy Bauer and Ray Grau.
- Residents of the Glendale Colony southeast of Frankfort will be hosting an Open House at their new dairy barn, which has been called the most modern, highest quality dairy barn in the upper Midwest.
- Ten Budweiser Clydesdales are in Mobridge for a parade tomorrow. The horses can be seen at today the Klein Museum. They will make a stop in Aberdeen next week. It’s been at least 25 years since the famous horses have visited the city according to the general manager of Aberdeen Beverage Inc, sponsors of the event.
- The swimming pool is Webster opened Monday of this week and to date 450 persons have “taken a dip.” with a one-day high of 235 swimmers.
- Plan now to attend the Olde Time Music Fest June 10-11 at Wylie Park. Some of the featured acts are Peter Ostroushko from the Prairie Home Companion Show, Chuck Suchy, The Aberdeen Area Fiddlers, the Black Hills Bluegrass Band and the Uff-Da Mountain Boys. Admission is free. Bring your own lawn chairs.
- Mina Lake home with fieldstone fireplace, full basement, boat house, marine dock and sauna is now available for only $59,000
- At the movies: “Star Trek The Final Frontier” at the Capitol, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” are at the Cinema Twin theaters.
June 10, 1957
- All parties involved have signed contracts making the moves of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and the New York Giants to San Francisco official. The moves may take place as soon as the end of the 1957 baseball season.
- Arnold Palmer, a 27-year old rookie, won $2800 in the Rubber City Open in Akron, Ohio increasing his yearly winnings as a professional golfer to $16,269 second only to Doug Ford’s total of $28,931.
- The Atomic Energy Commission donated a nuclear reactor to South Dakota State College (now SDSU) in Brookings for study and research purposes. The reactor will be placed on the ground floor of the engineering building.
- A tornado touched down in Faulkton last night destroying one home, a barn and a bus garage. There were four tornados spotted near the town, but only one touched down.
- Residents of Aberdeen’s West Hill addition met with the City Commission to protest the city’s plans to locate a meat packing plant in that section of town.
- See the Mighty Chrysler Windsor, the most glamorous car in a generation featuring the push-button TorqueFlite transmission at Aberdeen Motors (and huge fins). Drive one away for only $3000.
- Preds leads the City Baseball League standings with a perfect 4-0 record. The Harbor Café is second and the Builders and Bradburys are tied for third. The teams play at the Municipal Ball Park, what is now the Barnett Center parking lot.
- Many residents are opposed to a suggestion put forth by the Monroe Junior High PTA to turn a major portion of Aldrich Park into a playground for the school. The City Commission and the School Board are discussing the legalities of such a change.
- Veterans account for 25% of the student body at Northern according to the campus veteran’s office. Korean veterans are reminded they must use their education benefits within 3 years after their date of discharge.
- The Blackhawk Café 318 S Main in Aberdeen is featuring its famous steak dinners for $1.35 tonight.
- Herman Erlich Jewelry in the Ward Hotel Building is offering its entire stock of cuff links 50% off just in time for Father’s Day.
- The stockcar races at Speedy Hollow, ½ mile north of Bath Corner, will feature 2 added thrills tomorrow night, the “Jumpin Ramp Race” where daredevil drivers will be forced to jump ramps on each lap and the “Human Fireball” where a daredevil will crash through a wall of flame while riding on the hood of a speeding racer. All the action starts at 8pm.
June 11, 1993
- Hilary Rodham Clinton spoke at the 100th anniversary of John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine and urged the nation’s medical schools to focus on training family practice physicians rather than so many specialists in order to meet the healthcare needs of those living in the inner city and rural areas
- State wildlife officials are optimistic that the year’s pheasant hatch will be strong despite recent heavy rains that may have destroyed existing nests in some areas.
- After one day of play, Aberdeen golfer, Roger Legge, leads the state stroke play tournament with a 3 under par 68.
- The Sun Dial Manor in Bristol is expanding its facility and will break ground for a new wing later this month.
- Residents of Java are discussing the possibility of forming a rural fire district.
- Susan Heitman of Britton has been named the golf coach of the year by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association.
- Aberdeen’s air ambulance service, Careflight, is celebrating one year of service. During that time it has transported 95 patients. Nearly twice that many requested service but weather conditions hindered the helicopter’s ability to answer all calls.
- Webster is hosting the 2nd annual Sodbuster Fest this weekend. Planned activities include pioneer life demonstrations, a liars contest, a kid’s tractor pull and a square dancing exhibition.
- Jim Biggerstaff, principal at Aberdeen’s Holgate Junior High, is retiring after 21 years at the school.
- Dr. Barry Welge (Well-gee) will close his Aberdeen practice next week after serving the Aberdeen area for 15 years.
- Feinstein’s women’s wear in downtown Aberdeen is quitting business. Stop in for huge savings on the entire inventory.
- Tonight on TV: The final game in the NBA Championship series. The Chicago Bulls face the Phoenix Suns. (Chicago wins 111-108)
- At the movies: “Jurassic Park”, “Sliver”, “Cliffhanger”, “Dave” and “Life with Mikey” all at the Midco 5 theaters in the Lakewood Mall.
June 12, 1982
- President Ronald Reagan, wearing a bullet-proof vest, visited the Berlin Wall and challenged the Soviet Union to a new peace initiative. When asked if he thought the divided city would ever be united Reagan replied “yes.”
- Sculptor Korszak Ziolkowski plans to begin the first finishing work on his mountain sculpture of Crazy Horse. So far he’s removed 7.2 million tons of rock with heavy machinery and dynamite, now he’ll start the finer work to carve out the details. The 73 year old Ziolkowski has been working on this project near Custer since 1939.
- Sales of state fair tickets could set a record this year with over $184,000 in tickets sold to date. This year’s entertainment includes concerts by Barbara Mandrell, Rick Springfield, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and Charlie Pride.
Ellendale, Frankfort, Faulkton and Bristol all celebrated centennials this past weekend.
Mansfield will celebrate its centennial next week and Wetonka is planning for its 75th birthday.
Act 2, Aberdeen’s community-college theater, has contracted with Jim Walker to direct its summer musical “Paint Your Wagon.” Walker will also direct a fall production for the group. Walker, 25, is a Roncalli graduate.
- Randy Jones, general sales manager at Loel Lust Chevrolet, was inducted into the Chevrolet Society of Sales Executives at a corporate banquet in Winnipeg, Canada.
- Dr. Warren Redmond will open his dermatology practice in Aberdeen on July 1.
- Aberdeen public school superintendent Dennis Kraft resigned his position to take a similar job in Missoula, Montana.
- Talks about the possibility of merging are continuing between the boards of the local YMCA and YWCA.
- “The Rope Trotters” a group of about 70 students from Henry Neill Elementary School in Aberdeen will perform their jump rope tricks at the annual Art in the Park Festival this weekend. PE teacher, Pauline Jorgenson is the leader of the group.
- Baseball teams sponsored by Erdmann Angus, Cutler Ranch and Pepsi are tied for the lead in the City League standings.
- At the movies: “Conan the Barbarian” at the Orpheum, “Hanky Panky” and “E.T.” at the Cinema Twin theaters.
June 13, 1971
- President Nixon’s daughter, Tricia, married Ed Cox yesterday. The ceremony took place in the White House Rose Garden before 400 guests. The reception was held in the East Room of the White House where the couple cut their 350 pound wedding cake.
- The South Dakota Bicentennial Commission held its first meeting in Ft. Pierre to make preliminary plans for the state’s observance of the nation’s 200th birthday in 1976. One of the primary efforts is to encourage the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission to select the shrine of democracy at Mt. Rushmore as a focal point for the national celebration.
- The 39th annual meeting of the South Dakota State Bar Association will convene at the Aberdeen Holiday Inn next week. General Chairman for the event is Charles Kornmann.
- The Groton Jaycees selected their Carnival of Silver Skates as this year’s outstanding project at their annual award banquet.
- The Brown County Commission met with architects to discuss an addition to the building to house the county offices, a Civil Defense center, a community room and additional storage for the existing offices. Construction could begin as early as next year.
- The Aberdeen Pheasant baseball season begins June 23 with a three-game series with Sioux Falls to be played here. Season tickets are now on sale.
- The first “ladies day” was held last week at Prairiewood, Aberdeen’s newest golf course.
- Voters in Bowdle will decide whether to approve a $30,000 bond for a music addition to the school.
- The Aberdeen Garden Club will have a flower show tomorrow in the lobby of the Aberdeen National Bank.
- Salary figures for Brown County employees have been released. The district judge earns $16,500 annually while the sheriff earns $11,000. The treasurer, auditor, register of deeds and the assessor each earn $8,000 annually. The highway superintendent gets $9,000 each year. County Commissioners are paid $50 per month and $25 per diem when doing county business.
- On TV tonight: “Lassie”, “Wagon Train”, “Bonanza”
- At the movies: “Wuthering Heights” at the Orpheum, “A New Leaf” at the Capitol and “House of Dark Shadows” at the Star Lite Drive In.
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