From the North End: GCHS maps still available

FROM THE NORTH END: WE GOT OUR FIRST TASTE OF WINTER as the temperature dropped all day today (Monday), and in early afternoon a full scale, good old fashioned South Dakota blizzard was in full sway reducing visibility to near zero in open areas. It’s that time of the year and you can bet your bottom dollar that we’re not done with the white stuff.

THE COMMUNITY APPRECIATION SUPPER HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED from tonight, December 4th until next Monday, December 11th due to the above mentioned blizzard.

AND SPEAKING OF “THAT TIME OF THE YEAR,” don’t forget the annual Hospital Gala at the Civic Center this weekend. “The Gala” is always a highlight of the pre-holiday season.

THE ANNUAL TOM AND JERRY NIGHT AT THE VFW will be held on Friday, December 22nd. In addition to the Tom and Jerry’s there will bingo for turkeys and various other prizes.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A GOOD CHRISTMAS PRESENT consider purchasing one of the Gregory County Historical Society Maps that feature various points of historical interest in the county. The maps are available from this writer, Jerry Peterson, Clark Gies of Fairfax and Rich Rubel.

I’m pretty sure that Roger Wiltz also has copies of “A Dakota Rod and Nimrod” that would make a good gift for the guy in your family. And speaking of books, this corner just completed reading Bonesteel’s native author, F.W.”Bill” McDonald’s The Coasts of Minnesota. It is a light and fun read.

ANYONE WHO TAUGHT OR ATTENDED A RURAL SCHOOL IN GREGORY COUNTY should take some time during one of the upcoming cold winter days or evenings and jot down some memories of your experiences and send them this way. The County Historical Society is in the long process of compiling a book on the County’s rural schools.

LAST WEEK’S COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING had an excellent crowd for the presentation of E.R.’s Year-1942 (which would also make an excellent Christmas present!). Next month’s program will be a presentation on Bert Hall’s “The Last Round-up-Old Muddy to the Black Hills.” Bert Hall, from Kennebec, based his book on interviews and recollections of some of the cowboys and residents of the West River area who resided in this area when it transitioned from being “open range” to homesteading. It should be an educational and fun evening. See you next week!

Author: Jack Broome

Photograph: Jeppeson School 1927. June (Christensen) Carlson is the tall girl on the left in the back row. The girl in the front with her face hidden is Joyce (Christensen) Keith. The Christensen barn and house are in the background.