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This Day in History - April 14-18

April 14, 1972

National Headlines:

  • Play Ball!! The baseball strike, the first in baseball history, is over and a shortened season will begin this weekend. Players demanded an increase in their pension fund, finally owners and players agreed to a $500,000 increase in pension fund payments.  Only 86 games were played during the ‘72 season due to the strike.

  • Americans are continuing their switch from butter to margarine.  Reports released by the Dept. of Agriculture noted that the per capita consumption of butter was at an all-time low--5.1 pounds/year while margarine use reached 11.1 pounds/year.

State Headlines:

  • Headliner for the 1972 State Fair will be Charlie Pride

  • South Dakota’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention hired a jet to take them to the Miami event.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The location of the Aberdeen Central Prom is as yet undetermined.  Seems the committee failed to reserve the Arena for the desired date, and another event has been on the books for over 5 months.  Juniors and Seniors will vote on alternative sites later this week.

  • Langford school officials announced that graduation would be held at 7:30pm at the Langford City Park on May 22.  Chuck Neitert is a member of the Langford senior class.

  • The new third grade teacher for next year at Adams Elementary in Aberdeen will be Pat McDermott who will graduate from Northern next month. 

  • The Mobridge School Board has said no to a hot lunch program due to the cost of equipment and the necessary remodeling of facilities.  Instead, the school will expand the sack lunch program currently in place. 

  • Spaulding Auto is having an inventory reduction sale at its 309 S Lincoln Street location in preparation for their move to the new Auto Plaza. 

  • Top Records this week:  “Rockin’ Robin” by Michael Jackson, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack, “A Horse With No Name” by America, “Puppy Love” Donnie Osmond.

  • On TV Tonight:  “The Brady Bunch”, “The Partridge Family” and “The Odd Couple”


April 15, 1984

National Headlines:

  • Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale is confident he can secure the nomination prior to the national convention given the number of delegates already committed to his candidacy.  Opponent Gary Hart is still in the race and claims “It’s not over till it’s over.”

  • This year’s “Tax Freedom Day” is May 1.  In other words, the average worker will spend the 122 workdays from January 1 to May 1 earning enough to pay his taxes.

State Headlines:

  • Comedian Red Skelton performed at the Rushmore Plaza in Rapid City as a fund-raiser for the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

  • The 1984 “Mr. Basketball” is Todd Smith a  6’ 7” center from Wakonda High School, this year’s state B championship team.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Kae McNeil was the top real estate “lister” for the month of March at Century 21 in Aberdeen.

  • “Take A Look at Us Now” is the theme for the upcoming Roncalli Dinner Dance that will be held at the Ward Hotel.  Music will be provided by “Nitro Brothers.”  Dinner (steak or shrimp) cost is $8 per person.

  • The intersection at North 2nd Street and 5th Avenue will be undergoing reconstruction for safety sake this summer.  Currently this intersection is one of the highest accident areas in the state.

  • Check at the police department if you are missing a bicycle--they have about 30 abandoned bikes.  Any unclaimed bikes will be sold at auction in May.

  • Don Craft Jr. is the new post commander of the Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post in Aberdeen.  He succeeds Rod Bahr.

  • Holly Wanner and Morris Rau representing Eureka High School were named outstanding athletes in the Highmore Invitational track meet.

  • The Wecota Community Post Office will close after 77 years of service.  Wecota residents will now receive their mail by rural carriers through the Faulkton Post Office.

  • Shop The Aberdeen Crockery, Aberdeen’s Wedding Store, for all your gift needs for the season’s upcoming bridal showers and weddings. 


April 16, 1968

National Headlines:

  • Congress is considering a bill to create 4 “Monday Holidays” to celebrate Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day.  There is much debate on both sides about this “3 day weekend” idea, and passage of the bill is questionable at this point.

State Headlines:

  • Presidential hopeful US Senator Robert Kennedy is campaigning in the state, making stops in Sioux Falls, Pine Ridge and Rapid City.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The SD Board of Regents approved a salary hike for the presidents of the state’s colleges and universities.  Northern’s new president, Dr. Norbert Baumgart will be paid $22,500.  Retiring Northern president, J Howard Kramer’s salary was $19,500 plus an on-campus apartment in Seymour Hall.

  • Six of the eight North Central Airline flights out of Aberdeen will be 100 passenger DC-9 jets beginning at the end of April.  Convair 440 planes handle the other flights.

  • The local Navy Recruiting office is looking for more young women to enlist as WAVES.  High school graduates who are single and between the ages of 18 and 26 are eligible.

  • Aberdeen public school superintendent, Cy Holgate, has been selected to be the honorary referee at this year’s Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls. 

  • Students from the rural schools of Brown County will present their annual music program Friday night at the Arena.  Miss Helen Bergh, the Brookside School teacher, is head of the event entitled “Traveling with Music.”

  • The Aberdeen Penney’s store is featuring a special purchase of 500 favorite Country Western record albums for just $.88 each.  They are guaranteed to be perfect.

  • Tomorrow has been declared “Northern President J. Howard Kramer Day” in Aberdeen to honor his 12 years of service to Northern and Aberdeen.

  • Be sure to catch the “Pre-Opening Gala” at the Starlite Drive-In this weekend.  The evening’s movies will start at dusk and include “Cast a Giant Shadow” with Kirk Douglas, “Deadlier Than the Male” with Elke Sommer plus a “Pink Panther” cartoon.

  • Today and tomorrow Dairy Queen is offering banana splits for only $.29 each.

  • Dirty car?--stop at “Robo-Wash” at 401 N 2nd St.  for a fully automatic car wash (includes rinsing)  The 6 minute process costs only $.25

  • “The Graduate” has been held over for a 2nd big week at the Orpheum.  Ticket prices are $1.50 for adults, $1.25 for juniors and “golden” age just $.75.


April 17, 1966

National Headlines:

  • The Vietnam War continues to escalate.  Last week’s casualty figures indicated that more Americans than South Vietnamese have been killed in action.  The situation is beginning to raise doubts even in those who supported President Johnson’s Vietnam policy.

State Headlines:

  • The SD Board of Regents will meet with a representative from the United Student Aid Fund as part of their spring meeting on the campus of Southern State College in Springfield.  The regents are considering entering a contract with the Aid Fund to handle a loan fund for students in the state’s colleges and vocational schools. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Construction of the new St. Otto’s Catholic Church in Webster is well underway and causing lots of conversation in the community because the church is round!  The church has an 86’ diameter and the pews will be arranged around the altar in a fan-shaped formation.  The cost of the new structure is about $230,000.

  • The last issue of Waubay’s weekly newspaper, “The Waubay Clipper” has been published and distributed.  “The Clipper”, established on May 1, 1890, was one of the oldest papers in the state.

  • Hosmer will have a weekly paper for the first time.  “The Hosmer Bulletin” will be published each Wednesday and feature one column each week in German.

  • The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Ipswich will be dedicated on April 24.  Prior to completing the structure the congregation held services in the Legion Hall.

  • During the next 2 weeks Telephone Company representatives will call all Aberdeen one-and two-party customers in preparation for the establishment of Nationwide Direct Dialing.  The changeover to direct dial long distance calling will be made early morning on May 1.

  • Top Records for this week:  “Daydream” by the Lovin’ Spoonful, “Soul and Inspiration” by the Righteous Brothers, “Ballad of the Green Berets” by Sgt. Barry Sadler, “19th Nervous Breakdown” by the Rolling Stones and “California Dreamin” by the Mamas and the Papas.

  • At the Orpheum:  “The Trouble With Angels” starring Rosalind Russell and Haley Mills.  At the Capitol:  “Our Man Flint” starring James Coburn and Lee J. Cobb.  The Starlite Drive-In “Where you get an evening of pleasure, dressed as you are, in the privacy of your car” opens this weekend with a triple feature:  “Disorderly Orderly” with Jerry Lewis, “Tomb of Ligeia” with Vincent Price and as the midnight feature “Revenge of the Gladiators”

  • Tonight on TV:  “The Wackiest Ship in the Army”, “Bonanza”, “My Favorite Martian”, “Ed Sullivan” and “Candid Camera”


April 18, 1979

National Headlines:

  • Michelle Triola Marvin was awarded $104,000 in her lawsuit against her companion, actor Lee Marvin with whom she lived for the past six years.  This is considerably less than the $1.8 million she sought.

  • The Energy Department is warning that there may be serious gasoline shortages this summer if there are further reductions in oil imports from the Middle East.

State Headlines:

  • It is expected that SD farmers will double their sunflower plantings this year if they can obtain the seed.  99% of the nation’s sunflowers are grown in the Dakotas and Minnesota.  The price of the crop is very attractive--8.5 to 9 cents per pound.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The WEB Water Development group is hosting public meetings to inform Aberdeen residents about WEB water and its use.  The City Commission has not yet decided whether WEB will provide water for the city.

  • Ladies, don’t miss The New York Store’s going out of business sale.

  • See Bobby Vee at the Galley in Webster this weekend.  Ticket prices just $4.00 in advance or $5.00 at the door.  Some of his hits include:  “Rubber Ball”,  “Take Good Care of My Baby”,  “Devil or Angel” and “The Night has a Thousand Eyes”.

  • The St. Luke’s Hospital Board of Directors named the hospital’s new educational center after longtime Aberdeen physician Dr. Carson Murdy.

  • Northwestern Bell announced its Touch Tone service is now available for customers in Mellette. 

  • Grade A large eggs are $.75 a dozen today at Super America on South Main Street.

  • Breakfast special at Caesar’s Family Restaurant--2 eggs, toast, hash browns and bacon/sausage just $1.69.

  • Susan White (now Van Dover) will provide entertainment at the YWCA annual spring luncheon.  She will sing selections from light German operas.

  • See the new 1980 Oldsmobile Omega at Johnson Motors in the Auto Plaza.  The Omega features a transverse engine, front-wheel drive, and gets up to 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

  • First District US Congressman Tom Daschle will be visiting Brown and Marshall counties this weekend to discuss the use of gasohol and other alternative fuels.  Anyone unable to attend the public meetings can call Daschle’s office to schedule a home visit by the Congressman.