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This Day in History - February 1, 4-8

February 1, 1961

National Headlines:

  • Ham the chimpanzee is reported to be safely back on earth 25 hours after being launched into space.  Ham’s spacecraft sped 155 miles into space prior to a splash down in the Atlantic Ocean.  This is one of several tests that will help officials at NASA determine if it will be safe to eventually send a man into space.

State Headlines:

  • Former South Dakota Congressman, George McGovern will head the nation’s “Food for Peace” program.  He has also been assigned to the Kennedy White House to oversee foreign use of American food and agricultural products.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Central Building on the campus of Northern State Teacher’s College was destroyed by fire last night. Flames from the fire were visible for several miles.  High winds and single-digit temperatures hampered fire-fighting efforts.  Among the first to offer assistance to Northern president, J. Howard Kramer, in the aftermath was Sister Carmelita, head of Presentation Junior College, who opened her school’s biology and chemistry labs to Northern’s science teachers and students.   Early damage estimates stand at $1.5 million.
  • Mrs. J. A. Eckrich will speak about her recent trip to Stratford-on-Avon, the birthplace of Wm. Shakespeare, at the upcoming meeting of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
  • Members of the May Overby PTA are sponsoring a benefit card party.  Planning committee members include:  Doris Evenson, Ruth Anderson, Lucille Graf, and Doris Swisher.
  • Aberdeen Central Eagle, Tom Malchow, still holds the ESD Conference scoring lead with 170 points.  Bob Michaels of Watertown is following closely with 161.
  • Webster defeated Britton 48-35 thanks to 16 points from Bruce Kvam.   Jerry Schlekeway of Britton had 15.
  • Valentine specials at Walgreen’s include:  American Greeting Valentine Cards $.05 - $.35; 1 pound box of chocolates (with surprise centers) $.87, or a portable transistor radio just $14.99
  • Specials at the Aberdeen Crockery:  Steak platters with heatproof bake-light holders $1.98 each, crystal decorator bottles with Persian stoppers $1.00 each, and 4 coffee mugs for $1.44.
  • See all the new toys at the Toy Chest—2 doors south of the Capitol Theater.
  • Tonight on TV:  “I’ve Got A Secret”, “Wanted—Dead or Alive”, and “Peter Gunn”


February 4, 1968

National Headlines:

  • The after-tax average income of every man, woman, and child in the US rose by $151 to $2,735.  Americans also saved more of their after-tax income than at any point since the Korean War --7.1%-during the past year.

State Headlines:

  • The 43rd session of the SD state legislature is in its final week.  Last week the House rejected a bill to repeal the death penalty in the state.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Aberdeen United Way Campaign surpassed the $100,000 mark for the first time. 

  • David Wachs, Marcia Eilers, Jeff Sveen, Ellen Bryant, and Paul Darling are among the newly elected homeroom officers at Simmons Junior High.

  • Bruce Poe, Duncan Murdy, Mike Hollan, and Bill McQuillen were on the honor roll for the 2nd nine-week period at Monroe Junior High.  Simmons honor students include:  Crystal Swenson, Kathy Sperry, Barbara Hinds, and Mark Englehart.

  • See the movie version of America’s No. 1 book, “Valley of the Dolls” at the Capitol Theater.

  • All drapery fabric is drastically reduced at the Olwin Angell Store.

  • For your latest area news watch “The Early Edition” on KDLO with Bart Kull.

  • Many area service clubs have enjoyed programs by Peder Heidler (Hide-ler), a German exchange student attending Central this year.  He is living with the Don Hayes family.

  • Top Records this week:  “Green Tambourine” by the Lemon Pipers; “Judy in Disguise” by John Fred and the Playboys; “Bend Me, Shape Me” by American Breed; and “Spooky” by the Classics IV.  Osco Drug has a special on “Record Holders” for all your 45s--just $1.19.

  • Tonight on TV:  “High Chapparal”,  “Flipper”, “Gentle Ben” and “Ed Sullivan”


February 5, 1971

National Headlines:

  • Lou Brock has signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals for the upcoming season.  His $95,000 salary package makes him one of the highest paid baseball players.   It is expected that Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox will be at the top of the pay list when he signs his $130,000 deal.

  • The Apollo 14 astronauts completed their 5-hour moonwalk, the longest to date, but failed to reach the rim of “Cone” one of the moon’s many craters.  NASA advised them to stop about 1/3 of the way up the crater when their heart rates jumped to 150 beats per minute and their breathing became very labored.

State Headlines:

  • Fifteen male students were apprehended for possessing and smoking marijuana in a dormitory on the campus of USD. 

  • 57% of South Dakota businesses polled in a national survey favor legislation to ban the “no deposit, no return” soft drink and beer containers.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Roncalli’s John Kersten scored 17 points but his Cavaliers still lost to Redfield 75-67.

  • Doug Lingor, Doug Neuharth, Jim Jensen and Daryl Schmidt all scored pins to help the Wolves wrestlers defeat the SD Tech Hardrocker wrestlers 32-3.

  • King Kable is offering 99-cent installation all this week.

  • Aberdeen Mayor, William Hauck, is working to address questions from the public about the proposed one-cent sales tax increase that Aberdeen will vote on next week.

  • Dance to Duane Niles and the Country Wheels at Craven Corner.

  • Specials today at Gibsons:  8 pack (glass bottles) of Coke just $.67!  A Lilt Home Permanent for only $.97.  2 pak “D” batteries just $.27

  • Mel’s Harley Davidson will be closed from Feb 1 - 14 so staff can attend the factory service school.

  • Renee Mydland is the Queen of Groton’s Carnival of Silver Skates.  She accepted her crown from outgoing queen, Debra Cassels

  • Tonight on TV:  "The Partridge Family”  “That Girl”  “To Catch a Thief”


February 6, 1957

National Headlines:

  • Fashion requirements are very formal for those attending social functions at the White House, which include the upcoming Eisenhower inauguration galas.  Ladies are expected to wear floor-length ball gowns and long white gloves.  Men should wear “white-tie” attire-- top hats and tails!!

State Headlines:

  • The state legislature passed a joint resolution to place a constitutional amendment on the 1958 ballot that would lower the state’s voting age to 18.

  • A “February Thaw” has hit the state.  Sioux Falls registered a high temp of 57 while Aberdeen reached 38.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen retailers are prepared for the semi-annual “Aberdeen Days” sales promotion campaign.

  • The city commission will open bids tomorrow for 1000 feet of firehose and 40 tons of aluminum sulfate to be used at the filtration plant.

  • A swimming class especially for businessmen is starting at the Y next week.  Ron Edwards will be the instructor.

  • Specials at Mister’s Menswear:  Wool topcoats $28.88; ties $.57; sport coats $18.88; and dress gloves $2.48

  • Ladies--The New York Store Millinery has hats starting at $1.00.  Stop in to see the new selection.  The store is located in the Sherman Hotel Building.

  • Janis Pearson, a student at NSTC, will be the featured vocal soloist at the Aberdeen Civic Symphony concert tonight.

  • The Brentford School Board is hosting a meeting to discuss school district reorganization plans.

  • Northern’s Gary Hepperle scored 13 points in last night’s game against the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers.  The Wolves defeated the Tigers 79-71.

  • Cresbard’s Bob Swanhorst, Cliff Allbee and Loren Neiderbaumer led the Comets to a 78-59 victory over Hitchcock.

  • The Milwaukee Railroad announced that trains 17 & 18 running daily passenger service between Aberdeen and Minneapolis would make their last trips later this month.  Trains 5 & 6 will continue daily service for now.


February 7, 1985

National Headlines

  • The “Monopoly” game is 50 years old today.  Since its introduction in 1935, over 90 million games have been sold in 36 countries.  The game is banned in the Soviet Union, Cuba and China because it promotes capitalism.  Nothing, including Trivial Pursuit or video games, has hindered the popularity of the game. 

State Headlines:

  • Salaried workers at Homestake Gold mine will face pay cuts and 100 jobs currently open will be left unfilled in an attempt to cut costs--the current price of an ounce of gold is $25 dollars lower the cost to mine that same ounce.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Roncalli’s Rich Dix clinched the Northeast Conference title for the Cavaliers in last night’s 50-48 win over Clark by netting two last second free throws.

  • Aberdeen is full of clowns!  The Midwest Shrine Clown Association is holding its winter meeting in Aberdeen all this week. Activities include competitions for clown face make-up and balloon figures.

  • Janell Birrenkott scored 22 is NSC’s 67-61 win over Jamestown College.

  • 18 people have expressed an interest in the open position on the Brown County Commission.  The vacancy was created by the death of Commissioner Kurt Schliebe.

  • Get a free vanilla or chocolate soft serve ice cream dessert with the purchase of any meal at Bonanza on SE 6th Avenue.

  • Watch Eyewitness News each weeknight on KSFY with news anchors Tom Rooney and Joan Russell.

  • New sessions of classes starting soon at Stewart’s School of Hairstyling.  Enroll now and start a new career in just one year.

  • The Roy Lake Snowmobile Trail 18 miles east of Britton is open and being groomed twice a week.  The trail is about 40 miles long and features several spots for fuel, food and warming.

  • Tonight on TV:  “Magnum PI”,  “The Cosby Show” and “Hart to Hart”


February 8, 1962

National Headlines

  • Rookie Jack Nicklaus, the 1961 national amateur champion and intercollegiate champion from Ohio State, has startled the pro golf world by registering a score of 7 under par at the Phoenix Open.  He is currently leading the pack for the $35,000 tournament purse.

State Headlines:

  • Governor Archie Gubrud announced today he would seek a second term.   Meanwhile state Democratic Party chairman, Ralph Herseth, has not revealed whether he will run for either a seat in the US Senate or the governor’s office.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen Mayor Cliff Hurlbert announced that the widening of 6th Avenue is planned to begin this summer.  He had received no details yet from the state highway director as to the scope of the project.

  • Members of Brownie Troop 70 from Henry Neill School received their Brownie pins last evening in a special ceremony.

  • Carlyle Richards has been elected chairman of the Brown County Young Republicans.

  • Aberdeen PTA membership has reached a record 2232 during the past school year.

  • The Aberdeen Junior Varsity basketball team defeated Doland 68-35.  High scorers were:  Jerry Jangula with 20 for Aberdeen and Larry Twiss with 12 for Doland.

  • Mike Coyne is one of the Aberdeen Central musicians that will participate in All-State Band this year.

  • Aberdeen Central graduate Ronald Holgate has landed a part in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” which will open on Broadway this spring.

  • See Biegler Motors for a new Rambler American deluxe 2-door sedan.  Price tag--$1848   gas mileage--28.7 miles per gallon.

  • Church was held for the first time in Andover’s new Zion Lutheran Church.  The new building has seating for 200 and incorporated much of the building material salvaged when the old church was torn down.

  • On TV tonight:  “The Untouchables”  “My Little Margie”  “My 3 Sons”