June 21 2007

Lyman alumni organizes

Posted by Kim
By Lucy Halverson
Alumni of Lyman High School will meet at the Lyman Middle School gym at Kennebec Saturday, Aug. 4 to organize, elect officers, and set a date for a yearly Lyman Alumni Reunion. The social event will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. Recently a group of Lyman alumni interested in organizing an association gathered to plan an association organizational meeting. Organizers will not be mailing notices to alumni due to the fact that no complete Lyman alumni name and address list exists at this time. Angela Ehlers, Presho, has a complete listing of graduates by class and name but many addresses are missing.
A website has been established at www.lymanalumni.org. All alumni from 1971-including East and West Lyman to 2007- may register online and provide their contact information or send information to Angela Ehlers, Presho, SD 57568.
Organizers are requesting information regarding this first gathering be passed on to family and friends living out of the area.
The first association meeting is expected to be a simple affair. Local alumni will furnish hoers de vures and attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments. Currently individual Lyman classes meet the first weekend of August at various locations around the county but no organized alumni association exists.Years ago organizing a Lyman Alumni Association was attempted but it never took off. It is hoped that after 36 years alumni are ready to support a Lyman Alumni Association.

June 21 2007

Obituaries

Posted by Kim
Frank L. Walker, 89

Funeral services for Frank L. Walker, 89, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Reliance, South Dakota will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2007, at the Reliance United Methodist Church in Reliance, South Dakota. He died at home on June 16, 2007, following a three and one-half year battle with congestive heart failure.Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2007, at Hickey-Wevik Funeral Chapel of Chamberlain, South Dakota.  Burial with military graveside rites will be held at the Reliance Cemetery.

Frank L. Walker was born July 11, 1917, to Ellwood and Alice (Clark) Walker in Iona, South Dakota. His mother was ill from the time he was a small child, and he went to live with his paternal grandparents in Platte, South Dakota, at the age of seven.
He attended schools in Iona, and Platte, South Dakota, but had to leave high school before graduating as he was working for the WPA several days a week to help support his widowed grandmother and attending school the days he didn’t have to work. Years later Frank obtained an Honorary Diploma from Platte High School.

He married Ina Eymer April 6, 1940, in Chamberlain. After they were married they lived in Chamberlain and Cleveland, Ohio. He enlisted in the Marines in 1944, and was awarded a purple heart after being wounded during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Most of Frank’s working life was spent building interstate highways as a heavy construction Superintendent. The family lived in many states over the years, making numerous friends. Frank built and flew an experimental plane despite having lost his left arm in a work accident. He also made several devices for his artificial arm, that enabled him to play golf, do woodworking, play pool, and fly planes. Following retirement, Frank and Ina returned to Reliance, South Dakota, where he spent many hours doing woodworking in his shop, and on various cemetery and census computer projects, and became a dedicated Atlanta Braves fan. For many years, winters were spent in the Rio Grand Valley in southern Texas.

He was a member of the Reliance-Kennebec American Legion, and the Chamberlain Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Ina of Kansas City, Missouri; their three children, Carole (Dennis) Zimmerman, Belle Fourche, South Dakota; Terry (Joanne) Walker, Bucyrus, Kansas; Linda Schaber, Kansas City, Missouri; a sister, Alice Kreinbuhl, Iona, South Dakota; five grandchildren, Teri (Scott) Schmidt, The Woodlands, Texas; Scott Zimmerman, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Jonathan (Kelly) Walker, Pensacola, Florida; Richard Schaber, Tokyo, Japan; Robert Schaber, Kansas City, Missouri; and three great grandchildren, Taylor Schmidt, Jacob and Peyton Walker. He was preceded in death by his parents; 11 siblings, three of them in infancy; and a son-in-law William Schaber.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Reliance United Methodist Church.

June 15 2007

Posted by Kim
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Community members in Presho participated in a city-wide clean up Saturday. The event was organized by Presho Area Chamber and the Presho Horizons project. Mike Sprenger, Nicole Husman, and Lonny Seaboy hold trash on a trailer. Seven trailer loads of trash were picked up around town and taken to the rubble site. A couple more loads of white goods were also collected.

June 15 2007

Presho receives CDBG Grant for new fire hall

Posted by Kim
By Lucy Halverson
The city of Presho recently received notification from Gov. Mike Rounds that they were awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $207,500 to be used towards the construction of a new fire hall in Presho. "We are pleased to assist Presho in constructing a fire hall which will enable the fire department to provide improved fire protection service for the residents of Presho and the surrounding communities," said Gov. Rounds. The city was required to submit the application to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development on the behalf of the Presho Volunteer Fire Department. The grant funds are expected to cover nearly half of the projected cost of the 70 foot by 120 foot building estimated to cost about $500.000. Firemen and city council are working to find a suitable location for the fire hall. According to fire chief Donnie Manger, they have been offered the opportunity to buy land outside of the city limits along highway 248 east of the Lyman County Pioneer Museum. City council members suggested a location within city limits would be more cost efficient since sewer and water would already be available.

Once a location is secured bids could be let on the project.

Firemen will hold fund raisers, provide in-kind labor, and obtain a loan if needed to complete the construction project. In other business before the Presho City Council Monday, June 4 included authorizing SPN & Associates to let the bids on the wastewater facility project named Phase I which would provide city service to the area north of the railroad tracks.
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