July 02 2008

Reliance alumni gather for reunion

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson
Lyman County Herald

Nearly 150 Reliance High School alumni and guests gathered at the Legion Hall in Reliance Saturday for dinner, and an evening of reminiscing.

Alumni President Larry McManus of Pukwana, along with Master of Ceremonies Sheila McManus Pedersen, of Omaha, introduced the honored classes, the new slate of officers and awarded several prizes.

Maye Alma Moulton Stout, of Kadoka, SD, was the oldest alumni present.  She graduated from RHS in 1937 and also taught at the school for several years in the 1940’s.

Louis Schelske, of California, a 1955 graduate of RHS, was named the alumni who traveled the farthest   to attend the reunion.

Larry presented Ron McManus with a flag from Modern Woodmen of America to be flown at the newly erected Reliance High School Museum.  The museum, a 24 foot by 26 foot building, was constructed on the exact site of the former Reliance school.  The old sidewalk, all that is left of the former school, leads up to the new museum.  A metal marker has been placed on a pedestal outside the building.

The building was built for about $15,000 and nearly paid for with donations.   According to organizer Ron McManus, the project has been funded by donations from many Reliance alumni.  “We’ve received about $11,000 so far,” stated McManus.  The inside of the building will be completed as more funds become available. 

Along with donations of funds, RHS memorabilia to place in the museum is also being sought.  Anyone wishing to make a donation or seeking more information may contact Ron McManus at 605-473-5233 or 108 W Chamberlain, Reliance, SD 57569.

Reliance holds alumni reunions every three years.  The next reunion will be June of 2011.  Serving as officers for the next three years are Sharon Burull Ellis, President; Connie Schelske Surat, Vice-President; and  Adella Schelske Mohr, Treasurer.  A secretary is still needed.

July 02 2008


Posted by Marissa
Esther Cox, 98

Esther Catherine Cox, 98, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at the Mid Dakota Long Term Care Center in Chamberlain.  Funeral services were held Saturday, June 28 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Presho.  Burial followed at Holy Angels Cemetery at Presho. 

Esther Catherine (Frasier) Cox died on June 25 at the age of 98 years, nine months and four days. She was born September 20, 1909 at Presho to Ira and Rose Frasier.
Esther attended East Annin grade school north of Presho. She graduated from Presho High School and attended Southern Normal School after which she taught rural school for six years.

Esther and Robert Cox were married June 3, 1936 and farmed south of Presho. To this union, three children were born; Beverly, Helen and Duane. She was a member of Christ the King Church, the Altar Society, Liberty Extension Club, Senior Citizens and an avid bridge player.

She is survived by her daughter Beverly of Presho, son Duane (Karyn) of Sioux Falls, son-in-law Al Hall of Vivian, 10 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband Robert (married 37 years), daughter Helen Cox Hall, son-in-law Gilbert Cleveland and her brothers Vern, Louise and Charles.  Isburg Funeral Chapel of Pierre has been placed in care of the arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent to www.isburgfureralchapels.com

David Devries, 55

Funeral services for David DeVries will be   held on Thursday, July 3, 2008, at 10:30 am at the First Reformed Church in Harrison, South Dakota. Gillette Memorial Chapel was entrusted with local arrangements with Koehn Brothers Funeral Home of Corsica, South Dakota is entrusted with Harrison, South Dakota arrangements.

David R. DeVries, age 55, of Gillette, Wyoming died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, WY, following a short illness.

David Ray DeVries was born to Raymond E. and Ruby (Uilenberg) DeVries on November 19, 1952, in Armour, South Dakota.  He was a baptized member of the First Reformed Church of Harrison.   He spent his childhood in the Harrison area and graduated from Corsica High School in 1971.  After receiving his business degree from Dakota State College in Madison, South Dakota, Dave worked at various jobs in Iowa and South Dakota. 

While working for Dakota Tom’s Sandwiches, Dave lived in Presho, South Dakota, and met Rose Rasmussen.   They were married in Hysham, Montana, on November 30, 1996.  To this union a son was born, Matthew David DeVries.  Dave, Rose, step-daughter Sheena and Matthew lived in Gillette, Wyoming, where Dave worked most recently for the Sugar Loaf Company as a merchandiser.

Dave loved to camp, fish and ride his motorcycle.  His pride and joy was his son Matthew.  He was a soft spoken man and a loving father, husband, son and brother.  Dave professed his faith and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.  He has now gone to live with the Lord in his heavenly home.

Dave is survived by his wife Rose; son Matthew; stepdaughter Sheena; parents Ray and Ruby DeVries; sisters Mary (Doug) O’Neill, Ruth (Scott) Fehrenkamp, Laura (Pat) Cosgriff; two uncles, three aunts, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Anne DeVries and Tiddens and Maggie Uilenberg, his mother-in-law Betty Rasmussen, three uncles, three aunts and seven cousins.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in Dave’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or via the internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.

June 25 2008

Presho Post Office receives recognition

Posted by Marissa
Presho Postal employees and rural routes drivers l-r; Pal Jessop, Maxine Urban, Postmaster Annette Anderson, and Tammy Cole were  presented the Team Award for Top Performing Office by the Dakota District, Rapid City Region office Wednesday, June 18.   The award was for top performance during the second quarter, Jan. thru March of 2008.  The Region includes the 575, 576, and 577 zip codes.  Not pictured PMR Jackie Boyle and carrier Becky Diehm.

June 25 2008

Presho Community Graduates from Horizon Project

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson
Lyman County Herald

A graduation celebration will be held Thursday evening at 5:30 pm at the Presho City Park.  All are invited to attend.  A free picnic supper, followed by graduation cake will be served in honor of Presho’s completion of the Presho Horizon project.

Bring the entire family, free swimming, and drawings will be held.  Donations of two non-perishable items for the Lyman County Food Pantry are requested.

Citizens from the community are invited to promote all the projects their organizations or groups have been involved in.

During the celebration the Presho group will receive their grant check from Horizons along with a laptop computer and printer.  Earlier the group received a digital camera.  These items will be kept at the Presho Library and available for use by community members. 

The  Horizon project, funded by The Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, was a  20-month grant project aimed at reducing poverty and building leadership in rural communities. Presho was selected for the project and got started in January of 2007. 

During that time, $15,000 in operating funds from the Horizon project was spent in the community.  A number of large projects were funded in addition to supplying food, entertainment and other supplies to meetings and gatherings throughout the past year.

According to Kari Fruechte, project coordinator, about 94,000 South Dakotans live below the poverty line, based on U.S. Census data. “Poverty comes in many forms, and it should concern us. Too many small towns are dwindling in population and losing hope, and that trend can be reversed,” she said. “The Horizons project is a good fit in a state where 28 percent of households have incomes below $25,000.”
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