December 04 2007

A Cowboy Christmas in Presho

Posted by Kim
By Lucy Halverson
A large crowd of people were in town Thursday evening for the annual Presho Area Chamber’s holiday open house, ‘A Cowboy Christmas.” Following the theme many businesses decorated and dressed in accordance.

Lyman FFA students held a marshmallow roast outside Jet Lanes, while Tim and Peg Boysen gave hay rides around town with their horse drawn haywagon. “Buckaroo Bingo” players visited all twenty-one businesses on the bingo card to receive a stamp to complete a black out bingo. Winning the “Buckaroo Bingo” were Bob Rohla, Nancy Rohla, Samantha Groth, and Jace McGhee. Each won $50 in Cowboy Chamber Cash.

A Christmas coloring contest will also be held. Four Christmas stockings, donated by area businesses were given in the following categories; 0-Pre-school-Bridger Hope; K-1 - Kendra LaRoche; 2-3 grade - Trenton Peterson; and 4-5 grade - Dana Murray.

Winning the Presho Area Chamber door prizes were Shannon Groth, a tool set; and Wanda Sweeny, a wreath. Prizes were donated by Presho Flowers and Dakota Builders Supply. Many businesses held drawings throughout the night. Maxine Urban won the book at the Library and Bette Reumann won the free newspaper subscription at the Lyman County Herald. The evening concluded with the 7th annual Parade of Lights.

December 04 2007


Posted by Kim
Gene Holmquist, 80
Funeral services for Gene Holmquist, 80, of Chamberlain, will be Monday, December 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at
Chamberlain. Visitation will be Sunday December 2 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Hickey-Wevik Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain. Gene Holmquist was born June 24, 1927 at Kennebec, SD to Henry A. and Susan (Lytle) Holmquist. He attended grade school in Kennebec and graduated from Reliance High School in 1945. Gene worked on the family ranch south of Reliance with his father and eventually taking
over the operations. He earned his pilot license and flew for many years and later earned his commercial license. On August 18, 1957, Gene was united in marriage to Edith Schoonhoven at Colome, SD. Together, they made their home on the ranch where they continued to ranch until Gene semi-retired in 1990. At that time, they turned the ranch over to their son Randy and moved into Chamberlain. Even after his education at high school, Gene was driven to keep learning and at the age of 72 years, he completed his E.M.T, E.M.T.- I, and E.M.T.-P courses. He worked as a paramedic for a few years before his health forced him to retire. His love for the Lord was shown through his service to the community, family, and friends and his random acts of kindness were felt by many who knew him. Gene was a member of the Reliance United Methodist Church for forty years serving as board chairman, Sunday school teacher, and numerous positions. He was currently a member of the United Church of Christ in Chamberlain. Gene Holmquist passed November 30, 2007 at Sanford Mid Dakota Medical Center in Chamberlain at the age of 80 years. Gratefully sharing in his life are his wife Edie of Chamberlain; son Randy Holmquist and wife Julie of Reliance; a mother-in-law Octave Schoonhoven of Winner; four grandchildren, Alanna Lopez and husband Ishmael, Tyler Holmquist, Krista Holmquist, and Shane Holmquist; three step grandchildren Chato Edoff and wife Amy, Shawn Burmeister and wife Heather, and Jamie Carlson and husband Joel; one great granddaughter; ten step great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Ida Holmquist of Minneapolis, MN; two nieces Kitty and Connie; and two nephews Stanley and David. Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter Dawn; and a brother Oliver Holmquist.

A memorial will be established.

Thelma Swenson, 98
Thelma Beatrice Swenson peacefully passed away Sunday evening, December 2, 2007, at the age of 98. Funeral services for Thelma will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 1:30 at the United Methodist Church in Presho. A private burial service will follow at Earling Cemetery. A complete obituary will be published next week.

November 28 2007

Posted by Kim
Area Cub Scouts recently delivered popcorn items previously sold. First grader Winn Cleveland collects Mike Sprenger’s donation.

November 28 2007

Community organizations receive generous donations

Posted by Kim
By Lucy Halverson

Three Presho organizations received notification some time ago that they were the recipients of a portion of the Dakota Mullen Sturgis estate.  Dakota, who died in 2006, was born and raised in Presho. 

The Presho City Library, Eastern Star and the Presho Cemetery were notified just recently by an attorney-at-law that they would be receiving a percentage of Dakota’s estate.  Checks arrived November 10 in the amount of $50,000 per organization.

“I couldn’t believe it!” stated Laverne Olson, Presho librarian.  According to Laverne the amount of the check was much more than she imagined. 

Val Lien, Eastern Star Treasurer, echoed that thought.  “It was a wonderful gift she left us and the other two organizations, much more than expected.”

This was the first of three installments to be made to the organizations.  The remaining funds will be forthcoming over the next several years. 

According to recipients they received no instructions on how the funds were to be spent, no limitations or restrictions. 

Laverne stated that the Library board consisting of Pam Beinlich, Barb Coble, Bonnie Diehm, Deb Smith Sarah Amber and Lois Comp would discuss how the donation would be handled at the boards regular January meeting. 

Eastern Star has no immediate plans for the funds at this time added Val.

Bonnie Diehm, secretary/treasurer of the Presho Cemetery stated that the cemetery board hopes to use the funds to complete the white vinyl fence project which was started in 2006.

History of Dakota Mullen Sturgis
Dakota was born to Judge Frank E. and Anna Mullen on the family homestead southwest of Presho. Mr. Mullen started a real estate business in Presho.  Dakota was the first of the Mullen children born in South Dakota after arriving from Randolph, Nebraska.   Family and friends called her ‘Kota’. Following her education at Presho she studied and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion in 1932.  She returned to Lyman County and taught at rural schools around Presho and public schools at Dupree and Winner. 

In 1937 she moved to Washington, DC where she worked for U.S. News and World Report.  She is credited with establishing and the leading the publication’s research department and became the first female whose name appeared on the magazine’s masthead. 

Dakota married Fred Sturges, of Winner, in 1946.  They lived in Omaha, Nebraska where they owned and operated the W.H. Sturges Company dealing in hides and firs.  Dakota was the office manager.

Throughout the years Dakota maintained her membership in the Eastern Star at Presho.  Her parents Judge and Mrs. Mullen were charter members of the Masons and Eastern Star

Her brother, Frank, who was executive vice president of NBC in the late 1940’s, established the Judge F.E. Mullen Memorial Collection of Western Americana at the Presho City Library.

Many of Dakota’s relatives including her maternal grandparents are buried at the Presho Cemetery.  Dakota’s husband Fred preceded her in death in 2005.

A complete Mullen family history is available in the Lyman County Historical Society’s 1974 edition of Early Settlers in Lyman County.  
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