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Yankton Press & Dakotan
October 18, 1941 (Evening); p. 2, col. 6

Who says a South Dakota paper can’t have news from nearby states?  Most of these stories are from Hartington, Wausa, and Crofton, all within 20 miles of Yankton.

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Hartington Pastor Resigns Post

HARTINGTOIN [sic], Neb. Special) — Rev. A. J. Thorson, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church here since September 1, 1934, has resigned to accept a pastorate near Kenyon, Minn.  The resignation is effective December 1.

Rev. Thorson will minister in twin rural churches, Holden and Dale, six miles apart with a combined membership of 1,000 persons.  The Holden church, built in 1924, is acclaimed as one of the finest rural churches in the Norwegian Lutheran synod in the United States.  Rev. Thorson will be the fifth pastor to serve the Holden parish since the church was founded in 1856.

In his new location, he will be 13 miles from St. Olaf’s college at Northfield, Minn., where he erected his bachelor of arts degree in 1926.  He taught school for two years, then attended Luther Theological seminary at St. Paul.  His first parish was at Willow Lake, S. D., where he served three years.

He will be accompanied to Kenyon by his wife and son, John Arthur, 4-months-old.


HARTINGTON, Neb. (Special) — The body of Mrs. Kate Bryant, 80 , was buried Thursday beside the grave of her illustrious husband, the late County Judge Wilbur F. Bryant, who died in 1932.  Mrs. Bryant succumbed late Tuesday following an illness since March.  interment was in Aten cemetery.

She was born July 25, 1861 in Waucopona rural community near here, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Platte Saunders.  She grew to womanhood in Cedar county, graduated from Yankton high school in 1880, and attended Geneseo, N. Y., state college one term.

On October 1, 1881, she became the bride of Wilbur F. Bryant, who served as judge from 1911 to 1928.

Mrs. Bryant served two terms as state historian for the American Legion ladies auxiliary and one term as chaplain.  She was past-president of the post 4 auxiliary here.

Survivors include two daughters, Miss Ethel Bryant of Lincoln, Miss Ita Bryant of Hartington; two sons, Eugene and Donovan, both of Omaha; one brother, Eugene Saunders of Ataskcardaro, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Ambrosen of Seattle, Wash.  One son George, died in 1923.


WAUSA, Neb. (Special) — Blinded by bright headlights on a coming car, J. Talac, Bristow, Neb., Neb., [sic] lost control of his car as it plunged into the ditch along the side of the road ten miles west of Wausa on the Creighton-Wausa highway Wednesday night.  The car plunged along for some distance after it struck the ditch, ran down a tree and crashed into a bridge abutement [sic].

A sister-in-law of Mr. Talac, who was a passenger in the car, was severely injured and taken to a Sioux City hospital.  Mr. and Mrs. Talac escaped with minor injuries and bruises.

All of the occupants of the car were enroute to Wausa for a family reunion at the home of the Talac’s daughter, Mrs. Delwyn Anderson, where other members of the family from Kansas and Ohio were awaiting them.  The Talac car was a complete wreck.


CROFTON, Neb. (Special) — Mr. and Mrs. Cap Guenther, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Guenther, Ferdinand Guenther, Henry Guenther, Emil and Bernardine Platenberg of Crofton and William Kramer and Henry Bucholz of Constance were in West Point Wednesday attending funeral services for Henry Ortmeier, an uncle of the Guenther.


CROFTON, Neb. (Special) — Mrs. Franz Nelson, the former Mayme Parker of Aten, died Wednesday, October 8, and was buried at Forest Lawn, California, according to word received here by relatives and friends.  Mrs. Nelson is survived by her husband, two daughters and one son.


Two Former Crofton People Wed In September

CROFTON, Neb. (Special) — Two former Crofton young people were married in September, in widely separate parts of the United States.

Robert Deitz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Deitz of Tacoma, Wash., was married September 10, to Sarah Jayne Perkins, the marriage ceremony taking place in St. Patrick’s church in Tacoma, the Rev. Ailbe McGrath officiating.  Attendants were Robert Mulholland and Mrs. Betty G. Walker.  Mr. Dietz formerly lived in Crofton, moving west with his parents 18 years ago.  Mr. Deitz and his bride recently visited here enroute to Boston, Mass., where he entered an architectural school for his final year, having won a scholarship.

Ruth Mae Reifenrath, Washington, D. C., oldest daughter of J. H. Reifenrath now of Columbus, Neb., was married September 22 ta [sic] Washington to James Beverly Aholt.  The wedding was performed at St. Matthews Cathedral with the Rev. Walter Wheeler, assisted pastor, officiating.  Yeafer Gun and Ruth Timmony, friends of the couple, were attendants.

Mrs. Aholt was reared in Crofton, and was graduated from the public school here before going into civil service at Wash.  Her father, J. H. Reifenrath was a former Crofton banker.


CROFTON, Neb. (Special) — With the opening of the pheasant hunting season in Knox county on Thursday, Oct. 16 the first accident was reported around eight o’clock with Robert Parson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Parson, north of Crofton, and a freshman in the Frankfort consolidated school, the victim.  Young Parson with Paul Cook, teacher, and five other boys were hunting when the first shot fired from a sawed off shot gun brought Parson two shot in the forehead and one in the shoulder, with the shock greater than the injury.  He was brought to a Crofton physician for treatment.


WAUSA, Neb. (Special) — A large group of people attended an appreciation service and dinner sponsored jointly by the Wausa and Hurst Stafford Memorial Methodist churches, honoring their pastor, the Rev. Miss Mertie Clute.  Miss Rose Banks presided.

A program of music was given following the fellowship dinner at noon.  Mrs. E. R. Poole presented Miss Clute a gift from the congregations.  Miss Clute is now serving the churches as pastor for the seventh consecutive year.


HARTINGTON, Neb. (Special) — Approximately $307,000 is pouring into the pocketbooks of Cedar county farmers, landowners and tenants this week in the form of government agricultural payments.  This amount is being disbursed among 1,535 individuals.  About $70,000 is yet to be received, according to the Secretary-Treasurer Hidlegrade Peitz of the AAA offices here.

CENTER, Neb. (Special) — Albert Vakoc, chairman of te [sic] local AAA committee, said that 197 checks have been mailed to persons participating in this year’s program, and they represent $29,441.66.  Last year there were about 3.450 participants in the farm program in Knox county, and they received approximately a half million dollars.


Funeral services were conducted at the Schenk Funeral Home here Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock for Mrs. Ella Bayne, former Yankton resident who passed away Sunday, October 12 at her home in North Platte, Neb.  The Rev. F. W. Cannon, Methodist pastor, officiated, and burial was in the Yankton cemetery.

Ella Vernon was born in Bronson, Iowa, in 1883, and at Bronson was married December 21, 1906, to Charles W. Bayne.

They moved to Yankton to establish their home, and lived in this vicinity for 20 years until, in 1937, they moved to North Platte, Nebraska.  They were the parents of three children, two daughters Zola and Evelyn, and one son, Harold.

The mother was preceded by her two daughters, and leaves only her husband and the son, Harold, besides one brother A. R. Vernon and one sister, Mollie Waddel, both of Brewster, Wash.


SIOUX FALLS, Oct. 18. (AP) — Major R. C. Zalesky, executive officer of the organized reserves, Friday was advised he had been detailed as a student at the battalion commanders and staff officers course at Ft. Benning, Ga., effective October 26.

I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946. I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals. I am happy to email full-size scans of any article. Feel free to ask.


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