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Vetal.--This is the latest village in the Rosebud district to take steps to have the village provided with a schoolhouse and a regular school. The children of the town now attend rural schools, one two miles away and the other one mile distant, so steps will be taken to have a school house erected in Vetal.

Aberdeen Daily News, Jun 3, 1927 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
Vetal.--An estimated 300 acres of grassland was burned in a wind-driven prairie fire east of Vetal early Friday morning.
Located on the Clarence Waln ranch 15 miles east of here along Highway 18, the fire broke out about 1 a.m. and raced north for several miles before being brought under control.
Firemen from Martin, Tuthill, Norris and Rosebud battled the blaze until 3 a.m. when the main body of the fire was quelled. The scorched area was watched throughout the remainder of the night.
About 135 persons were on the scene at one time.

Aberdeen Daily News, Oct 4, 1957 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
Vetal, Aug. 7.--The installation of an electric light plant in this town shows that Bennett county is fast becoming settled and is adopting all of the accommodations of larger places. The plant furnishes sufficient power to light the town and is a welcomed addition.

Aberdeen Daily News, Aug 8, 1926 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
Minnie Peterson of Vetal, a strong advocate of the needs of veterans and their families, was installed as state president at the recent state convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Sioux Falls.
She is a member of Winner Post 4674. "Patriotism, the Silver Thread of Freedom" will be Peterson's theme during her term. Peterson and her husband Carl are ranchers.
Other state officers installed were Mildred Ratigan, Redfield, treasurer; Marcella Allbee, Roscoe, chaplain; Margy Hall, Brandon, senior vice-president; Evelyn Haynes, Scotland, junior vice president; Vernice Kappelman, Winner, secretary; Emma King, Rapid City, conductress; and Wanda Hermanson, Yankton, guard. Helen Johns of Aberdeen was named state chairman of hospital and volunteer service.
The Winner VFW Post and its auxiliary will have a homecoming celebration for Peterson Saturday, Aug. 9. A social hour will take place in the Post Home followed by a dinner in St. Mary's Hall.
More information about the event is available from Darrell Prochop, Winner, S.D. 57580.

Aberdeen Daily News, Jul 29, 1986 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
Martin, Jul 16--L. Stevens and his partner are the bonanza farmers of this part of the Rosebud country. They live in the Vetal district. They have 900 acres of flax in one field, the field being one of the largest in South Dakota. In addition they ahve 300 acres of wheat and oats and 100 acres of corn, the corn being on old ground. While in Martin Mr. Stevens reported that their early flax is in bloom. They expect a large crop of all the grain they have in on their immense farm.

Aberdeen Daily News, Jul 16, 1926 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
Thomas Livermont has been named the Aberdeen Area Bureau of Indian Affairs Employee of the Year for 1990. Livermont, from Vetal, is a loan specialist. This award goes to an outstanding employee who demonstrates initiative, creativity, professionalism, courtesy and respect for co-workers, loyalty to the organization and contributes greatly to the overall mission of the Aberdeen Area Office.

Aberdeen Daily News, Jan 13, 1991 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
The following South Dakota veterans are scheduled to receive medals for their service in Normandy:
Olaf Hanson - Viborg
Paul Carson - Brookings
Orvin Oien - Volin
Samuel Murray - Hermosa
Donald Hunt Vetal
Wayne Bunch - Martin
John Williams - Spearfish
Edward Nielsen - Irene
Thomas Reisner - Yankton
Milbert Stickel - Lemmon
Ray Torres - Edgemont
Melvin Carlson - Lead
Harvey Texley - Brookings
Charles Hovelson - Brookings
Ladmir Burger - Rapid City
Gordon Campbell - Spearfish
Calving Wood - New Underwood
Patrick Culhane - Elkton
Clair Headrick - Flandreau
Michael Kessler - Menno
Wendell Long - Martin
Edward Long - Mission Hill
Dale McCord - Brookings
Delmar Richards - Tuthill
Steven Fousek - Rapid City
Eugene Weidenbach - Scotland
Wayne Brewster - Rapid City
Philip Christie - Bruce
Earnest Steen - Brookings
George Reiger - Rapid City
Joseph Brownlee - Rapid City
Clifford Clark - Flandreau

Aberdeen Daily News, May 28, 1999 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
AINSWORTH, Neb. (AP) -- A Long Pines, Neb., man was sentenced to three years in the Nebraska State Penitentiary on a charge of selling cattle belonging to his employer.
Emil Slattery, 34, pleaded guilty to a charge of selling seven head of cattle from the Vetal, S.D. ranch of L.D. Putnam without a bill of sale or power of attorney. Slattery had been in the employe of Putnam, a resident of O'Neill, Neb.
Slattery was sentenced in Brown County District Court by Judge William Smith of Ainsworth.

Aberdeen Daily News, Jan 11, 1963 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
Martin -- Heavy fog was the cause of the first South Dakota highway fatality in 10 days Friday night.
Frank Boyles, 63, Martin service station operator, was killed in an accident which happened while he was driving a car full of high school girls to a basketball game at Mission.
The accident happened on U.S. 18 about eight miles east of Vetal, across the Todd County line.
Both cars were headed the same direction. Boyles' car ran into the rear of one driven by Chris Runs Above, Pine Ridge.
Among those in the car were Mary Evelyn, daughter of Boyles, and four classmates, Joan Bown, Eldene Rooney, Sharon Knecht and Margie Ogden. All were sophomores and members of the Martin High School pep squad. They were taken to the Martin Community Hospital for observation and all three were released Saturday.
The death was the 174th reported this year. There were 188 highway traffic deaths at the same time in 1955.

Aberdeen Daily News, Dec 15, 1956 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
MARTIN (AP) -- Two brothers have been charged in the fatal shooting of Joseph Howard Graham, whose body was found lying in a ditch last Sunday about a half mile west of Vetal on Highway 18 in Bennett County.
The two are Walter Willard Red Blanket, 37, and Thomas Gordon Red Blanket, 36, both of Kyle.
Both appeared before Justice of the Peace Nels Nelson in Martin Wednesday.
Graham was found shot in the head, officers said.

Aberdeen Daily News, Jan 17, 1964 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
MARTIN (AP) -- A farm accident near Martin has resulted in the death of a three-year-old child.
Authorities said Joseph W. Byrne, son of Mr. & Mrs. Les Byrne of Martin, was killed when a jeep apparently slipped out of gear and backed over him Monday.
The accident occurred when young Joseph was playing with other children on his grandparents farm about five miles south of Vetal in eastern Bennett County.

Aberdeen Daily News, Oct 26, 1972 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
MARTIN, S.D. (AP) -- Bennett County authorities said Thursday they were trying to identify two badly injured women found Sunday in the wreckage of a car along with almost $53,000 in Oglala Sioux Tribe funds.
Bennett County State's Attorney Larry Long told the tribe he's waiting to file grand theft charges regarding both the money and car, which had been reported stolen Saturday.
The two women were thrown from the car when it rolled after missing a turn on a gravel road near Vetal.
Bennett County Sheriff Ed Rolfe said Thursday that the women had yet to be positively identified. They were being treated in a Rapid City hospital.
Rolfe said more than $50,000 in checks and about $2,000 in cash was found when the trunk of the wrecked car was pried open. The money was turned over to Tribal Treasurer Penny Janis.
She said all the money was accounted for except $245, which was found on one of the injured women.
Ms. Janis said a clerk missed a Friday deadline for depositing the money in a Gordon, Neb., bank and kept it in the trunk of her car that evening. The clerk intended to take it to the bank before noon Saturday but had car problems and was unable to get there and the car was stolen Saturday night, Ms. Janis said.
She said her office is rearranging its method of making bank deposits.

Aberdeen Daily News, Feb 8, 1985 - Contributed by aFoFG (nw)
By the Associated Press
THREE PERSONS were killed in South Dakota traffic accidents over the weekend, all in the west part of the state.
Bert Quiver Jr., 21, Martin, was killed late Sunday near the community of Vetal, east of Martin, when he was hit by a car. The Highway Patrol said the car was driven by Howard Burke, 36, Martin.
One-car accidents took two lives.
The victims:
Emory Isaac Brow



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