Lyman County Anniversaries

The Daily Republic, Mitchell, S.D.
Wednesday, January 9, 1952

Contributed by Jeanne Jesse


Presho - Mr. and Mrs. John Hoelscher, residents of Presho for 28 years, were honored at a reception on their golden wedding anniversary on New Year's day at the Methodist church parlors. Their children, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hoelscher and Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Hoelscher, planned the affair, assisted by relatives and friends.
At noon a wedding dinner was served to 30 guests. This was prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Hoelscher, assisted by Ida Mallet, Mrs. Margaret Sletto, Mrs. Mable Howe, Mrs. Carl Garnos, Miss Twila Sletto and Mrs. Gladus Parks, who were dining room hostesses.
During the afternoon, many friends gathered to extend congratulations.
Refreshments were served from a table centered with a three-tiered wedding cake, and flanked with gold, colored candles in silver holders. After the honored couple had cut the first piece of cake, it was cut and served by Mrs. Louise Garnos. Mrs. Sylvester Schoenhard presided at the silver coffee service, assisted by Miss Twila Sletto.
Mrs. Earl Hoelscher had charge of the guest book. Miss Barbara Jasper had charge of the gifts. Mrs. Emmet Jones and Mrs. Jesse Robley were hostesses during the afternoon.
A program was given, which included piano numbers by Sylvester Schoenhard, and songs by Miss Barbara Jessop, Gorden Garnos and Sharon Sletto. Accompanists were Miss Jessop and Miss Diana Boe. Rev. John Whalley brought greetings from the church. Mrs. Albert Abnor, chairman of the Methodist church WSCS brought greetings from that organization. Others speaking briefly were Mrs. Emmet Jones, vice chairman of the "Know Your Neighbor Club." Mrs. Vic Young, president of the American Legion ausiliary, Joe Stanley, representing the community. Mrs. Emmet Jones gave a humorous reading.
Mr. and Mrs. Hoelscher were married at the home of the bride's parents at Hubbard, Ia., with the bridegroom's brother, Rev. Ernest Hoelscher, performing the ceremony.

The Daily Republic, Mitchell, South Dakota
February, 1952
Contributed by Jeanne Jessie


Presho - An event of unusual interest in Presho was the open house Sunday at the George Mitchell home, when Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, pioneer residents of this vicinity, noted their 63rd wedding anniversary.
As the guests called at the home, they were greeted by Mrs. Fred Feldhaus. Mrs. Jesse Robley was dining room hostess, Mrs. Marion Swartz had charge of the guest book, and Mrs. A. D. Reginetter was in charge of the gifts and greeting cards.
In the dining room, where a three-tiered white and gold wedding cake, flanked with tail lighted white tapers in silver holders, centered teh table, guests were served with coffee by Mrs. Anna Sather. Mrs. Olaf Johnson and Mrs. Florence Spears cut and served the cake, after the bride and bridegroom of 63 years ago had cut the first piece.
Mrs. Mitchell wore a gown of taupe colored silk, and an orchid corsage. She wore the jewelry which had been a gift from her bridegroom on her wedding day - a genuine tusk pearl necklace, - gold ear rings, and her engagement ring, an emerald, surrounded by seed pearls. Completing her sotume was an orchid corsage, sent from California by her son and daughter-in-law.
When Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell were married at Walnut Grove, Neb., in 1889, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Saunders, the bride wore a brown wool dress trimmed in silk, with brown accessories. Her flowers were white carnations. Attendants at the wedding were the bride's sister and brother-in-law the late W. B. Hight and Mrs. Hight, who now lives at Kennebec.
After a honeymoon in Norfolk, Neb., Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell established their first home at Creighton, Neb., where the former was in the mercantile business.
In 1905 they moved to Presho, and the next year built the second real house in Presho. Other homes were mostly shacks, scattered around like mushrooms. John Swan, the bride's brother-in-law did the carpenter work.
Mr. Mitchell was the first president of the first Commercial club organized in Presho.
In 1909 the family moved to Winner, where Mr. Mitchell entered the banking bausiness, continuing that until 1923. While a resident there he served as mayor.
In 1924 the Mitchells returned to Presho, where Mr. Mitchell entered the real estate and insurance business. In 1934 he was elected to the office of justice of the peace, and continued in that capacity until the present time. He also has been income tax assistant for 10 years.
Mrs. Mitchell has been active in club work during her years of residence in the state. She has been a member of the Eastern Star lodge for 53 years. Seh is also a member of the Presho Woman's club, the Better Homes Extension club, and the Woman's Society of Christian Service.
Her hobby has been oil painting and other art crafts, and she ahs many pictures of landscapes, animals and flowers, as well as numerous pieces of china which she has painted. She was offered $1,300 for one picture, but for sentimental reasons, her son would not part with it.
The Mitchells have one son, Brandon, who with his wife and son Mervin live at compton, Calif., where he is inspector for the city of Compton.
Both mr. and Mrs. Mitchell are in fair health for their age. Mr. Mitchell goes to his office every day and Mrs. Mitchell does all of her own house work. He is 84 years old and she is almost 79.






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