100 Years AgoThere will be a meeting of all interested in organizing a golf association or a combined golf and tennis association, at the Commercial Club, Tuesday evening, November 23 at 7:30 sharp. The proposition of leasing a suitable tract and making a desirable course with clubhouse and shower baths will be considered. All persons interested are urged to be present.

The city well drilling outfit which has been in storage for years was sold on sealed bid at the commission meeting Monday night. There were two bidders, Mr. Wheelock, who is contracting for road improvement on the Black and Yellow Trail, and the “gold digger” who secured the outfit for $2,000.00. It is generally understood that he intends to use it in oil development. It is certainly to be hoped that he will do so, and that he will confine his efforts somewhere in close proximity to Pierre. If he is as persistent in drilling for oil as he was in that venture in the park, in which he was credited with being in search of gold, he is sure to bring in an oil well.

50 Years AgoWorkmen of the J. Kenneth Kelley Construction Company were today putting on the steel girders which will support the floor in the new Pierre National Bank addition. Comet Haraldson, bank spokesman, said today that the new 28 by 114-foot addition is being built in order to enlarge existing facilities. When completed in the spring, the bank will present a 100-foot front on Pierre Street. “We have really been crowded,” said Haraldson. “One of our cashiers presently doesn’t even have her own desk.” The remodeled bank, with architectural drawings provided by Dana Larson Roubal and Associates of Pierre, will present a lowered front (about 2 feet) and the present gray sandstone front will be continued on the new addition. There will be a 2-car drive for the drive-in service, and provisions have been made for future installation of an island depository for handling 2 cars at the drive-in window at a single time. Inside, there will be a new vestibule service from a second entry to provide quicker service for walk-in traffic. The lobby has been expanded, then there will be access to teller services from three sides. The installment and real estate loan departments are also being expanded to remove present crowding. The new addition will cost about $155,000.

25 Years AgoCapitol Journal Editorial – Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. For many people this is a time for high expectations, shopping lists and, regrettably, road trips. Too often the wares of hometown merchants are taken for granted. Falling for the notion that bigger is better, some local shoppers will decide to take off for the malls of Rapid City or Sioux Falls. We’re convinced that they won’t find out that bigger is better. They’ll just learn bigger is, well, just bigger. No one expects shoppers to put up with shoddy service, exorbitant prices or a skimpy selection. The people of Pierre and Fort Pierre work too hard for their money to let that happen. But just as shoppers deserve a fair deal, so do local merchants. Local merchants want a fair shot at serving the needs of the customers right here at home. They don’t want to be dismissed without a chance to prove that they can deliver the same value as the stores in the state’s larger cities. We urge all shoppers to take a look at what your local merchants have to offer before deciding to get on the highway. Local retailers give us all a chance to do business with our friends and neighbors. That’s a feature Rapid City and Sioux Falls can’t offer. Take a good look at the selection, service and prices offered by local merchants this holiday season. It could turn out to be the best gift you give yourself this year.

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