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Shown is a Miller Studio postcard titled, “Moonlight on the Missouri,” postmarked to July 1927. This and other historical items are courtesy of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre. Visit in person, and view history.sd.gov/archives.

100 Years Ago

Friday night some thieves stole forty chickens from the chicken house at St. Mary’s hospital. These people were seen disappearing in an auto after the sisters had been alarmed by the disturbance. Chickens are raised by the sisters at the hospital in order to supply food for sick patients and the stealing of them is certainly a low trick. If the act is repeated the consequences that will follow are likely to be very serious. A dose of shot is none too much for this kind of business and someone deserving it may be surprised if they try the game again. Someone has also taken a first-class wheelbarrow from Mr. Turner’s tool equipment. It was in use at the new power plant and later at the swimming pool. Whoever has the implement will please return it, as it is badly needed in work at the power plant. There is getting to be altogether too much stealing locally according to reports and from the various kinds of offenses it would look as though some undesirable newcomer was in our midst.

50 Years Ago

Indications today are that many Pierre retail stores will remain closed Monday morning in observance of the moon-flight landing and moon walk scheduled for the next three days. Stores closing will remain closed until 12:30 p.m. Monday. The Capital Journal will publish as usual. The state, county and city offices will also be closed all day Monday, and the postal services will be curtailed. City incoming mail will be worked to the city box section, and special delivery will be delivered. There will be no window service, city letter carrier service or box delivery star route service. Essential trades will work as usual Monday, but many public employees and some private workers will have a holiday to mark the scheduled moon landing. The possibility of moving up man’s first walk on the moon from early Monday to Sunday night, mentioned by flight director Cliff Charlesworth, would have no effect on the holiday. President Nixon declared Monday a national day of participation hours after watching the Apollo 11 liftoff. The New York and American Stock Exchanges will be closed. Most federal employees will be off, except those in emergency services. Many states and cities have given their employees a holiday.

25 Years Ago

Monday evening’s thunderstorm did little to relieve the fears of area residents. Similar to a storm that passed through the area Friday evening, the thunderstorm, pushed by 65 to 70 mph winds, left pea- to marble-sized hail and from 1 to 5 inches of rain. The thunderstorm was the third to assault the Pierre-Fort Pierre area since a July 6 thunderstorm with hurricane-force winds ravaged the communities. The sudden downpour Monday evening more than filled Capitol Lake in Pierre causing the waters to rise above the riprap surrounding the lake and turning Capitol Creek into a whitewater rafter’s paradise. Intense cloud to ground lightning bolts kept rural firefighters busy Monday night. The Hughes County tanker was called to a haystack fire at Sunshine Acres and the Fort Pierre Fire Department responded to two grass fires near the Lyman County line. The extra downfall isn’t helping rural county roads. Mike Meyers, Hughes County Superintendent, said the water was “running over the road in a couple of places” but that the water was beginning to subside in most places. The wet weather can be frustrating to the road crews which have been repairing county roads and must new repair the repairs, according to Meyers.

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