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Ree Heights, (Hand County) South Dakota
1953 Obits & Death Notices
The following were reprinted in a column by Stella (Voelker)  Hammill Conerton called :kcaB gnikooL (Looking Back:) from her personal collection of old, original Ree Heights Review newspapers.
Note the "flowery" writing style of the early-day publishers.

Ruth Barnes;  Pub. 1953-03-13:  Mrs. Ruth Barnes, former long-time resident of Hand County, died February 2 in San Diego, California, at the age of  90 years.  She was married to Richard Barnes in 1883 and they lived in Ohio for a time, moving to Miller in 1900, where Mr. Barnes was engaged in buying stock and farming.  They moved to a farm northwest of Ree Heights in 1930, then moved to San Diego in 1935.

Joseph Butler;  Pub. 1953-04-24:  Funeral services for Joseph Butler were held Thursday, April 16 iin St. Ann's Catholic Church.  The Rev. Fr. Richard Gorman officiated.  Joe was born at Ottawa, Illinois in 1872, and came with his parents to Hand County in 1884.  He had been engaged in farming in Cedar Township during his entire life.  Surviving are three brothers and two sisters.

Fred Carpenter;  Pub. 1953-10-23:  Fred Carpenter of Miller passed away at St. John's Hospital in Huron Thursday afternoon.  Fred and his family were former residents of the Ree Heights community.

Edward DeGeest;  Pub. 1953-07-10:  Edward DeGeest, 77, died Sunday morning, July 5, 1953, at Memorial Hospital of a heart condition.  Funeral services were held from Reck Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday.  The body was taken to Pella, Iowa for burial.  Surviving are one son and three daughters;  William DeGeest, Mrs. Willie Labor, Mrs. Marion VanDenBerg, and Mrs. Frank Lingscheit.

Mrs. August Howe;  Pub. 1953-09-25:  Mrs. August Howe died Sunday morning, September 20, at Hand County Memorial Hospital from a lingering illness that extended over several years.  Surviving her death are one daughter, Mrs. E. C. Danburg; five brothers, one sister, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  People will remember her in Ree Heights.  She owned property and lived here at one time.

J. W. Leach; Pub. 1953-02-12:  J.W. Leach was foundd dead at his farm near the Justa Club Wednesday morning. Mr. Leach had been in poor health for some time, and a neighbor, Jim VanDenBerg, was coming in once a day to look after him.  When VanDenBerg went to the farm Wednesday, he found Leach in the barn.  It is thought that the death occurred sometime Tuesday.

Mr. _____ Nelson;  Pub. 1953-08-07:  Word has been received here of the passing of an old-time resident of Como Township, Mr. Nelson, who lived here until they moved to Pomona, California approximately 18 years ago.  He is survived by his wife and a son, Winston, of Pomona, and a daughter, Thelma, of Los Angeles.  He was preceded in death by a son, Leslie, who also lived in Como Township.

Charley Pierce; Pub. 1933-02-27;  After a brief illness, Mr. Charley Pierce, living with his daughter, Cleone, since the first of the year, passed away at the hospital in Gallup, New Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the age of 80 years plus.  Funeral services were held in the Reck Funeral Home on March 2, with the Rev. Frank Kleinsasser, minister in Ree Heights, in charge.  Burial was in the Morningside Cemetery.  He was born at Newville, Wisconsin, March 3, 1872, and grew to manhood there.  He was married to Elizabeth Aymar on February 27, 1899, at Richmond, Wisconsin.  To this union nine children were born.  They came to Hand County in 1909 and settled on a farm in Greenleaf Township.

Pasciel L. Prostrollo;  Pub. 1953-07-17:  Funeral services were held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Agatha's Cathholic Church for P. L. Prostrollo, 57, who died suddenly at his home in Howard, South Dakota July 10, 1953.  Pasciel Prostrollo was born July 3, 1896 on a farm southwest of Ree Heights and grew to manhood there.  In 1918 he was married to Mary Patzke, and one daughter and three sons were born to this union....(*prob snipped*) For many years Paddy, as he was called among his friends in and around Ree Heights, drilled wells and for several years operated the S & P Oil Company.  He was the founder of the business.  In 1930 the family moved to Fedora where Paddy engaged in the oil business, later moving to Howard as his business expanded.  He was head of P. L. Prostrollo and Sons, Inc., distributors of Phillips 66 and Philgas.

Carl Schmidt;  Pub. 1953-12-04:  Word was received here Saturday of the death of Carl Schmidt of Owatonna, Minnesota, on Thanksgiving evening, following a heart attack. Mrs. Schmidt is the former Daisy McClane of Ree Heights.  They had just returned home from an afternoon show, following Thanksgiving dinner out, and he had gone to put the car away when he was stricken.  It was also the second anniversary of their marriage.

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