Reprinted from the WBCCI Blue Beret, written and compiled by by Sally Elmlinger
Our apologies to Sally for prior lack of attribution.
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We are getting closer to the time of our 56th WBCCI International Conven-tion/Rally in Huron, SD. The word from those “in the know” is that Splash CentralWaterpark will be opening in May 2013,so it will be waiting for us when we arrivein June!! However, when you begin wish-ing for “warm” weather, just remember later what you wished for.A number of famous people have lived in Huron and one of those was a formerVice President of the United States, Hubert Horatio Humphrey. His father owned a pharmacy in town and the building still stands with the name Humphrey DrugStore on it. The business today is run by Humphrey’s nephew, though there is no longer a pharmacy, just a gift store.
When Mr. Humphrey was attending the University of Minnesota, his father had to call him home to help manage the pharmacy because of the great depression. Be sure to visit the Humphrey Drug Store in downtown Huron. Mr. Humphrey then attended the Capitol College of Pharmacy in Denver,CO and in 1933 became a registered pharmacist. After his marriage to Muriel Fay Buck in Huron in 1936, he returned to the University of Minnesota earning a B.A. degree in 1939. He received a M.A. in political science from Louisiana State University and later returned to the University of Minnesota to teach and do further graduate study. He made an unsuccessful run for mayor of Minneapolis in 1943, then returned to teaching while working other jobs at a radio station and managing an apartment building. He ran for mayor of Minneapolis again in 1945 and won, serving until 1948. He was elected to the U.S.Senate in 1948 serving as Democratic Whip from 1961 to 1964. President Lyndon B. Johnson selected Mr. Humphrey to run as his running mate in 1964 and Mr. Humphrey became the Vice President of the United States in a landslide victory. Mr. Humphrey ran for President in 1968 on the Democratic ticket losing to Richard M. Nixon by a narrow margin. He returned to teaching at the University of Minnesota and Macalester College. In 1971 he was returned to the U.S. Senate and served until 1978 when he died from cancer. His wife, Muriel, filled his Senate seat until November 1978 and did not run for the unexpired term. While you are in Huron, you can take a trip to the nearby town of De Smet,SD. De Smet is known as the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the “Little House on the Prairie” books. De Smetis 33.9 miles east of Huron on US-14. In the winter of 1879-80, the Ingalls family resided in a railroad surveyor’s house. In 1880 Mr. Ingalls filed his homestead and in 1887 Mr. Ingalls built the house that the family would reside in. The activities open Memorial Day weekend and include such activities as covered wagon rides, 1880s school session, ponies and horses, exhibits, etc. There is something for everyone. The Ingalls Homesteadis located at 20812 Homestead Road,De Smet, SD 57231. Phone number is 800-776-3594. There are sixteen other sites around the town of De Smet that were mentioned in Laura’s books including the cemetery where Laura’s parents, three sisters and baby brother were buried. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, 103 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231,phone number 605-854-3383, offers a one hour guided tour of some of these sites that were mentioned in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. June 29, 2013, there will be stock carraces at the State Fair Speedway located in Huron. You can walk to the races, but check with the Rally Information Desk or at the Huron Tourist Bureau for more information. Huron’s 4th of July celebration will be occurring at Campbell Park at the State Fairgrounds. Activities will include a parade, barbeque, vendor fair and fireworks. Check with the Rally Information Desk for more details. Other towns within an hour to an hour and a half distance will be having celebrations as well. Check the South Dakota Tourism site on the Internet to find where they are. Calling all birders! If you are interested in birding, you can call Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism at 1-800-244-8860 for a free SD Birding Trail brochure. The closest places to Huron are just outside of town west on US-14 and is called MagaTa-Hohpi WPA or east on US-14 near DeSmet is the De Smet Forest and LakeThompson Recreation Area. For those of you coming to the rally with young children, you might choose to visit Aberdeen, SD, north of Huron on US-281 prior to arrival in Huron. There is a Wylie Park Campground as well as Storybook Land including The Land ofOz, rides and other attractions. Check the Internet for rates and hours. Anyone who will be staying in or around the Huron area until July 13 and 14, 2013, you might consider heading over to Brookings, SD, at the junction of US-14 and I-29, for their Summer Arts Festival located at Pioneer Park on US-14/6th St. between Western Ave. and First Ave. Parking is off site at First Bank & Trust parking lot at 6th Street and 22nd Ave. Shuttle buses will run continuously during the festival. Public parking is available on side streets and public parking lots downtown as well as pay-to-park lots north and northwest of festival. In addition to over 200 artists from all over the USA with their handcrafted works of art, there will be gourmet and ethnic food booths, children’s area for fun and educational activities and entertainers throughout Pioneer Park. Goto Brookings, SD Summer Arts Festival on the Internet to find out more. We just happened upon this festival on our way to Huron last year and would have loved to have stopped if we could have found a place to park. I would recommend going early. Parking is off site at First Bank & Trust parking lot at 6th Street and 22nd Ave. Shuttle buses will run continuously during the festival. Public parking is available on side streets and public parking lots downtown as well as pay-to-parklots north and northwest of festival. RV parking appeared to be at a premium. I hope that you have enjoyed reading these articles on Huron and it has peaked your interest in the many things that there are to do and see around the town as well as nearby. See you in Huron!
HURON, SD 2013
This is a description of the seminars for the International rally to be held in Huron, SD this summer. Check your program for the times and places of the seminars as soon as you arrive at the rally. -Darrell Waters
Membership Growth Seminar by Mona Heath and Teresa Taylor, Oregon Unit President and Membership Chairman
Introduction to Caravanning Seminars By: R.B. Bernd July 1, 2, 3, from 1:00 - 4:00
If you have not had the pleasure of going on a caravan, this program will provide you with valuable information that will undoubtedly enhance your first caravanning experience. If you have caravanning experience and are now thinking about being a Caravan Leader Introduction to Caravanning will definitely help you move forward with your plans. Each person who registers for the program will be given a comprehensive folder of materials. It’s an excellent resource for caravaners and aspiring caravan leaders. Those who attend all three days of the seminar series will be presented with an official “WBCCI Certificate of Completion” as well as a copy of the very handy WBCCI Caravan Handbook. Successful completion of this seminar is a pre-requisite to leading a National Caravan.
Presented by the Huron Chamber of Commerce or Huron Residents
Murals-on-the-Town, Huron -- Megan Benker (Huron) June 26, 2:30 – 3:30, Expo MainThe Murals on the Town project is a spectacular arts project. Using city buildings as its canvas, the community of Huron tells its story through colorful murals, which are easily visible to pedestrians and passing traffic. The project was designed to improve the streetscape and to highlight the unique features of the City for public enjoyment. Revitalization, beautification and civic pride are all direct results of the mural project. Several murals present a visual history of landmarks and events in Huron's past. New murals are added each year.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Dianne Mollner June 29, 3:00 – 4:00, Room Tech A
Please join the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society as we share the history and some of the wonderful memories Laura Ingalls wilder tells us about in her "Little House Series". Laura said she had lived it all, from pioneer days to modern times and she didn't want those memories to be lost.
"The Memorable Journey" Sacagawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Hetty Gray July 1, 9:00 – 10:00, Room Tech B
Clad in authentic dress and accompanied by a dog that portrays Meriwether Lewis' Newfoundland Seaman, listen as she describes her life and involvement in one of the most famous expeditions in American history. Hers is more than the story of an interpreter. Hers is the poignant tale that begins with tribal life in the west before America's westward expansion and culminates in the arduous trek led by true American heroes. Replete with details of the trip and its hardships, Sacagawea's story provides her audience with the viewpoint of a young woman from one culture working alongside men from another culture as they worked for a common goal. Facts abound, but humor adds zest and paints history as far more than a list of events and dates. History, in fact, is personal. Immerse yourself in the story of Sacagawea. Hers truly was "The Memorable Journey."
Dog Training- Pheasant Hunting, Kent Shelton, Huron July 2, 9:00 – 10:00, Vendor Area
This seminar will include picking a puppy through its intermediate training. Kent will have his dogs along to do some demonstrations for the audience. There will also be a question and answer session. Come on out and see just what dogs are capable of.
Sponsored by the Vintage Airstream Club
Discovering the Flavors That Make Wine Great, Kimber Moore, June 27, 1:00 – 2:30, Room Tech B
Presented by the Electronic Communications Committee
Life On The Road Seminars
Business on the Road Seminars, presented by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, AEP, PFS, JD
Additional Seminars Quilters, Take Note!
Exciting news comes “sliding” in from Huron this month! The Splash Central Water Park is rumored to be meeting its scheduled deadlines to be up and running for the arrival of our WBCCI International Convention/Rally.
There is a Master Blaster water slide, a Body Slide, Sea Creature Kiddy Pool, a/lazy river, a leisure pool and a 50-meter competition pool for those of you that/need to keep your tri-athlete fitness training on track. Surrounding Splash/Central is an Interactive Playground, Sensory Garden, picnic shelters, swings,/bathhouse, Senior Center and concessions, as well as a large parking lot. So/pack that swimsuit and lots of sun block lotion and jump in for a great time.
Huron has a number of famous people that have lived in the town at one time or another. One of those is Gladys Pyle. Ms. Pyle became the first woman elected to the South Dakota State legislature as a Representative for four years helping to gain South Dakota’s ratification of the Child Labor Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. She was the first woman elected as South Dakota Secretary of State.
She ran for governor against four men in 1930 garnering the largest number of votes but not attaining the 35% required to secure the nomination, which was decided at a special state GOP convention and Ms. Pyle did not win that vote. She became the first woman U.S. Senator from South Da- kota serving the shortest term ever. Due to election regulations, the death of the sitting senator from South Dakota meant that there would not be a South Dakota senator in Washington for the period of Nov. – Jan. 1939. President Roosevelt indicated that he might call a special session of Congress (they had adjourned in 1938 to prepare for the then upcoming Presidential elections) as the Democrats outnumbered the Republicans. Ms. Pyle won a special South Dakota U.S. Senatorial election and moved to Washington. A Senate Congressional swearing in never took place. Although Congress was not called into special session, Ms. Pyle spent many hours working securing highway programs with the WPA, met with the Department of the Interior on behalf of landholders on Indian reservations, she took on outstanding cases with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, she handled problems for individuals on pensions and set up a visit in South Dakota for the crown prince and princess of Norway causing much excitement among her many constituents who were from the Scandinavian countries. The house that Ms. Pyle lived in can be seen at 376 Idaho Ave. SE in Huron. It was built in 1894 and is a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture. It may or may not be open for viewing. Check with the Information Desk at the rally once you arrive in Huron for availability. Huron history continued:
At the end of 1883, Huron was growing by leaps and bounds. There was a foundry and machine shop in town, as well as a company that made artificial stone for chimneys, a bottler of carbonated drinks and a company hand making 2,500 cigars daily.
The railroad donated land in 1883 for the Beadle County Courthouse. The population in 1883 was 1,500 people, in 1886-87 there were 2,890 and by 1914 it had grown to 8,505. In 1928 Huron had an airport with 4 runways, 2,500 feet long plus a gasoline pump and tank, when many airfields were just “landing strips” at that time. May 1, 1929, Rapid Airlines started the first scheduled passenger service from Huron. However, the airlines did not get the mail contract so abandoned the line shortly thereafter.
The municipal airport was dedicated on July 5, 1935 and Huron had the only passenger service available for a considerable length of time in the surrounding area. In 1937 Huron was the only airport facility in South Dakota considered safe by the U.S. Bureau of Commerce. (“Huron Revisited” by Dorothy Huss, Robert S. Kuni, William Lampe and Margaret Moxon. Copyright 1988.)
In 1979 the terminal was named after Hubert H. Humphrey, previous Vice President of the U.S. under Lyndon B. Johnson, and at one time in his early 20’s he was a resident of Huron, SD when he left college to help at his father’s pharmacy, that can still be seen in downtown Huron. The Huron Regional Airport is recognized as one of the best equipped and maintained facilities in the industry. Flights into and out of the airport are limited so if you are planning on flying to the International Rally make your reservations early.
Stay tuned for more exciting information in the next few months.
There is a Master Blaster water slide, a Body Slide, Sea Creature Kiddy Pool, a/lazy river, a leisure pool and a 50-meter competition pool for those of you that/need to keep your tri-athlete fitness training on track. Surrounding Splash/Central is an Interactive Playground, Sensory Garden, picnic shelters, swings,/bathhouse, Senior Center and concessions, as well as a large parking lot. So/pack that swimsuit and lots of sun block lotion and jump in for a great time./Huron famous residents:
She ran for governor against four men in 1930 garnering the largest number of votes but not attaining the 35% required to secure the nomination, which was decided at a special state GOP convention and Ms. Pyle did not win that vote. She became the first woman U.S. Senator from South Da- kota serving the shortest term ever. Due to election regulations, the death of the sitting senator from South Dakota meant that there would not be a South Dakota senator in Washington for the period of Nov. – Jan. 1939. President Roosevelt indicated that he might call a special session of Congress (they had adjourned in 1938 to prepare for the then upcoming Presidential elections) as the Democrats outnumbered the Republicans. Ms. Pyle won a special South Dakota U.S. Senatorial election and moved to Washington. A Senate Congressional swearing in never took place. Although Congress was not called into special session, Ms. Pyle spent many hours working securing highway programs with the WPA, met with the Department of the Interior on behalf of landholders on Indian reservations, she took on outstanding cases with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, she handled problems for individuals on pensions and set up a visit in South Dakota for the crown prince and princess of Norway causing much excitement among her
many constituents who were from the Scandinavian countries (http://womenincongress.house.gov/member-profiles/profile. html?intlD=201) The house that Ms. Pyle lived in can be seen at 376 Idaho Ave. SE in Huron. It was built in 1894 and is a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture. It may or may not be open for viewing. Check with the Information Desk at the rally once you arrive in Huron for availability. Huron history continued:
According to Jay D. Vogt, Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society, the Huron Indians never lived in South Dakota. However, when the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area in 1804-1806 the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota (aka Sioux) people as well as the Arikara people lived in what now is South Dakota. The Arikara people were an agricultural society and were later forced into North Dakota by the Sioux.
Today the closest Indian reservation to Huron is the Crow Creek Indian Reservation on the Missouri River south of the state capital Pierre. Crow Creek is the third smallest of the nine reservations in South Dakota. It is approximately 400 square miles, but 35 square miles are covered by reservoirs. To get there you take SD Hwy 50 North from I-90 toward Fort Thompson keeping a look out for the Crow Creek Reservation buffalo herd.
The South Dakota Office of Tourism has a wonderful brochure called “Native South Dakota” that lists all the reservations in the state, as well as the history of the native communities, where to purchase native American art and a list of the attractions at the various reservations. You can call 1-800-S-DAKOTA (1-800-732-5682) and request a brochure.
Since we will be spending time in South Dakota here is a little bit of information relating to the state. Is it any wonder that South Dakota is nicknamed Mount Rushmore State? The state flower is the Pasque flower, also known as the wind flower, prairie crocus, Easter Flower or meadow anemone.
We already know that their state bird is the ring-necked pheasant and not surprising the state sport is rodeo. Triceratops is the fossil of choice, In the southeast corner of the Black Hills National Forest, in Hot Springs, SD, there is the Mammoth Site that is the world’s largest mammoth research facility. There are special classes for kids and reservations are recommended. Check out the Mammoth website at: www.mammothsite.com .
Huron History Continued:For those of you who live in the “snowy” parts of the U.S. and Canada this part of the history of Huron will probably fall in the category of your worst nightmare.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about the winter of 1880-81 in her book, “The Long Winter” (Wilder, Laura Ingalls, New York, Harper & Row, 1940) and that name has stuck.
The snow started in October and didn’t let up until April when thawing began suddenly turning the prairie into one large lake. During the “long winter” the residents of Huron, as well as their neighbors in DeSmit, Iroquois and other surrounding towns, found themselves struggling, as supplies of fuel and other necessities could no longer be delivered by the railroads that they had come to depend on due to the huge drifts of snow.
Coffee grinders were pressed into use for grinding wheat into flour that was coarser than they were use to but was still usable to bake bread. Families and others who were not related moved in together to save on fuel. www.iroquoissd.com/local_history.htm www.files.usgarchives.net/sd/history/robinson/liii.txt
What’s To Do?
Huron has a “Ride Huron” program called “Spokes For Folks!” This program provides free courtesy bikes for loan to Huron visitors as part of Huron’s wellness initiative.There are over 50 bicycles available for loan without charge at three locations in the community. The bike loan includes free use of a helmet and a bike lock. At the time of this writing there are 10 miles of bike trails in and around Huron and there may be more by the time of the International Rally.Photograph by Jim Elmlinger #3296
So pick up a “Ride Huron” brochure that should be available at the Rally Information Desk. It lists all the locations where you can borrow a bike and the requirements such as ID and must be 18 or over or with a parent. The brochure has a map with the trails outlined and lists points of interest including the murals that are located around town.So if you like to bike, but don’t have room to bring your bike, there is no longer an excuse to not get out there and get some great exercise!
Be sure to check your Blue Beret for more articles about our 2013 International Rally location in Huron South Dakota.
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