Dean Chadwell presented a program about the history of lighting and served refreshments at the meeting of Union County Historical Society on Oct. 17 at the museum.
He told that people lived without artificial light until fire was discovered, possibly from lightning strikes. Early lighting was obtained from burning readily available materials and animals.
Chadwell showed examples of primitive devices such as a wick in an oil filled sea shell, kerosene lamps, barn lanterns and a unique cobalt and water bicycle light.
The retired General Electric employee said electric lighting was actually invented in about 1810, but was not practical until Thomas Edison perfected the incandescent bulb. Fluorescent lights evolved making a more economical use of electricity and they have been developed to a point where they can replace incandescent lighting in business places and homes.
He distributed an informative and useful chart about the cost of light.
Several items of business were addressed, including the availability for purchase of the City Auditorium from the City of Elk Point, the appointment of a nominating committee, and plans for the annual membership celebration in January. A historical costume ball was suggested for this event.
The next meeting will be Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the museum. Leverne Klemme of Akron, IA will speak about his experiences in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Evelen Hanson is hostess. The public is welcome to attend.
Kranz addresses Rotary Club
The Vermillion Rotary Club met at the Neuharth Center on the USD campus for its regular weekly meeting Nov. 1. Following lunch, President Rev. Mercy Hobbs called the meeting to order and we were led in prayer by Rev. David Hussey. The club was led in singing by Jack Noble on the piano and song leader Joe Edelen. Songs were America the Beautiful, and Bye, Bye Blackbird.
After the introduction of guests, including Vermillion High School seniors Molly Geise and Anna Green, Karen Muenster introduced David Kranz, the political columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, who was our program.
Kranz is a native South Dakotan and graduate of the School of Journalism at South Dakota State. He has worked for newspapers in Austin, MN, Mitchell and Sioux Falls, where he was managing editor before becoming the paper's political columnist.
Kranz focused his comments on South Dakota politics, which are, of course, often closely involved with national politics. Kranz spent some time discussing the victory of John Thune over Tom Daschle in the 2004 U.S. Senate election, expressing his judgement that Daschle had made some basic mistakes in public pronouncements and ads that lost the election for him.
In Kranz's view, Daschle has made a number of commitments that will likely keep him out of S.D. politics for the forseeable future.
Kranz pointed out that while the Republican Party is well organized and supported in South Dakota, the Democrats have lost a great money-raiser in Tom Daschle and will doubtless suffer from that loss. This means that Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth has probably lost much of the out-of-state money that supported her last two campaigns, money that, according to Kranz, came mostly from pro-abortion interests.
Nevertheless, Kranz considers her almost unbeatable for the Republicans because she has voted with them and President Bush on almost all issues that concern South Dakotans, the exception being that of abortion rights. Kranz, a registered Democrat, had nothing good to say about Gov. Rounds, but also believes that he will be virtually sure to be elected for a second term.
Kranz noted that the life of a partisan political columnist is not without its down side even in South Dakota, for he has been lampooned and sometimes dishonestly criticized by Internet bloggers, some of whom he claimed were highly paid by the Thune campaign during the last election. All in all, Kranz was an informative and interesting speaker and presented a worthwhile program.
Centerville women will meet Nov. 9
The Centerville Area Christian Women's Club will be meeting at our new time on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. for a brunch at the Legion hall.
We will have special music by Robin Stuckey of Tea.
Our special feature is Verna Nelson of Wakonda, showing us some creative sweatshirts that she makes, just in time for the cold weather.
The speaker this month is Mary Farquharson of Minnetonka, MN. She is a former model and will be sharing building blocks for a successful life.
If you would like to call for reservations the women to contact are Wilhelmina Jorgenson at 326-5562, Jan Stevens at 563-2821 or Lois Lounsbery at 763-5284.
Hope to see you on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m.