Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Remember the "Good Old Days" of DHS Football watching??

You had to go early to stand next to the field or get a place to sit. Looks like Kay Roberts Neuhauf and Elsie Daniels Slack on front right. Rev. 1/14/08: The image scan is from the 1952 DHS Bear Log and is undated.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Al Neuharth interviews DHS Coach Burgess in 1954

Al Neuharth interviews DHS Coach Burgess for Radio Station KSOO after the 1954 Deadwood Bears won the heart stopping Class A State Basketball Championship. At this time, Al was publishing the SoDak Sports newspaper and trying his hand at sports casting on the radio. SoDak Sports went bankrupt and Al also gave up sports casting. Neuharth went on to build the most successful national newspaper the USA Today. Read Al Neuharth's story as a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame .

Coach Glenn Burgess passed away a few years ago. He will be featured in a dhsclassmates posting in the near future. Glen and his wife Tiny attended the 50 Year Reunion for 1954 DHS Team and proudly held the State Trophy that is on display in the Lead/Deadwood High School at Lead.

The picture is a scan from the The Bear Log 1954.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

DHS seats as seen from a porch in Spearfish SD

Thank goodness some one salvaged these and others from the old Deadwood Dump at the Slag Pile next the Whitewood Creek.

Dr. Howe would wonder what happened to the DHS Auditorium he helped build over 70 years ago.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Proceeds from 2007 DHS Reunion - Great Job Reunion Committee!!

The final proceeds from the 2007 DHS Reunion were distributed to create four $600 Deadwood/Lead School District scholarships to be awarded over four years. Shown is the letter of acceptance.

Also $1140 was given to The Lord's Cupboard in Lead who administers the Backpack Program for the school district. Shown is the note of appreciation for the donation.

There are children in America that rely on resources such as free or reduced-priced school lunch, during the school year.

The BackPack™ Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.

Backpacks are filled with food that children take home on weekends. Food is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. Backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation.

The BackPack Program concept was developed at the Arkansas Rice Depot in Little Rock after a school nurse asked for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomach aches and dizziness. The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in non-descript backpacks to carry home.

In addition to providing nutritious food to school children in need, some BackPack programs provide extra food for younger siblings at home and others operate during the summer months when children are out of school and have limited access to free or reduced-priced meals.

There are more than 110 America's Second Harvest network members operating BackPack Programs in 39 states and Washington, D.C.

Nationally, members distribute as many as 35,000 backpacks each week. This program is the fastest growing National Program within our network. Within the last year, the program has experienced close to 100 percent growth. For more information about the BackPack Program, please contact David Blair at 312.641.6829 or at

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Don Clowser and the Days of '76

Don Clowser was a "self-made man." During his 89 years he held many jobs but is best known as historian, owner of the Deadwood Trading Post and a collector of art and artifacts of the American West.

Don's life-long connection with Deadwood, as well as with the Days of '76 , began when he first came to Deadwood at the age of 12, in the summer of 1926. While traveling through the South Dakota Badlands in 1926 he observed American Indians traveling in covered wagons on their way to participate in the Days of '76 Celebration. Don cemented his connection with Deadwood through his 35 year membership in the Days of '76 Committee, the organization he requested house and care for his extensive historical collection. See .

The Days of 76 Museum began as functional storage in the old rodeo grounds buildings of the Days of '76 wagons, artifacts, and costumes. See

It upgraded to longer term buildings in the 1970's and is now in the process of building a new formal museum facility. See