Reviewing the Past

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Following are articles as they appeared in the Ranger-Review, the Dawson County Review, and Glendive Independent, 25, 50 & 100 years ago this month.

25 Years Ago

This summer, Glendive residents looking for a place to spend time in quiet reflection were given some new options.

Two local families chose to remember their loved ones with the donations of three park benches overlooking the Yellowstone River in Penninger Park. Two of the benches were given in memory of Ed and Elsie Siverts and one in memory of Debbie Toppins DeLong.

The Siverts lived on Prospect Drive and a big picture window in their living room looked out across the river, Audrey Siverts explained. She said her dad loved to sit in his chair and look through the window. He could see out beyond the Sidney highway, and in the evening he liked to sit there and watch the traffic lights on the highway. Her mother also enjoyed taking walks along the river.

She said she isn’t sure who actually thought of giving benches in her parents’ memory, but she is sure it is something they would have liked.

Maylo Toppins said she and her husband Bob had been looking for something they could do as a memorial for their daughter Debbie who died of cancer about seven years ago. When she saw the benches the Siverts had given, she realized she had found the memorial she wanted.

One evening when her husband went out to walk the dog, she suggested he look at the Siverts’ benches and see what he thought of the idea. They didn’t discuss it again, but on her birthday, he told her to be dressed and ready to go out at 10 a.m., she said.

When the time came, she grabbed her purse and told him she was ready to go. He told her she didn’t need a purse and pointed out the window to a truck with a bench in the back of it. She still didn’t realize what he had done and was puzzling over how they were going to fit a park bench in their back yard, when some city workers came to the door and asked her to go with them to the park and show them where to place the bench.

The couple can see the park bench from their home and really enjoy looking out at it, especially when they see people using and enjoying it. The view from it is a beautiful one, and sitting there, watching the river or even the cars on the interstate, is really relaxing, she said.

The Lady Red Devils opened their home basketball season with an exciting come-from-behind conference win over the Hardin Lady Bulldogs Friday night.

“We trailed the whole game, but the kids refused to fold and kept battling back. The first two games this year we lost by one or two points, but this time the desire to win gave us the game,” said Glendive Coach Richy Powell.

“We could not control them playing man defense, then in the second half we went to a 2-3 zone, which worked much better. This enabled us to cut their lead to 30-29 at the end of the third frame. They would get in front by two or three points in the final period, but we battled back and finally won the game,” Powell said.

50 Years Ago

Penny Diegel became the bride of Don Zimmerman at a double ring ceremony on August 21 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Rev. H.E. Meyer officiated at the evening nuptials before an alter decorated with an arch of greenery and pink, yellow and white gladioli.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christ Diegel of Crackerbox Route, and the groom is the son of Mrs. H.P. Zimmerman of Glendive.

The bride was escorted to the alter by her father. The bride’s sister, Sherry Corneliusen served as matron of honor. Brenda Hanson, cousin of the bride and Tammy Diegel, the bride’s sister, served as attendants.

Thaddy Diegel, brother of the bride and Mark Walker, nephew of the groom were ringbearers. Wendy Hanson and Karlene Diegel were flower girls.

Richard Thompson was best man. Groomsmen were Milt Novakovich and David Zimmerman, brother of the groom. Ushers were Don Diegel and Steve Knudson.

Dara Kaul was organist for the nuptials and Gary Walker sang, “With This Ring, I Thee Wed”, and “The Wedding Prayer.”

A wedding supper at the Moose Hall followed the ceremony.

After a trip to the Black Hills, the couple are at home in Glendive.

100 Years Ago


A swimming pool may be one of the new features to be added to Glendive. President John F. Murphy has called a mass meeting of the members of the Glendive Chamber of Commerce and the citizens of Glendive in general for the purpose of devising ways and means to secure the construction of an adequate pool. The meting is called for Friday evening, July 29, at 7:30 at the office of the Glendive Chamber of Commerce, which is situated on the railway tracks near the depot. Everybody interested in the enterprise is most earnestly urged to come to the gathering.

Where the swimming pool is to be located has not been finally determined, though two sites have been suggested, one, near the electric light plant and the other in Lloyd Park, near the tourist camp. Nor has the matter of the size of the pool or its depth been settled, nor how funds shall be raised or whether the pool should and can be constructed by volunteer labor and donation of material. These are all matters to be discussed at the mass meeting.

The need for a swimming pool for Glendive can hardly be overstated. People now use the river, the pool at Pope’s dam and other nearby swimming places. A number of boys have lost their lives in the river, and others will also be enticed there and with the same result. The swimming pool will remove the loss of life and also provide a fine recreation addition to the meager facilities for pleasure in Glendive.

A big tournout is expected at the meeting, especially of fathers with growing children.