News Relating To Skinner


Evening Huronite
February 15, 1930


A seven o'clock dinner was served Wednesday evening at the W. O. Skinner home, south of Huron, complimentary to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kukuk, who were recently married.

A wedding cake centered the table, which was laid with covers for sixteen. After the dinner, cards were played until nine o'clock, when several friends surprised the young couple with a charivari.

They were given a ride on a trailer through the city. Afterwards the party returned to the Skinner home, where treats were served and games were enjoyed until a late hour.

Mrs. Kukuk before her marriage was Miss Bernice Skinner.



Evening Huronite
December 2, 1931


Twenty-six of the children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Skinner were entertained at dinner at the Skinner (illegible) and Mrs. Skinner, who expect to leave Friday for McAllen, Tex.

Mr. and Mrs. James Bragg and Orrin Skinner of Custer, were among the guests. All the children were at home except Howard Skinner, who is at Port Au Prince, Haiti.



Evening Huronite
September 12, 1931


A miscellaneous shower was given for Miss Medas Skinner, a bride of this week, at the W. O. Skinner home Tuesday afternoon.

A feature of the entertainment, was a mock wedding in which Catherine Frevert took the part of the bride, Mrs. Rose Cranston was the groom and Mrs. Styer was the minister.

Light refreshments were served at the close of the afternoon, and Miss Skinner was presented with a number of gifts.



Evening Huronite
September 12, 1931


Announcement has been received here of the wedding of James I. Bragg of Alpena and Miss Medas Skinner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Skinner, at Yankton Thursday, the service being read by the Rev. H. H. Lindeman.

Miss Aurel Ashmun of Huron, a niece of the bridegroom, and Miss Bessie M. Lindeman were the attendants. Miss Ashmun is attending Yankton college this year.

Mr. and Mrs. Bragg expected to leave today for Custer where they will make their home.



Evening Huronite
March 20, 1935


Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss A. Grace Skinner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Skinner of Huron, and Fred Bauman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman S. Bauman, 925 Nebraska avenue southwest.

The marriage took place last evening at eight o'clock at the parsonage of the american Lutheran church with the Rev. S. D. Disrud reading the ring ceremony. The witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Ellsworth. For her wedding the bride wore a navy blue crepe suite dress and accessories to match. Mrs. Ellsworth wore a dress of a lighter blue shade. Following the wedding a supper was served at Tuck's cafe.

Mr. Bauman is an employe of the Standard Oil company here and Mrs. Bauman is an operator at the Hartnagel Beauty Shop. They are making their home in apartment No. 4, New Royal apartments.



Evening Huronite
March 28, 1935


Mrs. Otto Kukuk was hostess last evening at a miscellaneous shower given in honor of her sister, Mrs. Fred Bauman, who was recently married.

The party was given at Mrs. Kukuk's home, 708 Montana avenue southwest, and bridge formed the entertainment for the evening. Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Skinner were the winners of score gifts. Mrs. Bauman, who was Miss Grace Skinner prior to her marriage on March 19, received a shower of gifts. At the close of the evening Mrs. Kukuk served a lunch.



Evening Huronite
April 17, 1935


Mrs. Fred Bauman was honored at a bridge-shower given Monday evening by Mrs. Harold Ellsworth and Mrs. Dan Hudler at the Ellsworth home, 515 Simmons avenue southeast.

Bridge was played at four tables at which Mrs. John Bonesteel won the high score gift and the travel prize was awarded to Miss Mae Skinner. A shower of miscellaneous gifts was presented to Mrs. Bauman, who before her marriage in March was Miss Grace Skinner.

An Easter theme was used in the decorations and also in the lunch, which was served after the bridge game.



The Daily Plainsman
February 27, 1936


Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Skinner of Huron have announced the marriage of their daughter, Mae Belle, and Coy Danley which took place at the American Lutheran Church parsonage at five o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. S. D. Disrud officiated using the single ring service.

The attendants at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huntwork, brother-in-law and sister of the bride. A dress of blue crepe and accessories to match were worn by the bride and her sister was also attired in a blue crepe dress.

At six-thirty o'clock a dinner was served at the home of another sister of the bride, Mrs. Otto Kukuk, 228 Third Street Southeast, which was also in honor of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Skinner's thirty-ninth wedding day anniversary. The dinner was served in three courses to eleven guests.

Later that evening several friends called on the newly-married couple and charivaried them. They are making their home in an apartment at 975 Kansas Avenue Southeast.

Mr. Danley, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Danley, is employed by Armour and Company.



Evening Huronite
May 26, 1939


Otto Kukuk, Huron, drew a $5 fine when he pleaded guilty before Municipal Judge C. N. Hall this morning, to the charge of shooting firearms within the city limits.

Arrest and punishment of Kukuk brought a warning from chief of Police Jake S. Nelson that other offenders would be subject to similar punishment.



Evening Huronite
October 22, 1942


A birthday party was given Sunday afternoon in honor of Allen Skinner, who was four years old, by his mother, Mrs. Orrin Skinner and aunt, Mrs. Kenneth Gifford.

The afternoon was spent playing games. Lunch was served at four-thirty o'clock at a table centered with a decorated birthday cake and at each place was a favor. Those present were: Buddy Gifford, Gerald Corcoran, Ward Danley, Norma Halbur, Beverly Halbur, Nancy Meuller, Duane Huntwork, Donna Huntwork, Janice Skinner. Allen received many nice gifts.



Evening Huronite
November 4, 1942

Among the relatives here for the funeral services of Mrs. Walter O. Skinner, who died suddenly Friday morning following a heart attack suffered at her home, four miles south of Huron, are: Mr. and Mrs. Earl F. Skinner, Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Holm, Little Falls, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bauman, Billings, Mont., Mr. and Mrs. James Bragg, Neil and Harold Mills, Sturgis; R. N. Skinner, Roy Skinner, Mr. and Mrs. William Skinner and Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Beeler of Burbank. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Kinyon Chapel with Dr. C. E. Wilcox officiating.



Evening Huronite
February 15, 1944


A shower was given Thursday evening in the home of Mrs. Marvin Kuehn to compliment Mrs. Lester Ketelsen, who was recently married.

The evening was spent playing fames and contests with prizes going to Mrs. Joe Rodman, Mrs. Alfred Hanson, Jr., and Mrs. Coy Danley. Later the bride opened her many gifts. A lunch was served by the hostess assisted by Mrs. Otto Kukuk, Mrs. Ketelsen is the former Ruth Skinner.



The Daily Huronite and Plainsman
December 18, 1945


Pvt. Lester Ketelsen left Friday for Fort Lewis, Wash, after spending a furlough with his wife, the former Ruth Skinner, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Ketelsen and other relatives.



Huron Daily Plainsman
August 13, 1974



Word was received of the death Monday of James I Bragg, 85, of 6439 W. Myrtle Ave., Lot 75 Triple T Court, Glendale, Ariz. 85301. He formerly farmed at Huron [South Dakota] and also lived at Sturgis before moving to Arizona.

He is survived by his widow, Medas, and two nephews raised by the couple, Neal Mills in Florida and Harold Mills, Findley, Ohio. Mrs. Goldie Kuehn, Huron, is a sister-in-law and Orrin Skinner, Huron, a brother-in-law.



Huron Daily Plainsman
October 6, 1974

Funeral Services for

will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the Welter Funeral Home with Rev. Arthur Orth officiating. Friends may call Sunday afternoon and evening.



Huron Daily Plainsman
Oct 18, 1974


Sincere thanks to the many friends and relatives for the cards, flowers, memorials and other expressions of sympathy extended to us at the time of the loss of our loved one.
The family of Lloyd Skinner



Huron Daily Plainsman
July 6, 1977


Mr. and Mrs. Marvin (Goldie) Kuehn will host open house Saturday in the 4-H dining hall on the state fairgrounds for Mrs. Kuehn's brothers and sisters. Friends and neighbors are invited to call from 2 to 5 p.m.

Honored will be Mr. and Mrs. Earl Skinner, Little Falls, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Skinner, Huron; Mr. and Mrs. John Skinner, Redfield; Mrs. Willmer (Helen) Helm, Ceres, Calif.; Mrs. Medas Bragg, Glendale, Ariz.; Mrs. Bernie Farber, Severy, Kan.; Mrs. Coy (May) Danley, Springdale, Ark.; and Mrs. Lester (Ruth) Ketelsen, Sioux Falls.



Huron Daily Plainsman
July 18, 1977

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Caption: The Nine Children of Walter and Mary Skinner present for a reunion July 10, in Huron are, from left, Orrin Skinner, Huron; Bernice Farber, Severy, Kan.; May Danley, Springdale, Ark.; Goldie Kuehn, Huron; Earl Skinner, Little Falls, Minn.; Medas Bragg, Glendale, Ariz.; John Skinner, Redfield; Helen Holm, Ceres, Calif.; and Ruth Ketelsen, Sioux Falls.


Nine sons and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Walter (Mary) Skinner were reunited in Huron July 9010. Sharing in the festivities were 76 members of the family coming from 13 states.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin (Goldie) Kuehn planned and coordinated the activities highlighted by an open house Saturday afternoon. This was followed by a dinner and dancing that evening.

In addition to Mrs. Kuehn, three others live in South Dakota, Orin Skinner, Huron, John Skinner, Redfield, and Mrs. Les (Ruth) Ketelsen, Sioux Falls.

Brothers and sisters from other states were Earl Skinner, Little Falls, Minn.; Mrs. Willmer (Helen) Holm, Ceres, Calif.; Mrs. James (Medas) Bragg, Glendale, Ariz.; Mrs. Frank (Bernice) Farber, Severy, Kan.; and Mrs. Coy (May) Danley, Springdale, Ark.

Five generations of the Walter Skinner family were represented with the presence of Jimmy and Chris Sharpe, Hialeah, Fla. The other fifth generation descendents, Patrick Burke, Honolulu and Aleca Johnson, Minneapolis, were not present.

The potluck dinner Saturday was climaxed when a birthday cake was presented Mrs. Willmer Holm.



The Daily Plainsman
October 1, 2002


The Skinner family reunion was held July 12-14 at the Crossroads with 82 people attending.

Walter O. and Mrs. A. Skinner moved to South Dakota in 1905 from Illinois, where they raised 12 children. The farm was three miles south of Huron. After the farm was sold, the home was moved to Huron at Ninth Street and Iowa, and Helen Buchanan opened her polio clinic there.

Three sisters, Medas Bragg of Port Charlotte, Fla., Ruth Ketelsen of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Goldie Kuehn of Huron, and two sisters-in-law, Marle Skinner of Huron and Elizabeth Skinner of Redfield, and left of the original family. There are now 24 nieces and nephews, with families from 24 states, including Hawaii.

Betty Skinner and Goldie Kuehn hosted the reunion. The James River Blue Grass band entertained during an evening banquet, and Neal Mills was spokesman for the group during a brunch on the final day of the event.

The group will meet again in 2004, with James and Patricia Anderson and their families hosting the event in Minneapolis, Minn.

The first reunion was held in 1956 on the John and Betty Skinner farm near Redfield. They meet every two years at different locations.

Family members in the picture are Neal and Fran Mills, Harold and Mitzi Mills, Ward and Kay Danley, Steven Lightfood, Roger and Nancy Danley, John and Melissa Dolling, John and Melody Robinson, James and Pat Anderson, Bart and Deborah Berardo, Donald and Sharon Tracy, Dennis Anderson, Robert and Peggy Mitchell, Robert and Donna Fox, Duane and Margaret Huntwork, Ruth Ketelsen, Goldie Kuehn, James and Keiko Kuehn, Kendell and Elvie Kuehn, Venus Kuehn, Betty Skinner, Ronald and Judy Ryman, Raymond and Ruth Skinner, Ralph Skinner, Linda Skinner, Marie Skinner, Allen and Diane Skinner, Gary and Lieng Skinner, Donald Skinner, Kimball Skinner, Dallas and Janice Lien, Kevin and Sandy Lien, Raymond and Kerri Albrecht, Joseph and Terri Pynchon, Kristine Lien and Thomas and Bonnie Renner.


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