De Smet residents share memories of Christmas past

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Some local folks recently shared their Christmas memories.


Bob Zeller, 91, served as postmaster in De Smet for many years. He spoke about the busy Christmas mailing season.


“We would just be flooded. It’s definitely a crazy time,” he said. “You wouldn’t believe all the mail and packages. It’s a circus.”


Zeller said a Christmas present he remembers is a horse one of his granddaughters received. Later, she went on to compete in rodeos.


“I wanted a firecracker gun, like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers had, so I could be a cowboy,” Jim Klinkel, 83, said. “Or an airplane cap and goggles. That was a big fad for a while.”


Klinkel said he wrote letters to Santa asking for these items, but instead, he and his brother always got a new pair of bib overalls and a shirt from J.C. Penney. “There was a J.C. Penney store in town then, where Ward’s is now,” he said.


Although Klinkel and his siblings received necessities rather than toys for Christmas, Klinkel said the family always ate good. “Dad kept a cow for milk and he butchered a hog every year.”


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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