Woonsocket sixth graders visit Prairie View

By Camden Jost and Blake Howard

6th PVHC 11 web    The Woonsocket sixth grade class went to visit their friends at Prairie View Healthcare Community. They brought decorations and put them all over the lunchroom. The sixth graders also sang to a few residents in the nursing home.
Pictured are: Blake H., Bailey F., Tristan J., Camden J., Natalie E., Michaela H., Bella F., Brady M., Westin H., Breanna T., Hannah T., Kristian K., Carver L., Dylan K., Jeslynn M. and Mrs. Delvaux.

delbert pearson 52 web    Prairie View Healthcare Community August Resident of the Month is Delbert Pearson.
Farming is the heritage that runs deeply in the life of Delbert Pearson. He was fortunate to live and work the land that was homesteaded by his grandparents in the mid-1880s. Except for two years of military service, Delbert resided his entire life in Section 29, Floyd Township, Sanborn County, about 10 miles northeast of Forestburg.
Currently, Delbert, 86, makes his home at Prairie View in Woonsocket. The fifth and sixth generation of his family, grandson Jacob Klaas and family, now reside on the family homestead. The homestead was settled in the mid-1880s by Delbert’s grandparents, Ursula and Fred Mauer (his mother’s parents). Both had emigrated to the United States, Fred from Sweden and Ursula from Switzerland. They had married in Iowa and then became Dakota pioneers.
Mauers’ daughter, Ella, married Bert Pearson, who had emigrated from Sweden like Ella’s father, and they continued farming the family homestead. Delbert was the youngest of four children born to the Pearsons on Nov. 29, 1929. His siblings are Carl Pearson, Eunice Olson and the late Ellen Alt. When Delbert was nine years old, his father, Bert, passed away. The family worked together and continued farming. Ella lived to be 97 years old.
Delbert met his future wife, Anna Berens, on a blind date set up by Lester Wormstadt. They probably went roller-skating, he said, as it was a favorite pastime of both.  Anna was from Selby and had moved to Mitchell for an office job. Anna and Delbert married in 1960 and continued farming and living in Section 29. On their farm, they raised hogs, cattle and crops. They were blessed with four children: Susan, Robert, Karen and Brenda. Delbert and Anna enjoyed traveling across the United States. Some of the places they visited were Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, Washington, D.C. and Texas.
Family is important to Delbert, and he is very grateful for his. The greatest joy of his life are his children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
When asked the reason for his long, successful life, Delbert, a cancer survivor, said, “I don’t drink, dance, smoke or go to church, but associate with people that do.”
For hobbies, he enjoys fishing on the Jim River and hunting. A United States Army veteran, Delbert is a member of American Legion Post #29 in Woonsocket. While stationed in Germany, he got the opportunity to visit his relatives in Switzerland and Sweden.
A special memory is the 1931 Model A Ford that he bought in Mitchell for $100. The car has been fully restored and is still in the family.
When asked what he likes best about South Dakota, Delbert remarked that he loves the peace and quiet. Also, he enjoys living at Prairie View because, “They treat me pretty good.”

PVHC 51 web    Beginning in July, the Prairie View Healthcare Community Activity Department will be selecting a Resident of the Month. The person selected will be featured in a news article in the Sanborn Weekly Journal.
The Resident of the Month for July is Adaline Schlegel. Adaline celebrated her 95th birthday this past April. When asked her advice on how to achieve a long, happy life, Adaline replied, “We can all do things we don’t think we can. Just try and take a chance.”
Adaline’s “can do” and “positive attitude” philosophy shines throughout her life. She served as the Jerauld County Register of Deeds. After her job at the courthouse, Adaline moved to Pierre, where she was employed as the Land Sale Commissioner for the Department of School and Public Lands.
After retiring from state government, Adaline moved to Cape Coral, Fla. There she worked part-time at a realtor’s office. She enjoyed Florida for five years, but missed the changing seasons in South Dakota. When she did move back to her home state, she lived first in Sioux Falls and then moved back to an apartment in her hometown of Wessington Springs.
Adaline Marie was born in Wessington Springs on April 24, 1921, the youngest of four children of Edward and Lydia Theurer. Her dad lovingly nicknamed her “Babe.” Lydia was a homemaker, and Edward worked at the first power plant in town. Growing up, Adaline recalls that the family did not have a car, so walking was a necessity. She remembers fondly how that led to a lifelong love of walking.
At one of her first jobs, Adaline met her future husband, Armour Schlagel. Armour was from Corsica but had moved to Wessington Springs to operate a café. Adaline worked at the Schlagel Café as a waitress while also being employed at K&K Department Store. The couple married and continued living in Wessington Springs. Armour, being a skilled carpenter, built them several homes along with many other houses in town. They were active members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Armour and Adaline raised two children, Ronald and Debra. Adaline has one granddaughter and two great-grandsons.
A treasured memory for Adaline is the couple’s love of dancing. They had so much fun traveling to dances and especially enjoyed Lane’s Rainbow Ballroom and Ruskin Park.
Living and growing up in a small town played a large part, Adaline says, in her happiness and enjoyment of her past 95 years.
About four years ago, she came to make her home at Prairie View in Woonsocket. There she appreciates the staff and the comfortable, pleasant living.