first pre-emption claim made in Antelope
County was by George St. Clair commonly
as "Ponca George", a man of
Canadian French decent. His claim
was number 941, in the
Dakota Land District. He settled
in April 25, 1868 and on June 30, he
placed his claim, which
was in the St. Clair Valley. This
valley was one of the finest valleys
in the county. George went
west in the same year.
McKirahan, from Belmont County, Ohio,
pre-empted Claim number 957. The
date of his settlement
was November 2, 1868. He "proved
up" his claim November 28, 1868,
and sold the
claim to Cyrus D. Buck on May 6, 1869.
This was the first deed executed
in the county.
J. Hughes brought his family into the
county in June, 1868, and moved away
in the following
October. His was the first family
that lived in the county.
first permanent settlement was made
by Crandall Hopkins, who came here from
County, Ohio, in November 1868.
next permanent settlers were Thomas
Mahan, Charles Timms, J. H. Snider and
M. Salnave, Jacob Bowsman and William
Clark, who came in the early spring
few months later, B. A. Trueblood, Albert
Sleitter, August Learman, John Corwin,
and Charles Dworak arrived and made
1870, the Cedar Creek settlement was
made. Among the settlers were
A. J. Leech, Henry King,
Edward and Albert Palmer, S. Morgan,
Charles Wilson, Anson L. Kimball and
Seely. This settlement is about
seven miles above Oakdale.
a month later, Martin L. Freeman, Thomas
Stolp, Louis Contois, Louis Patras and
Putney, followed later by his family,
moved into the county.
Cedar Valley was settled in June, 1872,
by Thomas Lawton, William Lawrence,
Griffith, Henry Rogers, Henry Karl and
I. N. Taylor.
first birth in the county was that of
Anna Kimball, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
A. L. Kimball, May
first marriage was a double one on August
14, 1869; Allen Hopkins to Miss
Frances Bausman and
Elias Ives to Miss Hopkins, sister of
first death was that of Mary Frances
Snider on October 4, 1870.
first post office in the county was
at Twin Grove.
first post master at Twin Grove was
J. H. Snider.