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Aurora County, South Dakota

Obituaries and Death Notices


Carpenter, Abe

Fredrickson, Leona Gitchell

Kirton, Irene Roth

Parks,Mrs. Thomas

Pattigan, John

Smith, Charles J.

Sterrett, Lois Merkle

Young, S.E.



Aberdeen Daily News - April 24, 1911
Transcribed and contributed by: AFOFG
Colonel S. E. Young Dies Suddenly
Retired State School Official Expires Suddenly at Plankinton
By United Press
Plankinton, April 24.-Colonel S. E. Young, superintendent of the South Dakota Training School at Plankinton, died suddenly on Sunday here of apoplexy. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at Sioux Falls.
Colonel Young was one of the best known men in the state, and had he lived he would have been a candidate next year for the Republican nomination for governor.
He had been in charge of the training school for the past ten years, resigning but a few days ago, with the intention of making his home in Sioux Falls. A. R. Schlosser had been named as Colonel Young's successor.
Sutton E. Young was born in Hiram, Portage County, Ohio, in 1847. He graduated from Hiram College in 1871, and for five years thereafter was superintendent of schools of
Kenton, Ohio. He was admitted to the bar in 1875, and served as prosecuting attorney and as a member of the legislature from Hardin County, Ohio. In 1881 Mr. Young came to South Dakota as superintendent of schools at Sioux Falls, serving until 1884, when he engaged in the practice of law at the Power City. He was a member of the first South Dakota State Legislature, and was speaker of the house. In 1891 he returned to Hiram where he spent four years while his sons were attending Hiram College, but in 1895 he returned to South Dakota, spending two years at Rapid City, after which he again took up his residence in Sioux Falls, where he lived until appointed superintendent of the state training school at Plankinton in 1901.
Mr. Young was married to Miss Emma Stockney in Hiram in 1874. Mrs. Young died a year ago, and Mr. Young's retirement from the superintendence of the school at Plankinton was due largely to the loss of her efficient aid in conducting the school.
Three children, and a brother, Professor Clark M. Young, of the University of South Dakota survive the deceased.


Aberdeen Daily News (9 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Abe Carpenter was born in Michigan and died in Plankinton last week. His death was very sudden, paralysis being the cause. He was seventy-six years of age. The family came to Dakota in 1883 and settled on a farm in Bedford township, and three years ago removed to Plankinton. A widow and two sons survive.


Aberdeen Daily News (12 Oct. 1895) transcribed by FoFG MZ

PLANKINTON, S.D., Oct. 12. - Thomas Parks, wife and two children, aged 1 and 3 years old, from Cherokee, Iowa, passed through Plankinton Tuesday evening on their way to Buffalo county. When out about three or four miles west of Plankinton they went into camp for the night and while Mr. Parks was caring for his team, Mrs. Parks attempted to light the gasoline stove which had been leaking and spreading over a good portion of the wagon. In an instant Mrs. Parks clothing together with the contents of the wagon were on fire. Mr. Parks rescued the older child from the burning wagon, while Mrs. Parks managed to get out with the younger one. Nothing was left of Mrs. Parks clothing but the band to her skirt. Mr. Parks placed his fur coat around his wife's shoulders and in her terrible condition she walked nearly two miles to a farm house. Dr. Rogers and two ladies were called from Plankinton and did all they could to relieve the suffering woman and child. The doctor thinks the child will recover, but Mrs. Parks died Wednesday evening.

Aberdeen Daily News (9 Sept. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Hurley - Mrs. Leona Gitchell Fredrickson, a daughter-in-law of C. Fredrickson, of the firm of C. Fredrickson & Co., livestock commission merchants, of Sioux City, died at White Lake and was buried here. She leaves a husband, F. C. Fredrickson, and five children.

Aberdeen Daily News (9 Sept. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Plankinton - G. W. Burnham, judge of the Fourth Iowa circuit, was here to attend the funeral of his mother, who died suddenly Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. C. Granger, in her 88th year.

Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman November 24, 1972


Birth: Aug. 13, 1923 (Aurora Co.)
Parents: Mr. and Mrs.. Charles Merkle
Marriage: Lester Sterrett (May 28, 1941, Pipestone, MN)
Death: "Monday" (Jerauld County Memorial Hospita, Wessington Springs)
Age: 49
Funeral: "Wednesday" (Congregational Church), Lee's Funeral Service (Wessington Springs)
Education: Letcher High School
Locations: Letcher, Fedora areas, Gann Valley (1967)

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
Sunday, August 19, 1962


Birth: March 25, 1917 (White Lake)
Marriage: Clell Kirton, Sep. 20, 1942
Death: Aug. 10 (Memorial Hospital)
Funeral: Aug. 13, at the Catholic Church in Wessington Springs
Burial: Prospect Cemetery.

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]


from the Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, October 27, 1896

submitted by Ken Wright

The Plankinton, Dakota, Herald, gives the following particulars concerning the death of Charles J. Smith, formerly of this city, which we mentioned Friday:
The most shocking affair in the history of Plankinton occurred last Thursday afternoon. At about four o'clock that afternoon the report of a gun was heard by all who happened to be in the vicinity of C. J. Smith's barber shop and all hastened to investigate. When the front door was opened a terrible sight met the gaze of the crowd; there at the rear end of the room lay the body of Mr. Smith covered with his own blood and by his side lay a double-barreled shot gun. Upon investigation it was found that the greater part of his face and the top of his head had been blown away by a charge from the gun. Willing hands assisted in removing the corpse to the undertaking rooms of Mr. Groves where later in the day it was prepared for burial.

Whether an accident or a case of suicide will never be known as no one was present to witness the terrible death. One thing, however, is certain, if it was a case of suicide it was done without a moment's reflection as nothing is left to show, or nothing in his actions heretofore goes to show that any such rash act was ever for a moment even considered. Those who knew him best can not and do not believe that he took his own life.

Charles J. Smith was born in Miles, Iowa, in November, 1864, where he spent his early childhood and later moved to Delmar, and again to Maquoketa, where he received an education and grew to manhood. In the fall of 1883 he came to Plankinton and engaged as salesman with the Fullerton Lumber Company, having previously had considerable experience in that line while assisting his father. He proved to be a hard worker and never lacked foe employment during these many years he has resided among us. In September 1887 he was united in marriage to Miss Rerra Taylor, who has borne her share of the joys and sorrows and during their wedded life of nine years has been an exceptionally good helpmate. On the first day of January 1891, Charley was offered and accepted a position as manager of the City Drug Store, which he conducted very successfully for two years, when with W.E.Guilford as a partner he entered into business in that line for himself, but owing to the limited capital of his partner and the decreasing demand for drugs they were finally compelled to go out of business. His enterprising spirit never forsook him and after a time he again engaged in a former employment, that of barbering in which he was engaged at the time of his death.

Deceased was possessed of all the good traits that go to make up a true man and in an hour of trouble never wanted for true friends to assist him. His untimely taking away has cast a gloom over the entire community, who lend a willing hand and an aching heart to the comforts of the loving wife and aged mother. A widow, father, mother, two brothers and a sister remain to mourn the loss of one near and dear to them. Funeral services were conducted from the Congregational Church Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. S. Shepherd


17 Nov 1914 Aberdeen American

John Patigan, a former resident of Rockham died of heart failure at his home in Plankinton November 7th. The deceased was 38 years of age.



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