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Buffalo County, South Dakota



Anderson, John Quinn

Swartout, Susie P.

History of South Dakota, Vol. 2 by Doane Robinson
B. F. Bowen & Co., Publisher 1904
Contributed by Jim Dezotell

JOHN QUINN ANDERSON, government trader at the Crow Creek Indian agency, in Buffalo county, is a native of the state of Missouri, having been born in Lagrange, Lewis county, on the 1st of January, 1866, and being a son of Captain Lee Anderson, who was born and reared in Virginia, being of Scotch ancestry. He was an early settler in Missouri, where he passed the closing years of his life, having died when the subject was but seven years of age, and the latter having passed away five years later, at Dallas, Texas, in 1878. He thereafter lived in the home of an uncle until he had attained the age of fourteen years, having in the meanwhile attended the public schools as opportunity afforded. At the early age noted he went to Iowa, where he was for two years employed in a creamery, and then coming to what is now the state of South Dakota, where he arrived in the year 1882, locating in Mitchell, Davison county, and turning his hand to such work as he could secure. He assisted in building a portion of the line of the railroad between Mitchell and Aberdeen when nineteen years of age, and held the position of tie foreman. He early identified himself with the cattle industry, buying and selling stock, while during the past few years he has also raised cattle, on a constantly increasing scale. In 1894 he started a stock ranch sixty miles west of Chamberlain, in Brule county, and has there continued operations most successfully, while he is at the present time one of the executive officers of the Western Stock Growers' Association. For a number of years past he has been a government beef contractor, and since March, 1901, he has been bonded Indian trader at Crow Creek Indian agency. In politics he is a stanch Republican, and fraternally is identified with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. 

On the 16th of November, 1898, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage to Miss Clara L. Willrodt, who was born in the city of Davenport, Iowa, on the 30th of July, 1874, being a daughter of Senator Lawrence H. and Mary (Wagner) Willrodt, who are now residents of Brule county. South Dakota. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have no children. 

When Mr. Anderson resided in Lyman county, South Dakota, he was named as a presidential elector for this year. He was a representative in the legislature from Lyman and Stanley counties in 1901. 

History of Dakota Territory, George W. Kingsbury, Vol. 4, 1915

Mrs. Susie P. Swartout, residing in Faulkton and filling the office of county superintendent of schools of Faulk county, is a native of Columbia county, Wisconsin, her birth having occurred near Portage. Her parents, A. E. and Lena (Arch) McCall, were also natives of that county. The father followed the occupation of farming there for many years and in 1900 removed to Buffalo county, South Dakota, where he and his wife lived for a decade. They then returned to Wisconsin and are now residents of Polk county, that state, the father being practically retired from business.

Mrs. Swartout is the eldest of a family of four daughters. She pursued her education in the schools of her native county, completing a course in the Portage high school by graduation with the class of 1900. On the 6th of October, 1900, she gave her hand in marriage to Carl E. Swartout, who was born at Gladbrook, Tama county, Iowa, July 5, 1879, and is a son of the Rev. E. P. and Mary (Kunes) Swartout, the former a native of Michigan and the latter of Baltimore, Maryland. The father is now a minister, preaching for the Congregational church at Ree Heights, South Dakota. His son Carl was the fourth in a family of seven children. He is at present engaged in the barbering business at Faulkton and has a liberal patronage. To Mr. and Mrs. Swartout have been born three children: Bernice N., whose natal day was January 4, 1902; Carroll E., born November 13, 1903; and Maybel L., born August 18, 1905.

Mr. Swartout belongs to the Modern Woodmen camp and also to the Odd Fellows lodge at Faulkton and in the latter is serving as vice grand. Mrs. Swartout holds membership with the Daughters of Rebekah and is also a member of the Swastika Club at Faulkton. She belongs to the Congregational church and exerts a strong and beneficial influence on the side of progress, improvement and right. Her political views accord with the principles of the republican party and upon its ticket she was elected to the office of superintendent of schools of Faulk county, assuming the duties of that position in January, 1915. She is intensely and earnestly interested in the cause of public education and is doing everything in her power to further the interests of the schools and raise the standard of instruction that the children may thereby be better qualified for life's practical and responsible duties. Advancement has ever been her watchword and her efforts have been an element in the material, social and moral progress of the community.



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