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From "The Daily Republic", Mitchell, South Dakota
Friday, August 24, 1956 (Final Edition)
contributed by Jeanne Jessie

NEWELL MAN, 28, IS DROWNED IN STOCKWATER DAM

Newell -- Rudolph Mestmacher, 28, drowned in a stockwater dam near Newell Wednesday afternoon, the Butte County sheriff's office said Friday.
Mestmacher's body was found in about 10 feet of water at the Rudolph Schultz farm seven miles southeast of Newell.
He had told the family he was going to teh dam about 2 p.m. However, when he did not return to the house in half an hour a search was started.
Recover of the body was made about 5:45 p.m. Sheriff George Hafner said the search was hampered by heavy moss in the bottom of the pond. Hafner also said Mestmacher could not swim.
A former employe of the State Employment Service Office in Belle Fourche, Mestmacher attended school at Newell. He was working on the Schultz farm at the time of his death.
Survivors include his father, August of Newell, and a sister, Mrs. Anthony Keene, in Bermuda. The body is at Sturgis and funeral rites are pending.


The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
Thursday, November 8, 1962
BELLE FOURCHE MAN WAS STABBED

Belle Fourche – An autopsy shows that a Belle Fourche man was stabbed to death as he lay in a bed in his cabin home near Belle Fourche Tuesday.
The victim was 65-year-old Felix Navarez of Belle Fourche.
The autopsy showed he was stabbed with a sharp instrument which pierced the lung.
Sheriff George Hafner of Belle Fourche said he has no substantial clues in connection with the case.
The body was discovered by a relative who became worried when Navarez failed to appear for a dinner date.


Aberdeen (SD) Daily American
Tuesday, April 7, 1914

Charles Johnson, a rancher living on the Belle Fourche river 30 miles from Wasia shot off his left foot by the premature discharge of a gun. The maimed member was partially saved at the Rapid City hospital.



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