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Custer County, South Dakota


The Evening Huronite, Huron, South Dakota

September 8, 1938



Receding Waters Yield Three Victims Near Mobridge and Two Near Buffalo Gap; Teacher Saves Children


Mobridge, Sept. 7 -- The bodies of a mother and two sons, drowned when a six-inch cloudburst sent normally dry Snake creek on a rampage Monday, were recovered late yesterday a few miles from their ranch home near Landeau, 15 miles southwest of here.

Neighbors found the bodies of Mrs. Mark Sogge, about 40, her sons, Glenn, 12, and Donald, 14, after flood waters which at one time reached a depth of 20 feet had receded.

The father swam nearly a quarter of a mile to safety on the opposite side of the creek.  A daughter, Margaret, 15, clung to a nearby tree until the water had subsided sufficiently for her to reach shore.

Sogge was cut about the face and body when the torrent hurled him through a barbed wire fence.

The flood washed out nearly a mile of the Milwaukee railroad's branch line between Landeau and Trail City.  It destroyed about seven miles of telegraph line, swept away several small buildings and bridges and caused livestock and farm machinery losses.  The railroad does not expect to resume service for more than a week.

A substitute school teacher, Mrs. Max Van Orman proved a heroine.  She kept 12 children within her school on the banks of the creek even after water had reached the window sills.

With her students she remained overnight at the building until neighbors arrived this morning.

The Evening Huronite, Huron, South Dakota

Sept. 10, 1938


Buffalo Gap, Sept. -- Double funeral services and burial rites in the same cemetery plot will take place Sunday for Buffalo Gap's two flood victims - Miss Helen McVey, 19, and Floyd Sewright, 22.  They were drowned Sunday northwest of here when their car was swept from the highway into a normally dry creek bed, during a torrential rain and subsequent flood.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffalo Gap auditorium with Guy P. Squire, chaplain at the National Soldier's home in Hot Springs in charge.  Burial will be in the Custer cemetery.

The Daily Huronite, Huron, South Dakota

February 8, 1893

Rapid City, S.D., Feb. 7 -- Late information goes to show that the murders at the Humphrey ranch were the work of a band of Indian cattle thieves and not the outcome of any rebellion or discontent among the redskins.  Messages by telephone from Fort Meade  state that the corps of Indian scouts did not leave White River and that no troops will be sent to the agency.  Everything is quiet once more.  Charles Ford, a cowboy employed on one of the White River cattle ranches, brought the news of the murder to Buffalo Gap. He found the cattlemen murdered and terribly mutilated.  Ford was unarmed and did not dare to remain in the vicinity long, but at once mounted and rode to Buffalo Gap.

The murdered men were well known in this region.  Their names were E. N. Calkins, foreman of the Humphrey ranch; Reminery Royce, cook, and two men named Hathaway and Bennett.  It is now supposed that the Indians killed Calkins and his associates in revenge for their reporting to Agent Brown the theft of a steer from their herd early in the week.  Sergeant Joe Bush and his men found the Indians who had killed the cowboys on White river in the vicinity of the beef camp, and, as they would not surrender all "took good aims."  Their names were White Face Horse, Two Strikes and two of this sons.

The Evening Republican, Mitchell, South Dakota

July 31, 1925


Buffalo Gap, S.D., July 31 -- W. E. Wrapp, of Quinn, will be the principal of the Buffalo Gap schools for the coming year.  Other teachers will be: Helen E. Michler, Pearle City, Ill.; Florence C. Klip, South Shore, S.D.; and Miss Tillie Hesnard, Hermosa, S.D.  With the exception of Miss Hesnard, all are new to Buffalo Gap.

The Mitchell Daily Republican, Mitchell, SD

November 10, 1891


The Business Portion of Buffalo Gap, S.D., Destroyed by Fire

Hot Springs, S.D., Nov. 10 - Word  has reached this place that fire destroyed the business portion of Buffalo Gap, a station on the Frement, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley railroad, twelve miles from here during the afternoon.  The fire was first discovered at 3 o'clock in the rear of R. E. Thompson & Co.'s store.  From there it spread south and east, fanned by a strong northwest wind.  About four blocks of business houses were destroyed.  It was with difficulty that the Elkhorn depot was saved.  The principal losers are: R. E. Thompson & Co., general store; W. J. Wood & Co., general store; Charles E. Blackley, drug store; Grand Hotel, Windsor Hotel and James Flewey, grocer.  The loss will reach $75,000.  Light insurance.

The Evening Huronite, Huron, S.D.

January 22, 1931


Buffalo Gap, Jan. 22 - An unusual accident happened at the Lame Johnny school, east of town, when Jackqueline Maxson, six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Maxson, and a student in the school, while leaning over looking in the cistern, lost her balance and fell  to the bottom.  The cistern, which usually had contained a good depth of water, had been emptied in order to have it cleaned for refilling, which likely prevented the child from drowning.

The teacher, Miss Stella Anderson, with the help of James Howe, a student in the school, who went down and tied a rope about Miss Maxson, brining her out  Aside from being shaken up from the fall, and badly frightened, she was no worse for her experience.

The Evening Republican, Mitchell, S.D.

Monday, November 24, 1924


Rapid City, S.D., Nov. 24 -- Mrs. Leo Bender, ranch woman, living south of Hermosa near the State Park, ahd a narrow escape from serious injury when the light Overland car she was driving overturned and landed right-side up in the ditch.  She was unhurt with the exception of minor bruises and a gash in the forehead, caused by the contact with flying glass from the windshield.  The car was a complete wreck.

Aberdeen (South Dakota) Daily News

May 12, 1917


Roy Durst Shoots and Wounds Oliver Skeets of Bakerville

Custer, May 12 -- As a result of an altercation between Roy Durst and Oliver Skeets of Bakerville, the latter was shot and wounded by the former.  The Custer county officers were summoned to the scene, and they were accompanied by a doctor so they wounded man could secure prompt attention.  Pending their return from Bakerville, which is in a remote portion of Custer county, no further details of the shooting can be secured.  Durst for some time has operated a sawmill in Bakerville.


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