Custer, S.D., May 23. - H. N. Ross, who has just died in this city, was the most noted man in the Black Hills owing to his having discovered the first gold in the Black Hills of which there is any record. Ross and his partner, William T. McKay, came into the Black Hills with Custer's expedition, acting as scouts and guides. They left Fort Abraham Lincoln with an expedition 1,000 strong and, on July 3, 1874, Ross panned out the first specks of yellow metal on French creek, a stream of water which passed through this city. The discovery was made a short distance from town in the forenoon of July 3 and in the afternoon Ross made several other discoveries at different places along the creek.
Sioux Falls, July 6. - Rev. Wesley D. Atwater, who died recently in California at the age of 70, was one of the pioneer clergymen of the Black Hills and was known to thousands of residents of the western section of the state. He was exceedingly popular as pastor of the Methodist churches at Central City, Terraville, Custer, Sturgis, Belle Fourche, Whitewood and other places in the Black Hills. He was the father of Harry P. Atwater, mayor of Sturgis, who is the republican nominee for congress in the Third congressional district of South Dakota.
Mrs. Waldo Jeffries, of this city, who had been taken to Hot Springs for her health, Jan. 10, died last Friday, at Custer. She was the wife of Waldo Jeffries and leaves beside her husband, three children, Darwin, Clarice and Marvin. Mrs. Jeffries came from Michigan and was married six years ago to Waldo Jeffries at Britton. They had made their home in Aberdeen for the past four years. W. B. Jeffries of 604 Lincoln St. N. is brother-in-law of Mrs. Jeffries. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Wilson chapel. Burial will be made at Riverside cemetery.
December 6, 1934
WIDOW OF PIONEER STOCKMAN SUCCUMBS
Buffalo Gap, Dec. 7 - Mrs. F. M. Stewart, whose age was given as approximately 70 died here yesterday morning, following a short illness.
Mrs. Stewart was the widow of Frank Stewart, pioneer stockman and one of the 13 founders of the western South Dakota Stock Growers association in 1892. The Stewart family came to South Dakota from Baltimore in 1886 and settled at Buffalo Gap, where Mr. Stewart became one of the prominent cattlemen of his time.
Mr. Stewart was secretary of the Western South Dakota Stock Growers association for many years, and at the time of his death about five years ago, his position was taken over by his daughter, Queen Stewart. He had also been a director of the American National Livestock company.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by two daughters, Queena and Bell.
The funeral will be held at Hot Springs at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. The services will be in charge of the Masonic lodge.
February 10, 1938
BUFFALO GAP PIONEER BURIED
Buffalo Gap - Funeral services were conducted here Wednesday for Mrs. A. A. Haaser, one of the first two women to live in Buffalo Gap. She made her home here more than 60 years.
WEST RIVER CATTLE MAN IS DEAD
Buffalo Gap, SD, Nov. 8 -- Frank M. Stewart,
secretary-treasurer of the Western South Dakota Cattle Growers'
assocation since 1893, and prominent west-river democrat, died at his
home in Buffalo Gap this morning following a long illness. He was aged
67 years. His widow and two daughters, Queena and Belle, survive him.
Mr. Stewart has been a resident of western South Dakota since the early 90's, coming here from Pennsylvania. For years he owend and operated a large cattle and horse ranch near Buffalo Gap, disposing of it about two years ago.