The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, April 5, 1883 [Contributed by Jim Dezotell]

In The City

Last Monday evening Mr. William Heysett’s two nephews Henry Scott and John Heysett crossed the lake, bound for Mitchell Dakota.

The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, November 30, 1882 [Contributed by Jim Dezotell]

Mason county’s oldest white settler, Burr Caswell, has emigrated to Dakota and will purchase the Milwaukee House, Mitchell, Dakota. He settled in this county in 1848.

Aberdeen Daily News (19 Nov. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mrs. E. J. Buholz returned home last night from Mitchell, where she attended the funeral of the late Mr. J. C. Blenkiron, father of Mrs. R. Townsend, formerly of this city, and well known to many Aberdonians as having visited here on several occasions.

Mrs. Blenkiron died at Mitchell on Saturday, November 9, from cancer. The funeral was held Tuesday, November 12.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Townsend moved to Mitchell two weeks ago, where Mr. Townsend has entered the automobile business.

Mr. Buholz went to Mitchell Saturday last and returned with Mrs. Buholz last night.

Aberdeen Daily News (28 Aug. 1895) transcribed by FoFG MZ

MITCHELL, S.D., Aug. 28. – John Wheeler, who was accidentally shot Sunday, Aug. 11th, while chicken hunting, and who was reported out of danger by his physician, died suddenly yesterday.

Aberdeen Daily News (12 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

The late Hercules McCormick, who passed away recently at Mitchell was an exceptionally honest man. He was 68 years of age and had resided in South Dakota twenty-six years. He was under the employ of the government at the Santee Agency, Neb., some eighteen years ago and resigned because he thought the work was too light for the salary he received. About the same time he notified the department at Washington to stop his pension as he had recovered from his injury.

Thursday, December 5, 1956
The Daily Plainsman, Huron, S.D.


WESSINGTON SPRINGS, Dec. 5 -- Mitchell High School took top honors in District 3 declamatory contests here yesterday afternoon and evening, winning two superiors, single superior ratings were awarded contestants from Kimball, Huron, Parkston, Bancroft, Platte and White Lake.

Superior awards went to Duane Gall, Mitchell, and Robert Heck, Kimball, in oratory; Carol Erickson, Huron, and Mary Ann Luebke, Parkston, dramatics; Arlo Duba, Platte, and Donna Lou Star, Mitchell, poetry, and Edith Larkins, Bancroft, and James Mahoney, White Lake, humorous.

The Evening Huronite, Huron, South Dakota
Thursday, June 19, 1941

by Fritz Olsen

Last January 1 Judge W. A. Krause of Moody County handed over the gavel to his newly-elected successor and returned to private life as plain "W. A. Krause, attorney at law."
His retirement occasioned no ripple of excitement outside county confines, nor were there any testimonial dinners or speeches on behalf of his long career as a public servant. A couple of press notices, felicitations from an old friend in California and that was all.
There's a readable story behind Judge Krause's retirement, just as there is a story behind each of a score or more of South Dakota's veteran county officials still in office.
As a young lawyer he came to this state in 1891 and joined his brother in publication of the Enterprise at Flandreau. When he was 30 years old he was elected Moody County judge. He held that office continually for the succeeing 46 years.
Although he was re-elected 22 times after first being named by the electorate in 194, Judge Krause, before his retirement, had no clear claim to the title of "dean" of South Dakota's public officialdom.

Up in Campbell County, Judge H. J. Kruger of Mound City is serving his 49th year in public office. His nearly half century of being in the public eye and on the public payroll began in 1887 when he was chosen justice of peace.
Krueger became probate judge in 1889 and county judge in 1891. He served a two-year term as state's attorny beginning in 1893 and was elected to that post again for the statutory two terms starting in 1902. The county judgeship came back to him in 1905 and has held it without a break since. That's 36 years.
A roll call of county officials that have served 25 or more years in appointive or elective positions would also include: Justice of peace John L. Minder of Roberts County, 40 years; Judge Oliver H. Ames of Clark County, 34 years; Highway Superintendent J. J. Senner of Campbell County, 25 years; Judge W. D. Shouse of Aurora County, 34 years; Circuit Court Bailiff Jacob H. Kieg of Minnehaha County, 32 years; Judge Dan E. Hanson of Turner County, 27 years; Judge H. L. Brown of Haakon County, 26 years; Clerk of Courts Fred W. Wilson, 32 years, and States Attorney W. M. Bennett, 26 years, both of Harding County.
There probably are others in this category -- mostly men just doing their jobs from day to day and year to year without acclamation, and, at best, only a modest financial return.


Take John Minder of Sisseton, for instance. He was appointed Roberts County deputy sheriff in 1901 and served two years. Elected sheriff in 1904, he served through 1908. Re-elected in 1912, he served until 1917 when he again became a deputy. He was re-named sheriff in 1924, appointed deputy state sheriff in 1930 and elected county justice of peace in 1934, a post he still holds.
Unhampered by the four-consecutive-years limitation that appiles to other county offices, members of the bench have been most successful in perpetuating their terms in office. Judges Ames of Clark, Shouse of White Lake and Thompson of Mitchell have all compiled their long service records in that one position.
Buffalo's Fred W. Wilson and W. M. Bennett, between them, have served in nearly every Harding County elective office at one time or another since both were first elected in 1909.
Wilson, who took an active part in the county organization, was auditor, register of deeds and deputy clerk of courts before being elected clerk of courts in 1918, the post he still holds.
Bennett was state's attorney from 1909 to 1919 with only a two-year lapse and with the exception of another two-year intermission has been county judge or state's attorney ever since.
Jacob Kiel of Sioux Falls has been Minnehaha County's circuit bailiff, an appointive post, continuously since 1909.
Over a span of 37 years, Judge Hanson of Parker held the offices of clerk of courts, states attorney and county judge, the latter since he was first elected to that position in 1932.
J. J. Senner of Mound City was a county commisioner three years and clerk of courts two before being named highway superintendent in 1921.
H. L. Brown of Philip alternated between the judgeship and the states attorney's post from 1915 to 1928 when he was elected judge for the third time. He has been re-elected to the bench seven time since.
Students of government advance many sound arguments for career men in public office, not the least of which is the fact that such a position attratcs better-qualified men because of the reasonable security.
But here we have a score or more South Dakotans who have devoted a lifetime to public office despite the uncertainly of the electorate's whims each election day.

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
Monday, July 20, 1964


Mitchell—Frederick Tunks, 40, Mitchell, died Saturday night at a Mitchell hospital of a gunshot wound suffered earlier in the day. He was found at his place of residence by police about 7 a.m. Saturday and died that night.
Officials are investigating the possible suicide.

Aberdeen (SD) Weekly News, Thursday, April 27, 1916

Paul Barden, a former Mitchell boy, is now private secretary to Secretary of State Lansing at Washington. From Mitchell Mr. Barden moved with his uncle, Charles Ferguson, a merchant at Mitchell to Missoula, Mont. He attended the Montana agricultural college and later studied law in the office of a Missoula law firm. His call to the national capital followed.

Aberdeen (SD) Daily News, Wednesday, July 18, 1917

The new pastor of the Mount Vernon Methodist church for the coming year bears the significant name of Godsave. Rev. Mr. Godsave and his wife have just taken up their residence there. In addition to his duties in Mt. Vernon, he also will look after the affairs of this denomination in the Mt. Vernon territory.

Aberdeen (SD) Weekly News, Thursday, April 27, 1916

Truly, the hand of sorrow has been laid heavily upon the head of former State Auditor Henry B. Anderson within the past few years. On Tuesday, at Mitchell, a daughter, Miss Esther Anderson, 20 years old was laid to rest - the fourth child of Mr. Anderson's to die within a period of but three or four years. Last fall Mrs. Anderson, who had shared with him the sorrows incident to the passing away of three of their children, died, largely of grief because of the deaths of their children. Two children yet remain to comfort the former state auditor in his affliction. Mr. Anderson, held in high respect throughout the state, has the most sincere sympathy of all south Dakotans as he is again called upon to bear a loved one to the grave.

13 Aug 1914
Aberdeen American

An immense barn on the farm of John Blenkiron of Mitchell was completely destroyed by fire Monday night. The farm is located in the northwest corner of Hanson county. The cause of the fire is unknown. The tenant, Clay Bartee, having no means of fighting the blaze, was forced to stand by and watch the building go up in flames. The loss was $1,200.

The Daily Huronite, Huron South Dakota
February 9, 1886, page 1.
Contributed by Suzanne Folk

The Enemy Creek Tragedy.

Mitchell, Feb. 8.—Special to the Sioux City journal: Sheriff Allerton returned to-night from Washington territory with R.S. Imelli, a German jeweler, who has been under indictment here for a year past for riot and assault. In March, 1884, a party named John Schmidt, living on a claim near Enemy creek, about nine miles south of Mitchell, disappeared suddenly and no trace was ever found of him. His children were transferred to the neighbors and his property sold. One of his neighbors named Mike Bechtel was suspected of the murder, and several weeks after Bechtel’s body badly mutilated and bound to heavy stones, was discovered in what was known as the “deep hole” in the James river, several miles from Schmidt’s house. It afterwards transpired that a mob of Schmidt’s neighbors had gotten together and partially hung Bechtel several times, stabbing him with a bayonet, and otherwise tried to make him confess that he had murdered Schmidt. This he did not do, and threw his body into the river. It was claimed that Imelli, who had a grudge against Bechtel, had led this mob. Sufficient information leaded out upon which the grand jury indicted Max Geidal, Charles Smith, Joseph Scheick, George Krug, Fred Esser, Frank Young, Chas. Kolley and R. S. Imelli. These men, except the last, gave bail in $500 and are now awaiting trial. Imelli, hearing a warrant was out against him, fled. The sheriff has been long on his track, and at last found him about two weeks since at a small town in Washington Territory carrying on the jewelry business under a slight change in his name. He gave bail tonight in the sum of $500. He has engaged Dillon & Preston, of this city, to defend him. The case will be tried at the March term of court. There has always been considerable doubt expressed regarding Schmidt’s death.


FRED MORGAN -- He Married His Niece - Mitchell Man Sent to Prison for Marrying Daughter of Brother
It took the jury in the case against Fred Morgan, charged with incest, fifteen minutes to find Morgan guilty. The penalty for the crime of which Morgan now stands convicted is a fine of $500 or a maximum sentence of ten years in the penitentiary. This case probably was the most hotly contested of any that was heard during the present term of court. Morgan, it was charged in the complaint sworn to by the defendant's own brother, Bert Morgan, had married the latter's daughter while she was visiting him in Colorado. The cermony was performed in spite of the protestations of the girl's parents. It was charged that for some time before the marriage ceremony was performed, Fred Morgan and the girl, Bernice Morgan, lived together as man and wife in the Colorado hotel. This charge, it was brought out in letters read at the trial, was made by the mother of the girl, in letters written to Fred Morgan. The latter in replies declared the charge was false and asserted finally that he intended to marry the girl, no matter what his family thought. The ceremony performed, Morgan, in a letter to relatives in Mitchell, declared he was coming back to this city and 'make things hot' for his relatives who had protested against his marriage. He made good his threat and returned to Mitchell last July, and it was while staying at the home of his mother in this city that the complaint against him was died and the arrest was made.
Contributed by Dena Whitesell - Aberdeen Daily News, December 27, 1918




    Mt. Vernon - Open house for Mr. and Mrs. Joe H. Olson will be held at their home in Mt. Vernon Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.  The affair is planned in observance of their golden wedding anniversary.

Contributed by Jeanne Jessie - the Daily Republic, Mitchell, South Dakota, Thursday, February 7, 1952





    In a daring evening burglary an unknown thief smashed the display window of Miller's Jewelry Shop at 114 E. 3rd Ave. to steal $1,490 in diamonds Thursday night.

    The burglary which occured about 8:20 p.m. was witnessed by 18-year-old Carol Rothones, who was standing on the corner of 3rd and Main streets.

    Miss Rothones is a waitress at the Legion Lunch cafe here.

    "I was waiting for my girl friend to get off work at the telephone company," she told a DAILY REPUBLIC reporter.  "I heart his crash and ran down to the alley - I thought it was a car accident."

    When she reached the alley, Miss Rothones said, she saw a man across the street in front of the jewelry store.  "It looked like hew as locking up or something.

    "When suddenly I realized he was stealing something from the window display.  I was so startled I just shouted, "Oh!'"

    The burglar, hearing her scream, jerked his hat down over his face, according to the witness.  Then he "walked," she said, to the alley where he ran north toward 4th avenue.

    "He must have been a young man," she said, "because he ran so fast."

    Miss Rothones said the man wore dark trousers, a dark hat and a medium blue coat.  He was "medium height," she said.  Police reported that the burglar was about 5 feet, 10 inches and 165 pounds.  No trace of the burglar was found when police arrived at the scene ten minutes later.

    "It was so quiet when it happened," Miss Rothones reported.  "There was no one on the street."

    Walt Miller, owner of the store, reported that the burglary seemed to be a professional job.

    Police Chief Art Newman reported early Thursday afternoon that his department was checking into the burglary.  A state alarm is out for (the) mysterious thief.

    Newman pointed out that there was no clue to the man's identity as yet.  He is trying to determine whether the burglary was done by a local man or a transient.

    In all, the thief took nine sets of diamonds.  Only one diamond set was left in the showcase.

    "None of the loot was insured," Miller reported.  No customers' property was stolen.

Contributed by Jeanne Jessie - probably from the Daily Republic, Mitchell, South Dakota, March 20, 1952



The Daily Republic, Mitchell, South Dakota

March, 1952

Contributed by Jeanne Jessie




    Miss Corrine Bauer, daughter of Mrs. Lucille Bauer, was awarded the Lucy Ayres endowment fund award at the 38th state conference of South Dakota Daughters of the American Revolution, held this week in Vermillion.

    Mrs. A. F. Schwarnweber, delegate from Nancy Peabody chapter and the national chairman of scholarship funds, announced that Miss Bauer was one of three candidates for the endowment.  Requirements for application for the fund are that the candidate must be the child of a veteran and must be endorsed by four persons well acquainted with the applicant.  The amount of the gift was $143.

    "South Dakota is the only state that has its own endowment fun," Mrs. Scharnweber said.  "The original amount of $5,000 was raised by two Sioux Falls women, one of whom was Lucy Ayres.  After her death it was named the Lucy Ayres fund."

    Miss Bauer is a senior student at Mitchell high school.  She plans to use the money toward her college work which she will start next fall at St. Catherine's college in St. Paul.  Miss Bauer plans to become a teacher, probably in primary or kindergarten.

    Other delegates attending the convention from Mitchell were Mrs. Harold Ricketts and Mrs. Charles Klingaman.  Miss Lucille Eldridge, Yankton, was elected state regent, and Mrs. Scharnweber was named honorary state regent.



The Daily Republic, Mitchell, South Dakota

March 17, 1952

Contributed by Jeanne Jessie




    Mrs. Sophie Groeber celebrated her 82nd birthday Monday with a party for her friends.

    Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Groeber and family, Mr. and Mrs. Garry Brink and family of Plankinton and Mrs. Louis Groeber.  Music was furnished by Clarence Groeber and group songs were sung by the guests.  Refreshments were served by the grandchildren of the honoree.





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