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Day County, South Dakota

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Minister and Merchant Drowned

Big Stone City, N. D., June 29 - The Rev. James Williams, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Bristol and Bradley, S. D., and Abraham Jones, a hardware merchant of Butler, S. D., were drowned near the Simpson Park camp grounds this morning, a bad leak in their boat causing it to sink under them. [The Langston City Herald, Langston City, O. T., July 11, 1896 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]

Aberdeen Daily American, Aberdeen, South Dakota

Tuesday, January 25, 1916


Webster, Jan. 24 - Special - Buried for over three hours under a pile of wheat, with snow under foot and the temperature close to freezing, George Engebretson of Lynn township had a close call from death as the result of an accident while hauling grain to Holmquist.

Mr. Engebretson started out in the morning to haul wheat in his sleigh, loaded three boxes high, in a difficult part of the road he was walking by the sleigh to relieve the horses.  Suddenly his feet sank in the snow, the sleigh turned over and the box and grain piled on top of him.  The wheat was heavy as quicksand and it was almost impossible to get a footing, as the snow was so soft that he sank down with every effort.

Mr. Engebretson managed to free himself after a three-hour struggle.  He walked to Holmquist for assistance.

Aberdeen Daily American, Aberdeen, South Dakota

September 08, 1914

Ed Meade, for several years a rural mail carrier at Waubay, died at a hospital in Aberdeen after undergoing an operation at that city.  Mr. Mead formerly lived on a farm south of Ortley.

Aberdeen (South Dakota) Weekly News

Thursday, April 27, 1916

The explosion of a gas stove caused the destruction by fire of a house on a farm near Lily in which Adolph Grandsberg and his family resided. Mrs. Gransberg was home alone at the time and was badly burned about the face and arms while trying to save some of their household effects.

Aberdeen (South Dakota) Weekly News

Thursday, April 27, 1916

Waubay, which is at present the only "wet" town in Day county, voted against license at Tuesday's election, thereby placing the entire county of Day in the dry column.

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