South Dakota

Fall River South Dakota

Biographical Information on Fall River County Residents


Davis, Julia

Fenn, Benjamin Roydon







DAVIS Family

I just wanted to share a story about my Great Great Grandmother - Julia A. Davis that is resting in the Evergreen Cemetery -Fall River County.

She was employed by the VA Center for ten years and retired at the age of 70. She was Hot Springs oldest resident at the State Soldiers Home at 105 years and died at the Soldiers Home -May 14, 1955 She had special birthday ceremonies at the home that I attended with my mom when I was a lad. Still have photographs of the events there in the 50's. She was a resident of Hot Springs for 45 years. They called her the Hot Springs Darling.

Along side Julia is her first husband - Henry Fisher - Died Jan 5, 1911.. Also a son-in law George Ryan (my grandfather whom I never met) died Oct. 7, 1931. He was a Pvt. in the US Cav. (Iowa regiment)

Julia homesteaded land just west of Oelrichs in 1910 and established it even though her 2nd husband Thomas Davis, died one year later in 1911.

In 1911, she walked the whole 20 miles to town because she didn't want to be alone on Christmas day recalled her daughter, Hattie. This announcement was documented in the 1952 Hot Springs newspaper titled "Grandma Davis to Dance on Her 102nd Birthday".
The 20 mile walk earned her a job and she worked steadily at the Battle Mountain Sanitarium for 10 years.

Submitted by Jack Keech - JKeech39 at

My grandpa, Benjamin Roydon Fenn died 29 September 1972 in the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. He was born 2 February 1900 in Bureau County, Illinois His father was George William Fenn and his mother was Anna Elizabeth Monson. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brookings, South Dakota.
Submitted by Sheila Smith - lrs1623 at


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