South Dakota

Faulk County, South Dakota

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SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, December 17, 1896, Page 8
Contributed by Harold Way

Major Pickler has secured a pension for Mrs. Jane Kenny of DeVoe, on account of the death of her son Wm. Kenny who died at Hot Springs soldier's home a few years ago. She gets $240.00 back pension and $12.00 per month. Mrs. Kenny is eighty years of age and her many friends will rejoice with her over her good fortune.

Contributed by Harold Way
SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, January 5, 1893, Page 5

E. G. Calne has closed the Bonsey House for the time being and will devote his attention to other business, having concluded that there is more honor than profit in running a first class hotel at the present time.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, November 24, 1892, Page 5
The barn of E. McClosky, three miles west of Athol, together with all his hay, grain, thirteen head of horses and ten head of cattle were burned last Saturday morning about three o'clock. It is supposed to be the work of incendiary. Loss about two thousand dollars. No insurance.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, December 22, 1892, Page 5
H. Holcomb's threshing entire blew up near Wesley Saturday afternoon, the engine was blown 15 rods from the separator. Henry Reed, the fireman, was quite badly hurt.

Dakota 1885 Compiled by O. H. Holt


SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, April 4, 1889, page 5
Contributed by Harold Way
Last Tuesday the people of this territory were given another practical illustration of the great necessity of maintaining competent fire breaks around their property. Heavy losses are reported from all parts of the territory, from prairie fires, during the high wind of that day. All attempts to stay the progress of the fires while the storm was in progress were utterly futile.


The most destructive prairie fire ever known here visited this section with the high wing Tuesday. The fire started from a smouldering straw stack on the Strachan farm, a mile north of here, at noon Tuesday and traveled with such rapidity that four hours later it had reached Athol, 20 miles away. We are unable to learn the full amount of damage done except in this vicinity. One half mile east of the starting point it destroyed the Rhode school house, valued at $500, Peter Rhodes' barn, two horses 100 bushels of seed wheat and farm machinery. A few miles further on it burned David Grover's barn and machinery, and at Wesley it destroyed Alvia Clark's barn with eight head of horses, a barn for Henry Joynt, the house and barn of Mr. Hazen and considerable other damage that we are unable to learn full particulars about at this date.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, October 24, 1889, page 3
Contributed by Harold Way
Rev. W. H. Wiles was appointed by the M. E. conference at Huron, last week, as pastor of the church at this place for the ensuing year. Rev. Thos Collins was assigned to DeVoe and Roanoke. Rev. Bullock of the latter charge goes to Newark. Rev. W. J. Hyde will preach his farewell sermon, at this place, next Sunday morning. Mr. Hyde and family will leave next Tuesday for St. Lawrence where they will take charge of the Methodist church. The good wishes of many friends accompany them to their new field of labor.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, August 15, 1889, page 3
Contributed by Harold Way
Wm. Gray, of the firm of Gray Bros., of Milwaukee, Wis., was in town last week and held a consultation with the city council on Thursday in regard to the artesian well at this place. The advisability of putting down a new hole was thoroughly discussed by the members of the council and as a result a new contract was made between the council and Gray Bros. for a new well. The new contract calls for a larger hole and will be a much better well than the old one. The well is to be finished at the top of the sand rock with a four inch pipe and at the bottom of the hole with a 3 inch pipe. At the time the flow was struck in the old well everybody was well pleased with it and every indication was that the well would be a big success and would fully meet the expectations of our citizens. But since then a series of accidents have occurred in the way of losing the tools in the bottom of the well and other unavoidable mishaps till the hole is in bad shape and could never be fixed up to meet the requirements of the old contract. For the new well the city pays $1000 over and above the old contract but pays nothing for the old hole. The new contract seems to meet with the approval of all concerned.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, June 27, 1889, page 1
Contributed by Harold Way
Faulk county is rapidly becoming a stock county as is demonstrated by the shipment of cattle and hogs from this station. A reporter for the RECORD has been making a few inquiries among the butchers and stock men and found out a few facts that will surprise our readers and the public generally. He discovered that there has been forty cars of cattle and twenty cars of hogs shipped from this station to eastern markets since this time a year ago.
This is not a large amount perhaps, but when we consider that this county is only six years old and has had a railroad only two years and a half, it is a large amount. It demonstrates that cattle and hogs can be raised here at a profit. It demonstrates too that wheat is not the only reliance the farmers of Faulk county have to get a living. Many farmers are reducing their acreage of wheat every year and raising more feed crops, thus showing that practical experience teaches that stock is most profitable. We predict that the shipment of stock from this station during the coming year will be more than double what it was last year. Many farmers throughout the county will have fully 100 hogs to sell this fall. Besides bunches of cattle of from one to three car loads are fattening for the market on many farms throughout the county. In other stock the people are moving in the same direction. Faulk county will be shipping horses by the car loads inside of the next five years. Already we have several horse farms, one with fully a hundred head, and two others with nearly forty head each and with every farmer in the county raising colts. The sheep industry is beginning to look up. The wool clip this spring will be fully 20,000 pounds from sheep, the majority of which was brought into the county last fall. Dakota is par-excellence a sheep country. The exptreme dryness of the atmesphere [sic] is particularly condusive [sic] to health among sheep. It has been proven that sheep can be brought here dying with the foot-rot and in a few months be in perfect health. It has also been shown that sheep will clip more pounds of wool here than where they wer brought from. One man in this county this year got 1500 pounds from 150 sheep. Some of them clipping as high as 15 pounds. All this shows that our people are gradually placing themselves where the wheat crop will be of secondary importance.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, June 27, 1889, page 1
Contributed by Harold Way
A caravan consisting of four wagons and four families with 16 head of cattle went through here last Monday. They were on their way from Douglas county, Minnesota to the Black Hills; Hermosa, Custer county, being their point of destination. It took them a month to get here and they expect to be another month traveling the balance of the journey. The women and children looked as though they wo9uld be mighty glad to call any place they came to the end of the journey. They had a tired, used-up look. The dull monotony of the long ride over these prairies was telling on them. The exposure to the weather for such a long period bronzed the men until they looked like gypsies. They serve to illustrate the nomadic spirit that pervades pioneer life, a spirit of restlessness and discontent with present surroundings and a continual desire to go somewhere else.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, May 9, 1889, page 1
Contributed by Harold Way
At a Depth of 1250 Feet Gray Bro's Strike the Water Rock and the Crystal Liquid Pours Forth in Abundance.
Pure, Healthy, Palatable Water Issues With More than One Hundred Pounds Pressure From the Great Bore.
Last Summer the people of this place were called upon to vote bonds, to the amount of $6,000, for the purpose of sinking an artesian well. They responded cheerfully, only one vote being cast in opposition to the project. The contract for drilling the well was left to the firm of Gray Bros., of Milwaukee, Wis., who commenced work on November first. The work has, at times, progressed far too slowly for the pulse of our people who were anxious to know what the result of their enterprise would be and not until last Saturday, May 4, in the year of Grace, 1889, was their most sanguine expectations fully realized in the possession of a stream of nature's crystal liquid pouring Heavenward at the rate of 800 gallons per minute with a constant pressure of 120 pounds per square inch. The joy of the average citizen knows no bounds for the possession of a good artesian well means everything; better health, prosperity and protection of property, to our people. Their fondest hopes in regard to the enterprise are fully realized.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, December 6, 1888, Page 1
transcribed by Harold Way


The Star of the Empire Seeks The Land of the Setting Sun.

Faulk County offers Unexcelled Opportunities for Genuine Rustlers in search of a Permanent Home.


At the present time no part of the far famed Land of Dakota can offer such inducements to the right class immigrants as Faulk county.

Directly west of, and a continuation of that wonderful wheat belt of which Spink county is the recognized center.

From north to south twenty-four miles, from east to west forty-two miles. Ten thousand and eight hundred square miles, divided into twenty-eight geographical townships, six miles square.

Slightly rolling, sufficient for good drainage, yet not enough to interfere with the best of cultivation. Scarcely a quarter section can be found that fifteen sixteenths is not good tillable land, except about one half of the southwest township upon which the hills that extend through the northern part of Hand and Hyde counties then turning north extend through the eastern part of Potter county make a slight encroachment.

The Nixon river takes its rise in the extreme western part of the county and following an easterly course to the east line, dividing the county north and south nearly equal. The Nixon, like the most of Dakota creeks and streams, for portions of the distance runs under the ground, breaking out here and there in beautiful pools of pure crystal water. A few feet under ground, as well as in the ravines that empty into it, water is always found in abundance. At the present time a plan is being agitated to put down an artesian well the flow from which experienced engineers claim would make a running stream above ground all the year round.

At the present time the railroads are fully up to the demands of the county. The Chicago & North-Western railway have extended their line from Redfield through the county east to west and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul the Aberdeen extension in a south easterly direction from north to south. A survey has been made from Aberdeen to Pierre running through the county from northeast to southwest and crossing the above named roads at Faulkton, the county seat. The Illinois Central road cannot reach its evident objective point Bismarck - without passing through the county in a northwesterly direction. It is perfectly safe to assume that these lines of road will be built just as soon as the development of the county will assure them a paying investment; and if the record of the last three years is duplicated it wi8ll most assuredly produce that result.

Zell, Rockham, Miranda, Burkmere, Seneca, Millard and Orient are all flourishing business centers.

With the exception of the hilly lands in the township before mentioned, the land has all been taken under the pre-emption, homestead and timber culture laws, except the school lands. Two sections, twenty hundred and eighty acres in each township has been reserved by the general government for educational purposes, which will be placed upon the market as soon as Dakota is in the union. And it is only too evident that by reason of inexperience and poor culture many of the timber claims will revert to the government and be open to entry under the homestead law in a very short time.

Under the excitement of 1883 and 1884 quite an amount of land was taken under the pre-emption law, by parties who have returned to their eastern homes and hold the lands for speculation. The failure to realize as speedily returns as expected is placing these lands upon the market at a small advance above the cost of proving up and paying the government for them.

From the assessment roll in the hands of the county auditor we make the following record of population and resources: Legal voters 1200; population, 5,000; valuation of real estate, $131,000; personal property including 2080 homes, 156 mules, 3439 head of cattle, 1500 sheep at their lowest cash value, $586,160, an aggregate of more than a million and a half dollars.

In the selection of Faulkton for county seat the question has been settled for all time. Upon the banks of the Nixon, near the geographical and the railroad center of a county, rich in natural resources, filling up with a people proud of their inheritance, free from local jealousy and who will submit to no-encroachment upon their territorial domain Faulkton is and will be for all time the county seat of one of the most beautiful counties in the great Northwest. Up to a little more than two years ago this beautiful city existed upon paper and in the faith of a few enterprising men who were able to comprehend the fact that nature had placed her mark upon it. The building of the C. & N. W. Ry. Immediately followed by the C. M & St. P. was followed by men and money and the rapidity with which a city sprang into existence, was a surprise to western enterprise and progress. As a city in fact that has only made its second assessment, we learn that it contains 600 inhabitants, that it has real estate valued at $150,000; personal property at $75,000; county buildings, fine hotels, four banks, twenty stores, eighteen officers , and not found upon the official record but known and seen of all her enterprising citizens nearly or quite $200,000 has been expended in grading streets, building side and cross walks; an artesian well and a system of water works is under contract and the well is down nearly 500 feet at this time and the work is being pushed to completion. Negotiations are nearly consummated for a 120-barrel roller flour mill; a creamery is in active operation, and the people are determined to make practicable use of the vast amount of flax straw raised in this vicinity.

The Congregational, Presbyterian and Episcopal Methodist have good church edifices, flourishing societies and good congregations. The Baptists have organized and secured land for church purposes.

The schools are thoroughly organized and in good hands.

The Mason, Odd Fellows, United Workmen, Knights of Pythias, Grand Army of the Republic, Woman's relief Corps, Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and Independent Order of Good Templars all have flourishing organizations.

In summing up these results we should not fail to recognize and give due credit to our most faithful, persistent and efficient workers.

The first in the field was the Faulk County Times, Capt. H. A. Humphrey, editor and proprietor. The Times has labored earnestly for the development of Faulk county and the upbuilding of Faulkton. The Times is republican in politics, yet its idea of party loyalty and personal property never stand in the way of independent, outspoken convictions upon every question of the day.

The FAULK COUNTY RECORD, Evans & Springer, publishers, was only a few days later in the field. It is thoroughly devoted to Faulk county and Faulkton interests. That it is doing a good work for its patrons is evidenced by the public favor with which it is received. THE RECORD is radically republican.

The Democrat, C. A. Warner, editor and proprietor, as its name indicates, is democratic in politics, and was later in the field, having only entered upon its third year. While politically in the minority the Democrat is in good hands and well sustained.

The present, as compared with the past, is a most happy surprise but to make a future worthy of her present record Faulk county wants more farmers; men who have practicable experience in farming; men who have been able, while upon worn out and more expensive lands, to make a little money at farming; men who not only know the value of, but will practice thorough and systematic farming; men who have farmed by practical experience that diversified, "mixed" farming is not only the safest but the most profitable; that in ----------of----with the railroads for lower grain rates, will substitute butter, cheese, wool, beef and pork for grain and for themselves solve the problems of cheap transportation, men who have money to aid in the development of natural resources no where else to be found.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, March 7, 1889, page 4

transcribed and contributed by Harold Way

[A letter to the editor signed by "Farmer.""]


It may look to some that I have undertaken a large job in writing under this head, but it does not look that way to me. In the first place let me say that I have lived in this county about five years and have been farming all the time. So I have had a little experience in this business. I have tried grain raising exclusively until I am satisfied that that kind of farming will in time drive a man to the wall. But some will ask, what can we do? Let us by all means raise stock. By raising stock, I mean cattle, horses, sheep and hogs. But some say cattle are so cheap. Well, I think we can raise cattle at a profit, even now while they are cheap; and why? Because it costs us nothing, comparatively, to raise them hence the profit. Cattle will get their living on these broad prairies usually eight months out of the year, and do exceedingly well on the prairie grass even after it has seemingly all dried up and of no value. Then it is just as good a pasture as in June and holds so until the snow is deep enough so the cattle cannot get it.

Now then, I say if a farmer here can only get one cow to start with, get her and if he can get two or three or more, get them and in a few years it will be a surprise to himself how fast his stock increases. A great many of our farmers who do not raise stock have nothing to do in winter, and this breeds discontent, while on the other hand, if they had some stock to look after to keep them out of idleness, they would be contented and happy, for "a diligent hand maketh rich." Some farmers do not like to handle cattle; some do not like horses, and same with sheep and hogs, but I would say to one and all, make a specialty of the kind of stock that suits you best and you are bound to succeed. You cannot help it for we have a grand county for this kind of business. Again, if a man starts in the kind of business that he likes, he has pride to make it a success and he succeeds. If we go into stock and must get the best we can and keep it up. Keep improving all the time and under no consideration breed scrub, for the time has come when every one wants the best and no one the scrub. As regard horses I will say if you can afford only one team, get mares by all means and breed them for they will do all the work necessary on the farm and you can raise your colts and hardly know that they have cost you anything, and it makes a grand difference whether you have horse to sell or a horse to buy, especially when you can count on your finger ends almost the cost of raising the horse.

Now let us look after the sheep for a few minutes. My observation is that this is as fine a sheep country as can be found. Because the flocks are not liable to disease of any kind, and they do exceedingly well on our native grasses, and in winter with shelter that is cheap. If you can not raise cattle and horses, try a few sheep and you will be so well pleased with the result that you will keep increasing your flock, and before you hardly know it you will have an account against the banker instead of his having an account against you, and this state of affairs will boom Faulk county more than anything. When traveling people can come here and see nice cattle, horses, sheep and hogs that Faulk county will speak for itself, and sooner we go about this business the sooner we will realize that prosperity for which we are striving.


SOURCE: Faulk County Record, October 4, 1888, Pages 4-5
Contributed by Harold Way

In the proceedings of the County Commission for the October 2nd session the Commission appointed judges for the general election to be held November 6th, 1888. The individuals appointed were:

Precinct No. 1
R. W. Maxwell
Zituri Hain
W. S. Balknap
Precinct No. 2
Jasper Wakefield
Alex Garrick
J. B. Treat
Precinct No. 3
John Mosier
George Cralle
William Knox
Precinct No. 4
A. F. Spencer
J. S. Nevins
F. H. Simmons
Precinct No. 5
M. C. O'Kelly
C. L. Fisk
L. B. Dotson
Precinct No. 6
Warren Rounds
Geo. B. Dyer
Chas. Orr
Precinct No. 7
R. G. Newton
Hosea Marsh
John W. Hays
Precinct No. 8
R. G. Morton
Joseph Powell
H. S. Demery
Precinct No. 9
H. S. Utley
P. E. Knox
Alex. Miller
Precinct No. 10
Rob't Naapton
Frank Ruhlman
A. J. Sprague
Precinct No. 11
Adam Findeis
L. L. Jones
Frank Bacon
Precinct No. 12
Chas. Chase
T. M. Sughroue
A. P. Cavitt
Precinct No. 13
O. C. Johnson
J. H. Hays
Geo. I. Goss
Zell Township
Wm. Buss
E. V. Coon
August Paul
Orient Township
E. Hand
Geo. Conner
Geo. J. Vought
Faulkton 1st Ward
C. C Moulton
Chas. White
Mark Purdy
Faulkton 2nd Ward
D. S. Smith
F. O. Walters
E. G. Caine
Faulkton 3rd Ward
Geo. Bissell
R. J. Miller
C. Neimyer

SOURCE: The Republican-Record, Thursday, November 8, 1894, Page 8
Contributed by Harold Way


Every Republican Candidate From Senator to Constable, Elected in Faulk Co.

T'was a red hot fight and every inch of the ground was fought for with determination in this county last Tuesday. The whole fight was on county officers and the democrats and pops put forth a grand effort to capture the loaves and fishes but without avail.

The figures as gathered by the REPUBLICAN-RECORD are given below. The official count will not materially change them and after it is made the correct reportby precincts will be given next week:

Smith 531
Conway 321

Miller 640
Cook 246

Derr 546

Faulkner 496
Hall 403

Severence 516
Clifford 378

Smith 532
Clizbe 361

Hays 494
Strevel 412

Bailey 460
Reilly 429

Latham 451
Jarvis 346

Pangburn 585
Boynton 298

Rathbun 532

Kellett 529
Hoffien 313

Hatfield 67
McGraw 6
McLaughlin 6

Peck 39
O'Shea 34
Dunsmore 26

Garrick 191
Boller 83

SOURCE: Aberdeen Daily News, August 4, 1893
Contributed by Harold Way

Postmasters appointed: C. J. Cooper, Devoe

SOURCE: Aberdeen Daily News, June 19, 1905
Contributed by Harold Way


Gathering at Devoe was Largely Attended - the Program

Faulkton, S. D., June 19. - - - The Faulk County Old Settlers' Association held its annual picnic in Miller's grove near Devoe, on Saturday, June 17th. The principal address of the day was made by Congressman Eben W. Martin, who spoke on the subject of the trusts. Frank Turner also spoke, his subject being Faulk County's First Settlers. In addition to the speeches, there were songs, music by the Miranda band and a number of sporting events, including foot races and baseball games.

SOURCE: Aberdeen American, June 19, 1907
Contributed by Harold Way


Devoe, S. D., June 18. - - - (Special to the American.) - - - The twenty-fourth annual Old Settlers' picnic for Faulk county was celebrated in Miller's grove near this place today and was attended by about 3,000. It was one of the most successful picnics ever held both in the way of attendance and attractions and from the financial standpoint as well. In spite of the fact that the committee was disappointed in Governor Crawford being compelled to cancel his engagement there were a number of notable addresses delivered by Frank Turner and other speakers of the county.

A baseball game between Faulkton and DeVoe, a clay pigeon shoot between McDowell of Faulkton and Throu of Watertown, horse racing and minor sports were indulged in.

The method of charging an entrance fee was tried for the first time in the history of the Old Settlers' association and was very successful. Only men were charged and at 25 cents apiece the gate receipts were $157. This amount with the stand privileges, etc., will make over $200 which will more than pay the expenses and still leave a nice balance in the treasury.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, July 12, 1888 (page 1)
Contributed by Harold Way

Faulkton postoffice became a third class office on July 1st. The president nominated Frank P. Smith for postmaster on Monday. The Minneapolis Tribune says Smith was appointed on the recommendation of Governor Church.

SOURCE Faulk County Record, September 27, 1888, Page 1
Contributed by Harold Way

Those Prairie Fires.

Large portions of this county have been burned over by destructive prairie fires during the past two weeks and a considerable amount of property destroyed thereby. Five years experience in this county has proved that the chances are greatly against the man who fails to provide good and sufficient fire breaks around his grain stacks and buildingings[sic] at this season of the year. A sudden shift of the wind sets a surrounding fire to sweeping over the country with a wonderful velocity and ere he is aware of the fact that his hard earned property has gone up in smoke in a few moments of time. A half day's precautionary labor with a team and plow affords absolute protection against such terrible results and it seems strange that some of our farmers delay this work until the destruction is upon them and cannot be stayed. In the fire in western part of the county Monday the following losses were sustained:

- W. J. Jackson; 14 acres of wheat and 14 acres of flax in stack, also 14 acres of blue joint meadow
- David Rounds; 20 tons of hay
- J. P. O'Neal; 40 acres of flax
- H. Ganiere; 15 tons of hay and a setting of wheat in stack woth $100
- S. U. Finney; 6 tons of hay
- Chas. Orr; 30 tons of hay and $150 of wheat in stack
- J. H. Shirk; 6 tons of hay
- Miss M. Mears; house
- James Taylor; house
- W. K. Jacquith; 10 tons of hay
- M. Freeman; 6 tons of hay
- John Blair; 14 acres of wheat in stack
- Mrs. Schenck; 30 acres of wheat in stack
- Hamilton Orr; 12 tons of hay, 10 acres of wheat

Our correspondent at Burkmere who furnished the above list of losses says:
Let every person who sustained a loss by this fire see to it that their claims are presented promptly to the party or corporation originating said fire.

Yesterday all day a heavy fire was raging in the north part of the county and swept from the north-west over a wide tract north of town. Large losses are reported to have been sustained. Sweeping over a large tract of country, as these fires do, it is almost an impossibility to trace them to their origin.

SOURCE: The Republican-Record, Thursday, October 25, 1894, Page 2
Contributed by Harold Way


Ministerial Appointments Made at the Watertown Meeting.

Bishop Fowler addressed an audience of 1,000 in the Methodist Church at Watertown. Appointments for next year were as follows:

J. S. Akers, presiding elder, Aberdeen
Aberdeen E. W. Nazatene
Bath, Columbia and Ordway supplied
Bowdle and Bangor supplied
Britton and Newark W. F. Manty
Campbell and Eureka A. J. Jolly
Claremont and Putney A. D. Smith
Conde and Garden Prairie F. C. McDuffiee
Devoe J. B. Williams
Doland Geo. W. Hickman
Frederick and Westport supplied
Groton and Andover W. D. Debbie
Hecla F. J. Bromaghim
Leola supplied
Langford W. Gram
Northville W. H. Cory
Scatterwood H. L. Degoiler
Warner and Randall A. Matson

A. R. Boggs, presiding elder, Mitchell
Alexander A. P. Lanes
Armour M. R. Hackman
Artesian John Thomas
Bridgewater William Underwood
Castalia and Edgerton R. M. Starley
Fulton D. W. Taylor
Ethan and Bard supplied
Howard and Carthage M. E. Nickerson
Kimball and White Wave Gesse Smith
Letcher E. W. Sage
Mitchell L. Bradford
Mt. Vernon B. Barker
Parkston and Tripp A. M. Ward
Plankinton C. Williams
Scotland C. E. Wood
Salem W. H. Irwin
Tyndall and Springfield J. G. Hall
Woonsocket Herbert Haines

T. Simmons, presiding elder
Elk Point A. E. Carhart
Flandreau G. S. Watson
Gayville F. S. Nichols
Hartford W. O. Redfield
Hudson G. J. Corwine
Hurley John Kaye
Lennox John Lewias
Lodi H. B. Clearwater
Madison J. P. Jenkins
Marion Junction G. B. Dodd
Montrose and Prospect L. Huckins
Parker C. E. Matteson
Richmond G. M. Newhall
Sioux Falls, First Church J. O. Dobson
Jordan W. H. Brown
East Sioux Falls Nathan Fawall
Volin, Morris and Vermillion C. E. Hager
Yankton C. H. Smith
Hosea Locke, principal teacher in Flandreau Indian School

H. H. Dresser, presiding elder, Watertown
Arlington O. A. Phillips
Aurora and Elkton T. H. Trevithie
Big Stone City T. J. Northrup
Bristol supplied
Brookings T. H. Youngman
Bradley L. S. Starkness
Clark H. M. Springer
Clear Lake H. F. Knight
Gary C. R. Walker
Henry Thos. Sanderson
Kampeska A. W. Starkes
Lake Preston supplied
Milbank supplied
Watertown W. H. Vance
Webster J. R. Dibble
Willow Lake B. C. Sills
Wilmot D. L. Dexter
White S. A. French

SOURCE: The Republican-Record, Thursday, October 11, 1894, Page 8
Contributed by Harold Way

Citizens Ticket.

The amalgamated association of office seekers met at the court house at this place, on Saturday last, according to call and proceeded to nominate a county ticket as follows:

For Representative,

For Auditor,

For Register of Deeds,

For Sheriff,

For Treasurer,

For Clerk of Court

For County Superintendent,

For Coroner

For Assessor

The convention also endorsed the independent candidacy of George J. Jarvis for states attorney.

A delegation was elected to a senatorial convention called to meet at Seneca with the pop-dem delegation from Potter county on Monday last. But the Potter county contingent failed to materialize at that place and the delegation from this place proceeded to nominate J. J. Conway, of Orient, for senator. According to all reports enthusiasm is at a dull pitch among the faithful and to tell the truth it is hard to see on what the fires of this dem-pop fusion hope in Faulk county feeds upon.

SOURCE: The Republican-Record, Thursday, October 11, 1894, Page 4
Contributed by Harold Way

[This is the slate of individuals running for office in Faulk County in the general election in 1894.]


The Men whom the Republicans of Faulk County will Delight to Honor on November 6th.

All the party nominations have now been made on the state and county tickets and the campaign is on for the coming four weeks. We do not consider that there is any disaffection with the republican county ticket within the party, there is really no reason why it should not receive the support of every republican in the county and the outlook at the present time is favorable for such a result on November 6th. At the head of the ticket stands


"Uncle Dick,"" for state senator, a man who is widely and favorably known throughout the county and who bears the undisputed record of being the first whit man to settle in Faulk county having established his residence at LaFoon in the spring of 1882. Mr. Smith is well qualified for the position to which he aspires and his election, already an assured fact, will be a most fitting tribute to the first settler of Faulk county and to a competent worthy and deserving man. He has been closely identified with the best interests of the county from the time of its organization down to the present time, knows the needs of the people and will look after them diligently and effectively.

For representative:

is a man who needs no introduction to the people of this county or words of commendation from the REPUBLICAN-RECORD. He is by far the largest farmer and stock raiser in the county, is a thoroughly representative man and represented the county in the lower house of the legislature with great honor to himself and extreme satisfaction to his constituents two years ago. His re-nomination was of a spontaneous nature and not of his own seeking and the writer knows from personal observation that no man in the house of representatives at the last session of the legislature commanded a higher degree of respect among his colleagues than Mr. Miller. Vote and work for Messrs. Smith and Miller and secure two votes from Faulk county for a republican United States Senator to succeed Senator Pettigrew. Next in order comes


for county judge, the man who has held this position nearly ever since the organization of the county, for five consecutive terms and now for the sixth time receives the nomination without opposition. He has always served the county faithfully and efficiently. The fact that no other party has nominated a candidate for this position shows that he has a since on the good will of the people and will get a unanimous vote at the polls. For auditor


will command the full strength of his party. As county commissioner from the third district for three consecutive terms he has proved himself an able and valuable public servant. His labors on the county board for the past six years are well known and highly appreciated throughout the county. He is well informed as to the duties of the office he seeks and capable of conducting them with marked ability for the general welfare. W. G. Faulkner will be our next county auditor by a large majority and will watch over the financial interests of the county with zeal and integrity.


for register of deeds is, perhaps, not so well known as some of the candidates but is none the less deserving of the franchises of the people. He is an extensive farmer in DeVoe precinct and commands the utmost respect for all who know him as an honest capable and successful man and a gentleman in every sense of the word. The care of the county records could be left in no more capable trustworthy hand than his and if we read the signs of the time with any degree of certainty at all they will be so left on and after January 1st, 1895. To know Mr. Severance is to vote for him and his vote will continue to augment day by day as the campaign advances.


for county treasurer. This is "Billy" and Billy will get there with both feet. There are hundreds of men all over these broad prairies who would vote for Billy all day if they only could. He is a good wholesouled fellow one of our most prosperous farmers whose success in his business speaks volumes for him as a custodian of the county funds. Plump one vote straight for W. H. Smith for county treasurer and see that all your neighbors do the same. It might just as well be made unanimous. Next comes

J. H. Hays

for sheriff. Mr. Hays has served the county in this capacity during the past two years with care and fidelity, has thereby made many friends amonth those who were formery [sic] his opponents and certainly deserves a second term for the ability he has shown in conducting the affairs of the office and he will get it. A vote for J. H. Hays for sheriff wiil [sic] be a vot for good, honest government in Faulk county during the coming two years and no republican can afford to neglect his duty in this respect.


for Clerk of Courts is a man well known to nearly all if not every voter in Faulk county and a more careful painstaking and efficient officer than he never held a position of public trust. He has filled the position he now seeks for several past terms and needs no commendation here as a public official. Every man who votes for H. W. Bailey for clerk of courts knows when he does it that he is making no mistake but that the court records of this county can not be placed in the hands of a more faithful man or obliging gentleman.


Is the nominee for State's Attorney. Mr. Latham is well known throughout the county having practiced law here several years back and at DeVoe prior to coming to this place, and enjoys the warm personal friendship of a large number of the republican voters of the county who will look after his interests on election day. The office of State's Attorney is a most important one, much more important tha it is considered in the mind of the average voter, and the republicans of this county should realize that it will be more important than usual during the coming two years. Vote for D. H. Latham for states attorney.


the nominee for superintendent of schools is an old timer in the county who has been closely identified with its educational interests and will hold our public schools up to the present high grade of efficiency with credit to himself and advantage to the community. He will undoubtedly be elected by a large majority.


for assessor. It is safe to say with credit to his opponent, that Will wont [sic] know he has any opposition. If there is a republican in Faulk who will not vote for Kellet [sic] for assessor then we are sadly mistaken in our estimates of public opinion.


is the old stand by for coroner and probably will be for many years in the future. Few counties are blessed with as capable a man for this position. Dr. Rathbun is a man who not only knows his business but always attends to it.

SOURCE: The Republican-Record, Thursday, July 19, 1894, Page 1
Contributed by Harold Way

To Whom it May Concern.
Notice is hereby given, that my wife, Bertha Black, has left my bed and board without my consent or without any cause or excuse, and all persons are hereby notified not to extend her any credit, on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting.

Dated July 6, 1894
Theodore Black

SOURCE: The Republican Record, Thursday, June 28, 1894, Page 8
Contributed by Harold Way

[From a column reporting on the Faulk County Republican convention]

The following delegates were elected to the Yankton state convention:
Frank Turner
Alex Miller
J. J. Price
William Bell
W. D. Elting
J. H. Shirk
M. S. McDearmon
P. H. O'Neil
Frank Byrne
Z. S. Hain

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, May 10, 1894, Page 5
Contributed by Harold Way

Mrs. M. J. Jarvis has graduated in her studies at Rush Medical college in Chicago and arrived home last night. It is understood that she will practice in this city.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, April 26, 1894, Page 1
Contributed by Harold Way

The Prairie Schooner Again.

Faulkton, S. D., April 23 --- Large numbers of prairie schooners are passing through this section every day filled with emigrants looking for home on cheap lands.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, May 24, 1894, Page 5
Contributed by Harold Way

Immigration is on the increase, hardly a day passes but from one to a half dozen prairie schooners pass through the city.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday April 5 (page head states April 4 which is incorrect), 1894, Page 5
Contributed by Harold Way
Note from contributor: Etondale was in Wesley Township which was adjacent to DeVoe Township --- the next township east of DeVoe

The Etondale school will open next Monday with Miss Katie Joyat as teacher.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday April 5 (page head states April 4, 1894, Page 5
Contributed by Harold Way

S. W. Clark, of DeVoe, who has been attending college at Redfield for several years and who is a member of the graduating class took first honors in the college contest held March 28th. Mr. Clark will, therefore represent the Redfield college at the sate inter-collegiate contest at Yankton in May. Here is another example of what backbone can do. Mr. Clark by working upon the farm, teaching school etc. has sent himself through college, besides contributing much to the support of his mother and sister. Faulk county has reason to feel proud of this young man and we wish him God speed in his upward career. Let others do likewise.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, April 5, 1894, Page 2, contributed by Harold Way

Sentenced at Pierre.

Pierre, S. D., March 31. --- The United States court has adjourned. Business before the court was not completed, but owing to another term convening in Sioux Falls Tuesday it was necessary to adjourn. The jury in the case of James Moore, charged with robbing the Orient postoffice, returned a verdict of guilty, and he was sentenced to four years in the penitentiary. William Morton and Frank Williams, charged with the same crime, pleaded guilty and were given two years each. The grand jury considered twenty-seven cases and returned nineteen indictments. Among the number was White-Faced-Horse, the Indian charged with murdering cowboys; two Indians charged with stealing catle, and the balance were liquor cases. These Indians will probably be tried at Sioux Falls.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, February 8, 1894, Page 4, contributed by Harold Way

Orient Items.

It was reported that Louis Kneisel had passed to the Great Unknown and as a result Chas. Barron, of Roscoe, sent for collection an old claim. Requesting it to be presented to the administrator. But Louis still lives and the claim remains unpaid.

The Methodist Episcopal Church held its Annual Conference in Brookings. It was reported that it was one of the most profitable conferences ever held in the state. The only unpleasant feature was the trial of Mr. Burros, the evangelist, for conduct unbecoming to a minister of the gospel. [see article following listing of appointments]

Among the more important items of business was the appointment of ministers throughout the Conference. In the October 26, 1893 issue of the Faulk County Record (page 2) the list of appointments was published:

J. S. Akers, Presiding Elder, Aberdeen
Aberdeen C. E. Hager
Andover A. Matson (supp)
Ashton J. B. Dibble
Bath, Columbia and Putney F. C. MacDuffee
Bowdle and Bangor A. D. Smith
Britton C. E. Matteson
Campbell County and Eurika to be supplied
Claremont E. W. Akers
Conde G. F. Bieber
DeVoe J. B. Williams (supp)
Doland G. W. Hickman
Ellendale and Frederick W. O. Gram
Frankfort J. L. Brown (supp)
Groton W. D. Doeble
Hecla F. L. Bromaghim
Ipswich and Leola F. Lines
Langford E. L. Fillmore
Newark to be supplied
Northville and Mellette W. H. Cory
Warner R. L. DeGrolier (supp)
Westport and Orday[sic] A. A. Nichols
J. C. Shetland, Supt. Sisseton Agency, Member Aberdeen Quarterly Conference

Sioux Falls District
W. P. Jordan, Presiding Elder, Sioux Falls
Alcester W. C. Cleworth
Beresford Thos. Moris (supp)
Canton Duane Rifenbark
Centerville C. R. Pattee
Egan G. B. Dodd
Elk Point A. Jamison
Dell Rapids W. J. Hyde
Flandreau to be supplied
Gayville A. E. Tanner
Hartford W. O. Redfield
Hudson A. E. Carhart
Hurley G. F. Hopkins
Lennox E. Honeywell
Lodi S. A. Keister
Madison J. P. Jenkins
Montrose to be supplied
Parker Jos. Mottershead
Prospect Newhall
Richland to be supplied
Rowena N. Farwell
Sioux Falls (First) J. O.. Dobson
Sioux Falls (Jordan) H. W. Brown
Vermillion G. D. Cleworth
Wakonda and Volin John Kaye
Yankton C. H. Smith
Teacher in Flandreau Indian School Hosea Locke

Watertown District
H. H. Dresser, Presiding Elder, Watertown
Arlington O. A. Phillips
Aurora and Elkton T. H. Trevithick
Big Stone City D. E. Wilson (supp)
Bristol Frank Bayer
Brookings William Fielder
Bradley H. M. Springer (supp)
Clear Lake and Goodwin H. T. Knight
Gary and Revillo C. O. Walker
Henry W. F. Minty
Kampeska Thos. Wilkinson
Lake Preston A. J. Northup
Twin Brooks to be supplied
Watertown W. H. Vance
Webster Jos. Morrison
White S. A. French
Willow Lake B. C. Sills
Wilmot A. D. Dexter

Huron District
Thos Simmons, Presiding Elder, Huron
Alpena J. D. Allison
Blunt John Lewiss
Burdett F. D. Bieber (supp)
Cavour H. S. Coon (supp)
DeSmet George H. Burge
East Pierre and Ft. Pierr W. B. Hawkinson (supp)
Faulkton Wm. B. Stewart
Gettysburg Wm J. Brient
Highmore E. S. Darling
Hitchcock J. W. Stokesberry
Huron C. B. Clark, D. D.
Iroquois W. S. Carpenter
Miller E. S. Darling
Onida M. Ash (supp)
Pierre J. W. Pyle
Redfield A. C. Stevens
St. Lawrence J. F. Davis
Wessington E. E. Dean
Wessington Springs J. E. Norvell
Winthrop O. H. Sproni
Wolsey E. E. Dean

Mitchell District
A. R. Bogg, Presiding Elder, Mitchell
Alexandria C. B. Warren
Armour I. A. Sparks
Artesian G. D. Brown
Bridgewater Wm. Underwood
Castalia T. H. Hendricks
Edgerton L. Hiersman (supp)
Ethan and Bard E. W. Sage
Fulton J. W. Taylor
Howard M. E. Nickerson
Kimball Jesse Smith
Mitchell Louis Bradford
Mitchell Circuit R. M. Staveley (supp)
Mt. Vernon D. Barker (supp)
Parkston and Tripp G. J. Corwin
Plankinton O. Williamson
Scotland C. E. Wood
Tyndall J. G. Hall
White Lake E. P. James
Woonsocket T. H. Youngman
Salem W. H. Erwin
Chamberlain to be supplied
F. A. Burdick, agent Dakota University

Approximately three weeks prior to the publication of the list of ministerial appointments a related article appeared in the Faulk County Record pertaining to the above mentioned unpleasant feature. That article follows:

It is said that Evangelist Burrows who has been holding revival meetings in Gettysburg left that town ahead of schedule time on account of undue familiarity with some of his would be converts. The indignant citizens gave him 15 mitutes to get out of town in and he "got" in 10, so says our informant.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, October 26, 1893, Page 4, contributed by Harold Way

A follow-up article on the "problems" with an evangelist in Gettysburg

That Redfield girl is said to have owned on the witness stand that she kissed Evangelist Burrows first. In that case of course Mr. Burrows was not entitled to receive gifts and was justified in returning it as nearly as possible in the original package. - Sioux Falls Press


SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, October 19, 1893, Page 5, contributed by Harold Way

A prairie fire near Cresbard did a large amount of damage last Friday, buring up several out-buildings and a large amount of hay and grain. Among the loosers are Gus Rosenaw, T. Purcell, J. A. Day, D. Whitton, E. O. Thayer, Dr. Wentworth, D. A. Snead and several others whose names we have been unable to learn.

Fred Jarvis, of DeVoe, was thrown from a wagon Friday while going to the fire. In some manner his hand caught on the wagon box and he was hurled around by the wheel several times before the team was stopped. His arm was broken and he was pretty badly bruised and shaken up.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, October 15, 1893, Page 4, contributed by Harold Way

In several issues of the Faulk County Record the editors request subscribers renew their subscriptions. Here is one of the sequence of articles requesting payment

We know that times are close with everyone and money is hard to get never-the less we must have all back subscription accounts settled up this fall. Now don't fail, and if you havn't got the money bring us in something else. We will take wheat at 50 cents, corn 40 cents, oats 30, rye 30, barley 25. Good bright hay free from needle grass, $3.00 per ton. If you live where you can take your wheat to the mill we will take patent flour at $1.10 per sack.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday July 6, 1893, Page 4, contributed by Harold Way


A goodly number of old settlers met in accordance with general announcement on July 4th at Major J. A. Pickler's and organized by electing E. W. Strahan, of DeVoe, Chairman, Mrs. A. M. A. Pickler, secretary. Motion made and carried that a committee from each range be appointed to call a meeting and arrange a program for first meeting and permanent organization of old settlers. Committee was appointed as follows:

W. S. Belknap, Range 66
P. Deits 67
J. H. Treat 68
Geo. A. Morse 69
W. D. Elting 70
Adam Sangster 71
A. D. Griffee 72

Moved and seconded that chairman and secretary of temporaty meeting be added to a committee and directed to call meeting at such time and place as they may determine. A motion also carried that committee be requested to state in their call ALL who shall be considered elegible [sic] to membership as old settlers, also that committee act until first meeting for permanent organization. The opinion prevailed that this being the tenth year since the county was settled a general meeting be held this year.

Carried that meeting be adjourned upon call of the chairman.
Alice M. A. Pickler, Sec.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday July 6, 1893, Page 4, Contributed by Harold Way

In compliance with resolution of old settler's meeting held July 4th there will be a meeting of the following committee on Saturday July 22nd at 1 o'clock at the Court House at Faulkton:
W. S. Belknap
P. Deits
J. H. Treat
Geo. A. Morse
W. D. Elting
Adam Sangster
A. D. Griffee.
By Order

Aberdeen Daily American
Friday, April 30, 1915


Mrs. Manly Champlin of Brookings arrived Friday for an extended visit at the home of her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Albert Gooder.

Miss Viola Gunneson of Bancroft came up Tuesday for a visit with her brother, Geo. I. Gunnison and family.

Earl Thomas who has had charge of the Orient Argus for some time, left the first of the week for Haskings, Nebr., where he will visit his sister Mrs. Sam Nelson.

Rev. Ernest Holgate died Thursday night, April 22, at his home in Redfield, where he was pastor of the M. E. church the past two years. He had been in poor health for some time but no one thought the end was so near. Mr. Holgate was formerly pastor of the Faulkton-Orient charge and made many warm friends where here who greatly regret his early demise and whose hearts go out in sympathy to Mrs. Holgate and little sons in their great bereavement.

Aberdeen Daily American
Friday, December 18, 1914

Miss Florence Schenck, who recently arrived from Nome, Alaska, and has been visiting her mother at the old homestead nine miles east of here, left on Tuesday afternoon for New York. She went via Minneapolis, where she will spend a few days with her sister, Miss Hazel.

Misses Alice Rudolph of Canton and Martha Besk of Hutchinson, Minn., two of the most popular members of the high school faculty, delightfully entertained friends at the Commercial club parlors on Saturday evening. Decorations were tasteful and handsome and a delicious luncheon was served shortly before midnight. The guests were warm in their praises of their hostesses.

Lars Anderson, a husky Dane living east of Faulkton, came to the city Saturday and filed his petition for naturalization in the circuit court. He was accompanied by Soren Hansen and his son, Fred, who affidavit as to the time he has been made a resident of this State.

Miner Rawdon, a veteran of the civil war, a resident of Union township, died at his home near Chelsea on Friday in the eightieth year of his age. He was a native of Windsor, Ohio.

Dr. Max H. Moore, who has been spending some time in Chicago, has been here several days visiting his parents, Mr. And Mrs. A. M. Moore.

08 Jul 1909
Aberdeen American

Columbia News

Columbia, July 7 - A quiet wedding occurred Thursday afternoon at the home of Mr. And Mrs. C. K. Hayes when Mrs. Maud Kennedy was united in marriage to Dr. Seeman of Rockham, S.D. Mrs. Seeman is a cousin of Mrs. Hayes and several years ago lived near Columbia but has lately been living at Litchfield, Minn. Rev. Mr. Adams performed the marriage ceremony and the newly married couple departed on the four o'clock for their home at Rockham where Dr. Seeman is a practicing physician. The best wishes of their friends here go with them.

06 Jul 1911
Aberdeen American

John A. McLane, a pioneer business man of Rockham, is dead.

31 Oct 1911
Aberdeen American

Robert Lee Hageman of Rockham, left last night for San Francisco, there to enter the naval training school for our [sic] months preparation for service on one of Uncle Sam's big boats. Mr. Hageman is the third man to enlist at the local recruiting station, two others having preceded him a few days before.

22 Nov 1911
Aberdeen American

Bank, General Store and Two Barns Destroyed by Early Morning Blaze

Rockham, Nov. 22 - A disastrous fire visited this place early in the morning, doing damage estimated at $20,000 or $25,000.

The buildings destroyed were the Farmers Bank, W. A. Hagner's store, and two barns. Despite the efforts of citizens to extinguish the flames, the fire had got such a start by the time it was discovered that their efforts were useless until the four buildings had been destroyed.

27 Mar 1912
Aberdeen American

Smith Brothers, of Rockham Become Owners of Boyd Establishment

Mobridge, March 26 - Quite an important transfer took place in the business circles of the city when the drug stock and fixtures of the late W. H. Boyd was purchased by C. A. Smith and C. E. Smith of Rockham, who will conduct the business in the future under the firm name of Smith & Smith. The firm has two drug stores besides the Mobridge property - one at Rockham and the other at Tulare, both towns being in Spink county. C. A. Smith is in the city at present and has assumed control of the business. However, he will remain only until the arrival of C. E. Smith, who will move his family to this city and conduct the business here. They expect to sell one of their stores in the comparatively near future in which event C. A. Smith will also move to Mobridge with his family.

08 Dec 1913
Aberdeen American

Dies from Exhaustion From Hiccoughing at St. Luke's Hospital

Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, George Huber, a prominent farmer of Rockham, died at St. Luke's hospital from exhaustion from hiccoughing, which started Saturday afternoon.

Huber was operated on a few days ago at the local hospital and was getting along nicely, when the attack came upon him. All the physicians could do was of no avail and the attack proved fatal.

His body was shipped to Rockham yesterday morning where he will be buried. He was a married man and leaves a family.

29 May 1914
Aberdeen American

Earl Thomas, for some time connected with the Rockham Record, has assumed the duties of editor and publisher of the Orient Argus, a weekly newspaper.

29 July 1914
Aberdeen American

Charles Schmidt of Rockham and Miss Flora Stevens of Ellendale, N. D., were married at the home of the Rev. Dr. O. W. Taylor, pastor of the Methodist church, by Dr. Taylor, this morning at 9 o'clock. The young couple was accompanied by Mr. And Mrs. F. L. Wetzel of Ellendale. They will reside at Rockham.

13 Aug 1914
Aberdeen American

All stores and business houses at Rockham were closed for three hours during the funeral services for the late Mrs. B. F. Shoop, a pioneer of Hand County.

25 Aug 1914
Aberdeen American

Lightning set fire to a field belonging to William Schenck of Miranda, Monday. Fortunately a threshing crew was near and the (fire) was put out before any damage was done.

C. A. Smith and family of Mobridge motored to Rockham Sunday for a visit with Mrs. Smith's parents, Mr. And Mrs. F. Severence.

J. F. Halder of St. Paul left for his home Monday after a short visit with his sister, Mrs. Ed Kolegraff of Rockham and other relatives in Zell.

Miss Esther Lunn, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Carl Offerdal, for the past month, left for her home in Dassee (?), Minn., Thursday.

Mrs. J. R. Denn left for her home in White Lake, S.D., Friday, after a month's visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Lynde. Her sister, Miss Alice Lynde, accompanied her.

08 Sep 1914
Aberdeen Daily American

A large delegation of young people from Myron township consisting of Luella Chapman, Dora Stock, Barbara, Edythe and Bede Mitchell and Lee Wagner, boarded the train at Faulkton Monday, destined to Redfield, where they will attend the college this year.

Miss Alta McGrath of Myron has gone to Aberdeen to attend the normal school for the season of 1914 - 1915.

Miss Hazel Foneannon of this city left Tuesday for Aberdeen, where she has accepted a position as cashier with the Welsh Grocery company.

D. Y. Dunsmore of Minneapolis is spending the week with his wife at the home of his brother, James M. Dunsmore, of this city.

On Friday last, C. B. Chambers left for Carroll, Iowa, having received a telegram announcing the death of his uncle, John R. Atkinson, which occurred the same morning at that place.

Mrs. J. E. Fournier, after a visit of two months with the family of her son-in-law, John D. Douglas, left on Friday for her home in New Orleans, La., where on Sept. 25th, she will resume her duties as supervising principal of the Robert E. Lee school. Mrs. Fourier [sic] came here in very poor health and her improvement has been such as to entitle Faulkton to rank as a health resort.

C. A. Holmberg, formerly engaged in farming east of this city and who moved to Nebraska during the third consecutive dry year, was here last week on business. He is a good farmer who has concluded that he left a good country.

Louis Judd and wife were at the home of their cousin, Mrs. W. M. Edgerton, a couple of days last week accompanied by their daughter Opal. They hail from Belleville, Wis., and brought stock, farm implements and household goods with them for the purpose of making their home during the coming two years on the A. A. Andrews farm near Cresbard. Mr. Andrews and wife have vacated the farm and moved to Faulkton, where they own a home and will reside permanently.

On Saturday morning when the wind was blowing a livin' gale and Rev. Wilcox and Mrs. J. H. Wallace were conversing in front of an old warehouse just south of the Wallace store, the front of the building suddenly collapsed, completely submerging Mrs. Wallace. When removed from the wreckage it was found that she had sustained only a few scratches about the face and some minor bruises. Rev. Willcox [sic], who stood opposite the doorway, escaped entirely.

A little daughter of Mike Haber of Rockham was brought to the Reynolds home a few weeks ago in charge of a trained nurse. The child's lower limbs were badly deformed and it was feared she might be a hopeless cripple. During her stay she was operated upon by the nurse and treated daily with what might be termed a system of bloodless surgery. Her recovery has been so rapid and satisfactory that on Saturday her father came here and took her home and it is believed that if the treatment given her is continued she will entirely recover.

08 Sep 1914 Aberdeen Daily American

Orient News

Miss Ethel Sebring left for Idaho this week, where she will teach the coming year.

Married - At the Catholic church in Orient on Monday, Sept. 14, Miss Mayme Anglin to Michael P. Hand, Rev. Father Lower officiating. Mr. Hand is a popular young business man of Orient and Miss Anglin is a young lady who has a host of friends in this vicinity. They left on Monday afternoon for a short sojourn at the South Dakota state fiar at Huron. Their many friends extend hearty congratulations.

H. G. Weideman is clerking in Hand's store.

Miss Ruth Rudd of Spring is staying with her grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. J. T. Davis, and attending school in town.

Miss Mamie Lunn, who has been visiting her sister Mrs. Carl Offerdal for the past two months, departed for her home in Osseo, Minn., Monday evening.

Six head of horses were killed in a pasture near town during the storm Friday. Three of them belonging to C. Hogeboom, two to Mike Haider and one to Jack Wilhelm.

09 Sep 1914
Aberdeen American

Miss Mary Conlin, who is running for county superintendent was visiting in Rockham Saturday. Miss Conlin was a teacher in the Rockham school for several years and is very well liked here, so she will probably receive a large majority of the votes cast here.

Miss Geraldine Hansen left for Redfield Saturday night where she will attend school the following year.

Dr. and Mrs. Seaman and Mrs. Seeman's daughter, Miss Marion Kennedy, departed Monday evening for Litchfield, Minn. Dr. and Mrs. Seeman will go on to Minneapolis after a visit in Litchfield but Miss Kennedy will remain there for school.

The Rockham schools opened Monday with a large attendance. There will be three rooms this year. The primary room will be under Miss Geraldine Warner of Faulkton; the intermediate under Miss Cramer of Faulkton and the high school under Mr. Ferguson of Rockham.

25 Sep 1914
Aberdeen American

Mrs. H. J. Seeman, who has been visiting her parents in Litchfield, Minn., during the last two weeks, returned on the noon passenger Tuesday.

Aberdeen American
24 Oct 1914

Mrs. Jones arrived here last Tuesday to visit her daughter, Mrs. T. P. Hogeboom.

The last Friday evening passenger was delayed between this city and Zell, owing to a bridge being destroyed by fire.

03 Nov 1914
Aberdeen American

On Wednesday evening, October 28, 1914, Miss Clara Schultz and Mr. Erwin Buss were united in the bonds of holy matrimony at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Schultz. The ceremony was performed at 8 p.m., Rev. Bury officiating. The bride wore a beautiful gown of roquet crepe de chein with a lace overskirt. She was attended by her sister, Miss Anna Shultz, who wore a beautiful pink gown. Mr. Herbert Buss, brother of the groom, acted as best man. Little Clara Buss was the ring bearer and Ruby and Lena Buss were the flower girls. The color scheme was pink and white. After the ceremony a delightful four course supper was served. The young people are well known and popular in and around Rockham and everybody wishes them happiness in the long journey upon which they have just set sail. They will be at home in the George Wolter house after Nov. 1st.

While riding a motor cycle Sunday Chester Root and Bernard Hagman met with an accident resulting in Bernard being badly injured.

08 Nov 1914
Aberdeen American

Rockham News
Charley Strasburg and Miss Florence Runnels were married Wednesday, Nov. 4. Particulars next week.

A very pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Olbert Miller of east Hand county, Nov. 4th, at which time their daughter, Minnie, was united in marriage to Mr. George Ruderson. The bride was dressed in white crepe deminity, the groom in conventional black. The bride's little sister, Oazel [sic], acted as flower girl and carried a large bouquet of roses. Rev. Bury officiated.

17 Nov 1914
Aberdeen American

John Patigan, a former resident of Rockham died of heart failure at his home in Plankinton November 7th. The deceased was 38 years of age.

This community was greatly shocked Wednesday on learning of the death of Mr. Lawrence Shoop. The young man had taken a gun with him while picking corn, and evidently in quest of game, attempted to crawl under a fence when the accident occurred. When found he had been dead for some time. The deceased was a young man twenty three years of age and was highly esteemed in this community. He leaves a father, sister, and two brothers to mourn his death.

On Wednesday, November 4th at three o'clock, at the home of the bride's parents, Miss Florence Runnels was united in marriage to Mr. Charles Strasburg; Rev. Nash officiated. The bride wore a beautiful gown of blue messaline and carried a large boquet of white roses. She was attended by her sister, Miss Edith. The groom wore a suit of conventional black and was attended by his brother, Mr. Richard Strasburg. The march was played by Miss Dorothy McKay, after the ceremony all partook of an elaborate supper. Both of the young folks are well known and highly esteemed in this community. They were the recipients of many useful gifts.

26 Nov 1914
Aberdeen American

Neal Hogeboom had the misfortune of stepping on a nail one day this week which caused a very painful wound.

C. D. Hoskins received the sad news of the serious illness of his mother, Mrs. H. J. Hoskins of Huron, s. D., Monday. Mr. Hoskins hastened to Huron, arriving just in time to comfort his mother in her last hour.

C. D. Hoskins and family, Mr. and Mrs. Hyland Hoskins and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brueggeman left Tuesday evening to attend the funeral of Mrs. H. J. Hoskins.

Ernest E. Miller was born April 19, 1861, near Berlin, Germany, and died November 13, 1914, aged 53 years, six months and 24 days. While but a child his family moved to American and settled in Fon du Lac [sic] County, Wisconsin. At the age of 21 Mr. Miller migrated to Dakota and settled in Hand county, where he resided until his death. In 1884 he was united in marriage to Miss (illegible) Seklender (?), and to them was born one daughter. The deceased leaves a wife and daughter, three brothers and many friends to mourn their loss. Interment was made in the Burdette cemetery Monday.

29 Nov 1914
Aberdeen American

Miss Elta Buss, who has been teaching near Seneca, returned Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with her parents.

Miss Ella Irwin and Mr. George Shade were united in marriage at Watertown, S.D., Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1914. The bride and groom are both very popular young people of this vicinity.

17 Dec 1914
Aberdeen American

C. C. Hogh, who has been installing a hot water system for the Seeman Drug company, returned to Miranda Monday.

Miss Clara Herman left Monday noon for Seneca, to take charge of the school formerly taught by Miss Etta Buss, who is assisting her father during the holiday rush.

27 Dec 1914
Aberdeen American

Miss Helgar Cramer came down from Faulkton Saturday to spend Sunday with her sister, Miss Eva Cramer.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Stevens, Friday, December 11th, a daughter.

O. B. McDonald left Saturday for Osborne, Kansas, to attend his father's funeral.

George Hogg, who has been in the hospital at Aberdeen for some time, returned to Miranda Monday.

The horse stolen from Dick Rhode was located at Tulare.

Miss Marion Kennedy, who has been attending school in Litchfield, Minn., returned hom Saturday to spend Christmas with her parents.

Miss Mazie Seeman returned home Tuesday to spend Christmas with her parents.

Earl Seeman returned from Edgeley, N. D., Tuesday to spend Christmas with his parents.

Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Lynde left for White Lake Monday to spend Christmas with their daughter, Mrs. J. R. Denn.

John Short returned from Brookings college Wednesday.

08 Dec 1914
Aberdeen American

Frank Grabinski, Jr., met with an accident Sunday resulting in a broken leg.

Lawrence Gossard and family of Aberdeen, spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Gossard.

Born, Tuesday, November 26th, a baby girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Levtzow.

Miss Gereman returned to her studies at the Aberdeen Normal, Monday, after spending Thanksgiving with Miss Diana Ferguson.

Chester Thomas and Miss La Nellie Rhodes were married at Redfield, December 2nd. The young couple returned to Rockham Thursday and upon their arrival were greeted with a liberal shower of rice and old shoes.

17 Jul 1914
Aberdeen American

Cresbard, July 16: Charles Saenger, who lives south of Rockham, had a narrow escape from joining the innumerable throng which are carelessly crossing the divide, in an auto accident on the long hill and (----) between I. L. Moulton's and Stewart Lerew's. He had made a run for the hill on "high" but failed to make the top and in changing from "high" to "low" his clutch failed to take hold and he and his car went tearing down the hill backwards. When he struck the (---) his car turned completely over twice, the first time it left him sitting beside the road and one of the front wheels was completely smashed. He received no injury worth speaking of.

24 Jan 1915
Aberdeen American

Philip Kolegraff was born in Germany on February 11, 1855, and died January 7, 1915, aged 59 years, 10 months and 26 days. When a child two years old he came to this country with his parents, who located in Monroe county, Wisconsin. In his youth he went to Minnesota and located in Wabasha county where he owned and operated a farm for many years. He later bought a farm at Zell, N. D. where he lived for some time. A few years ago Mr. Kolegraff moved to Canada, remaining there until last spring when he bought a home in Onamia, Minn. On the 13th of February, 1878, Mr. Kolegraff was united in marriage to Miss Mary Deming, and their union was blessed with six children, five of whom are now living and together with their widowed mother mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father.

03 Feb 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News
Born, Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller, a boy.

Born, Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Offerdal, a ten pound baby girl.

Carl Humphrey was taken to Redfield, Friday, to have his appendix removed. He is doing nicely.

Ben Hansen left Monday in response to a telegram announcing the serious illness of his mother in Verndale, Minn.

Mrs. George Huber passed away at her home in this city Thursday, January 28. We will have a complete obituary next week.

Miss Geraldine Hansen of Rockham and John Kreash of Redfield were married in Redfield Friday, January 15. The young couple will make their home near Redfield.

16 Feb 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News
Mrs. Dornberger of Miller is visiting her mother, Mrs. J. O. Dean this week.

Carl Humphrey, who was operated on for appendicitis two weeks ago at the Redfield hospital, returned home Saturday.

A. D. Irvin slipped on the ice one day last week and landed on his left shoulder, thereby fracturing said member.

Miss Haack had the misfortune of falling and breaking her wrist last Thursday.

We are sorry to announce that J. O. Dean, who has been laid up for the last nine weeks with a broken leg, caused by falling through an elevator shaft, was obliged to go to Redfield Saturday to receive treatment, as the bone refuses to heal.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Worman, Wednesday, February 10, a boy.

03 Mar 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Strasburg Brothers have their new shop nearly completed.

10 Mar 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Ed. Kolegrag went to Redfield Tuesday to attend the convention of Atlas Lumber company representatives.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Devine, February 23, 1 boy.

Misses Hannah Hammond and Florence Davis, teachers in the Pioneer school were Faulkton visitors Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Justice have moved here from Muscatine, Iowa.

17 Mar 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

E. M. Hoffman left Thursday evening for McCausland, Ia., in answer to a message stating that D. C. McCausland, formerly a resident of this section, is very ill.

Ed Finnerty is at work on a 5700 bushel corn shelling contract for the Atlas Elevator Co.

Walter Stasburg went to Zell Monday where he has accepted a position in Roses' store.

Mrs. J. O. Dean received a telegram Monday which bore the sad news of the death of her brother William Goddard of Joy, Ill.

Mrs. F. M. Mitchell, who has been visiting her daughter Mrs. C. S. Padmore, returned to her home in Marshalltown, Ia., Tuesday.

Chas. Kelly, a well known farmer and stock raiser of this vicinity, is moving to Cresbard.

Marguerite H. Duncan and John W. Honsman were married on Monday, March 1, at the home of Rev. W. A. Clouse. Mrs. Honsman is the daughter of Mrs. W. Cant of Morningside, Ia. Mr. Honsman is of Rockham. The young couple will make their home with Mr. and Mrs.G. J. Gravning who live south of Rockham.

About seventy five guests were present at the reception given at the G. J. Gravning home Tuesday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Honsman. Games and music were indulged in until a late hour when the guests were ushered into the dining room beautifully draped with pink and white ribbons, where they were treated to an elaborate supper served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. Heinzen and Miss Stull. Mr. and Mrs. Honsman were the recipients of many beautiful and useful presents.

21 Mar 1915
Aberdeen American
Zell News

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harr are the happy parents of a little son.

Nick Taber was a passenger to Redfield Thursday to have one of his fingers amputated by Dr. Baldwin.

Mrs. Joe O'Brien is seriously ill.

24 Mar 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lloyd, Tuesday, a ten pound girl. Some smile on Grandpa Lloyd's face now.

John Joyce was taken to the Smith hospital Monday to receive treatment for bronchial pneumonia.

30 Mar 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Roy Comstock who has been suffering from spinal trouble for some time went to Watertown Tuesday evening to consult a specialist.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Neu, Monday, March 22, a boy.

Mr. Patterson returned Wednesday to reopen his photo studio.

Dr. Carson of Faulkton was in town Saturday of last week selling shares in a proposed hospital to be built at Faulkton. We understand that twelve of Rockham's philanthropically disposed gentlemen have each subscribed for one or more shares in the new enterprise. We trust that these public benefactors may be rewarded with the ultimate success of the enterprise.

07 Apr 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

George Van Winsen, accompanied by his mother and Dr. H. J. Seeman, went to Minneapolis, Minn., last Saturday. George is to take treatments while there.

Ralph Dean went to Redfield Friday, returning Saturday accompanied by his father, who has been in the hospital for a number of weeks.

Mrs. James Finnerty underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Redfield hospital Friday. We understand that the operation was successfully performed and that a speedy recovery is expected.

21 Apr 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

George Shade has a phone installed in his home the past week.

Mrs. Neal Hogeboom returned to her home in Parker, S.D., Tuesday after having spent several weeks as the guest of her daughter, Mrs. H. ?. Nash.

Herb Buss, Richard Strasburg and Lloyd Seeman motored to Zell on Monday eveningto take in the dance.

Mrs. R. W. Kelly of Crane, Mo., returned to her home Monday, accompanied by her grandchildren, Lowell and Edna Hadley.

J. C. Heffley, painter and decorator, of Redfield has been doing some work at the Seeman home this week.

27 Apr 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Strasburg, Saturday, April 17, a boy.

A farewell reception in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Buss and family was given at the August Schultz home Friday evening.

The Seeman Drug Co. had a soda fountain opening last Saturday. They gave a carnation to every lady who came in and registered.

05 May 1915 Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Mrs. Jim Finnerty who has been in the hospital at Redfield, returned home Saturday much improved in health.

Mrs. Isaac Hare of Redfield spent Sunday with her sister Mrs. George Benning of this city.

George Prader of Faulkton has been appointed section foreman here.

J. C. Patterson closed his studio here Monday, returning to Redfield.

Strasburg Brothers have just finished building a new house for Henry Levtzow.

We understand that Miss Lela Hammond was the fortunate winner of the Columbia Grafonola in the contest just finished at A. D. Irwins.

12 May 1915 Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Ed Kolegraff has bought a new Buick automobile through the Corkin Auto Co.

21 May 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lon Corkins Sunday, May 9th, a 12 pound boy.

The Rockham "Cubs" defeated the Zell "Giants" in a hard fought game a week ago Sunday. The Rockham lineup was as follows: F. Root, pitcher; Lloyd Seeman, catcher; Evert McCrae, first; Lee Wolcott, second; Vernon Parsons, third; A. Van Alstine, short; Chas. Hammond, left field; Carl Humphrey, center; Bill Gossard, right.

After the game the boys got together and organized for the year. E. McCrae was elected captain. The lineup will be as follows: C. Worman, pitcher; L. Seeman, catcher; E. McCrae, first; V. Parson, second; F. Root, third; A. Van Alstine, short; E. Lloyd, third; C. Humphrey, center; J. Erick, right. Root and McCrae will also act as sub pitchers. Possibly D. Grabinski will take Seeman's place behind the bat.

14 Jul 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Paul Rose and Charles Jurries left for Redfield, where they will attend at the encampment of Company H of the state militia.

Nick Tillen had his face injured by being struck by a base ball at last Sunday's game, he is getting along alright again.

Michael Haider (Halder?), who recently came back from Arkansas, is getting a site ready for new farm buildings on his farm north of town.

Mr. and Mrs. John Heber are the happy parents of a son.

03 Nov 1915
Aberdeen American

Foul Play Suspected in Case of Disappearance of Rockham Banker

Redfield, Nov. 2 Special - B. C. Hagman, cashier of the Farmers State bank of Rockham, a town 15 miles west of Redfield, left his home in an automobile Monday night for Zell. Yesterday morning his car was found all smashed up and covered with mud in a cornfield about a mile west of Zell. In the car was some of Hagman's clothing but no trace of the man could be found. Whether he had money upon his person and has been murderously done away with is not known but foul play is suspected.

Bloodhounds were secured yesterday from Mitchell and a careful search has been inaugurated.

04 Nov 1915
Aberdeen American

Missing Banker Thought to Have Skipped Out - Was Heavily in Debt

Redfield, Nov. 3, -- Special - Officials of Spink and Faulk counties have been searching for two days now with bloodhounds in an effort to locate B. C. Hagman, cashier of the Farmers State bank of Rockham, Faulk county, who suddenly disappeared Monday night, leaving absolutely no trace which even the dogs could pick up to track him.

Mr. Hagman was badly in debt, personally, although his account with the bank shows no deficit. Monday evening he started for Zell to make arrangements to continue an account of some $1,400. He reached within 80 rods of the place where he was going, and here his automobile was found in a corn field, but no trace of the man.

Bloodhounds Tuesday followed some scent back to a point north of Rockham, but nothing could be located there which would give the officers anything to go on. Yesterday the dogs went over the same route again, and this method was given up as fruitless.

Relatives of the missing man are confident of foul play, but the officials believe that the man became despondent of clearing up his accounts and has simply left the country. He never showed up at Zell, and no information has as yet come to light to furnish any clue as to where he might have gone.

In the meantime, officials in all of the neighboring counties have been wired to assist in the search.

There are no criminal charges of any character lodged against the man.

05 Nov 1915
Aberdeen American

Missing Rockham Banker is Thought to Have Been Here Yesterday

Barney Hagman, the missing cashier of the Farmers bank of Rockham, who disappeared so strangely Monday night from near Zell, where he had gone to make settlement on a claim held against him there, is thought to have been in Aberdeen yesterday.

The missing man was traced from Chelsea to Mellette and is thought to have come here from Mellette while enroute to Jamestown, N. D. The missing man's father and two brothers were in the city yesterday looking for him, but it is understood that no trace of him could be found here.

R. G. Twaddle, formerly of Hecla but now in charge of the elevator at Gallop, the siding between Ashton and Mellette, stated last evening that a man somewhat resembling Hagman's description walked into Gallop yesterday afternoon where he was seen at 1 o'clock. He then walked to Mellette where he took a freight train from there about 3:30 reaching Aberdeen last evening about 5:30.

04 Jul 1916
Aberdeen American


Perhaps no town of its size has contributed so liberally of its youth to the South Dakota regiment as Rockham.
Twenty-six of its boys are serving now at Camp Hagman.
There are no boys left in Rockham.
This is literally true, for practically all of the boys of Rockham are serving the colors.
In nearly every home in Rockham is a missing face, and news from the front will be most eagerly watched.

03 Jan 1917
Aberdeen American

Dr. Stanton, Well Known Physician, Dies Suddenly - Cresbard News Notes

Cresbard, Jan. 3 - Word was received here during the week that Dr. Stanton was found dead in his office at Rockham the fore part of the week. Dr. Stanton moved from here to Rockham three weeks ago and at that time was in good health. Particulars have not been received.

On December 20 at 7 o'clock in the evening occurred the marriage of Miss Margarite Curren to Otto Alexander at the home of the bride's parents south of town. The young couple will reside on the Mather farm until spring when it is understood they will go to North Dakota to begin farming. They have the good wishes of the entire community.

Lawrence Batten was a passenger to Austin, Minn., Monday night where he will resume his course in engineering.

Miss Eudora Roth returned to her school work at Northville Monday.

20 Mar 1917
Aberdeen American

The Johnson Mercantile company at Hitchcock has been sold to Mr. Kelly of Rockham, who has taken charge.

24 Jan 1918
Aberdeen American

Henry Scharuber, residing five miles south of Rockham, was arrested yesterday by federal officials, charged with violation of the espionage act. Scharuber was released under $1,000 bonds.

25 May 1918
Aberdeen American

Rockham, May 24 - A terrific hail and wind storm struck Rockham and vicinity about 8 o'clock this evening and as a result four-fifths of the windows in the city were broken. Especially great was the damage done. In the business section of town, where large and expensive glass fronts were demolished, hurled by the fierce wind. Much stock in the stores downtown was damaged by water.

The total damage done by the wind and hail was estimated tonight to be between $2,000 and $3,000. It is not known how badly the hail damaged the crops in this section, but estimates tonight placed the damage at a high figure.

Immediately following the storm the entire populace turned out with hammers, nails and all available lumber to board up the windows. Lumber yards are doing a big business, while competition for hammers and nails is keen.

Every window, including some of extreme thickness, on the east side of Main street was demolished by the hail. The size of the hail stones - told in all truthfulness - were the size of baseballs.

Wires in this section are down.

It is reported that a cyclone ripped its way through the section of the country 12 miles southeast of Faulkton.

07 Jul 1918
Aberdeen American

Nine men who have enlisted in the navy will leave this city for Omaha tomorrow night. This is the largest number which has gone at once for some time. The men who are going are:

Grant Preston, Atlantic, Iowa
Alton Adams, Pierre
W. H. Kennedy, Rockham
H. Gilyard, Groton
Adam Hehn, Selby
Fred Oldfield, Clark
Lars Hoheim, Isabel
Jacob Rinehart, Mobridge
Seth Kiser, Colwood, Mont.

02 Feb 1920
Aberdeen American

Rockham Merchants Charged with Profiteering and Conspiracy Against U. S.

E. F. Hess and E. H. Everson, merchants of Rockham, appeared before United States Commissioner William Wallace this morngin in answer to two charges placed against them by the federal government.
Buss and Everson are charged with profiteering and conspiracy against the United States government in that they offered for sale on January 8 at Rockham, in violation to the amendment to section 4(?) of the Act of congress, approved August 10, known as the food control act, at an unreasonable rate and charge in selling, dealing in and handling a necessary, sugar.
The second point, that they are charged with is that they did willfully, knowingly and unlawfully conspire combine and agree to arrange with each other to exact excessive prices and charges. They were placed under $1,000 bonds each to appear before the next term of federal court.
Up to a late hour the merchants had not furnished the bonds but were expected to appear before Commissioner Wallace with them later.

15 Oct 1920 Aberdeen American

Anton Springer, Charged with Shooting Neighbor, Pursued by Rockhamites

Redfield, Oct. 14 - Anton Springer of Rockham, this morning shot and wounded his neighbor, Walter Huber, also of Rockham, during a quarrel over stock belonging to one of the men which are said to have been getting out of pasture.
Springer used a .38 calibre rifle and fired two shots at Huber, one of which took effect in his shoulder. Springer immediately got his wife and son, drove to Redfield in his car and gave himself up.
Anton Springer is the Rockham man who figured prominently in a (----) and feathering incident at Rockham last summer when the citizens of that town punished him for shooting some of the turkeys belonging to a neighbor, said to have been done by Springer's young son.
The inhabitants of Rockham are said to have stated that should Springer get into any more trouble with his neighbors, that it would be hard with him.
Immediately upon hearing of the shooting, about thirty citizens of Rockham loaded into automobiles and started for Redfield. Arriving there they gathered in the main (---) of town, but did nothing except talk about Springer.
The sheriff of Spink county hustled his prisoner into a car and took him to Faulkton in Faulk county where he was placed in jail for safe keeping.
It is not known just what repris??? Measures the Rockham men had in mind, if any, but the sheriff, in order to prevent any disturbance that might have taken place, thought it best to remove the prisoner to another town for the present.
Rockham citizens are worked up over the incident as Springer has (----) had trouble in living peacefully with his neighbors, it is said.
Just what charge will be placed (----) Springer is not known but is expected that it will be assault with intent to kill.

14 Jul 1921
Aberdeen American

Redfield --- Albert Buss, aged 50, married, who had three children, who was manager of the Farmer's Elevator company at Rockham, died at a local hospital from embolism of the heart as a result of being run over by an automobile during a ball game at Rockham about a week ago. The accident resulted in a dislocated hip.

06 Feb 1913
Aberdeen Daily News

Miss Hazel Gardner of this city and Laurence J. Gossard of Des Moines, Ia., were married at Rockham, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. McCrea, on Monday evening at 7 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Bury officiating. Only a small party of friends attended the ceremony which was followed by a wedding supper, served by Mr. and Mrs. McCrea. The young couple arrived in the city last night and will make their home here.

01 Aug 1916
Aberdeen Daily News

Rockham, S. D., Aug 1 - The North-Western depot was broken into at this place Monday night and a package worth $33 was taken. The robbers have not been apprehended.

11 May 1911
Aberdeen Daily News

Fourteen men took the examination for the railway mail service yesterday at the federal building. Those taking it were: Henry A. Michaelson, Rockham; Ralph W. Jenkins, Selby; Reuben J. Haney, Lemmon; Howard M. Price, Roscoe, Alby S. Kessegule, Ernest C. Podoll, Paul Clancy, Floyd L. Thomas, Frederick F. Gossman, Grover C. Roundy, Aberdeen; W. B. Carmichael, Frank M. Wilson of Northville.

26 Oct 1905
Aberdeen Daily News

State Bank at Rockham Looted Last Night

Robbers Blew Safe and Took $2,500 in Booty - No Clue to the Robbers

Robbers broke into the State Bank at Rockham some time between midnight last night and 6 o'clock this morning and secured $2,500 in plunder. The thieves are entirely unknown, no one having the slightest clue to their identity. Entrance was gained by removing a pane of glass in the front door. The robbers made their escape without being molested, no one knowing that the robbery had been perpetrated until this morning.
The bank is capitalized at $5,000, with a surplus of $1,300. Ed Siefken is the president and K. Siefken is its cashier. The population of Rockham is 300.

15 Mar 1907
Aberdeen Daily News

Albert R. Sabine, aged 35 years, died at St. Luke's hospital last night of yellow atrophy. He came here from Rockham, S. D., only two days ago. Mr. Sabine went to Rockham from Old Mexico last October and at that time had been a sufferer from the disease for about six weeks. The body will be shipped tonight to Rockham for interment. Mrs. Sagine, who was here with her husband, will accompany the body.

31 May 1907
Aberdeen Daily News

Redfield, S. D., May 31 - The status of automobiles, so far as their rights upon the public highways are concerned, has been clearly established by a decision by Judge Whiting.
The case was that of Whitman vs. Norbeck & Nicholson, and was for damages caused by the frightening of horses by an auto. The case is of importance, as it probably is the forerunner of numerous other actions of a similar character in other parts of the state.
Two employes of the firm of Norbeck and Nicholson were passing along a highway in an auto, their destination being Orient. Whitman was returning from Rockham in a farm wagon, behind which a horse was hitched. The men in the auto, the evidence showed, stopped the machine, and the team hitched to Whitman's wagon passed it without becoming frightened, but the horse which was being led sprang to one side of the road with sufficient force to upset the wagon and injure Whitman.
Judge Whiting charged the jury that the same rights were accorded to an auto, under the state law, as is accorded to any other conveyance, and that the plaintiff must show that there was no contributory negligence on his part in order to recover damages.
After being out all night, the jury returned a verdict for the defendants on all points, and as a result the costs of the action were thrown upon the plaintiff. The costs made the suit an expensive one to Whitman, but the justice of Judge Whiting's charge is generally admitted.
The defendants were represented by S. W. Clark, attorney general of South Dakota, who devoted a part of his argument to the prejudice against the auto, and asserted it has come to stay, and will find general favor as a means of conveyance over country highways.

16 Oct 1907
Aberdeen Daily News

Rockham, S. D., Oct. 16 - As the result of two young boys of this place, Johnny Sletkin and Wesley Levtzow, playing with matches, a loss of $500 was caused by fire. The two boys were playing near a barn and set fire to hay near the building. The flames were communicated to the barn, and it, together with its contents, was destroyed.

31 Mar 1913
Aberdeen Daily News

Rockham, March 31 - E. Sovereign, a local blacksmith, was frightfully burned by an explosion of gasoline in his shop. He was engaged in repairing an automobile, when he discovered the gasoline tank in the automobile was empty. He proceeded to fill a three gallon can with gasoline from a barrel that stood in the shop, at the same time leaving open the tank in the automobile. Gasoline fumes filled the building, and were ignited from the fire in the shop, causing a terrific explosion which set everything in the shop on fire. Sovereign's clothing was instantly a mass of flames, but he made a dash for the door, where a passerby threw a coat over him and succeeded in extinguishing his blazing clothing, but not until he was dangerously burned about the face and arms. The fire in the shop was extinguished without great difficulty. Sovereign will recover.

08 Dec 1913
Aberdeen Daily News

Rockham Farmer Hiccoughs for Twenty-Four Hours - Death Results

George Huber, a prominent farmer residing near Rockham, died yesterday afternoon at a local hospital from exhaustion from hiccoughing. He was brought here a few days ago for an operation, which was successfully performed and the man was well on the road to recovery. Saturday about noon he started hiccoughing and although the physicians in attendance did everything in their power to stop the coughing, all of their treatments were of no avail, the man dying at 1:30 yesterday afternoon.

The remains were shipped to Rockham this morning where the interment will in all probability take place. The deceased was born in Wisconsin Jun 15, 1863. He was married and leaves a family.

05 Nov 1915
Aberdeen Daily News

Missing Bank Cashier Arrived Here at 5:30 Last Evening
Relatives Find No Trace

After Reaching Here, Hagman Seems to Have Utterly Disappeared - Relatives Fear the Missing Cashier is Demented

B. C. Hagman, the missing cashier of a bank at Rockham, Faulk county, arrived in Aberdeen at 5:30 o'clock last evening, on a Milwaukee freight train from the south. He got on the freight at Mellette, and rode this far with a grain dealer from that part of the state, who is well acquainted with Hagman.
Arriving here, Hagman again disappeared, and no trace of him, up to 4 o'clock this afternoon, has been found.
Hagman's brothers, Gus and David, and Mr. Lyon, a director of the Rockham bank and an old friend of the Hagman family, arrived in the city last night, in pursuit of the fugitive, and enlisted the help of Chief of Police Hurst in an effort to locate the man. Every hotel and lodging house in Aberdeen has been searched, but nothing could be found of Hagman.
Hagman's brothers say he was seen at Chelsea yesterday, and the he wore no hat and his collar was gone, and he appeared to be demented or injured in some way.
Hagman suddenly disappeared from his home in Rockham on Monday night.
Officials of Faulk and Spink counties have since been searching for him, with bloodhounds, but no trace of him was found until he took the freight at Mellette for Aberdeen.
It is stated Hagman's accounts at the bank are apparently straight, and no cause for his disappearance is known. On the evening of his disappearance, he left for Zell to place a deposit in the bank there. He did not reach Zell, for his automobile was found at the side of the road near that place.

10 Dec 1915
Aberdeen Daily News

Missing Rockham Banker Comes to Himself in Minnesota

After wandering five weeks with no recollection of his past and unable to remember his name or his home during which time his wife and children, relatives and friends knew not whether he had voluntarily left them, had wandered off with a deranged mind or was lying murdered in some obscure spot, B. C. Hagman, cashier of the Farmers State bank at Rockham, a town fifteen miles west of Redfield on the Northwestern, came to himself at Grygla, Minnesota, Saturday.
Hagman telegraphed from Duluth that he would be home if he could keep his right mind long enough. He has now arrived in Redfield and has rejoined his family at Rockham.
Hagman started on a drive from Rockham to Zell one night the first part of November and the next morning his abandoned car was found at the side of the road in a plowed field near Zell. The gas was turned on and the clutch in.
Bloodhounds secured from Mitchell followed the only trail leaving the car seventeen miles to the home of a farmer named Wahl. It probably being morning by this time he secured a ride to Chelsea and was seen in Mellette and Aberdeen. All trace of him was then lost.
The countryside was searched for his body and inquiries were sent to all northwest police stations, together with his picture.
All the funds in the bank were in perfect condition and the institution was not closed and such was Hagman's good reputation that even under the peculiar circumstances there were no extensive withdrawals of deposits.
Hagman claims that he remembers nothing since a period of time shortly after leaving Rockham on the eventful night.

06 May 1916
Aberdeen Daily News

The local police are combing the city for two unknown men who broke into Erwin's general store at Rockham Thursday night and got away with $700 worth of silk, packed in suitcases. The men were trailed by bloodhounds from Rockham to the Milwaukee stockyards at Redfield, where the scent was lost. It is thought the thieves boarded a Milwaukee freight for Aberdeen.

06 Jan 1920
Aberdeen Daily News

Farmers State Bank of That Place Entered and Safety Deposit Boxes Rifled
Burglars Used Sledge Hammer and Chisel to Enter the Vault - Seventy-Five Boxes Were Opened and Some Were Not Molested
Burglars who entered the vaults of the Farmers State bank of Rockham, Faulk county, twenty miles west of Redfield, rifled seventy-five safety deposit boxes and secured a large quantity of coupon Liberty bonds, estimated by C. E. Smith, president of the bank, at not to exceed $5,000. No attempt was made by the men to blow the bank's safe.
While the exact hour of the robbery is unknown, it is believed that it occurred about 2 o'clock this morning. Before starting their work, the burglars cut ninety wires of the Rockham telephone exchange and made their escape from the town without the knowledge of a single resident.
The back door was jimmied and when the obstacle of a vault door confronted the men they proceeded to remove it by knocking off the knobs and hinges with the aid of a sledge hammer and chisel. That they worked quietly at this rather noisy task is evidenced by the fact that they completed their work without arousing any of the residents.
The loss was discovered this morning when officials of the bank came to open the institution. It was discovered that seventy-five of the safety deposit boxes, belonging to customers of the bank, had been opened with hammer and chisel and that the men had broken two chisels in the operation. It is believed they failed to rob all of the boxes because of their lack of a sufficient number of chisels.
The safety deposit boxes all contained some Liberty bonds, placed there by customers of the bank. In addition there were other valuable papers, but these were not molested so much. Negotiable securities was the kind of loot desired by the thieves. As soon as telephone communications were restored about 9 o'clock this morning word was sent out to all surrounding towns and cities to be on the lookout for the men, who are believed to have effected their escape in an automobile. No clue was left according to Mr. Smith.
No suspicious characters have been seen around the bank in the last few days, according to Mr. Smith, who remarked over the telephone that quite a number of strangers have been in Rockham in the last few weeks. The loss will fall entirely on the holders of the safety deposit boxes, as none of the bank's property was taken.

20 Jan 1920
Aberdeen Daily News

Complete Recheck of Loss to Robbers Shows Many Registered Bonds Taken

That the actual loss to holders of safety deposit boxes in the Farmers State bank of Rockham, which was broken into last week, will be only about $800 is the belief of Sheriff M. H. Douglas of Faulk county who is in the city today. While a large amount of registered bonds was taken, the actual number of coupon bonds is smaller than announced Saturday.
Bank officials, after checking up with the renters of the safety deposit boxes, announced yesterday, according to Sheriff Douglas, that the total loss is $1,500 including $700 worth of stamps kept in the vault for the account of the postmaster.
A large percentage of the bonds taken were registered bonds which will be of no value to the thieves. Forty-seven boxes were broken into, according to the sheriff, and their contents dumped in one great pile on the floor of the bank vault.
Had the thieves looked about before starting to pry open the boxes with a hammer and chisel, they would have found a bunch of keys which would open every box in the vault, Mr. Douglas said today. In full view in the vault were the keys to all of the safety deposit boxes. The robbers secured $75 in coin which had been placed there late in the evening by the cashier of the bank who had been clerking a sale.
The robbery was the work of amateurs, the officials believe.

27 Oct 1905
Duluth News

Redfield, S. D., Oct. 26 - The State bank at Rockham, a village 15 miles west of here, was robbed at an early hour this morning. The safe was shattered by nitro glycerin and $3,000 in currency besides valuable securities secured.

04 Oct 1914
From the Rocokham (S. D.) Record:
Someone entered the cellar at the O. L. Paris home last week and stole about a peck of pickles. Mr. Paris says that if the pickles are returned or paid for he will refrain from publishing the name on an envelope found in his cellar and supposed to have been dropped by the thief.

04 Jan 1917
Grand Forks (ND) Herald

Aberdeen, S. D., Jan 3 - A stroke of apoplexy is thought to have brought about the death of Dr. Robert Stanton, who was found dead in his office at Rockham, S. D. Dr. Stanton recently moved to Rockham from Cresbard, S. D.

14 Apr 1915
Aberdeen American
Rockham News

Mrs. Meyer of Parker, S. D., is the guest of her daughter, Mrs. H. B. Nash, of this city.

Miss Alice Lynde, who has been a la grippe victim this week, is convalescing.

Albert Buss and family moved to Hitchcock Thursday. Mr. Buss will have charge of the Van Duesen elevator in that city.

Born - to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sebring Friday, April 2, a four pound baby girl.

Miss Hester Linn and Albert Strasburg were united in marriage at Redfield Wednesday, April 7, Rev. Clause officiating.

11 May 1903
Aberdeen Daily News

Rockham - A new waterworks system has been completed at this place. Water is supplied by a well, and the necessary pressure has been obtained by erecting a large storage tank on a tower sixteen feet high near the well.

12 Sep 1911
Aberdeen Daily News

Fire scorched J. P. Smith's furniture store at Rockham, but did not do much damage.

27 May 1913
Aberdeen Daily News

Samuel Loy, a pioneer of Faulk county and one of the most prosperous farmers in the county, died suddenly of heart disease at his farm ten miles west of Rockham

During a recent thunderstorm lighting struck a bunch of horses in the pasture of D. R. Sinclair, near Rockham, killing seven of the animals and causing a loss of more than $1,000.

While engaged in hauling sand near Rockham, Elmer Koon was caught in a cavein, and narrowly escaped death. He was working alone, and it was only after a half hour's hard work that he succeeded in extricating himself from the sand, which reached nearly to his head and threatened to smother him at any moment.

06 April 1922
Aberdeen Daily News

Among out of town visitors attending the Shriners Ceremonials, which are being held in the city today are three brothers, and all doctors. They are: Dr. C. A. Seemann, of Tulare, Dr. H. J. Seemann, of Rockham, and Dr. F. A. Seemann of Sioux City, Iowa. They were accompanied by their wives.
A fourth brother, also a doctor, living in Iowa was unable to reach the city for the Shrine doings, on account of his business duties.

Source: Minneapolis Journal, Saturday June 8, 1901. Page 2

Contributed by Harold Way (hway(at)


"Four More Artesian Wells"
Special to The Journal: Faulkton, S. D. June 8.

Ed Clifford, H. J. Perry and Joe Coleman, Faulk County stock raisers, have each recently completed an artesian well on their farms.

P. H. O'Nell is having an artesian well put down on his ranch. The depth required in this county is from 1,000 to 1,100 feet; cost from $850 to $1,000.

The seventh annual picnic of the Faulk County Old Settlers' association will be held in Alex Miller's grove, near De Voe, on Thursday June 13.

The board of education elected the following corps of teachers for the ensuing year: J. F. Armstrong, principal; Miss Fae Putney of Redfield, Miss Mary Comon of Litcher, and Miss Lulu Pickler of Faulkton.

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
Monday, July 23, 1961


Rockham - A fire completely destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Vetter, Rockham, Saturday afternoon.
There was no one home at the time of the fire and a passing motorist noticed it. The origin of the fire was undetermined. Some of the household furniture was saved.

21 Jan 1909
Aberdeen (SD) American


Miller, S. D., Jan.20. - Gustave Kammel died in the jail here last night. Last April he was sentenced to ten years in the state penitentiary having been found guilty of poisoning his aged wife near Rockham. Kammel's case is now before the state supreme court on an appeal, and a decision was expected any day. His son Fred arrived before he died, but found the old man unconscious. Fred was the chief witness against his father in the trial, but a partial forgiveness had been made by the old man. Kammel was 73 years old.

Aberdeen American
01 Apr 1909

Faulk County Lad is Accidentally Shot While Hunting

Faulkton. March 27. - A peculiarly distressing accident occurred near Miranda Sunday, resulting in the death of Raymond Eggers, son of William Eggers, living southeast of Miranda. The boy, his brother, Roy, and two companions, went out to look at some traps they had set, taking a gun along. They were sitting down on the hillside, when a flock of ducks flew over. The older brother drew a bead on them and was just in the act of shooting when the younger brother rose up below him just in time to get the full charge in the back of the head. He was taken home at once and Dr. Seeman of Rockham was called to attend him, but could render no aid and the boy only lived about three hours after the accident. He was about 17 years of age.

21 May 1909

R. L. Dean, a hardware merchant and A. D. Irwin, a real estate dealer, both of Rockham, are in the city buying automobiles.

Aberdeen American, 12 Aug 1909

Rockham, Aug. 7 - A severe hail and wind storm struck this community Friday about noon. The hail started about six miles west of town and took a southeastern course and grew wider the farther south it went and took the crops clean in its track. The hail streak was about two miles wide west of town and about three at Burdette, and in places beat grain and grass into the ground completely ruining all crops, including corn fields.

The wind that accompanied the storm did considerable damage, taking some buildings off their foundations and tearing others to pieces. Those that were badly torn to pieces are the new Catholic church being built near Burdette, a large barn belonging to Charles Siegling, a large barn belonging to J. H. McGinnis and probably other buildings which have not been reported.

The storm destroyed the new Catholic church which was under erection near Burdette on M. E. Joyce's farm. It wrecked the building completely and even tore up part of the foundation. But this does not discourage Rev. Father Meyer nor his people. On Saturday new material was taken out for repairing the foundation. Whatever lumber can be used from the debris will be utilized, but it requires quite a little new lumber. A man with a will and a strong back bone can overcome all obstacles.

Aberdeen American
17 Nov 1909

from the Rockham Record: Otto Kissner has returned from the hospital at Aberdeen where he went to have an operation performed recently. He is getting along nicely and will soon be about again.

From the Faulkton Record: Mrs. A. J. McDowell went to Aberdeen Saturday last, where at St. Luke's hospital she underwent an operation for appendicitis Sunday. Word was received here the first of the week stating that the operation was successful and that she was resting easily. Mr. McDowell and her sister, Mrs. Maude Schultz, accompanied her.

11 Jan 1910
Aberdeen American


John Irwin, of Rockham, died at St. Luke's yesterday morning at 12:35 after three weeks at that place with blood poison. His body was shipped to Rockham last evening accompanied by his brother, A. E. Irwin.

The deceased was 55 years of age and leaves a widow.

23 Feb 1910
Aberdeen American

Word has been received of the marriage of Lawrence E. Howard, editor of the Rockham Herald at Rockham, to Miss Lynn E. Sage, on Sunday, Feb. 20. Mr. Howard has many friends in this city, as he was in the real estate business in this city in 1907.

Bachelor Organization formed in Miranda
SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, February 9, 1893, Page 5
Contributed by Harold Way

The Question Solved.

On Saturday January 28th the bachelors of Miranda and vicinity held a meeting and organized a company for the purpose of inducing the emigration of marriageable ladies (irrespective of age, nationality or religious belief) from the over crowded east to our sparsely settled county.

The meeting was called to order by Wm. Byrne who was elected president, D. D. Sutton, secretary, P. Hawkinson treasurer. By the unanimous voice of the meeting the organization was called the Faulk County Progressive Society.

The following vice presidents were elected and are earnestly requested to get a hustle on them and solicit new members to strengthen the organization:
Chas. Northrup, Sherm Bailey, Chas. Robinson, Wm. Blair, Clem Crawlee, Fred Hatfield, Geo. Loyd, Potter Cavitt, Shorty Porter, Geo. Watt, J. S. Seymour, P. J. Terhufen, Robt. Brown, Frank Pettijohn, Wm. Carver, D. H. Latham, W. H. Rice, Dr. Rathbun.

At the next meeting all vice presidents are requested to be present as plans must be adopted at this meeting to establish membership fees and assessments to pay for the expenses and advertising of this society. The next meeting was called to meet at Miranda, Saturday, February 11th, 1893.

Your correspondent learns the following resolutions were adopted;

Resolved, We the Bachelors of Faulk county, in meeting assembled agree that this method will be the safest and surest way of securing the right class of emigrants to populate our scarcely settled prairie's and also know ourselves capable of maintaining and supporting any lady who is willing to accept of the following inducements: A good home, a kind and loving husband and the glourious future of Faulk county.

Bachelor Organization in Miranda getting many replies
SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, March 2, 1893, Page 5
Contributed by Harold Way

In the "Town and Country" column of the newspaper the following item appears:

It is rumored that several of the members of the bachelors club are receiving so many letters in response to their advertisement that they are thinking seriously of engaging a stenographer to help them keep up with their voluminous correspondence.


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