South Dakota

Gregory County, South Dakota


Cashman, Herbert

Durfee, John Thomas

Durfee, Maruice L.

Houser, Sally

Kirwan, Mrs. D. J.

Masters, Dan

Newton, Lorinda Lynn

Reber, Milo Elwood

Slate, Dan

Slate, Ed







From the memorial leaflet
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Birth: September 9, 1917 (Herrick, SD)
Parents: Thomas Maurice & Maude Mae (Ross) Durfee
Marriage: Gladys Dorothy Rath (Colome, SD, November 12, 1938). 6 children.
Death: April 24, 1991 (Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller, SD)
Age: 73 yrs 7 mos 15 ds
Funeral: Saturday, April 27, 1991 (United Methodist Church, Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore)
Occupation: farmer (Tripp and Buffalo counties); Durfee Custom Work; purebred Hampshire hogs
Locations: Gergory County, SD (childhood); Hyde county (1937); Highmore (1959)
Organizations/Civic: Highmore United Methodist Church
Preceded in death by: parents, wife (1990), six brothers, adopted brother, granddaughter Angel Ardry.

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

From the memorial leaflet
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Birth: Dec. 3, 1969 (Gregory, SD)
Baptism: Church of Christ
Parents: Michael & Dona Jean (Hamlin) Newton
Death: February 22, 1989
Age: 19 yrs 2 mos 19 ds
Funeral: Monday, February 27, 1989 (Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore, SD)
Education: attended Capitol University (Pierre, SD)
Occupation: Highmore Nursing Home
Organizations/Civic/Hobbies: student manager of girls' basketball, drama, FHA, FBLA, Hisodak, debate, VP of Student Council, honor student, Miss Highmore 1987, Church of Christ
Preceded in death by: Gordon Hamlin (grandfather), three cousins

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Three South Dakota Farmers Are Drowned in the Missouri
Special Dispatch to the World-Herald.
Norfolk, Neb., Dec. 27. - Herbert Cashman, aged 60, Ed Slate, 28, and Dan Slate, 23, the latter brothers, were drowned in the Missouri river north of Niobrara Christmas day, while driving across the reiver on the ice. The body of Dan Slate has been recovered, but the others have apparently been lost under the ice.
The three men were returning to Fort Randall, their home, from Lake Andes, and drove into an air hole in the ice.
All three of the men were farmers and leave widows and two had several each. Both horses attached to the wagon in which the men rode were also drowned.
[Omaha World Herald, December 28, 1906 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

The Highmore (SD) Herald
Thursday, June 2, 2005, Page Four

Contributed by Jacque McDonnell



Funeral: May 28, 2005, UCC Church in Naper.

Burial: Spotted Tail Cemetery, near Jamison, Nebraska

Birth: June 2, 1919, Jamison, NE.

Parents: Elwood & Dorotha (Cady) Reber.  Oldest child.

Death: at his home in Naper, due to lung cancer.

Age: 85 yrs, 11 mos, 22 ds

Education: Burke High School (graduated 1939)

Occupation: Hired man, Blake's Store in Jamison, Civilian Conservations Corps (at Chamberlain)

Military Service: US Army, Ft. Crook, NE, June 30, 1942.  Served in European Theater.  Discharged at Camp Beale, CA, Dec. 19, 1945.
Married at Gregory, SD.

(survivors omitted for privacy)

Memorial folder
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Funeral: Oct. 5, 1987, United Methodist Church, Highmore, SD
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery, Highmore, SD
Born: March 6, 1924, Burke, SD
Parents: Thomas & Maude Durfee
Died: Oct. 1, 1987, Hand Co. Memorial Hospital, Miller, SD
Age: 63 yrs 6 mos 25 ds
Education: Carroll School (Herrick, SD; grade school), Herrick High School
Occupation: Farmhand, grocery store clerk
Memberships: United Methodist Church, Oahe Fishing Club
Preceded in death by: parents; 5 brothers; 1 step-brother

The Highmore (SD) Herald
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


A memorial service was held December 29, 2005, at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home Chapel in Rapid City, SD, for Sally C. Whiting Houser. Deacon Alfred Jetty officiated.
Sally C. Slaughter was born in Gregory, SD on May 9, 1940, to Neal and Donna (Fu1wider) Slaughter and died December 24, 2005 following a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 65 years, six months and 15 days. Her final moments were spent with her family by her side.
She graduated from Gregory High School and Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. Sally was married to Allen Whiting, and to this union, three sons were born, Jeff, Doug, and Kelly.
Allen and Sally settled in Highmore, SD in 1969. While in Highmore, Sally taught high school math and coached both girls' track and boys' and girls' golf. She was an avid bowler, golfer, and pool player, competing in multiple leagues. She also volunteered her time to local youth by establishing and managing the Highmore Junior Bowling League for several years.
Sally moved to Rapid City in 1987, and was married to Dick (Slim) Houser in 1990. She kept very busy with several hobbies including card playing, crochet, cross- stitch, beading, and bowling. Sally absolutely loved her cats, Bo and Moonshine.
Survivors include her husband, Slim of Rapid City; her first husband, Allen of Pierre; three sons, Jeff (Carolyn) Whiting and daughters, Amanda, Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah, of Lee's Summit, MO; Doug Whiting and daughters, Mary and Cassie, of Woodbridge, VA; Kelly (Lorie) Whiting and daughters, Catherine and Tessa, of Rapid City; and one aunt, Kathryn Reed of Lincoln, NE.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her cousins, Harry Slaughter and Billy Fulwider.
The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of the Hills 1011 11th St., Rapid City, SD 57701. Friends may sign her online guest register and offer condolence wishes at

Contributed by  Thomas Fitzsimmons  


Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Catholic Church at Spencer for Mrs. D. J. Kirwan who died at the Lynch hospital Sunday morning following a lingering illness.  Burial was  made in the Catholic cemetery at Spencer.  Mrs. Kirwan was born July 15, 1866 at David City, and was married Feb. 16, 1887 to Daniel Jeremiah Kirwan at St. Francis Mission S.D. To this union were born eleven children, seven boys and four girls, all of whom are living  with the exception of the two oldest daughters, Mrs. Mayme McCright and Mrs. Margaret Scanlon.  The living re: Edward, John, Joseph, Philip, Gerald and Daniel and Lauretta of Ft. Randall, Helen of Montana and William of California. Besides the children she leaves to mourn their loss her husband, 32 grandchildren, four sisters, two brothers and many friends.  Mr. and Mrs. Kirwan were pioneers of the Gross community, where she established friendships through her kindness and sacrificing endeavors. Her loss is keenly felt by young and old who have had occasion to  have been acquainted with her.

Contributed by Thomas Fitzsimmons

Dan Masters  (Born about 1860 -   Died in 1932  )

While attending the Junior play at the St. Charles high school Friday night, Dan Masters, 70, died of heart failure.  The high school auditorium was crowded and it was thought that he had fainted and was carried to one of the class rooms, only to find that he was dead.   He was a soldier stationed at the old Fort Randall and was engaged under General Custer in several expeditions to subdue and punish renegade Indians.  After the abandonment of the fort and his discharge from the army, he settled on a homestead in the Randall valley and when Gregory county was organized he was selected as its  first register of deeds.  His wife died a number of years ago.  A daughter resides at Cherokee Iowa. He made his home for the last six years with Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Tango near St. Charles.

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