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The Black Hills Union and Western Stock Review (Rapid City, S. D.), August 9, 1907, page 1
Homesteader Near That Place Has Thrilling Experience with Rattlers.
S. S. Emerson, a shoemaker of Kadoka, one of the new towns on the Chamberlain-Black Hills extension of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad, had an interesting experience with some rattlesnakes, and during the adventure nearly lost his life, as the result of being struck by one of the reptiles.
Emerson has a homestead nineteen miles west of Kadoka, and while at that place he amused himself during idle moments in killing rattlesnakes, which had a den on the small knoll near his claim shanty. The knoll is fairly dotted with holes of the deadly reptiles. Emerson killed a number of the snakes and finally decided to go to his claim shanty and prepare his supper.
While the meal was cooking he again went out with the intention of killing a few more of the snakes. Much to his surprise and alarm, however he did not notice a large rattle snake which was concealed in the grass until he had stepped upon it. The snake did not like this treatment and made its presence known to Emerson by burying one of its fangs in his right leg.
Emerson did not lose any time in making his way to the home of a neighbor homesteader who fortunately for him, resided close by, where a strong cord was tied both above and below the spot where the fangs of the snake had entered. This prompt act doubtless saved his life. Emerson was hurried to Kadoka where medical aid was secured. No serious results are expected, as the placing of the cord above and below the wound prevented the deadly poison from spreading through his system.
As a result of his experience, rattle snake hunting no longer is a favorite pastime with Emerson.
Submitted by Robin Line

The Mitchell Capital, November 21, 1912, page 3
Sioux City, Ia.- Two new deposits of gold shale have been opened in or in the vicinity of Kadoka, South Dakota, says G. G. Inman, of that town, who is in the city today with some samples of the ore that has been taken from within the limits of the town. The people of Kadoka are confident that they have struck something rich, but, owing to the fact that they have had several successive crop failures, there are few with any money for development purposes. Mr. Inman says they are hopeful of finding persons with money to assist in opening the field that appears to lie underneath their feet.
The gold stratum has been uncovered new in five separate places several of them within the town and others in various directions two or three miles outside the limits. Mr. Inman has 160 acres within the corporate limits on which gold shale has been found. The new discoveries are on the place of Geo. Burtch, within the town, and on the homestead of the Arensdorf family, three miles northeast. This is the original claim pre-empted by John Arensdorf, of Sioux City. One of the sons, upon hearing of the original gold finds went to Kadoka and undertook to discover ore on the place. He was unsuccessful and returned, but hardly had he left before others uncovered the hidden wealth.
Mr. Inman brought with him a jar of the mixed sandstone and blue shale from which the gold bearing ores are taken. the vein is generally found to be about eight feet in thickness, lying from eight to 14 feet below the surface of the ground. He also brought a little vial of sparkling nuggets in which the pure gold and some silver are plainly visible. The shale, he said, had been found by assayers to run from $32 to $300 a ton in gross returns, according to the place from which it is taken. Some of the gold impregnated rocks are within 40 feet of a railroad. The Burtch place, which has been shown to yield exceptionally good returns, is on the principal street of the town.
Naturally enough, the people of Kadoka are in a fever of excitement, but they are going about their investigations coolly, seeking to find the best place to start work on a large scale.
Submitted by Robin Line

Aberdeen (SD) Weekly News, Thursday, April 27, 1916
Recently it was reported at Parkston that Harold Thomas, who formerly lived there with his parents, had been drowned n the White river, west of Chamberlain. A letter now has been received from the young man saying he is alive and well, and that it is a mystery to him how the reports of his death got into circulation. The family lives at Belvidere.




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