South Dakota

Jerauld County South Dakota




Source: The Alpena Journal, Alpena, South Dakota
Sent in by Carole Dick
Hartt Researcher

LAURA (BEALS) HARTT, wife of Rev. Albert Hartt of Alpena, South Dakota was born in Blaine, Maine, on Sept. 18, 1879. She passed away at the Methodist hospital in Mitchell, S.D., on October 5, 1943, after an illness of 5 years. She received her education in the Blaine public school and Ricker Junior College, Houlton, Maine. She then taught school for three years in the public schools of Aroostook Co. Maine.

On Christmas Day, 1900, she was united in marriage to Rev. Albert Hartt, and immediately thereafter took the position which she faithfully filled for forty-three years as mistress of her parsonage home. Eight of these years were lived in Maine, and thirty-five of them in South Dakota. Arriving in the State in November 1908, her first home was in Selby, S. D. Subsequently she lived in Britton, Lead and Redfield. During the two years in which her husband served in the First World War as chaplain, Mrs. Hartt and family lived in Mitchell, S.D. Following the war the family was stationed at Pierre. Subsequent
pastorates were at Groton, Doland, Hecla, and Miller. Two years ago, in feeble health, Mrs. Hartt entered at Alpena, her last parsonage home.
Death came to her peacefully at the end of two months stay in the hospital at Mitchell. She is survived by her husband, two sons, James C. of Huron, S.D. and Julian N. of New Haven, Conn.; two daughters: Mrs. A. L. Hutchinson of Lexington, KY, and Betty of Alpena, Four grandchildren survive her and also four brothers and two sisters.

Abstracted from the Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman
Wednesday, January 3, 1967


Death: "Tuesday" (Memorial Hospital)
Age:  81
Funeral: "Thursday" (St. Joseph Catholic Church)
Burial:  Crow Lake Cemetery
Survivors: daughters Marie (Mrs. Cecil Simmons, Wessington Springs); Lillian (Mrs. Wilfred Hohn, Sioux Falls); Rose (Mrs. Ray Petrik, Utica); son Richard (Rapid City)

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Abstracted from the Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman
Sunday, November 11, 1962


Residence:  Woonsocket
Birth: Nov. 15, 1882 (near Portsmouth, Iowa)
Parents: William & Nancy Green
Marriage: Isabelle Dunnington (June 3, 1908)
Death: Oct. 30
Funeral: "Friday" (Methodist Church, Wessington Springs)
Burial:  Prospect Hill Cemetery
Locations: From Iowa to South Dakota in 1908 (Aurora County).  Move 1940 to 5 mi. west of Woonsocket.
Survivors: widow, son Marvin (California); daughter Ruth (California), brother David Green (Mitchell), nieces and nephews.

Abstracted from the Daily Huronite
Friday, March 29, 1946


Birth:  April 6, 1909 (Lyons)
Parents:  Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Bunde
Death: Jan. 7, 1945
Funeral: "Sunday" (Colton, SD) with Henry T. Berdahl Post of American Legion of Colton.
Education:  Lyons High School
Occupation: farmer (near Bison, SD)
Military:  Started military service April 8, 1942.  Sent to Marseilles in Oct 1944, immediately to front line.14th Armored Tank Division.  MIA one year prior.  Was near Drusenheim, France, one of six tanks protecting the retreat of their Division.  His tank was hit and in flames, crewmate was certain Bunde was unable to escape.
Organizations/Civic:  Colton Lutheran Church
Survivors: sisters Mrs. John Endal (Wessington Springs); Mrs. Selford Starkey (Meadow); Mrs. Roy Thompson (Colton); Mrs. Arlen Burg (Sioux Falls); brothers Theander Bunde (Lane); Lawrence Bunde (Sioux Falls); Melvin Bunde (Hartford).

Memorial Leaflet
Burial at Highmore City Cemetery, Highmore, SD
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


Lutske Wiersma was born January 28, 1888, at Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands to Johannas and Janneke (Keiser) Wiersma and died October 26, 1986, at the Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller South Dakota, at the age of 97 years, eight months and 28 days.

She was united in marriage to Jake Zilverberg on November 28, 1910, at Tyndall, South Dakota. To this union five children were born.

She and her family made their home at Tyndall, Tripp and Wessington Springs, before moving to Hyde County in 1928. They farmed and ranched until their retirement in 1945, when they moved into Highmore.

She was a member of the Christian Dutch Reformed Church, the Woman's Club, Historical Society, Hyde County Senior citizens Center, Sunshine Garden Club and was an avid gardener.

Survivors include her four sons and their spouses: Mac and Katherine Zilverberg, Holabird; John and Dorothy Zilverberg, Holabird; David and Carol Zilverberg, Harrold; and Jim and Alice Zilverberg, Minneapolis, Minnesota; one daughter and her husband Janette and Milo Kubat, Bentonville, Arkansas; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three brothers and their wives: Jim and Mattie Wiersma, Spring Valley, Minnesota; and Wietse and Jacoba Wiersma and Ype and Jantsje Wiersma all of the Netherlands; and nurmerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jake, in 1973, one brother, one sister and one grandson.


SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, May 31, 1894, Page 2
Contributed by Harold Way

August Schell, one of the most prosperous and respected farmers of Jerauld county, while out fishing on the Jim river a few days ago was drowned. While coming across the stream, which is at least fifteen feet at or near the ford, he was seen to throw up his hands and then his hat floated away; but Mr. Schell had gone to an untimely grave.

Published in Aberdeen News on January 14, 2011
Contributed by her cousin, Harold Way
Elizabeth K. Easton

Brookings: Elizabeth K. Easton of Brookings died Tuesday morning, Jan. 11, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Arlington, S.D., at the age of 94 years, seven months and 25 days.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Brookings, with interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Wessington Springs, S.D. Visitations will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings.
Elizabeth Way Kieser Easton was born May 16, 1916, to H. Ward and Lulu Irene (Way) Kieser in their farm house in Viola Township, Jerauld County, Wessington Springs, S.D. She was the first grandchild of Henry H. and Martha E. Kieser and John Way. She was baptized in the Viola Methodist Episcopal Church. She started school at the age of seven at Way School in Bristol Township in Aurora County. She was a fast learner, and by her third year she was in the fifth grade. She latter attended Hillside school in Viola Township.
Her mother told that she started talking at an early age - and never stopped! She graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1933. In the fall of 1933, she enrolled in the Wessington Springs Junior College to earn her teaching certificate. In the fall of 1934, she began teaching at Spring Valley school just northeast of Wessington Springs and stayed with the nearby Shryock family. She taught there two terms, earning $35 a month, out of which she had to pay room and board ($12) and also for her college education.
Beth also taught two terms near New Underwood, S.D. From 1937 through 1940, she went to summer school at Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, S.D., so she could teach in a town school. She then taught in Sturgis from 1941 through 1944.
In 1943, she married Charles Easton, who she met while attending Wessington Springs Junior College. At the time, Charles was in the Navy and stationed in Cuba. They were married in Sioux Falls by the same preacher who had married her parents in 1914. She returned to Sturgis to teach, and he went back to Cuba.
In war time, 1944, she decided to go to school to be a weather observer for the military. She received her training in Minneapolis and Cincinnati, Ohio, and was later stationed on Catawba Island in Lake Erie, near Port Clinton, Ohio. Beth and Chuck were divorced in 1947.
She came back to South Dakota to teach in Watertown. In 1950, she enrolled in the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where she earned her bachelor's degree in home economics. In 1953, she took the position as home economist in Britton, S.D., until 1964, when she resigned and went back to college to earn her master's degree at Iowa State in Ames. In 1965, she accepted the position on the staff of SDSU in Brookings as head Extension clothing specialist. She kept that position until she retired in 1979, after 26 years in extension work.
In March 1980, Beth and Chuck were again united in marriage and made their home in Brookings. During their 14 years of marriage, they traveled to Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii, and were planning their next trip to Alaska when Chuck's health failed. He passed away in July 1994.
Beth continued to travel some, including a trip to Alaska. Besides traveling, Beth loved to garden and especially enjoyed raising beautiful flowers and often furnished flowers for her church, First United Methodist. She served in various positions in the church and remained active until her health failed.
She was a member and held local and state offices in the following organizations: BPW, Zonta International, AAUW, NARFE, AHEA, United Methodist Women and the care group of First United Methodist.
Because she had no children, Beth took great interest in other people's children by working with youth organizations, especially 4-H. She enjoyed entertaining these students when they attended college at SDSU.
In June 2000, she moved into assisted living in Brookings, and in September 2001, she entered Beverly Health Care Center in Arlington, which later became Golden Living Center.
Survivors include her brother, Kenneth (Gladys) Kieser of Wessington Springs, S.D.; two nephews, Randy (Linda) Kieser of Torrington, Wyo., and Jeff (Laura) Kieser of Wessington Springs; one niece, Debra (Dale) Kunkel of Deadwood, S.D.; grandnephews, Paul (Danielle) Kunkel of Laramie, Wyo., and Reid Kunkel of Troutdale, Ore.; two grandnieces, Kayla (Trevor) Madler of Hampton, Minn., and Andrea (Brian) Feist of Jordan, Minn.; one great-grandniece, Irene Madler; two great-grandnephews, Bryce Kunkel and Weston Feist; and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brother, Ivan Kieser, who was killed in World War II.

Aberdeen Weekly News (3 June 1909) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Sioux Falls, June 1. - John Topkin, a well known Jerauld county farmer, met with a peculiar death. He visited the little town of Lane, where he purchased a bottle of carbolic acid, which he placed in his pocket. On the return journey to his home, his daughter riding in the rig with him, the bottle was broken and the contents were spread over his body and limbs. The pain and shock of the blistering fluid was so great that he died as he arrived home. It is supposed that the intense pain brought on an attack of heart failure. He is survived by a widow and six children.

Aberdeen Daily News (15 Mar. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Charles W. McDonald, formerly of Sioux Falls, where he published the Weekly Indpendent, one of the first papers printed in South Dakota, died at Wessington Springs on Tuesday. Soon after Wessington Springs was founded, Mr. McDonald moved from Sioux Falls to that town, and became an active citizen of the place, and was for a number of years county judge.

Aberdeen Daily News (1 Feb. 1908) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Wessington Springs, S.D., Feb. 1. - The 4-months-old baby of Harry Martin, railway agent at this place, died of spinal meningitis yesterday. The mother is in a hospital at Rochester, Minn., having gone there for an operation about three weeks ago.

Unknown newspaper
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


MILLER Delia Ellsworth, 95, of Miller, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Miller with Bill Myers and the Rev. Richard Rinearson officiating, burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery at Miller.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Reck Funeral Home in Miller.
Delia Mae Cunningham was born Sept. 8, 1907, to Hayes and Anna (Lindebak) Cunningham at Lane. She graduated from high school in Lane. She worked in a cafe in Woonsocket.
On Aug. 31, 1929, she married George Ellsworth in Huron. They farmed north of Woonsocket for a number of years and moved to a ranch north of Ree Heights in April 1945.
She and her husband milked cows for many years and raised cattle until his death in 1987. She moved to Miller Manor in December 1997.
She was a member of Greenleaf United Methodist Church and Greenleaf United Methodist Women. She taught Sunday school for several years.
She is survived by three sons, Aaron (Rita) Ellsworth of Miller, Kenneth (Barbara) Ellsworth of Austin, Texas, and Robert (Bernice) Ellsworth of Stephan; four daughters, Patricia (Jasper) Shaw of Miller, Karen (Robert) Kroning of Northridge, Calif., Janice (Eugene) Moncur and Barbara (Gordon) Slunecka, both of Miller; 31 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold (Virginia) Cunningham of Wenatchee, Wash., and Cecil Cunningham of Cheyenne, Wyo.; one sister, Doris Kieser, of Wessington Springs; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy (Emil) Jenner of Wessington Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Nov. 16, 1987; one grandson; one granddaughter; two great-grand-daughters; and five sisters.

Unknown newspaper
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


Mass of Christian Burial was held December 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wessington Springs for Hollis E. Grieve of Wessington Springs. Msgr. Edward Burian officiated and burial was in Hope Cemetery in Wessington Springs with military rites.
Hollis Erwin Grieve was born May 29,1927 at Mitchell, SD to Lawrence and Jennie (Elder) Grieve and died December 20, 2005 at Avera Weskota Memorial Medical Center at the age of 78 years, six months and 21 days.
He grew up on the family farm in Harmony Township and attended Templeton Country School through the eighth grade, then Wessington Springs High School, graduating in 1945. He entered the US Marine Corps in May 1945, and in September 1945 was shipped overseas to China. After his discharge, he attended Colorado A&M at Ft. Collins, Colo., for two years. He farmed with his dad until January 1951, when he became a member of the U.S. Postal Department as a Rural Mail Carrier. He retired after 40 years as a Rural Carrier. In August 1956, during the South Dakota National Guard reorganization, he joined the 153rd Combat engineers. He retired from the National Guard in May of 1987.
He was united in marriage to La Vaughn Geiver at Stephan Mission, SD on November 2, 1949. To this union, six children were born.
He was a long time member of the American Legion Post 14, VFW Post 5548, Central Dakota Marine Corps League #746. He was a member of the SD Rural Letter Carriers Association and National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the SD National Guard Enlisted Association. He was a school board member for eight years, and a hospice volunteer for several years. He was also a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Wessington Springs.
Survivors include his wife, LaVaughn, of Wessington Springs, his children: Joyce (Rodney) Smith of Chester; Duane (Rebecca) Grieve of Worthington, OH; Eileen (Reed) Woodruff of Wessington Springs; Cynthia (Todd) Westin of Kountze, Tex.; Lynette Grieve of Groton; and Laurie (Lonnie) Smith of Highmore; and a grandson they raised, Donovan Grieve of Omaha, Neb; 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; three brothers: LeRoy and Dennis Grieve, both of Wessington Springs and Verald (Leona) Grieve of Mayetta, Kans.; three sisters: Alexa (Keith) Kleppin and Vonna (Darold) Mentzer, both of Wessington Springs and Marcille (Chuck) Peters of Watertown; and one brother-in-law, Percy Myran of Spearfish. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Verletta Myran and one sister-in-law, Shirley Grieve.

From "The Daily Republic", Mitchell, South Dakota
Friday, August 24, 1956 (Final Edition)
contributed by Jeanne Jessie


Wessington Springs -- Last rites will be held in the Congregational Church Sunday at 2 p.m. for John Van Bockern, 76, who died in the Memorial Hospital here early Friday morning.
The Rev. Calvin Hay will officiate. Burial will be in the local cemetery.
Mr. Van Bockern was taken ill Friday evening and moved to the hospital where he died as the result of a stroke.
He was born on a farm in Grundy County, Ia., Feb. 16, 1880, the son of John and Christine Van Bockern. In 1885 the family moved to a farm near Lennox. Mr. Van Bockern was married at Lennox in 1912 to Minnie Caroline Johnson.
The deceased owned a clothing store at Lennox for a few years, but soon after his marriage he and his wife came to Wessington Springs where he farmed most of the rest of his life.
Survivors are his widow; one son, Harold and four grandchildren. Other survivors are two brothers, Ed and Henry of Lennox and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Roben of Lennox and Mrs. Ida Lanamon of Godfrey, Ill.

Funeral Card
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Rosswell F. Wright, "Ross", as he was more commonly known, was born January 17, 1921, in Jerauld County. Wessington Springs, South Dakota, to Dr. and Mrs. Rosswell Febrey Wright and died October 30, 2003. at St.
Mary's Hospital, Pierre, South Dakota, at the age of 82 years, nine months and 23 days.
He moved with his parents to Hyde County, Highmore, South Dakota, in 1923, where they settled on ranch in Dewey Township. It was there he grew to young manhood. He received his elementary education in a small one-room schoolhouse and then attended Highmore High School, a member of the Class of 1940.
He was united in marriage to Marian Tomter of Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin. They established their first home on the ranch and raised two children.
He was offered a partnership in the R.J. Drew Agency in 1956 and moved his family to Highmore to begin his career in the insurance, tax and real estate fields. He enjoyed self-teaching tapes and books. He loved Thunderbird cars
and traveling with his wife. While enjoying the winters in Arizona, they also enjoyed Dillard's and flea markets, as he was an avid shopper.
He was a 50-year Mason, Elks Club member, Ducks Unlimited member, Highmore Booster Club member, Past President of the Central Board of Realtors, Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents and supporter of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include: his wife of 62 years; one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Dennis Goebel, of Aberdeen; one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Alice Wright, of Pierre; four grandchildren: Jason and Sara Goebel and Ross and Jess Wright; two great-grandchildren, Janey and Payton Schlepp; five sisters and their spouses: Lenora and Leo Fife of Garden City, Kansas; Kathryn Pray of Dearborn, Ml; Margaret McKittrick of Webster; Mary and Glen Fiala of Blackhawk and Gladys Ann and Dennis Williams of Huron; one brother and his spouse, Harry and Shirley Wright of Ottumwa, IA; and many nieces and nephews, who enjoyed his sharp wit at family

Funeral Service was Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003 at 11:00 a.m., United Methodist Church, Highmore, SD
Honorary bearers: Ron Grable, Florin Hemminger, John Zilverberg, Mike Volek, Everett Ellerton, Martin Bonnischsen, Jerry Boller, Highmore Booster Club and Ree Valley Lodge No. 70
Inurnment: Highmore City Cemetery, Highmore, South Dakota at a later date
Arrangements: Luze Funeral Home, Highmore, South Dakota



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