South Dakota

Lawrence County South Dakota

Newspaper Items

The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) - Saturday, November 30, 1878
Contributed by Jim Dezotell

Deadwood News

Deadwood, D.T., Nov. 17 - John Cole arrived last night from Inyan Kara mountains, and gave himself up to the sheriff, stating that he had shot and killed a man named George Heuston in self-defense. Witnesses to the affair say Cole was justified in killing Heuston, as the latter commenced the quarrel and fired a rifle shot at Cole, who returned the fire with fatal result. Heuston was from Illinois.

The telegraph line from Deadwood to Fort Keogh, Montana, has been completed. This line opens Central Montana and Yellowstone up to communication with the outside word, via Black Hills and Cheyenne.

Lawrence County
Drunk and Cremated
A Mine Foreman in South Dakota Burned to Death
Lead, South Dakota, November 8.--John Tregay, a well known mine Forman of this city, was cremated at 1 o'clock this morning, and; from appearances, as the direct result of his own carelessness. Last night he was drunk and was taken home by a friend after 11 o'clock and left in the kitchen, being so drunk he could not walk. An hour later the house was discovered to be on fire, and seems to have started in the kitchen. No water could be gotten, as the house was above the water limit. The house burned down. When search was made for Tregay, he was found burned to a crisp, having run into the worst of the fire, instead of out. He leaves a mother in England, a brother on the great lakes, and one in South Africa. He was forty-one years of age and well thought of.
Broad Axe - November 8, 1894
Transcribed and contributed by: AFOFG

San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, December 27, 1890


Supposed Revenge of Railroad Graders

Three attempts to Burn the Town of Deadwood - A Fatal Explosion

DEADWOOD (S. D.), December 26. - Three fires in different parts of the city last night, two of which were incendiary, caused losses amounting to $25,000. A great many railroad graders were in town yesterday in an intoxicated condition. In the afternoon, in order to quell a disturbance, the Mayor had the fire hose turned on them. It is thought that the tires were set in revenge. Rumors of further incendiarism
are current and a watch is being kept.

Aberdeen (SD) Weekly News, Thursday, April 27, 1916

Oscar Hondurant, a well known resident of Spearfish, became insane without warning, and his mania took on such a violent character that it was found necessary to send him to the state hospital for the insane at Yankton. It is believed his mental troubles are only temporary.

The Aberdeen Daily News, Thursday, May 28, 1908
Terry, S. D., May 28 - A sensation was sprung here when it became known that Mrs. Joseph Morin, wife of a well known Terry man, had eloped with Tom Tucker, an employe of a livery barn. Beside her husband Mrs. Morin leaves an 11-year-old daughter.
Tucker did not bear a good reputation here. Rumors connecting his name with that of Mrs. Morin were afloat, but the husband declined to credit them. The woman took with her a goodly sum of money, but Tucker is said to be nearly penniless.
Morin refused to make any search and the pair will be allowed to go their way.

The Aberdeen Daily News, Thursday, May 28, 1908
Spearfish, S. D., May 28 - Trotting up to the farm house of Joseph Grant, near here, Grant's team stopped at the door. When Mrs. Grant went to see why her husband did not alight she found him sitting stone dead, holding the reins. He was on the way home from town and lightning had struck on his body.

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
Friday, August 10, 1962


Clark - Funeral plans had not been announced today for Dr. William Spindler, 32, Clark dentist whose body was found about 50 feet from his car on a logging trail about a quarter of a mile from Deadwood's Main Street Thursday afternoon.
Deadwood authorities attributed death to an apparent heart attack.
Dr. and Mrs. Spindler and two young daughters, Terri and Tracy, left their home here early Wednesday for a vacation trip at the home of Dr. Spindler's parents in Deadwood, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Spindler.
Dr. Spindler left his parents home early Wednesday. He was reported missing and a search was begun by persons both on the ground and in the air.
The body was discovered by a close friend of the Spindler family, Lyle Elward, who had been searching the Hills all day.
Lawrence County Coroner Ray Fidler said after a preliminary investigation that the dentist died apparently of a heart attack.
The sheriff's office said it would continue to investigate.
Dr. Spindler had practiced in Clark for two years.


LEAD, S. D., November 13. Richard Sellman, 74 years old, living a few miles northwest, of here, last night eloped from his home with his own stepdaughter, Miss Emma Patterson, 18 years old.
The old man's wife and the girl's mother did not know of the elopement until she arose this morning, when she discovered that her husband and daughter were missing, and, instituting a search, found a note written by him telling her the truth. She is a woman of 65 and is prostrated with grief over the elopement.
Sellman was married to his present wife only two years ago. He appeared to be warmly attached to both mother and her pretty young daughter. No one suspected, however, that he was making love to the girl, or she was infatuated with him until it came to light that they had eloped.
Daily Arizona Silver Belt November 14, 1907, contributed by Barb Ziegenmeyer

The State-Line Herald (North Lemmon, N. D.), July 30, 1909, page 4
Former Deadwood Banker Reappears After Fourteen Years; Absence.
Glen R. Kimball, whose disappearance in 1896 from Deadwood, where he was a prosperous baker, has been a mystery for fourteen years throughout Minnesota and the Dakotas, appeared alive before his wife on the farm near Larimore, N. D., where she has been living for many years with her own people. He will yet offer no solution of he mystery of his absence.
"I have been confined," said he. "I was released three months ago. I was unable to correspond with my family. The letters that I wrote to my wife, my people and my friends were torn up before my eyes. When I was released I commenced immediately to search for my wife. I desired to become known to no one else."
The banker's hair is slightly gray, lines are on his face, but he is still active and is very happy.
Glen R. Kimball disappeared from Deadwood in the summer of 1895. A few weeks later the body of a man was found in the Black Hills, which was believed to be Kimball's and it was buried at Reno, Houston Minn. The body was later taken up and removed to Prospero, Fillmore county, Minn., where a monument was erected by the wife.
The estate was probated and $3,900 insurance was collected. He was mourned as dead by his wife and a daughter.
In 1896 Mrs. Kimball removed to Larimore and made her home with her uncle, V. M. Babcock, who died leaving her five sections of land, on which she is now living.
Submitted by Robin Line

Forest City Press (Forest City, S. D.) June 22, 1917, page 2
Lead, S. D., June 16.- Dr. J. A. Crouch, a well known physician of Lawrence county, reports an unusual case at Terraville where a girl not yet quite 12 year of age a day or two ago became a mother. The name of the girl is withheld by the authorities. The babe weighed seven and one-half pounds at birth and is doing well. After close questioning the girl-mother confessed that the father of the child was a 14 year old boy, who now has left the Black Hills and whose present where-about are unknown.
Submitted by Robin Line


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