Lyman County News

The Aberdeen (SD) Weekly News, Thursday, June 3, 1909
David Whalen, little son of a rancher near Oacoma, was caught in a rope as he was watching some men brand some horses, and received injuries which resulted in his death.

Aberdeen American
01 Apr 1909

Winner of First Number on Rosebud Turns Down All Suitors

Gregory, March 29.—All eyes in South Dakota turn this week to buxom May Melser of Kennebec, former school-ma'am and ranch owner, now in the limelight as the lucky woman who drew No. 1 In Uncle Sam's big land lottery of Tripp county homesteads. When at 9 o'clock on the morning of April 1 the prospective claimholders line up to select the quarter section they like the best, Mrs. Melser will head the procession. This plucky young woman, who is a product of the breezy prairies, already has "spotted" what is said to be the best parcel of land in the list. She will establish residence upon her farm immediately. She has already made arrangements to have plowed and will put it into flax.

Since she drew the lucky number, Mrs. Melser has had hundreds of offers of marriage. The first thing she did was to divorce her husband on grounds of infidelity. However, she
has not seemed impressed with any of her numerous suitors and as she is abundantly self-reliant, she will run her own ranch to suit herself.

She is 32 years old, has brown eyes and light hair and is of medium height and rather plump. She received a good education and for five years taught school in Douglas county.

There were over 114,000 original applications for homesteads at this opening. Six thousand of these names were drawn, but many of the last few thousands will not attempt to prove up on claims. It is declared there are not more than 3,000 claims of value.


The Mitchell Capital
March 17, 1910  Reliance, S.D.

Blaze Started at 2 O’clock This Morning in Printing Office and Does $50,000 of Damage.

Special: A fire which started in an unknown manner in the office of the Lyman County Democrat at 2 o’clock this morning caused a loss of from $30,000 to $50,000 before it could be stopped.

The building of the newspaper was well ablaze before an alarm was given. A stiff breeze from the northwest carried the fire toward the south end of the block and it could not be headed until it had traveled from the newspaper plant, in the middle of the block to the next street south.

The fire even traveled against the wind, so that two buildings were burned to the northwest of the Democrat office. Only two buildings were saved in the entire block and these were at the north end. They were rescued from the flames by the citizens bucket brigade, which used both snow and water.

Some of the property is not insured at all, so the loss will be a severe one for the community. The properties destroyed follow: James A. Smith lumber yard, Den & Cullem's real estate office and barn, N. J. Lauerman, general merchandise, Lyman County Democrat, Yankton Brewing Company's saloon building, G. F. Snyder's barber shop and residence in rear.


Pierre Weekly Free Press
April 30, 1908 Pierre, S. D.

The Lyman county homesteaders, after a long fight, will be given an opportunity to vote on the question of free range without waiting until fall. For a time it looked as if the action of the county commissioners in rejecting the homesteaders’ petition presented last fall would allow the cattlemen to hold full sway for another year. After the question had been carried into court some of the most prominent business men of the county met with the commissioners and presented additional names to the petition and the commissioners agreed to act without carrying the fight any farther. An attempt to fix the date of election on the question the same as for the primaries was opposed on the ground that it would be used as a club in that election and the 12th of May was fixed as a date of special election for the purpose of deciding the range question.


The Mitchell Capital
June 09, 1910  Oacoma, S. D.


An elaborate program of sporting events and other features is being prepared for the annual picnic and celebration of the Old Settlers’ association of Lyman county, and the annual reunion of the old soldiers of Lyman county, which will be held jointly at Oacoma on June 17 and 18. It is expected that several thousand persons from all parts of the county will be present.


Pierre Weekly Free Press
December 02, 1909  Pierre, S. D.


Orson Bowman, a young man living on the Lyman county line, south of Ft. Pierre was accidentally killed Monday while hunting. He was rabbit hunting riding in a sleigh; and after shooting one and securing it, he started to put his gun into the sleigh, without removing the shells. The gun was discharged, tearing off a thumb, and tearing his abdomen in a frightful manner. The thumb torn from his hand was carried into the abdominal wound with the load of shot. He lived but a few hours after sustaining the injury.


The Mitchell Capital
May 13, 1915

Murdo, S.D. – The recent heavy rains in Lyman and Melette counties have put the White river out of its banks and a serious injury is threatened just south of the large steel bridge at Westover. If this river continues to overflow it will cut a channel one mile south of the large Westover bridge and leave the $12,000 bridge on an island and another bridge will be necessary. The Westover bridge was build by the Milwaukee railroad, Lyman and Mellette counties and the city of Murdo. It is the only steel bridge across the White river for 150 miles and is crossed by all automobiles to the northwest.

N. C. Kessler, county commissioner of Lyman county met Commissioner Mullen of Mellette county and viewed the damage threatened and decided to call a meeting of the whole board to meet in joint session next week to devise plans to change the course of the river and to save the bridge crossing.

Plans are being made to complete and improve the auto route from the Rosebud Country to Murdo and thence West toward the Black Hills via the Scenic Highway.


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Nov. 2, 1905 
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