South Dakota

McCook County, South Dakota


Sisters Reunion; First Telephone Operator














Unknown date and newspaper
Contributed by Robert Connell, great-nephew of Mrs. Skelly


SENIOR CITIZENS ----Shown above are two of Bridge-

water's early day residents.  They are Mrs. Alice Skelly, 86

on the left and her sister Mrs. Kathrine Shreve, 90, of

Spokane, Wash. on the right.  Mrs. Shreve was the first tele-

phone operator in Bridgewater.  She spent almost a week

recently visiting her sister whom she has not seen for 8 years.


Bridgewater's 1st Telephone Operator Spent A Week Visiting Her Sister Here

Two Bridgewater pioneer sisters have spent the past week visiting each other.  They are Mrs. Kathrine Shreve of Spokane, Wash. and Mrs. Alice Skelly of Bridgewater.  Mrs. Kathrine Shreve, 90, arrived here on Friday with her granddaughter, Jerri Wheeler and left last Thursday for Denver, Colo. to visit her youngest son.

It has been 8 years since Mrs. Shreve visited her 86 year old sister, Mrs. Alice Skelly.  While here various get-to-gethers were held.  Some of the relatives and friends the ladies visited were Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Schoeberl, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Heiberger, and Mrs. Harold Schoeberl, Clement Heiberger, Mrs. Ann McCormick, and a niece, which Mrs. Shreve had never seen before, Mrs. Merwin Harken of Oelwin, Ia. came and visited the ladies.

Both ladies are widows.  Mrs. Skelly has a daughter, Mrs. Leonard Schoeberl living at Parker and two sons who are both deceased.  Mrs. Shreve has 6 children, 22 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Both ladies were born at Strawberry Point, Ia., Mrs. Shreve came here in 1898 and was the first telephone operator in the building known at that time as The Julia Hnutz Drug Store.  Mrs. Alice Skelly came here in 1904 to stay with a sister, Mrs. Minnie Ryan and had made her home here since that time.  In the last few years she has made her home during the winter months with her daughter, Mrs. Leonard Schoeberl of Parker but always returns in the spring to spent [sic] the summer in Bridgewater.



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