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Historical Articles advertizing Dakota Territory

The Dakota Immigration Journal is a new monthly publication issued at Woonsocket, Dakota, by Frank Kelley with lacy F. Shaffer as business manager. Both gentlemen are newspaper men of experience and ability. It is devoted to immigration and real estate, giving facts about the grain and stock regions of south-east Dakota, the wheat fields of the north and the mining regions of the Black Hills. It gives prices of improved real state and tells where government lands may yet be had. It is profusely illustrated and as it is the only publication of the kind in Dakota, it will have a large circulation. Specimen copies 5 cents; yearly subscription 50 cents. Address, Dakota Immigration journal, Woonsocket, Dakota.

The Cedar Rapids Times, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
May 5, 1887, Page 3.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk

What South Dakota Offers.

Following is an extract from an article in the Dakota Immigration Journal, by Hon. A.J. Edgerton, of this city. It is a concise statement of the advantages which South Dakota offers to induce settlement:
“I will omit the usual reasons which are given, and which are acknowledged by all, to-wit: that we have within our territory the finest wheat lands in the world—the most productive corn lands in the river bottoms, superior ranges for cattle, that vegetables common to the northern states yield abundantly and of superior kind; that the mines of the Black Hills are inexhaustible—in fine, that within our borders are found all the natural conditions to sustain a large and prosperous population; but I will mention another matter too often overlooked.
No commonwealth was ever settled with a class of men and women who brought with them from their eastern homes, in the aggregate, higher culture and devotion to education and patriotism that the settlers of Dakota. The average intelligence of our people ranks with the first half-dozen states of the union, as found in the census reports tabulated by the government We have as perfect a system of public tree schools as can be found—every child in the commonwealth is educated at the public expense.
The territory also has two finely equipped universities, one in North Dakota and one in South Dakota, in which every young man and woman can secure a free college education. There are normal schools of a superior class, built and supported by the territory. The Agricultural College at Brookings and the School of Mines at Rapid City would do honor to any state in the Union. All these instrumentalities are supported at the public expense and are free to every child in the commonwealth. In addition to all the foregoing, the Catholics have their seminaries of learning in South Dakota. The Congregationalists have a fine and prosperous college at Yankton and another at Redfield. The Methodists have their university at Mitchell, the Presbyterians theris at Pierre, the Baptists and the Episcopalians each a flourishing college at Sioux Falls, the Scandinavians have theirs. It is doubtful whether in any state of the Union can better facilities be found for securing an education from the primary school to the university than in Dakota.
I mention these facts to illustrate the kind of men and women who form the population of this commonwealth—men and women not only of culture themselves, but who are determined that the next generation shall be trained in morals and intellect—men and women who, in laying the foundation of this new commonwealth, are “building as well as they know.”
The Masons have lodges, chapters and commanderies. The Odd Fellows and other orders are in successful operation all over the territory. Almost every village has its post of the G.A.R.
The Christian denominations are active, zealous and well represented. The church and the school-house are seen everywhere.
It is such institutions—such people, such conditions, such advantages that we invite in immigrant,
Yours truly,
A.J. Edgerton.

Mitchell Daily Republican, Mitchell South Dakota
February 15, 1889, page 3

Contributed by Suzanne Folk

C.M. Harrison, president of the South Dakota Immigration company, lately organized in this city, said to the local representative of the Huronite yesterday evening, that “the ostensible purpose of the organization of the company was to solicit and secure from the east, people to settle on the beautiful prairies of South Dakota.” This movement is only one of many in which M. Harrison is now engaged in for the development and population of the western prairies. In this new enterprise he has called to his aid a corps of experienced gentlemen who take places in the company as follows: George M. Read, vice president, Mr. Read has for several years had control of the Manitoba Mortgage company’s business at this point, and has a wide and unlimited experience in the values of northwestern lands. Charles E. Bryant, who appears as treasurer of the organization, is one of the early pioneers of Beadle county, and since then has devoted most of his time and attention toward the up-building of our city and country, and has had a long experience in the land traffic. Mr. R.D. Whorton secretary, is an old-timer in Beadle county, and is a gentleman of no less experience than the three preceeding gentlemen of the organization. With this combination of sterling western rustling pluck, and true business accomplishments, we can safely predict that Huron and Beadle county will be greatly benefited before the seared and yellow leaf overtakes us next fall. The company makes their bow to the public that they are equipped with 100,000 acres of improved and unimproved farms in and around this vicinity for sale.

The Daily Huronite, Huron South Dakota
February 3, 1893, page 3

Contributed by Suzanne Folk

Immigration Convention Discusses Ways and Means

Mitchell, S.D., Jan, 17.—Three hundred delegates, representing every city of importance in the state, are here attending the state immigration convention. Among some notable people who are taking active part in the work are Governor Charles Sheldon, Secretary of State thorson, Commissioner of Indian Lands Lockhart, Railroad Commissioner George Johnson, William Tobin, Madison; M. Beebe, Ipswich; Judges C.S. Palmer, H.H. Keith and Mayor Roy Williams of Sioux Falls. The convention was called to order at 2 p.m. and proceeded to select committees on resolutions and permanent organization. H.H. Keith, Sioux Falls, was elected president, and T.C. Burns, Mitchell, secretary. The object of the convention is to secure immigration and to advertise South Dakota’s resources; also to secure the re-establishment of a state immigration bureau. The state will be divided into four districts, irrigated, natural rainfall, grazing and mineral. Using this method no part of the state will be slighted.

Bismarck Daily Tribune, Bismarck, North Dakota
January 17, 1896, page 1.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk

Discussed Plans for Advertising.

Sioux Falls, S.D., Jan. 18.—The executive committee of the new South Dakota association met in Mitchell and discussed plans for advertising the state. No definite arrangements were made. The convention spent a short time in listening to speeches from Governors Sheldon, D.R. McGinnis of St. Paul and others, and then adjourned.
Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo Iowa

January 18, 1896, page 1

Contributed by Suzanne Folk

To Advertise South Dakota

Mitchell.—With the avowed intentions of proving to the world that South Dakota has thangs attractive other than bad lands and blizzards, the South Dakota Immigration association has been formed, incorporating for $50,000. The object of the new incorporation, which grew out of the late convention here of South Dakota real estate men, is to show the state’s advantages in other portions of the country.

Boyden Reporter, Boyden Iowa
January 10, 1918, page 2

Contributed by Suzanne Folk


Dakota Bad Lands Rival Earth’s Finest Scenery

Also There is a Good Prospect for Oil in that Part of the State
That oil of a good quality is to be found in South Dakota is the opinion of Charles S. Weller, president of the South Dakota Immigration Association, who has recently returned from an inspection trip throughout the western part of the state.
“At Interior here is an oil derrick which has been erected by Pennsylvania people who have faith that the country is rich in oil. They have taken out leases on thousands of acres of land and announce that as quickly as money conditions adjust themselves they will start drilling. The Interior people have great faith in the outcome of this well.”
Mr. Weller says that Interior people are much interested in the movement to change the name of the Bad Lands to one more suitable. A year ago at the South Dakota Real Estate Dealers convention held in Mitchell, Mr. Weller proposed that a movement be started to change the name “Bad Lands” to the “Wonder Lands” and an attempt be made to have that part of South Dakota set aside as a National Park.
Concerning these lands Mr. Weller says, “The Interior people are much interested in the suggestion as they believe that they have at their door one of the most startling geological phenomena in the North American continent. One can trace with his eye a million years of Geological history when standing at the foot of one of the “Bad Land” walls. It is a poor specimen hunter who cannot get a load of fossils, such as turtles, fish, pre-historic sheep, dogs, horses and immense creatures many times larger than our present day mammals. Some time South Dakota will wake up and realize that it has the makings of a park which for startling sights, wonderful formation, beautiful scenery is equaled only by that of the Yellowstone National Park.

The Morning Republican, Mitchell South Dakota
February 7, 1919, page 3.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk


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