South Dakota

Pennington County, South Dakota


Orda A. Cunningham
Glasco Sun, Dec. 9, 1948, page 6
Submitted by: Maurene Richard Miller

Orda A. Cunningham Dies; Former Cloud Countian

Orda A. Cunningham, former Cloud county resident, and well known here, died Saturday, Dec. 4, in Rapid City, S.D., after a long illness. Mr. Cunningham was one of the early residents of our Macyville community, and was a brother of Miss Jessie and Miss Mary Cunningham of Concordia.

Mr. Cunningham was born at Pattensburg, Mo., Nov. 11, 1878, and came to Kansas with his parents, John V. and Ebrilla Frances Cunningham, in 1883. They settled on a farm in the Macyville neighborhood, where Orda grew to manhood.
He was married to Coral Putman at Sabetha, Kans., in 1905, and to them two sons were born, Gerald and Floyd. Mrs. Cunningham died Aug. 21, 1907, and his son, Floyd died Sept. 20, 1923. Mr. Cunningham later married Beryl Abernathy at Glasco and to them two children were born, Helen and Melvin. They lived on a farm near Macyville until 1916 when they moved to a ranch near Upton, Wyo. They operated a restaurant at Upton for some time, and Mr. Cunningham was sheriff of Upton County, Wyo., for several years. In 1923 they moved to Rapid City, S.D. where he operated a sales pavillion, and later, a restaurant until 1945 when ill health forced him to retire.
He is survived by these children: Gerald, of Albion, Neb.; Mrs. Howard Martley, Phoenix, Ariz.; Melvin, of Rapid City, S.D.; and these brothers and sisters: Ora S., Glasco; Mrs. C.W. Wilson, Glasco; Jessie and Mary of Concordia; Mrs. Albert Templin, Van Nuys, Calif.; Mrs. Mike Lynch, Delphos. Also surviving are four grandchildren, many nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Rapid City.

John Birkholtz

Source: Rapid City, S.D. (Friday, 15 Oct. 1954) contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

John Birkholtz Dies At 73
Funeral services for John Birkholtz, 71, who died Wednesday in a local hospital, will be held Friday at 3 p.m. in the first Baptist Church.

Officiating will be Rev. Heins Grabia and Rev. Wert Tellingthuisen with burial in Mountain View Cemetery under the direction of Hobart Funeral Home.

Birkholtz, who was born in Two Rivers, Wis., Aug. 5, 1881, came here in 1911 and was associated with Lanphere-Heinrich which later became Warren-Lamb. He spent a year here as mill foreman. Married in Deadwood Sept. 16, 1913, to Eva Morford, they went to Virginia with the Southern Lumber Company where he was superintendent for about a year.

He was foreman for the Waldorf Paper Company, St. Paul, for several years, and was also associated with the Northern Pump Company for five years before he retired. Birkholtz returned to Rapid City in 1948.

In addition to his widow, survivors include two half-brothers, Fred Roth, Somers, Mont., and Will Roth, Ladysmith, Wis., and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial is being established for the Heart Fund.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Paul J. Pillen, 28, Keystone, S.D.; Salwa, Kuwait
Los Angeles Times, CA, 10/23/2005
Contributed by Des Rodcay
Name: Paul J. Pillen
Age: 28
Residence: Keystone, S.D.
Occupation: chief warrant officer, Army National Guard.
Death: "Monday", non-combat-related injuries, in Salwa, Kuwait
Military: 249th Aviation Company, Army National Guard, Rapid City, S.D.

Aberdeen Daily News (2 Jan. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Died, in Rapid City, Sunday, December 24, Rebecca Dunlavy McGee of a complication of diseases, aged 75 years, ten months and eight days. Her husband preceded her in death by a few years. She leaves twelve children, twenty-eight grandchildren and eight great grand children.

Aberdeen American (15 Aug. 1908) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Kadoka, Aug. 14. Henry Fratzke of Conata was so badly injured in a railroad accident at Interior that he died the next day. It being very dark, Fratzke failed to see that the train had started and the big drive-wheel bore down upon him, cutting the flesh away from his side as smoothly as though done with a knife. There was no physician at Interior and the loss of blood was so great that he died the following day.

Aberdeen Daily News (4 May 1914) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Mrs. David R. Summers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Americus Thompson of Creston, lost a race with death. Stricken with a dangerous ailment members of the family hurried her from the ranch of her husband near Sturgis with the intention of taking her to a Sturgis hospital for treatment. She died while enroute from her home to the hospital. She is survived by her husband and two children.

Aberdeen Daily News (12 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ
John Aalberg was born in Norway and came to this country three years ago. He died at the hospital at Rapid City last week of typhoid fever. He leaves parents and brothers in the old country.

Aberdeen Daily News (29 Nov. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ
On Friday, November 24, George Washington, a character well known at Rapid City, passed away. He was 70 years of age.

Aberdeen Daily News (29 Nov. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ
David Aiken, who was a resident of Pennington county for over thirty years, died at the county home, at the age of 66 years, of heart failure. Deceased had been in poor health for some time and had gotten so he could not care for himself, and was taken to the county home a week previous to his death.

Aberdeen Daily News (2 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ
News was received at Lead of the death of A. G. McShane at Columbia, Cal. Deceased was one of the pioneers of the Black Hills, coming to that country in 1876. He lived for a number of years at Lead, then moving to Deadwood and later to Rapid City. He was interested in a number of mining propositions in the vicinity of Lead and was well known and liked by everyone in the Black Hills.

Sioux City Journal (Iowa) 14 Jan. 1899
Rapid City, S.D., Jan. 13. - Word has been received here of the death of Miss Alice Cook by the grip, at Marion, Io. She was until a few months ago prominent in society in this city.

Sioux City Journal (Iowa) 14 Jan. 1899
The remains of Andrew Sanksen, who has been a resident of Pennington county many years, were brought to this city for internment yesterday from Merritt, S.D., where he died on January 8 of pneumonia. Deceased is a German, and leaves a wife and one child.

Sioux City Journal (Iowa) 7 Jan. 1899
Rapid City, S.D., Jan. 6. Mrs. Keziah Wood, mother of Chauncey L. Wood, of this city, state's attorney of Pennington county, and Buel R. Wood, of Custer, died in this city yesterday at the age of 63 years.

Unknown, undated newspaper (from scrapbook)
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


JAMESTOWN. N.D. - Services for Densel Mason, 52, former Rapid City resident, were held at St. James Catholic Church Wednesday with The Rev. Bernard Pfau officiating. He died Sunday at the Jamestown Hospital.

Burial will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D. Services are under the direction of the Eddy Funeral Chapel.

Mason was born at Highmore, S.D., on March 13, 1935, to Robert and Clara (Gunderson) Mason. He was educated in Highmore, and graduated from Highmore High School. In 1953, he entered the U. S. Army and was stationed at Chicago until his discharge.

He married Joanne Coyle in Rapid City on Nov. 16, 1956. The couple lived in Rapid City for about one year. In 1958, he moved to Highmore, and later lived in Miller, S.D.; Park River, N.D.; Langdon, N.D.; and Virginia, Minn. In 1982, he moved to Jamestown to serve as president and chairman of the board of the First Bank of North Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.

[survivor information omitted due to privacy concerns]

Unknown newspaper
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


The Rev. Stanislaus Maudlin, OSB, 89, a monk of Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, died at St. William's Nursing Home in Milbank Sunday, Jan. 22. Funeral Mass will be held at Blue Cloud Abbey Thursday, Jan. 26 at 11:00 a.m. Mundwiler Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of arrangements.
Father Stanislaus was born in Greensburg, IN, on Dec. 16, 1916. He entered the Order of St. Benedict at St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, in 1934 and professed final vows in 1938. In 1942, he was ordained to the priesthood. He was assigned to St. Ann's Mission, Belcourt, North Dakota, the following year. Named superior of St. Michael's Mission, St. Michael, North Dakota, he remained there for six years, followed by assignment to Immaculate Conception at Stephan, South Dakota, where he served the parishioners of Stephan, Fort Thompson, Big Bend and Pierre. He returned to Belcourt, North Dakota, for a brief time in 1966.
He was a founding member of Blue Cloud Abbey in 1950. In 1967, he was named the Executive Director of the American Indian Culture Research Center at Blue Cloud, a position he held until his death. Bishop Paul V. Dudley of the Sioux Falls Diocese named him Vicar for Indian Ministry and this past December, he received an honorary doctorate from Mt. Marty College in Yankton. Soon after this, he suffered a stroke.
[survivor information omitted for privacy concerns]

Note: died Jan. 22, 2006

The Huronite and The Daily Plainsman
Huron, South Dakota
June 26, 1956


Funeral: June 28, Welter Funeral Home.
Burial: Maplewood cemetery, Iroquois, SD
Age: 35
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Keelin of Huron

Memorial Folder for Donald Griese
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell



Born: July 17, 1940, Lebanon, SD

Parents: George & Margie Griese

Education: Gettysburg (SD) High School

Military service: USAF

Died: Friday, May 16, 2003, Boswell Memorial Hospital, Sun City, AZ

Age: 62

July 17, 1940 (Lebanon, South Dakota) - May 16, 2003 (Sun City, Arizona)
Interment: Onida Cemetery, Onida, South Dakota

[survivor information omitted for privacy concerns]

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
April 19, 1966



Birth: Feb. 14, 1900, Orient, South Dakota

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. August Miessner

Died: "Sunday", St. John's Hospital, Huron, SD

Funeral: Trinity Lutheran Church.  Buried at St. Michael's Cemetery, Orient

Occupation/Locations: worked at Ellsworth AFB and lived in Rapid City, rancher, relocated to Hand County in 1958.

Survivors: Mrs. Philip Forman (Orient, sister), Mrs. Helen Clement (Huron, sister), Mrs. Roy Ramey (Enumclaw, Washington, sister), Frank (Miller, brother), August (Highmore, brother), nieces and nephews.

The National Tribune: Washington, D.C. January 09, 1908


QUIGGLE.- At Rapid City, S.D., Sept. 10, 1907, John B. Quiggle, aged 77 years. Comrade Quiggle was born in Geauga County, Ohio, and resided in Wisconsin since 1844: served as a drummer in 42d Wis. He is survived by his widow and their son.
Transcribed by Kate Watson

A.C. O'Leary
Mr. A. C. O'Leary, owner of the Idlewild Cafe here has returned from an extended vacation in California, he reached Buffalo Monday noon and word was waiting here for him of the death of his father, who lived at Rapid City S. Dakota. Mr. O'Leary left here Monday afternoon for Rapid City, to attend the funeral of his father.
[Buffalo (WY) News, 11 November 1926, page 5 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Obit: While two men named James Rickerb and Oscar Landier were timbering at the mouth of a shaft in the Addie tin mine, at Hill City, Rickerb overbalanced and fell, grasping Landier to save himself. Rickerb fell to the 500-foot level. He struck the cage and was killed instantly. Landier dropped seventy-five feet, where he caught upon a timber, sustaining injuries. Both are men of family.
New Ulm Review, June 29, 1892, New Ulm, MN
Submitted by Robin Line

Feb. 4 - Porter Warner, receiver of the United States land office, is dead from heart disease. Mr. Warner was one of the oldest pioneers of the Black Hills. He established the Daily Times at Deadwood in 1877 and leaves a large family
[Dallas Morning Times 7 Feb 1899 - submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]


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