South Dakota

Sully County South Dakota



Dead on The Prairie
Jealousy the Cause of Murder and Suicide in a South Dakota Town
Blunt, South Dakota, October 11.--Special Telegram.--Yesterday afternoon Peter Pearson, the postmaster at Lewiston, Sully County, shot his wife and them himself on the prairie near that place. The bodies lay on the prairie all night, the neighbors refusing to move them until the arrival of the coroner.
Jealousy was the cause of the shooting.
They leave six children all under age.
Daily Inter Ocean - October 12, 1893
Transcribed and contributed by: AFOFG

State Will Sell Ft. Sully Lands
Special to the American
Pierre, S. D., Sept. 2.?On the 10th of this month the state land department will make offerings of lands on the old Port Sully reservation in Sully county, practically all of which was secured by the state at the time it was onened to settlement. These offerings will be the first break in the reservation, and two sections in the northeast corner of township 113, range 81, will be placed upon the market. The lands are good up-land prairie, and in a section where several gas wells are in operation, and this will add to the esirability of the lands. [Source: Aberdeen American, September 3, 1908, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Sully County Has Fickle Boundaries
Pierre, Dec. 11.?Special.--While Sully has been a going county for more than 30 years, since Its organization in 1883, and has been carrying on business as such an organization, it has now been discovered, that apparently there has never been a definite act fixing its boundaries specifically. In 1873, when the organization of and changing of boundaries of counties was one of the regular features of the territorial legislatures, where they had plenty of room for exercising their ingenuity on bare and open prairie without settlement, the county of Sully was created, and an attempt made to say just where It shouid exist. But the act which shows up on the session laws of that year Is one which is so indefinite that about the only specific location is that it was to begin at the northeast corner of Hughes county, and that the Missouri river was to be the west boundary. Under this condition unless some later and more specific act can be discovered since that of 1872, the probabilities are that the coming session will be naked to specifically define the boundaries of that county.[Source: Aberdeen American, December 12, 1916, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Sully County Pioneer Dies
E. E. Brooking of Onida Passes Away-Old Resident
Pierre, Nov. 1.--In the death of E. E. Brooking, at Onida, another of the pioneers of Sully county has gone. Mr. Brooking located on a homestead near Clifton, in Sully county in 1883, and has made that county his home ever since that time. [Source: Aberdeen Daily News, November 11, 1916, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Sully Pioneer Dies
July 19.--Sully county lost one of her pioneer settlers in the death of Daniel McGuire, at his home in Pearl township, thirty miles north of here. Mr. McGuire was one of the earliest settlers in that county, having lived for more than twenty-five years on the farm where his death occurred. [Source: Aberdeen Daily News, July 19, 1909, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Pioneer of Sully Dead
Pierre, Feb. 15.--F. M. Chamberlan, one of the pioneers of Sully county, died yesterday on his home farm on which he located when he came to Sully county in 1883. Mr. Chamberlain has done a great deal for that section of the country in the quareter of a century he has resided there by his experiment work in agriculture, saving thousands to residents who secure the advantage of his practical experiments in the best crops to raise, and the methods of handling them in a new section of the country. [Source: Aberdeen Daily News, February 15, 1909, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Sully County Woman Was Fatally Injured
Onida, S. D., July 20.--Mrs. Jessie Telford, nee Jessie Palmer, of this place was accidentally killed at the Gowdy ranch, northwest of Pierre, Wednesday, when a shot gun, which her brother-in-law was lifting from an automobile, was accidentally discharged and the charge of shot struck the woman in the back. The party of six people, three Telford brothers and their wives had gone to the Missouri river to pick wild fruit. Deciding to move along to another point in the timber on the river bank, Mrs. Jessie Telford's brother-in-law picked up his shot gun as he was about to enter the motor, when the shells in the gun exploded. Mrs. Telford lived but a short time after the accident. The announcement of the accident, was received with much regret by the many friends of the young woman, who was widely known and held in much esteem in this community. [Source: Aberdeen Daily News, July 20, 1922, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Negro 101 Years Old Dies In Sully County
Pierre, Oct. 16.--Special--Norval Blair, a Sully county farmer, is dead at the age of 101 years. Blair, with three sons and three daughters, came to Sully county from central Illinois in 1883, and all secured government land in one tract, taking up almost 2,000 acres. This tract they have held and used for farm and ranch purposes ever since. Blair was born a slave, but his master allowed him to work out his freedom. He moved to Illinois, and by his efforts he secured the money to purchase the freedom of his wife and oldest child and brought them north. The family remained in Illinois until 1883, when they came to Dakota territory. For a long time they were the only colored residents of Sully county. [Source: Aberdeen American, October 17, 1916, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Two Pioneer Women Die
Both Pass Away In Sully County Same Day

Pierre, Sept. 18.--Local Sully county papers report the death on the same date, of two of the pioneer women of that county, Mrs. George W. Fisher, who died from paralysis, and Mrs. Edward Barber who died from cancer. [Source: Aberdeen Daily News, September 18, 1916, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

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