South Dakota

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"From the Steppes to the Prairies." Msgr. George P. Aberle, Unknown, 1963. The resettlement of the Germans from Russia in North and South America and Canada. History of early North and South Dakota settlements. AJ3

"Memorial and Biographical Record - The Black Hills Region." Geo. A Ogle & Co. 1898. Compendium of Local Biography; including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of the Black Hills Region. ST1

"Roadside History of South Dakota." Written by Linda Hasselstrom. Published by Mountain Press Publishing Co.; 1994. A recording of history along highway lines tells of events, people and structures which influenced the state. 467 pages with 685 pages with black and white illustrations, photos, map, bibliography and index. BLL

Aurora Co.

"1882-1982...100 Years of Progress, Still Growing Through Time, White Lake, SD, July 2-3-4, 1982." Centennial Book Committee, 1982. History of the village of White Lake, SD, including many bio's of area families, often reaching back to the homestead period of the 1880's. An excellent index is available at http://files.usgwarchives.org/sd/aurora/wl-book.txt. Please consult it before requesting a lookup. GK2

"Aurora County History." Aurora County [SD] Historical Society, 1983. List of city and county histories. Family histories pages 128 - 402. An index of family names (headings only) is available at: http://files.usgwarchives.org/sd/aurora/history/hist1983.txt. GK2

"Stickney South Dakota 75th Anniversary 1905-1980." Argus Printers, 1980. Illustrated history of Stickney, SD. Full name index available at: http://files.usgwarchives.org/sd/aurora/history/stickney/. GK2

Brown Co.

"Early History of Brown County South Dakota." Brown Co. Territorial Pioneer Committe, Western Printing Co, 1965. History of Brown County South Dakota, listing many names, pictures,and stories of those pioneers who settle the area. RMC

Brule Co.

"Brule County History." Brule County Historical Society, State Publishing Co., 1977. History of Brule County South Dakota. There is no index but it has an alphabetical listing of family histories. AJ3

"Echoes of the Past 1880-1980 Kimball South Dakota." Bickner, Lytle and Petula, Register Publishing Co.,  1980. History of the founding of Kimball. Some family histories and lots of photos. Not indexed. AJ3

Butte Co.

"Butte County Pioneer Footprints." Black Hills Century Club, Midwest Book Co., 1964. History of Butte County South Dakota. Contains many family histories. This book has no index. AJ3

Carson Co.

"Black Horse Butte A Dakota Homestead Community 1909-1940." Elizabeth Meeuwsen Johnson, Pine Hill Press, 1995. Photos, histories and stories of the Black Horse Butte community. AJ3

"Taming the Plains." Rose Tidball, Walsworth Publishers, 1976 and 1999. Histories of communties to include: Athboy, Gopher, Grand Valley, White Deer, Thunder Hawk, Keldron, Morristown, Watauga and McIntosh. AJ3

Charles Mix Co.

"South Dakota On the Reservation Border-Hollanders in Douglas and Charles Mix Counties." Henry Van Der Pol, Argus Printers, 1969. History and memoirs of Douglas and Charles Mix counties, S. Dakota. lots of names. CFW

Codington Co.

"'The First Hundred Years' in Codington County South Dakota 1879-1979." Codington County History Book Committee, 1979. Table of Contents: Chapter

  1. Dakota Territory
  2. Codington County
  3. History of Watertown
    Hospitals
  4. Outstanding Citizens
  5. Schools
    Memoirs of a County Superintendent
  6. Townships
  7. Family Histories
  8. I remember
  9. Bits and Pieces
  10. Centennial Celebration
  11. Century
  12. Index AJ3

Custer Co.

"Custer County History to 1976." Custer County Historical Society, 1977. Written history of Custer County, South Dakota to 1976. AJ3

"Hermosa (SD), 1886-1986, Railroads, Cowboys and Memories." Douglas B. Hesnard, editor. The Hermosa Centennial Committee, Hermosa, South Dakota, 1986. One hundred year historical review of the town, its organizations, people and nearby places of interest. 119 pages with black and white photos and index. BLL

"Images of America; Custer County (South Dakota)." Peggy A. Sanders. Arcadia Publishing; 2005. A photo review of people, documents, events and locations in Custer County, some as early as 1886. 128 pages with black and white photos and illustrations; not indexed. BLL

Dewey Co.

"Dewey County Golden Jubilee 1910-1960." Timber Lake, South Dakota. Author and publisher unknown. Published in 1960. This was the 50th jubille book for Timber Lake, South Dakota. It has an family history index. It also contains info about surronding areas in Dewey County. AJ3

"Isabel Freinds and Neighbors 1961-1986." Unknown author, State Publishing Pierre, 1986. History of the people and places around Isabel, S.D. Dewey and Ziebach Counties. AJ3

"Isabel Territory." Published in 1961. Isabel, the heart of the sheep country. Golden Jubilee (1961). 50 years of Isabel, SD history (1911-1961). This book is not indexed. AJ3

"Timber Lake and Area 1910-1985." Timber Lake and Area Historical Society, State Publishing Co, 1984. The history of Timber Lake, Dewey County South Dakota and surrounding areas. AJ3

"Timber Lake and Area Centennial History 1910-2010." Timber Lake and Area Historical Society, Midstates Printing, 2009. AJ3

Douglas Co.

"South Dakota On the Reservation Border-Hollanders in Douglas and Charles Mix Counties." Henry Van Der Pol, Argus Printers, 1969. History and memoirs of Douglas and Charles Mix counties, S. Dakota. lots of names. CFW

Gregory Co.

"History of Dixon, South Dakota Gregory Co." Historical Society, Gregory Times-Advocate, 1974. It isn't indexed, so I indexed this one. I can find people in it quickly. memoirs of early settlers of Dixon, S. Dakota. CFW

Haakon Co.

"Haakon Horizons." Elsie Hay, State Publishing, 1982. Personal histories, schools, churches, communities, photos, brands. Communites include: Grindstone, Hilland, Midland, Milesville, Nowlin, Ottumwa, Philip and Powell. Book is indexed. AJ3

"Historic Midland 1890-1986." Midland Pioneer Museum, 1986, State Publishing. History of the town of Midland. Some family histories. AJ3

"Pioneers of Haakon County South Dakota, Settlers Before January 1, 1906." Pioneer Club of Western South Dakota, 1965. History of Haakon County, South Dakota. The communities include, Ash Creek, Bridges Creek, Cheyenne River, Grindstone, Midland, North Fork of Bad River, South Fork of Bad River, North of Ottumwa, Nowlin, Ottumwa, Philip, Plum Creek and Powell. There are quite a few family histories. AJ3

"Prairie Progress in West Central South Dakota." Assembled and Compiled by "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County" 1968. According to the preface to this book "This book has been published through the efforts of "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County", which was organized in the fall of 1965. The purpose of the society is to compile and preserve information about the lives of our early pioneers;..." It should be noted that the counties covered in this book are Haakon, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, and Stanley. AJ3

Hanson Co.

"Love and Chaos." by Ethel (Ness) Krigbaum. Printed by Argus Printers, Stickney, SD 57375. Copyright 1981, Ethel (Ness) Krigbaum, Bethel Island, California 94511. Ethel (Ness) Krigbaum writes the story of her family: her mother, Anna Kennedy Ness, her father, Hans Christian (Harry) Ness, and their thirteen children, born between 1899 and 1923. Anna and Harry raised their children on a farm on the Hanson County line, ten miles north of Fulton, SD. The family history centers around Anna Ness, for she provided the core of love and strength that held the family together through decades of tough times. Krigbaum repeats one mantra throughout her book: "We weren't poor, we just didn't have any money." Krigbaum mentions the names of many neighbors from Hanson County, many mentions of Mitchell, and as far south as Dimock. There are also the married names of all of her siblings. There is no index, but I plan to read it through again and make note of names and pages to accommodate requests. Perhaps I will be able to compile an index (but not today). DP2

Harding Co.

"BUILDING AN EMPIRE." BUFFALO TIMES-HERALD, 1959. "A Historical Booklet on HARDING COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA Prepared Especially for the FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HARDING COUNTY To Be Observed on September 6-7, 1959 at Buffalo, South Dakota Compiled and Published by Buffalo Times-Herald." Contains names of early settlers, some with biographical information. Also contains lists of the county officials from the time the county was formed, and a history of the area before Buffalo and Harding County existed. M32

Hutchinson Co.

"A Touch of Tripp II." Tripp Study Club, 1986. History of Tripp in Hutchinson Co. SD. Table of Contents:
1. A Town Continues
2. Agriculture
3. In God We Trust
4. Education
5. Tripp is Involved
6. Business and Progress
7. Families Come to Stay
8. A Time For Joy
9. A Time For Sorrow
10. Do You Remember?
11. Days of "86"
12. Alumni-1919 thru 1986
This book is NOT indexed but the family histories are in alphebetical order. AJ3

Jackson Co.

"Prairie Progress in West Central South Dakota." Assembled and Compiled by "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County" 1968. According to the preface to this book "This book has been published through the efforts of "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County", which was organized in the fall of 1965. The purpose of the society is to compile and preserve information about the lives of our early pioneers;..." It should be noted that the counties covered in this book are Haakon, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, and Stanley. AJ3

Jones Co.

"Jones County In Memory." Emma M. Ferris, Pine Hill Press, 1989. Contains obituaries of former resisdents of Jones County, SD compiled from various newspapers and funeral homes. AJ3

"Prairie Progress in West Central South Dakota." Assembled and Compiled by "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County" 1968. According to the preface to this book "This book has been published through the efforts of "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County", which was organized in the fall of 1965. The purpose of the society is to compile and preserve information about the lives of our early pioneers;..." It should be noted that the counties covered in this book are Haakon, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, and Stanley. AJ3

Lawrence Co.

"Deadwood: The Golden Years." Watson Parker. University of Nebraska Press; 1981. Deadwood, South Dakota, has been a source of American legend for over one hundred years. The book recreates the town that would not die, a town with wide-open frontier life side by side with a most mercantile respectability, a town that assimilated all that its geography, gold, natural disasters, and the extremes of human behavior could throw in its way. Deadwood was a microcosm of the American frontier and the gold rush town. This history of Deadwood emphasizes its most volatile period, 1875-1925, with careful scrutiny of before and after. 302 pages include maps, photos, illustrations, notes, annotated bibliography and index. BLL

"Pioneer Days in the Black Hills: Accurate History and Facts Related by One of the Early Day Pioneers." John S. McClintock; edited by Edward L. Senn; foreward by Wayne R. Kime. University of Oklahoma Press; 2000 (Originally published by J. S. McClintock, 1939). A rough-and-tumble account of the early days of Deadwood, Dakota Territory, by a pioneer who arrived in April 1876 and made his home there until his death in 1942. In 71 chapters material is provided on the gold rush, skirmishes with Indians, exploits of road agents and outlaws, and appearances by celebrities such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, the four Deadwood Dicks "Black Dan", "Madame Mustache", "Buckskin johnny" and "Big Thumb Jake". Includes 160 short biographies of early pioneers. 336 pages with black and white illustrations and photos; not indexed. BLL

"Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman." David A. Wolff. South Dakota State Historical Society Press; 2009. Arriving from Montana at the start of the gold rush in 1876, Seth Bullock quickly became an integral part of the burgeoning Black Hills community, attempting to create a lasting legacy for himself by working within local and regional politics, through various businesses, and in his many positions at the forefront of Black Hills law enforcement and forest management. 206 pages with black and white photos, notes, bibliography and index. BLL

"Some History of Lawrence County." Lawrence County Historical Society, State Publishing Company, 1981 Contains an indexed family history section also a great deal of information on claims, mines and mills in the area. Some of the communities covered are Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, Central City, Whitewood, St.Onge, Savoy, Maitland,Terraville, Pluma, Crook City, Elmore, Hanna, Dumont, Nahant and Nemo. AJ3

Lyman Co.

"Early Settlers in Lyman County." Lyman County Historical Society State Publishing Co., Dec. 1974. Barely indexed, but is set by surname biographically. many bio's are long, so be patient, I can either xerox the bio or transcribe it. CFW

"Prairie Progress in West Central South Dakota." Assembled and Compiled by "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County" 1968. According to the preface to this book "This book has been published through the efforts of "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County", which was organized in the fall of 1965. The purpose of the society is to compile and preserve information about the lives of our early pioneers;..." It should be noted that the counties covered in this book are Haakon, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, and Stanley. AJ3

"Winds of Change in Lyman County." Lyman County Historical Society, 1997. Community histories include Vivian, Presho, Kennebec, Lyman and Reliance. There is quite a large family history section. AJ3

Meade Co.

"Central Meade County 1903-1963." Stoneville Steadies Estension Club 1963. Stories and family histories from the following communites: Boneita Springs, Chalkbutte, Clough, Cooper, Dalzell, Eleanor, Elm Springs, Enning, Fairpoint, Haydraw, Hereford, Lovell, Marcus, Mud Butte, Opal, Red Owl, Royal Center, Stoneville, Sulphur, Tama, Union Center, Viewfield, Volunteer, White Owl, Wrightsville. AJ3

"Faith Country 1910-1960." Author unknown, Walsworth Publishing 1960. The book published to commenorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the city of Faith, SD. and surrounding communities which include: Ada, Arrowhead, Avance, Bixby, Brushie, Boehrs, Caton, Cedar Canyon, Chance, Coal Springs, Cooper, Dunnebecke, Edson, Fox Ridge, Imogene, Marcus, Maurine, Moreau, Opal, Plainview, Redelm, Red Owl, Royal Center, Spook, Sulpher, Tama, Turtle Creek, Usta, White Owl and Zeal. There are some family history and lots of photos but this book is NOT INDEXED so lookups may take some time. AJ3

"Mato Paha Land of the Pioneers Northwest Meade County." Alkali Community Club, 1969. There are a lot of family histories and livestock brands published in this book. Only the family histories are indexed. Mato Paha is the Sioux name for Bear Butte. AJ3

"Meade and Pennington Counties Through The Years Before 1966." Lakeside Old Settlers Assn, Walsworth Publishing, 1966. The area covered in this book is approximately a boundary west of the Cheyenne River and south of the Belle Fourche River to a point west of New Underwood, having representives from the Elm Springs, Wasta, Owanka, New Underwood, Viewfield and Lakeside. Complete family history indexed. AJ3

Mellette Co.

"Mellette County 1911-1961." Mellette County Centennial Committee, 1961. History of Mellette County, South Dakota. List of sections: Title Page and Dedication' Dakota, Virgin Land; History of Mellette County; Our First People; Towns; Communities; Schools; Organizations; Churches; Reminiscences of the; Old Timers; Achievments; Economy; Advertising; Acknowledgements. There is quite a bit of Native American history in this book. AJ3

Pennington Co.

"Roadside History of South Dakota." Written by Linda Hasselstrom. Published by Mountain Press Publishing Co.; 1994. A recording of history along highway lines tells of events, people and structures which influenced the state. 467 pages with 685 pages with black and white illustrations, photos, map, bibliography and index. BLL

"Meade and Pennington Counties Through The Years Before 1966." Lakeside Old Settlers Assn, Walsworth Publishing, 1966. The area covered in this book is approximately a boundary west of the Cheyenne River and south of the Belle Fourche River to a point west of New Underwood, having representives from the Elm Springs, Wasta, Owanka, New Underwood, Viewfield and Lakeside. Complete family history indexed. AJ3

Perkins Co.

"Lemmon the First Hundred Years." Unknown author, 2007. Printed by The Print Shop. History of the town of Lemmon, Perkins County, South Dakota. There are a lot of family histories. Also included are the towns of Shadehill, Strool, Vernal and Seim. This book does not have an index but someone had transcribed one of which I have a copy. AJ3

"Meadow and Area Big Meadows 1907-2007 100 Years of History." Meadow Historical Society, 2009. Sandy Wagner, Editor. History of the Meadow Community. Maps of all the townships. Not indexed but family histories are in alphebetical order. AJ3

Stanley Co.

"Bad River, Ripples, Rages, and Residents." Irene Caldwell, Bad River Women's Club, 1983. History of towns, families and ranches in the Bad River, Stanley Co. area. Some of the communities are Teton, Van Metre, Fort Pierre, Capa, Wendte. There are quite a few family histories and photos. AJ3

"Prairie Progress in West Central South Dakota." Assembled and Compiled by "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County" 1968. According to the preface to this book "This book has been published through the efforts of "The Historical Society of Old Stanley County", which was organized in the fall of 1965. The purpose of the society is to compile and preserve information about the lives of our early pioneers;..." It should be noted that the counties covered in this book are Haakon, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, and Stanley. AJ3

Sully Co.

"A History of Sully County: 100 Years of Proud People 1883-1983." Sully County Centennial History Book Committee, June 1983, State Publishing Co., 303 E. Sioux, Pierre, SDp. Historical overview with some detail, pioneer families, considerable information on eras of 1940's forward. Includes the towns of Agar, Onieda and many rural townships. AJ3, JH

"History of Sully County." Sully Old Settler's Assn. 1939. Early history of Sully County, including Fort Sully. There are some family histories. AJ3

Turner Co.

"Centerville Dakota Territory 1883-1983 A Century of Memories." Centerville Centennial Book Committee, 1983, Pine Hill Press. History of Centerville, SD. A few family histories but mostly history of the town itself. AJ3

"Tale of Three Cities." Centiennial Book Committee. Great FULLY INDEXED County History for Marion, Dolton and Monroe with extensive family histories compiled for the centennial. MH3

Walworth Co.

"Mobridge Its First Fifty Years 1906-1956." Julius Skaug, editor, 1956. Early history of Mobridge, South Dakota through 1956. The index is very limited. Quite a few historic photos. AJ3

"Mobridge Its First 50 Years." Skaug, Julius; Brown Lithographing Co. for the City of Mobridge; 1980 (Second Edition). Good description of early history of area and the early pioneers. DD2

Yankton Co.

"Alumni Directory Yankton College including Fargo and Redfield Colleges." Yankton College, 1960. Index of teachers and alumni for the listed colleges. CFW

Ziebach Co.

"Isabel Freinds and Neighbors 1961-1986." Unknown author, State Publishing Pierre, 1986. History of the people and places around Isabel, S.D. Dewey and Ziebach Counties. AJ3