BOUCHIE FAMILY BIOGRAPHY
(Written by Family and Submitted by Darrell R. Fransen)
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bouchie came to Sully County in of 1902, immediately after their marriage at De Smet, South Dakota. They homesteaded on Section 19, where they lived until September, 1935 when they moved to Oregon. While in Sully County, they raised a family of six children: Forest, Hazel, Claude, Helen, Elliott and Marjorie. The families started moving away in 1933. Forest and his family moved to Oregon that year. In 1934 Helen and her husband Orin Schollian, moved to Torrington, Wyoming, and later to Oregon. In 1935, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bouchie and daughter Hazel, and her husband, Howard Teets, and family moved to Oregon. In 1936, Claude and his family moved to Oregon.
Mrs. Earl Bouchie taught school in several schools in Sully County and in Oregon. She taught school first Farmington Township. The school house was located in the SE 1/4 of 29, land now owned by Elliott and Eileen. John (Spud)Wagner was one of her first grade pupils and he rode to school with her. She drove a horse and buggy to and from school. She quit teaching to raise the family. About 1920 she again taught school in Troy, Pearl, Okobojo, Morton and Richvalley Townships. She taught school for five years in Oregon, for a total of over 20 years. Mrs. Bouchie died at their home in Thurner, Oregon, in April of 1953. Mr. Bouchie died in October of 1955 in Salem, Oregon.
Two of the family, Marjorie and Elliott, stayed in Sully County. Marjorie married Ray Cass and they live on a farm in Farmington Township.
Elliott married Eileen Rausch of Gorman, South in October of 1937, and set up housekeeping on a farm west of Agar. Two years later, they moved to the old Bouchie farm. In 1946, Elliott and Eileen and two sons, Arlen and Mervin, moved to Section 32 of Farnington Town; where they built a new farm, which took many years. As time went on, they added to the farm and also to the family. Crayton was born in 1947, Sheryl in 1950, and Berva in 1953. The children all attended rural school in Farmington Towzwhip and all graduated from Agar High School, where Eileen and Elliott had also graduated before their marriage. Mervin, Crayton and Sheryl received their college degrees from Huron College and Berva got her college degree from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion. Mervin got his Master's Degree from South Dakota State University at Brookings.
Arlen and wife Judie live at Fort Pierre and he does ditching pipe laying and construction work. Judie is head bookkeeper and office manager of the Fort Pierre Livestock Sales Commission. They have three children, Barry, Haley and Jodi.
Mervin taught school and coached in the Huron Public School for eight years and is presently managing the Meadowbrook and Memorial golf courses in Huron. He also delivers the Daily Plainsman paper to eastern South Dakota. His wife, Barb works for Luther, Inc., as a decorating consultant, in Huron.
Crayton taught school and coached at Hosmer, South Dakota for two years. While teaching, he married Debby Nelson. He joined the National Guard and went to Fort Polk, Louisiana, for training. He then came back to start farming. They have a farm in Hughes County, near Canning and Blunt. He also farms his parents' place in Farmington Township. Debbie is a Weight Watchers lecturer in Pierre. They have three children Heather, Lindy and Logan.
Both Sheryl and Berva, upon graduation from college, were accepted in the Marine Corps and attended Officer Candidate school at Quantico, Virgina and graduated as a Second Lieutenant, Sheryl in 1972 and Berva in 1975. On December 14 1976, Sheryl married Fred Murray in a military wedding at Washington, D.C. Fred, a farm boy from Florida, is a Marine and will have been in the Marine Corps for 20 years in October 1983. Sheryl and Fred built a new home near Fredricksburg, Virginia, and are stationed at Quantico, Virginia. Sheryl has been stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina, and at Camp Smith, Honolulu, Hawaii. While there, she was promoted Captain. After her marriage to Fred, he joined her there and she finished her three years there. They then were both sent Okinawa, Japan, for one year. In 1980 they returned to Quantico, Virginia, where Fred is an instructor and Sheryl is the Adjutant for Headquarters and Service Batallion Marine Corps development and Education Command. On May 3, 1982 Sheryl was notified that she had been selected to be promoted to the rank of Major and will start a new job June 15 as commamanding Officer, Education Center Company, at Quantico.
Berva married Joe Noone of Silver Spring, Maryland, on December 18, 1976, in a military ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where both were stationed. Both were Captains in the Marine Corps when they resigned their commission to get into civilian work. In July of 1981, they moved to San Diego California, where Joe had a job with Naval Investigative Service and he is also in the Marine Corps Reserves. Berva got a job with M.S.A., Inc., Environmental Consultants, as an office manager.
Elliott and Eileen also have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, from the oldest son, Arlen's, first marriage. Michael Bouchie is married and has a daughter and they live at Las Vegas, Nevada. Linda and her husband, Jeff Schwartz, and two sons live in Westminster, California. Gidget and her husband, Ray Daughterty, also live in Westminster, California.
Elliott and Eileen live on the farm and keep busy with the yard, lawn, and garden and raising a few hogs. They belong to the Methodist Church in Agar. Eileen belongs to the Farmington Extension Club and has been a member for 4 years. She is also a member of the Sully County Chorus for 31 years, as well as a member of the Agar American Legion Auxiliary and the Pierre Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Both Elliott and Eileen are charter members Lariat Riding Club at Blunt. Elliott is a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge in the Onida Lodge and has been a member for 31 years of that organization. He is also a member of the Pierre Elks for 19 years, and has been with the Sully County A.S.C.S. for 26 years and as a County Committeeman of the A.S.C.S. the past 10 years.
(Written by Family and Submitted by Darrell R. Fransen)
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