Tripp County, South Dakota
Historic Photos

Dallas 1909 steam engine pulling a load of merchandise from Dallas SD
to Colome Tripp Co. South Dakota for Qually's Drug Store.

Photo from the March 27, 1952 Winner Avocate
Submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society

This picture is from a portion of a larger 1920 photo showing the still growing City of Winner in 1920. Taken from atop of the grain elevator on north Main St. the photo shows how active the community was. At the bottom is the back lot of Montgomery Lumber and Floete Lumber is seen just south of there. These are only 2 of about a half dozen of Winner's early lumber companies, none of which are companies operating today. Building in the area was booming, and as the railhead, Winner was the main shipping point. Proof of the building boom can be seen in the newly erected courthouse, which is still getting its roof completed in the picture. Many of the buildings in the picture have been gone for many years but others can still be identified as standing today. Also notice this photo was taken before the concrete water tanks were buried. These are not the metal tanks that sit on the hill above Winner today. Our thanks goes to the Pete Long Family for sharing this photo with us.

[Pete Long Family photo; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


The Coyotes and the Henhouse

Ed Manchester took many excellent photos in the homestead days of Tripp Co. In this 1909 photo he shows a couple of coyote pups with an unknown man. It was probably taken near Ed's homestead between Dog Ear and McNeely. Coyotes were numerous in the early days and a problem for stock growers, so much a bounty was placed on them. Homesteaders would dig out the dens of the coyotes to eliminate the animals. More than one heart was won over when a den with pups was found though. In northern Tripp Co. as a youth Don Boreson found a den with a pup and tried to tame the animal as a pet, feeding it with milk from an eye dropper or bread soaked in milk. All of the attention and training never overcame the animal's natural instincts though. The farm's chickens soon became a tasty treat for the pup that had escaped its pen. Don set many traps trying to catch his pet as the number of chickens in the henhouse dwindled to no avail. He finally lured the coyote to a snare with a pan of bread soaked in milk and the chickens had less to worry about, with the crafty coyote gone from the ranch.

[1909 photo by Ed Manchester; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

Herman K. "Jim" Frank

Maximizing The Trip

Back in the 1920's a trip to town was not a daily thing and people made the most of every trip. Our photo from the Glenda Frank Moser collection shows Herman K. "Jim" Frank of Ideal hauling lumber to the farm for a new building. Ideal did not have any lumber yards so Jim had probably ventured to the big city of Winner. He seems to be maximizing the trip to the extent that crawling through the window seems to be the only way in or out of the truck. The picture was taken about 1928 and the truck appears to be a Chevrolet.

[Glenda Frank Moser Collection, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

Dog Ear Lake

Dog Ear Lake in 1909 lacked the huge trees it has today as shown in this Edward E Manchester photo. One reason for that could be the prairie fires that were common on the plains. The natives used fires to herd buffalo and they also occurred naturally. In 1909 there was a prairie fire on the north side of the lake that flames rose 20 feet into the air fueled by the tall lush grass. It has been said in the early days Dog Ear only had 6 trees, since then many trees were planted. A very young Dennis Flynn helped his sister in the 1920's plant trees around the dance hall and a grove was later planted at the state access area.

[Submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]
Photo by Edward E. Manchester


Labor Day 1960

The elephant was sponsored by the GOP (Republican Party) as 1960 was a presidential election year. Part of the GOP sign is on the right side of the picture. Roger Lynn Flora, is the boy to the right of the elephant's trunk. Steve Flora is standing in the background with sunglasses (the tallest one).

Note The sign at the top center is for PeeWee's (Foltz's) Holm cafe which was south of Lapp's Winner Hotel building. The cafe was started by the Holm family and burnt in 1964 while operated by Stan Smith. Today the offices of Jensen & Massa are at this location.

[Steve Flora photo - Submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


Betty Briggs (left, white dress), ? Wilkins and May 8 mo.,E. Hill and carl Nolen's two children.
July 1922 Winner, SD
Submitted by: Nancy Sneed


Mr. and Mrs. Leland S. Briggs outside the Ford Motor Company in Winner, SD 1917
Submitted by: Nancy Sneed


Mrs. and Mr. Budreau and Mrs. L.S. Briggs at the RR depot standing on the platform.
Winner, SD, 1917
Submitted by: Nancy Sneed


Mary Rose Tullinger or Fullinger or Trullinger age 3 yr., 4 1/2 mo.
June 1, 1920 Gertrude Ellen Tullinger or Fullinger or Trullinger age 8 mo.
Submitted by: Nancy Sneed

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