Tripp County, South Dakota
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200 Lombardies For Playground

Two hundred Lombardy poplar trees are being set out this week on the site of the George Claire McDonald playground on the south side of town. The maintenance man is now digging the holes for the trees.

Plans are progressing for the placing of two tennis courts, a badminton court, and a softball field on the east side of the 350 by 750 foot tract on which the playground is to be situated. The plot will be centered by a building housing toilet facilities, playground equipment and a room for a playground supervisor. The west end of the field will be devoted to small games, like croquet, hopscotch and horseshoes and to slides, seesaws and possibly a merry-go-round for the tots.

McDonald playground is the gift of the late George Claire McDonald who left two-fifths of his estate for the establishment of a playground for the children of the town he loved.

[Winner Advocate, Winner, SD, Published Thursday, April 26, 1951, newspaper article submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society, transcribed by CD]

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Carter News - January 10, 1917

Congregation Church Willing Workers
The Willing Workers of the Congregational church held a successful work meeting at the church Thursday last week. Mrs. Robert Miller will entertain them at Prairie Cottage next Thursday, January 17. All members and friends invited.

Cushing
Many from Carter attended the F. R. Cushing sale last week Wednesday. There was a large crowd present and things are reported as selling well.

Danker
Charley Danker left Monday on the stage to make a visit at his parents home in southwestern Nebraska. Miss Mary Englegau is staying with Mrs. Danker during his absence.

DeGunther
Miss Elizabeth DeGunther left for Winner last Monday. We understand that she has secured a position in a store at that place.

Donahue
Mrs. Donahue and daughter, Vera, returned from Gregory last Friday.

Goodsell, Joyce
Miss Joyce Goodsell returned to Spencer, Neb., last week to resume her school duties.

Goodsell, Roscoe
Roscoe Goodsell and family took dinner at the Veach home Sunday.

Hagberg
Arvid Hagberg took dinner at the parsonage with Rev. Keepers and family last Sunday.

Hutton
Mr. S. C. Hutton went to Oscoma last Friday and returned with a bride. She was a Miss Brown from Lemmon, S. D. They have gone to housekeeping in rooms over the Carter State Bank. Carter friends extend congratulations.

Keepers
Rev. and Mrs. Keepers called at the Geo. Klos home Sunday evening.

Klos, George
George Klos has purchased a half interest in the Winner Meat Market and will this week take up his active duties at that place. Carter feels this removal very much as thereby we lose one of our best families. We are sure that our loss will be to the gain of Winner and hope for them a good and increasing business.

Klos, George
Last Monday evening a large company of friends gathered at the home of Geo. Kloss to surprise the family. The surprise was perfect and the evening was spent in social conversation and games after which refreshments were served. The guests left at a late hour, expressing their regrets at the prospective removal of this excellent family from our midst but wishing them the best of good fortune in their new business and home.

Klos, Vivian
Miss Vivian Klos spent a few days with her aunt, Mrs. Wm. Byier last week. Mrs. Byier is suffering from an attack of erysipelas. We hope she will soon regain her usual health.

Lebeck
Chas. Lebeck took the stage east Monday for a business trip to Omaha.

Mielke
Mrs. Leonard Mielke and little son are visiting her sisters at the telephone office a day or two.

Rudson
Mrs. Armund Rudson and children returned last Friday from a visit at the parental home near Gregory.

Stone
Miss Winna Stone returned to her school work at Sioux Falls last week.

Walker
Miss Viola Walker spent a few days last week at her grandparents home in Winner.

Youngquist
Little Sarah DeBell Youngquist has been indisposed the past week but is better at the present.

[Tripp County Journal, Tripp Co., SD, Thursday, January 10, 1917, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Carter News - May 16, 1918

Housl
Mr. J. A. Housl, has a fine line of groceries on hand now, and a good meat business. We bespeak for him a profitable share of the business.

McConnel
Mr. and Mrs. Lon McConnel have closed their restaurant on Tuesday of this week.

McMurray
Mr. McMurray has been putting in an outside stairway on his building.

McNamara
Mrs. J. M. McNamara and daughter Katherine and Mr. M. M. McNamera, were callers near the Big White River last Sunday.

Miller & Keepers
Robert Miller and Mrs. J. B. Keepers organized the Junior Red Cross at the schoolhouse last Thursday.

Sills & Sinkler
The Sills orchestra met at the F. T. Sinkler home last Saturday. Mr. Sills is the director and has many good musicians.

Youngquist
F. V. Youngquist spent several days in Omaha last week.

[Tripp County Journal, Thursday, May 16, 1918, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


Carter News, February 16, 1956

Blare & Farnsworth

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Blare were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Farnsworth at the Belles and Beaux square dance on Friday.

Chauncey & Schlem

Jean Chauncey was a Sunday dinner guest at the Aaron Schlem home.

Farnsworth & Schlem

Donnie Farnsworth was a Monday overnight guest of Johnnie Schlem.

Farnsworth, Janak, Nicolaisen, Farnsworth & Farnsworth

Mrs. Vernie Farnsworth entertained Mr. and Mrs. Jeo Janak and son and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Nicolaisen and children at Sunday dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Farnsworth and children and Mr. and Mrs. Don Farnsworth and children joined them for supper.

Hansen & Matousek

Larry Hansen and Jan Matousek, who attend South Dakota State college, spent the weekend with their parents.

Idle-A-While Club, Nicolaisen, Petersek, Hansen, Farnsworth, Nicolaisen & Tideman

The Idle-A-While club met at the Ed Nicolaisen home Wednesday. Sixteen members answered roll call. Used clothing was brought to be distributed among needy families. Caroline Petersek entertained the group with various games. Betty Hansen, Barbara Farnsworth, Lucille Nicolaisen and Rose Mary Tideman were prize winners. Refreshments were served by the hostess.

Jiracek & Hoy

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Jiracek and family were Sunday supper guests of Mrs. Martha Hoy of Winner.

Lapsley

Greg Lapsley was taken to Winner Saturday, where he received medical treatment for infection of the hand which was caused by a rusty nail.

Littau

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Littau and family were Sunday dinner guests at the Ben Littau home.

New

Henry New arrived home Friday after spending the past two weeks visiting relatives in Kansas and Grand Island, Nebr.

New & Perry

Alvin New accompanied Willard Perry to O'Neill, Nebr., last Tuesday, where they went on business.

Nicolaisen, Farnsworth, Hartshorn & Hansen

Ed. Nicolaisen, Lloyd Farnsworth and Jay Hartshorn accompanied Orville Hansen to North Platte, Nebr., on Saturday, where Mr. Hansen joined his brothers, who were on their way home to California after having visited in the east on business.

Tideman & Bauer

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Tideman and Barry visited the Lawrence Bauer home Saturday evening.

Tideman & Cox

Donna Tideman spent Friday night at the Cox home in Winner, where she was the guest of honor at a slumber party. The occasion was her birthday anniversary.

Tideman & Schlem

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Tideman and Barry were Sunday evening visitors at the Aaron Schlem home.

Schuppan & Schlem

Judy Schuppan was a Tuesday overnight guest of Sharyn Schlem.

Vogt & Schuppan

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vogt and family visited at the Ernest Schuppan home Tuesday evening.

[Winner Advocate, Winner, SD, published Thursday, February 16, 1956, newspaper submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society, transcribed by CD]


Chicago Northwestern Railroad, The Dallas Extension.

Colome Times: All doubt as to which of the two routes surveyed for the Northwestern extension that road will build on seems to be finally settled by the action of the legal department in applying for right of way over Indian allotments along the north survey, which goes through the townsite of Colome, cutting across the north eastern portion of the town.

Messrs. C. F. Malvern of Dallas and W. A. Davis of Bonesteel were here Tuesday and remained over night at the Hotel Tripp, serving notice on the members of Chris Colombe's family, one of which is given below. The survey strikes Theodore Colombe's land, just west of the Chris Colombe residence, and runs thence northwesterly, through Bertha Colombe's allotment. The appended notice was served on Chris as the guardian of Bertha Colombe, and all the other notices posted on allotments and served in person on allottees and their guardians, are similar:

To Bertha Colombe and to whom it may concern:

You will please take notice that the undersigned, the Chicago & North-western Railway company, a corporation has filed with the secretary of the Interior at Washington, D. C., a written application to locate its line of rail road through and across the promise hereinafter described, and to acquire the right of way through and acres said premises; and that a true and exact copy of the map filed with said application, and on which is indicates the line of the desired right of way may be seen and inspected, upon applcation to the United States Indian agent at the Rosebud agency, at Rosebud, in the county of Todd , formerly Meyer county, in the state of South Dakota. That the premises for which said application for a right of way through and across the same has been made are described as follows:

Northwest quarter of section 31, township 08 north, range 75 west on the 5th p. m., county of Tripp, in state of South Dakota.

The Chicago and Northwestern Railway company.
By B. T. White, attorney for said company.

Messrs. Malvern and Davis left early yesterday morning , going to W. A. Brandon's, where they strike the next Indian land on the route northwest of here, six miles from Colome.

Although there has never been an serious question as to the route the road would take through here, the fact that a survey was run south of town about a mile and three quarters, running to McNeely, left an elment of doubt in the minds of some which we are glad to see dispelled.

With the assurance of the railroad through the town site just "Watch Colome Grow."

[The Norfolk weekly news-journal., December 03, 1909, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


Sgt. David Colombe & Cpl. Van Bullman

2 Trapped GI's Tell of Escape
An Advanced American Command Post in Korea

July 9 (Delayed). Sgt. David Colombe, 34, a Sioux Indian from Winner, S. D. and Cpl. Van Bullman, 21, of Alexander, N. C., walked into this command post Sunday and reported they had been playing hide-and-seek with North Korean troops since July 5.

Stranded deep in enemy territory by a Red tank penetration, they had slipped along a mountain ridge between valleys full of Communist soldiers in order to reach the front and get back to United States forces.

With Colombe and Bullman when the exhausted pair reached here was Capt. Cho Dong On, 24, one of the five members of the South Korean army the Americans ran across on the second day of their trek. The Koreans were also trying to get back to friendly troops. Four rejoined their units and the captain helped the Americans find their command post.

"We went out on the Fourth of July and they attacked on the fifth," related Bullman, a hazel eyed, slight youth with heavy blonde stubble on his chin. "We were on these two hills," he said, pointing to his knees and they came through just like this." He sliced his hands between his knees.

Bullman said the Americans fired bazookas at the thirty-two tanks in the Red column, but "we never stopped one of them."

"We knew the Red infantry would be along behind them right away, so all of us got on one hill."

The Red infantry passed on both sides of the hill and all but encircled it.

"There must have been a thousand of them for sure," the corporal continued.

Bullman said enemy fire spat at them every time they moved. Repeatedly they ran short distances and dived for cover as bullets kicked up ground around them.

"We must have played dead five or six times," Bullman said.

They crawled down a valley and were nearly exhausted when they reached a village where a 16-year old Korean boy, able to speak English, let them stay in his home. The boy's frightened parents asked them to leave about 4 a.m. They moved up to a ridge and at first struck north, thinking they would cross the enemy's rear. But the Red columns were too long and they headed southwest. Once they saw the red soldiers only 200 yards away.

They joined the South Korean troops later in the day.

The Koreans were able to get rice from friendly villages along the way. About 4 a.m. Saturday the party reached the front line and slipped under a bridge held by the Reds. from then on it was only a matter of more walking.

[Dallas Morning News, Published July 11, 1950, submitted by Cathy Danielson]


Windsor Doherty

New Tripp County Attorney Windsor Doherty is Named States Attorney for New County.

Lamro , S. D. , Jan. 6. Special to The News : Windsor Doherty , one of the leading attorneys of Gregory , has been appointed state's attorney of Trlpp county. Ho will soon move to Lamro and assume his official duties.

[Norfolk weekly news-journal (Norfolk, Neb.) January 07, 1910 pg 1, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Stewart C. Geddes

Poor Eyes Lost Trail.

Lamro, S. D., March 30. Special to The News: It was poor eyesight, it is thought, that caused Stewart C. Geddes to lose his way home in Tripp county, near McNeely, and freeze to death. February 15 is believed to have been the fatal day. Mr. Geddes was 60 years old. His sister, who was thought to be in Iowa, has not been heard from and the burial was made here.

On February 15, Geddes walked from Nebraska through the soft, deep snow toward his claim. He stopped at the home of a neighbor, Dr. Crane, a mile south, and asked where he was. He was directed to the trail and Dr. and Mrs. Crane watched Geddes until he had got nearly home. Then they paid no more attention to the incident.

Geddes eyesight was poor and it is presumed he missed his house when it became dusk, perhaps be came exhausted and, falling in the snow, perished there. The snow drifted over his body and it lay there until Saturday when his neighbors, becoming alarmed at not seeing him, instituted a search and found him forty rods north of his house, dead. He wore the same clothing he had worn on the day Dr. Crane pointed out to him the way home. Likewise he had by his side a small pan which he had carried on that day.

His sister recently wrote the postmaster at McNeely inquiring for Geddes and asking if he had got mail that she had sent him in month before. The letters were still in the oflice uncalled for.

Geddes had plenty of coal, some food and was warmly clad.

[The Norfolk weekly news-journal., April 01, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society.]

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C. Stewart Geddes, an old man, formerly of Norwalk, Ia., was found dead on his claim about 40 rods from his shack, which is about 6 miles southwest of McNeely, S. D. The body indicated that he had been dead three or four weeks.

[Valentine Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) , April 07, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


Mrs. Wm. Haggard

The sympathy of the entire Red Cross organization in Tripp County, is extended to our director from Millboro, Mrs. Wm. Haggard, whose husband died during the holidays on his way home from the Mayo Bro. hospital where he had gone for consultation, and having been informed that nothing could be done to relieve his suffering, was on his way home. The eldest son entered the army some time since, but was able to meet his mother in Nebraska at the funeral. Mr. Haggard was an enthusiastic Red Cross worker, and will be greatly missed.

[Tripp County Journal, Thursday, January 10, 1917, submitted by R.M., Tripp County Historical Society]


Hail Storm At McNeely .

Considerable Damage Done In a Small Space in Tripp County.

Winner Journal: After reports of the big storm which visited McNeely last week seem to indicate that it will be spoken of in the future as "the hail storm of 1910."

No other shower of hail in Tripp county has ever been more severe, or done more damage. During the time of the falling of the ice people and horses were forced to seek shelter. The hailstones were piled several feet deep, so that they had to be shoveled away from doors and the hills were coated with them. The shower was so heavy that they did not melt for twenty-four hours, and people living near the town made ice cream of the hailstones the following day. A peculiar feature of the storm was that it was confined to a small area, and while much damage was done in that space, outlying claims were not touched.

Perhaps the greatest injury done by the hall was the total destruction of R. M. Downey's crops. Dr. Downey had a splendid crop of corn and potatoes, and one of the finest gardens for miles around. The corn was beaten to the ground, and the garden broken by hall and washed by rain until it was a complete wreck.

Other homesteaders suffering losses to their crops were Richard McNamara, C. O. Swisher, M. R. Cox, Harry Robertson and Clyde Mawhinney.

Mr. Swisher lost twenty-five chickens, as well as much of his corn. Many smaller losses, of broken windows and roofs, have been reported.

[The Norfolk weekly news-journal., September 02, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


Florence Hickey

The Red Cross nurse, Miss Florence Hickey, has been working in the Colome school and adjacent country the past week.

[Tripp County Journal, Published October 10, 1918, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Walter Horn

Falls Off Elevator.

Colome, S. D., Aug. 28. Special to The News: Walter Horn, a young homesteader from near McNeely and who has been working as a carpenter, fell sixty-five feet from the top of the new Von Seggorn elevator at 8:30 this morning. He died an hour later. He was out on the roof and started inside to get a saw, lost his balance, slid down the lower roof, then to the ground, a clear drop of fifty-seven feet, alighting on his left side.

Dr. Kimball was called and examined the unconscious man. He was badly injured internally and every rib on the left side broken. There was very little hope of his ever regaining consciousness. He was about 23 years old and unmarried.

[THE NORFOLK WEEKLY NEWS-JOURNAL , FRIDAY , SEPTEMBER 1 , 1911, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


The Indian As A Trader

No Longer Compelled to Buy at the Post Stores.

Lamro, S. D., Jan. 23. Special to The News--The special Indian agent was in town yesterday. He is looking after the Interest of the Indians to see that they are allowed to trade where they can buy the cheapest and do the best. Heretofore they have been expected to trade at the post trading stores, without regard to the prices paid.

[Norfolk weekly news-journal (Norfolk, Neb.) January 24, 1908, pg 1, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Jordan News, August 12, 1910

Aniease

H. L. Aniease spent Friday freighting from Dallas.

Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Baumgartner

Mrs. Wm. Baumgartner is building an addition to her house.

Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Dearson

George Dearson is in Gregory getting his automobile overhauled.

Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Laurence & Adamson

Misses Mabel Laurence and Anna Adamson, of Winner, are guests at the Adamson homestead. They called at Jordan, Thursday.

Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Lynn

W. H. Lynn, of Dallas, accompanied by his two brother-in-laws were here looking over land Tuesday.

Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Ream Hotel

The Ream hotel has a well 16 feet deep containing 8 feet of good water.

Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Robertson

G. E. Robertson made a business trip to Dallas, Thursday.

Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


Lakeview, October 24, 1918

Mrs. James Bowling
The doctor was called out from Winner on Sunday evening to see Mrs. James Bowling.

Mr. Caldwell
Mr. Caldwell of Colome, and his son, attended the Frank Taylor funeral on last Monday.

Joseph Scholaski
Joseph Scholaski is another of the victims of pneumonia in the neighborhood. The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of their many friends.

Rev. James T. Gurney
The Rev. James T. Gurney has been re-appointed to the pastorate of the Lakeview Circuit, for the fourth year by the Methodist conference recently in session at Madison, So. Dak.

Frank Harrison Taylor
On Friday last, Frank Harrison Taylor passed away, his death being from pneumonia following an attack of influenza. The funeral services were held on Monday by Rev. James T. Gurney, out of doors, at their farm home and the remains laid at rest in the Colome cemetery. Mr. Taylor had lived her since 1910, and has won the esteem of his many friends in the community. Mrs. Taylor has the sympathy of the community as she is left with four little children.

Uneeds Rest Club
The Uneeds Rest Club met with Mrs. James Conover on Wednesday afternoon and sewed for the Red Cross. The election of officers was also held.

Garfield West
Garfield West who is in the hospital in Omaha is reported to be improving.

[Tripp County Journal, October 24, 1918, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Latest Railroad Rumor

Cornell's Agents Working in Southern Gregory and Tripp Counties.

Dallas News: Promoters are now in the field working for a railroad right-of-way through southern Tripp County, supposed to be in connection with Cornell's proposed line from Valentine to Spencer. A reader of this paper, residing in the vicinity of Paxton - Danton , has sent in the following communication:

"Noting an article some time ago in your valuable paper in regard to a railroad that is going to run into Tripp and Gregory counties, the people in this vicinity have become very much interested in the matter. They have been holding meetings in Tripp County on section 36, just west of here and practically all are in favor of giving the right-of-way. In addition to this, a large number are favor able to donating $1 an acre for a reasonable distance from the survey. The farmers want to reserve the townsite in Tripp County for the benefit of the community of the railroad conies. Many in this section are showing a disposition to put their shoulders to the wheel for this improvement."

Articles of Incorporation were filed last week for the Nebraska & North Western Railway, the line that is going to be built to Springview. Spaulding and Springview are designated as the terminal points. The Town Engineering company of Omaha is now engaged in making the survey for rails line and the construction seems certain, as the cash bonus that has been put up is sufficient to build the railroad from Bassett to Springview.

All kinds of railroad rumors are afloat In northern Nebraska and in southern South Dakota among others one to the effect that the Carter extension will be made this spring. A party of surveyors who were working in southern Tripp last fall, supposed to be Burlington men, are back on the job again, but they decline to give any information as to their purposes, hopes or intentions, all of which usually is regarded as a hopeful and progressive sign.

A party of surveyors unloaded last week at O'Neill , Neb. , and it is stated that they will work on a line north from Ord. Cornell still is active on his Valentine to Spencer project, and the people in and around Naper seem to think this is a sure go at an early date.

[The Norfolk Weekly News Journal (Norfolk, Neb.), March 01, 1912, P. 7, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Lone Star Township, October 10, 1918

Alloway & Eckleberry
Mrs. L. A. Alloway and parents Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Eckleberry, of Bonesteel, S.D., just returned from a trip to the western part of the state.

Caldwell
Carl E. Caldwell, of Fort Meyer, Va., received word Friday that his extension on his furlough for 30 days more had been granted.

Condon
W. J. Condon was a Kenebec caller Sunday.

Elshire
Mrs. Opal Elshire and little sons, Ellsworth & Earl are visiting at Des Moines, Iowa.

Eveleth
Serg. Raymond G. Eveleth, of Camp Funston, was home on furlough for a visit at the home of his sister, Mrs. W. Johnson.

Eveleth & Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. W. Johnson accompanied by Serg. Raymond Eveleth motored to Ainsworth, Neb., last week.

Glassens & Steele
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Glassens were entertained at a six o'clock dinner by Mrs. Harry Steele Sunday.

Harrington
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Harrington spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Memers, of Reliance, S.D.

Harrington & Johson
Mr. and Mrs. W. Johson were Sunday callers in a new touring car at the home of J. T. Harrington.

Johnson
Miss Effie Johnson of Nebraska has arrived and will spend the winter at the home of her brother, W. Johnson.

Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. James Kennedy and family visited at Hamill Sunday.

Knight
Miss Marie Knight visited at the home of her parents south of Winner over Sunday.

Loobey & Father Thees
Father Thees and Mr. Loobey was visiting in the vicinity Monday.

Lone Star Kensington Club
Lone Star Kensington Club met with Mrs. L. A. Alloway October 2. After the business meeting, the time was spent in a social way. There was a fairly good attendance. All report a good time. Guests in attendance were Mrs. Joe Pauli's mother, Mrs. A. H. Eickmeir, of Kearney, Nebr., Miss Effie Johnson and Miss Marie Knight. The club will meet October 11 with Mrs. W. J. Condon.

Pauli
Mrs. Joe Pauli's parents of Kearney, Neb., are paying her a visit.

Pauli, Eickmeir & Nygaard
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pauli entertained Mr. and Mrs. A. Eickmeir, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nygaard and son, Richard.

Pauli & Knight
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pauli and children, Doris and Joe, and Miss Marie Knight with a 12 o'clock dinner Sunday, Sept. 29.

Pauli, Pauli & Knight
Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Pauli celebrated their wedding anniversary at 12 o'clock dinner Sunday, with Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Pauli and Miss Marie Knight.

Perry
Mrs. Frank Perry received the sad news Wednesday of the death of her mother, Mrs. Martha J. Smith, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Fend, at Butler, Neb.

Perry & Mackrall
Mrs. Frank Perry went to Gregory Tuesday to attend the funeral of her niece, Miss Anna Mackrall who died Sunday evening at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Mackrall of Gregory. Anna was a bright and loveable girl and was beloved by all who knew her. Besides her parents she leaves to mourn her loss, five brothers and five sisters and a host of friends. Anna had signed up for three years' service with the government a short time ago and expected to leave for training camp shortly, but has been called by our heavenly Father to that beautiful beyond.

Steele
Dorthy, the little daughter of H. R. Steele met with a painful accident while coming home from school Friday evening when the horse became frightened and ran away throwing the girls out. Irene escaped injury but Dorthy received a broken arm.

[Tripp County Journal, Published October 10, 1918, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Lone Star Township, October 24, 1918

Blair & Perry
Oakie Blair visited with Vivian Perry Sunday.

Dr. & Mrs. Davis
Dr. and Mrs. Davis were dinner guests at the Frank Perry ranch Sunday.

Davis, Perry & Harrington
Dr. Davis and wife, and Frank Perry and wife, and two sons, Carl and Vivian, were Sunday afternoon callers at the J. T. Harrington home.

Harrington & Pauli
J. T. Harrington and J. A. Pauli went to Omaha Wednesday with two car loads of cattle.

Effie Johnson
Miss Effie Johnson is staying with Mrs. J. T. Harrington while Mr. Harrington is in Omaha.

Johnson & Pauli
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Johnson and son were callers at the P. J. Pauli ranch Sunday.

Mrs. James Kennedy
Mrs. James Kennedy was a Monday caller at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. J. Condon.

Marie Knight
Miss Marie Knight who teaches at the Lone Star school is ill at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Omar Knight, who resides southeast of Winner.

Lone Star Kensington Club
The Lone Star Kensington Club met October 17th with Mrs. W. J. Condon, the attendance was fair considering the weather. After the business meeting time was spent in knitting and visiting. Those in attendance were: Mrs. LeRoy Watts, Mrs. P. J. Pauli, Mrs. T. J. Harrington, Mrs. G. W. Johnson, Mrs. L. Alloway and Mrs. Frank Perry. There were also two visitors, Miss Woodring and Miss Effie Johnson. All report a fine time.

Lone Star Kensington Club
The Lone Star Kensington Club will meet October 21, with Mrs. J. T. Harrington, when the election of officers will take place.

Mr. & Mrs. Gifford McManigal
Mrs. and Mrs. Gifford McManigal are the proud parents of a fine baby girl.

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Nygaard
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nygaard arrived home Wednesday evening from Winnetoon, Neb., where they had went to attend the funeral of Mr. Nygaard's father.

Pauli, Eickmeir & King
Mrs. J. A. Pauli and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eickmeir, were called to Kearney, Neb., by a telegram stating that Mrs. Frank King, Mrs. Pauli's sister, was seriously ill.

W. B. Rathbun
W. B. Rathbun and daughter, Fern, were out at the ranch a few days this week.

Silvia West
Mrs. Silvia West was called to Oakland, Neb., to be at the bedside of her husband who was seriously ill at that place.

[Tripp County Journal, October 24, 1918, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Lee McNeely

Lee McNeely, a young man closely connected in the past with a number of prominent men in Washington, is coming to the Rosebud country to be associated with the Jackson brothers at Dallas. McNeely was first a news paper man , but later became confidential secretary to Speaker Henderson and then to Joe Cannon, serving as the last two years as secretary to the late Senator Allison. It was in this way that he came in touch with the Jacksons who were on close terms with Senator Allison , whose death was a great blow to Dallas in its land office aspirations. In Dallas McNeely will become secretary of the Pioneer Trust company.

[The Norfolk weekly news-journal., December 25, 1908, Page 7]
Submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society


Lee McNeely, Postmaster

Senator Allison's Former Secretary Postmaster of McNeely In Tripp.

Lee McNeely, private secretary to Senator Allison at the time of the latter's death, has been appointed as the first postmaster of the now Trlpp county town of McNeely, SD named in his honor. McNeely, SD the government townsite fifteen miles straight west of Dallas and was first known as Minneota. It is on the George Lamoureau ranch. The homestead of D. C. Hogan, a former hospital attendent, is only three miles away.

[The Norfolk Weekly News Journal, Friday, July 9, 1909, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


Mortensen and Horner

Tuesday evening a dancing part was held at the Guild hall by Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Burkhard and Miss Ruth Ganaway, in honor of Clem Mortensen. About thirty guests were present. The hall was very beautifully decorated in Red, White and Blue. A dainty luncheon was served.

[Tripp County Journal, Published May 16, 1918, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

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The War to End all Wars or The Great War (not called WW1 until after 1939) was in full force in 1918. Tripp County was doing their part to supply soldiers for the effort to defeat the Kaiser and his allies, deploying another wave of 49 additional men on May 26, 1918.

This weeks photo shows a banquet held at H. G. Davis's Restaurant on May 13 in honor #463 Clement Silas Mortensen and #1051 Howard "Shorty" Floyd Horner. Others pictured are Leland Briggs, Fred Skibinski, ..... Keen, Charlie Colton, Guy Wilsler, George Brookens and the women are: Lillian Briggs and Edna Duffy. After the banquet there was a dance and "dainty lunch" served at the Guild Hall. The Hall was decorated in red white and blue for the event.

Unfortunately we know little about Mr. Horner but Mr. Mortensen is the man who gave his name to Winner's Legion Post.

Born in Omaha, Clem joined his boyhood companion, Carroll Burkhard at Winner in 1914, where the two young men embarked in the Ford automobile business. This enterprise was a success from the start, due in a measure to "Clem's" ability to make friends readily, and hold them by honesty and integrity. (The Mortensen Burkhard Building built in 1917 still stands north of the telephone office on 4th Street in Winner).

Mortensen enlisted May 15, 1918 and was sent to a mechanical school at Minneapolis. From there he was transferred to Camp Dodge, Ia., where in a few weeks, owing to his ambition and ability, he was appointed September 15, to the Central Officers Infantry Training School at Camp Grant, Ill.

On the 21st of September he was taken to the hospital suffering from pneumonia, where he died on October 4th, after holding out bravely and cheerfully for a longer time than is usual in these cases.

His parents, two of his sisters and his friend and business partner, Carroll Burkhard, were with him for a number of days previous to his death, and their presence and that of Miss Zola Slaughter, a Winner girl who has enlisted in hospital work and is a nurse in training, and who by a curious co-incidence had been assigned to care for him, were encouraging influences to him in his valiant fight against great odds.

Mr Burkhard continued to grow the Ford dealership at it's peak selling over a car per day. He also never forgot his friend and partner Clem. The firm employed seventeen persons with nine serving in WW1 in 1918 When the original Legion Post was built in 1926 Burkhard was the largest financial supporter in the building campaign.

We thank Nancy Sneed for sending us probably the last photo taken of Clement Mortensen while in Tripp Co. Her Grandfather and Grandmother Briggs both worked at the Ford dealership and are in the picture.

[Submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

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Plowing In Midwinter

Farmer Near Lamro Who Has a Large Tract Ready for Crop.

Lamro, S. D., Jan. 23. Special to The News--Beautiful weather still prevails in this immediate locality. A man living four miles north of Lamro was plowing last week and now has a large tract that he has plowed up this winter. The mercury stood all day Monday from 40 to 50 above zero, and at 6 in the evening it was 15 above. Talk about your sunny south and the land of sunshine and roses. I and seekers are getting thicker all the time, all looking for deeded land to buy or for future prospects. Settlers are coming in very rapidly, those that have bought deeded land and some that have leased Indian land and will farm it until they can open up a farm for themselves.

[Norfolk weekly news-journal (Norfolk, Neb.) January 24, 1908, pg 1, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Red Arrow Garage Changes Hands


The Red Arrow Garage is the building on the right.
In the early days the native's name for Winner translated to "Mud Town".

Just as we go to press we learn a deal was closed last night whereby Frank James and E. P. Frescoln became owners of the Red Arrow Garage at this place. We will give more particulars next week.

[Tripp County Journal, Winner, South Dakota, June 20, 1918, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Red Cross Auxiliary

The patrons of the Banner School District met at the school taught by Miss Myrtle Wolfe last Friday night October 4, and organized a Red Cross Auxiliary, with 20 members.

Mrs. J. H. Phillips was elected president. The pupils of the school had prepared a Patriotic Program which was given with much credit to both teacher and pupils.

Two of the Red Cross Directors for Tripp County were present, Mrs. Hilliard who gave a talk on the work of the Surgical Dressings, and Mrs. Keller who talked on the New Departments of work of the Red Cross Society.

A pie social followed, with Mr. W. H. Lapsley acting as auctioneer. The first eight pies were bought by pupils of the school. The entire proceeds of the sale amounted to $25.35 which was divided between the Senior and Junior Red Cross Organizations.

[Tripp County Journal, Published October 10, 1918, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


The Red Man and His Names

Dallas, S. D., Jan. 29. The Indian is a man of many names. Until recent years, since Uncle Sam has taken him in charge, he had no family nor surname, each member of the family having his own peculiar appellation. Even today they are known by some nickname given them for some incident in their lives or for that which the child shows a special interest or adaptability. This is often changed later by the child himself to another, bearing on some important happening in his career.

Some years ago, upon the advent of twin boys, the father went to the chief for aid in the selection of names for his young sons. The chief had been very much interested and impressed with the recital of events and incident by a soldier just returned from the Philippines after the Spanish-American war, and named them respectively, "Shot At And Throws The Dirt Over," and "Runs Through The Bullets." Both showing happenings in the attack and defense of a fortress. In going over a list of "Inherited Indian Lands for Sale" one finds names like these: "Sophie His Horse Chasing." "Lizzie Night Pipe," "James Yellow Robe," "Ida Deaf and Dumb Crazy Bear," "Moses Bear Looks Behind," "Peter Swift Bear," "John Fast Horse," "George Charge On The Village," and many others. The Christian names of these have been fixed for them by the government, with the help of the Indian agent.

Has One Secret Name.

Aside from the names already mentioned, every Indian child has a name given it by the mother, which is never divulged to anyone. It is the name known only to the mother, for she gives it to the child - to the child and the Great Spirit. This is the name used by the mother and child and in later life by the man or woman, in his supplications to the "Good Father." If the name should become known to some other Indian he might use it and thus become the recipient of the answered prayers. It is a part of their religion to strictly guard their names. An Indian will not talk of his religion, though he will speak fluently on any other subject.

No Indian woman ever tells her name, neither the one by which she is legally known nor her nickname. After buying some goods in a store and asking for credit, when the merchant asks the squaw her name, his request was calmly ignored. Under no circumstances would she have told her name. A man may possibly give his nickname, but the woman, never.

A Handsome Indian.

For some years the president of the Rosebud council has been Hollow Horn Bear, who is said to be the finest specimen of an Indian living today. He is a great Indian, being not only handsome, with good classic features, of a splendid physique, strong and straight, with noble bearing, but also a notable orator. With this gift he has often swayed the council.

The Indian who has gained his notoriety as leader of the famous "Cowboy band" is called Chief Yellow Horse. This band was organized at the time of our war with Spain, started for the Philippines, but was recalled before actual service. It has figured prominently several years at the Ak-Sar-Ben at Omaha.

The story that the Indian is fond of dog meat is no fable. During a trip over the Rosebud recently an Indian came to the camp and asked for one of the dogs. He was given to understand that he could have the one behind the tent. Presently he returned, shaking his head and saying, "Bow wow, bow-wow." This was to let us know that he wanted a live dog, one that could bark. The dog behind the tent was a dead one.

In the Keya Paha country, along the river bearing that name, is a range of hills, one of these is called "Turtle Butte" on account of its formation resembling a turtle. A very interesting story is told of this Butte, which is founded on fact.

Where Gold is Hidden.

Not many years ago a party of white men came from a great distance, apparently in search of some spot in a particular locality. They finally pitched camp at the foot of Turtle Butte, where they spent the greater part of the summer in digging. It was not until their departure that their mission became known, and this is the story told by one of their party to Mr. Raymond, a pioneer living several miles from there: "Some fifty years back a party of miners coming from the Black Hills country, in the region where we now find the city of Deadwood, and carrying gold valued at several thousand dollars, were over powered, robbed and killed by a band of thieves. After traveling in an easterly course for a long distance, the robbers were pursued by Indians. Fearing they might be massacred, it was agreed to bury the gold and flee for their lives. This was done at night. The next day part of the band was killed by the Indians, but a small numbered escaped. When their starting point was reached, only one of the original party was left. Before his death he gave to his son a description of the location of the buried treasure, and it was this son, now in middle life, who had organized this searching party and made the long journey to discover, if possible, the hidden gold. Their efforts were not successful, however, the description tallied in everyway to Turtle Butte and neighborhood."

[Norfolk Weekly News Journal, Friday, February 05, 1909, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society; trans. by cd]


Harley Schaefer Playground Head

Harley Schaefer, high school athletic coach, has been appointed supervisor of the McDonald playground, endowed by the late “Shorty” McDonald by the terms of his will. The playground will open for play as soon as equipment is set up, and formal dedication will be held some time in July.

Mr. Schaefer and Burnice Percy, maintenance man, will begin next Monday to erect the playground equipment, which has already arrived. To provide fun for the children of the community are swings, slides, a merry-go-round, seesaws, a giant stride, an ocean wave and a special hobby horse swing for the tiny tots.

A complete schedule of organized play is being worked out as part of a five-year playground program.

Mr. Schaefer plans to have instruction for boys and girls in softball, basketball, tennis and volleyball and next week will start to lay out fields and courts.

Don Dailey is chairman of the playground committee. Members are Mrs. Walt Reckling and Jack Rahn.

To Solicit Funds

Since the playground committee does not have the funds necessary to pay for supervision of the playground, the Winner Ministerial Association will sponsor a door-to-door canvas of the city Thursday, May 31.

To complete the solicitation in one day, the Winner ministers are asking for volunteer solicitors. Members of all faiths are urged to meet at the Christian church by 2:00 o'clock May 31 and be assigned blocks to solicit. They want at least sixty people to help with this worth-while project.

Solicitations will start immediately, so residents of Winner can expect a knock on their door between 2:00 o'clock and evening.

The ministers wish to stress that these funds are to be used solely for reliable and competent supervision. They ask that you have your donation ready when the solicitor calls and if you will not be home leave your donation with your neighbor.

[Winner Advocate, Winner, SD, published Thursday, May 24, 1951, newspaper article submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society, transcribed by CD]

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Chris Sindo

Alone With Corpse
Parent Too Ill to Summon Aid In Vicinity of McNeely.

Colome , S. D. , Oct. 20. Chris Sindo lies seriously ill at his home near McNeely and the discovery of his plight reveals a sad story. Mr. Sindo's son, a young man of about 21, had been ill for a long time, when the father was stricken and unable to be up. Alone, they were without attention and they had neither food nor fuel. On Monday J. H. Ludwlck went to the house, and then there came to light the story.

The boy died two days before and the father was unable to summon aid. During the two days, the old man had been alone with the body, suffering intense mental and physical torture. Mr. Ludwick at once summoned Dr. A. L. Kimball, provided food and fuel and reported the case to the people of McNeely, whose response was immediate. The son was given a proper burial and the father is now cared for and will be until he recovers.

[The Norfolk weekly news-journal. (Norfolk, Neb.) October 28, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


Terrific Fire in Tripp County

Dallas, S. D., Oct. 29. Special to The News: A terrific prairie fire is raging in Tripp county. It came from the southern part of the county and was swept along by a high south wind. The entire population of Lamro, the county seat, is out fighting the fire. The town is entirely surrounded by flames, which came up to within a block of the town, but are now under control.

Mr. and Mrs. McGrivie were brought into town for medical attention, terribly burned. They are claimholders and their home is entirely destroyed. Heroic efforts of people in the vicinity of McNeely stopped the east end of the fire line two miles from town. The fire extended three miles from east to west. Much loss to buildings and the hay crop is reported.

[The Norfolk weekly news-journal. (Norfolk, Neb.) November 05, 1909, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


Tripp Bank Is Ready

First Banking Institution In New Country Will Open Next Week.

Lamro, S. D., Aug. 21. Special to The News--The Bank of Tripp County in Lamro will open for business next Monday. J. J. Wagner is president of this pioneer bank. The new milling is nearly completed. The safe in the new bank weighs 6,500 pounds.

[Norfolk weekly news-journal (Norfolk, Neb.) January 24, 1908, pg 1, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Working on Tripp County Report

Lamro, S. D., Aug. 21. Special to the News--The allotting crew, with their work in Tripp county virtually finished, are making out their schedules and report to be sent to Washingon.

[Norfolk weekly news-journal, August 21, 1908, pg 1, submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Witten News - August 12, 1910

Carroll & Worsley

Captain H. M. Carroll has gone to Aberdeen where he will be permanently in the locating business. Before leaving he made announcement of his future planes. His office as postmaster will probably be filled by Thos. Worsley. A petition has been circulated and signed by nearly every patron of the office, asking for Mr. Worsley's appointment.

[Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Carroll & Bridgman

Harry Carroll and Dick Bridgman have started a passenger line between the Hotel Witten and the post office.

[Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Dorward

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Dorward have returned from their wedding trip which embraced Colorado and other western states.

[Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Miller

Bert Miller held a sale at his claim near Bliss last Wednesday. He has accepted a position in Carter for the winter.

[Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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School House, District No. 17

Notices have been published asking for bids for building, and furnishing, the school house in District No. 17.

[Tripp County Journal, published August 12, 1910, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]


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