Tripp County, South Dakota

W. F. Burns Appointed County Justice of the Peace

A petition having been presented the board by the residents of Witten petition that W. F. Burns be appointed as County Justice of the Peace and a bond having been filed in the sum of $500.00 the said W. F. Burns is hereby appointed County Justice of the Peace.


[Tripp County Journal, published September 18, 1914, Commissioners Proceedings; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society, trans. by CD]

Carter News, October 12, 1944

Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Farnsworth
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Farnsworth and daughter have moved to their new home south of town, known as the John Wineger farm.

Mrs. Elias Foster
Mrs. Elias Foster of Witten was a supper guest at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Hansen, Wednesday evening.

Miss Josephine Gregg
Miss Josephine Gregg was a weekend guest at the home of her grandparents in Parmalee.

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Nelson
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nelson and sons of Todd county attended the special services at the Penacostal church in Witten Wednesday.

Mrs. Ned O’Brien
Mrs. Ned O’Brien, child welfare worker of Winner was a business caller in Carter, Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs. Phelps
A crowd of neighbors and friends went to the Phelps home Monday afternoon to help Mrs. Phelps celebrate her 74 birthday. A good time was enjoyed by all present.

Mrs. Josephine Till
Mrs. Josephine Till, and friend of Sioux City who have been visiting at the home of her mother, Mrs. Florence Farris, returned to their home Saturday morning.

Willing Workers
The Willing Workers met at the church Wednesday afternoon with a small number in attendance. Mrs. Roy Moses was the hostess for the day and served a nice lunch at the close of the meeting.

Mrs. Frank Whitford
Mrs. Frank Whitford lost a young cow last week.

[Tripp County Journal, Tripp Co., SD, Thursday, October 12, 1944; newspaper submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society, transcribed by cd]

Clearfield Area Headlines From the Winner Advocate

Courtesy of the Tripp County Historical Society

Sep 25, 1913
E. H. Baker is remodeling the Clearfield Store.

Jul 04, 1913
Clearfield, McNeely & Witten are having a 4th of July Celebration!

Jul 02, 1915
A telephone company was organized and will build a line from Clearfield to Winner.

Dec 27, 1917
Red Cross Dance and Supper to be held at Clearfield

Jan 20, 1921
Mrs. A. M. Beals, who lived near Clearfield, died from falling down stairs.

Mar 03, 1921
The new Catholic Church near Clearfield is to be dedicated by Bishop J. J. Lawler. Father Bernard Eardley will be pastor. The priest's house is under construction.

Apr 03, 1921
Public sale of A. G. Mongold Estate to be held Southwest of Clearfield.

Apr 10, 1924
Home talent play to be held at Clearfield with admission 40 and 20 cents.

Oct 10, 1935
Harry Beieler having farm sale on October 15 in Clearfield.

Jun 25, 1936
Clearfield having 4th of July Celebration.

Jul 22, 1937
Paul Erickson of Clearfield is new Farmers Union Secretary.

Jan 11, 1940
PTA District Meeting to be held at Clearfield.

May 1, 1941
A 6-team "Rosebud Baseball League" organized - includes Winner, Colome, Gregory, Millboro, Clearfield, and O'Kreek.

Nov 12, 1942
Carter and Clearfield Lutheran Churches get new pastor; A. G, Palecheck who replaces Pastor Kirschemann.

Oct 05, 1944
An Army airplane, a fortress, crashed near Clearfield. All crew members Bailed out.

Feb 28, 1952
Telephone repairman, John Wood of Clearfield, buys airplane to help in his job.

Dec 28, 1952
Mary Ellen Steele of Clearfield wins Venita Rich Amateur Talent Contest and a trip to New York City.

Sep 15, 1952
Gene McClanahan, formerly of Clearfield, dies in Korea.

Sep 18, 1952
Kenneth Painter, Jr., of Clearfield killed in Korea.

Apr 16, 1953
Rosebud League organized with Herrick, Colome, Lucas, Gregory, Wewela, Burke, Winner and Clearfield as members.

Jan 15, 1955
Bob Bowling buys Clearfield Pool Hall

Jul 27, 1960
Glen Hollenbeck of Clearfield wins National Little Britches Rodeo Calf Roping Competition.

Aug 18, 1960
New State Highway to be built one mile West of Jordan Comer to 16 miles South, to a point 1 mile South and 1 mile West of Clearfield.

Jan 02, 1964
New dial system installed in Millboro-Clearfield area.

Jun 04, 1964
Shrine dedicated to 2 Keierleber boys who were killed a year ago, on the lawn of the rectory at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Clearfield.

Oct 28, 1965
Redeemer Lutheran Church of Clearfield celebrates 25th Anniversary.

Feb 01, 1965
Clearfield plans to build a lighted little league baseball diamond.

[Submitted by Yvonne Hollenbeck, Family Tree Genealogy Club]

Dog Ear Township Supervisers Named

A resolution having been passed under date of September 8, 1914, organizing the township of Dog Ear, and two members of the township board appointed at that time having removed from said township, the following persons are named as supervisors for Dog Ear township: Chas. Vogt, Frank Havelka, and Orvil Clum. Carried.

[County Commissioners, The County Board Holds Its Meeting, published April 23, 1915, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society, transcribed by CD]

Frank Fallon

Frank Fallon of Winner was arrested at Glasgow, Mont., on a charge of seduction, preffered by a Winner young woman. Fallon consented to return to Winner without a requisition, and states it is all a mistake.

He say he had arranged to marry the young woman, and then he had a chance to go to Glasgow to register for the land opening, and intended to carry out his promise as soon as he returned.

His actions bear out his statement, as he had registered at a hotel under his own name, and made no attempt to deny his identity when arrested.

[Aberdeen Weekly News, Aberdeen, SD, published Thursday, September 11, 1913; submitted by cd]

Happy & Jordan

Held As Cattle Rustlers.
Red Man and Pale Face Said to be in Cahoots on Rosebud.

Colome, April 26 - A Sioux Indian bearing the name of Happy and a white man who gave his name as Collins Jordan have been arrested in connection with wholesale cattle rustling in the vicinity of the Rosebud reservation. They will come up for trial at the spring term of the circuit court.

[Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SD, published Friday, April 26, 1918; submitted by cd]

Curly Huggins

"Curly" Huggins , who is said to own the finest Bunch of Galloway's in the country, is in town from his ranch north of Norden.

[Western news-Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) , October 13, 1899, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

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Curly Huggins Loses a Roll.

Curly Huggins, a stockman from the reservation, came through here on his way east Tuesday, to buy some blooded stock, was entertained by our gentle zephyrs that evening to the tune of 175. He had the money tied up in a wad when a gust of wind dived down in his pocket while near the depot and sent that roll of money to the four quarters of the globe or some other place out of reach. When a Nebraska zephyr starts in to do a job it would just as leave turn a man inside out as not. However Mr. Huggins philosophically checked on the Norden bank and proceeded on his way, its pretty tough.--Ainsworth Journal

[Western news-Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.), February 01, 1900, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

(Note: Geo. "Curly" Huggins was a resident of Tripp Co before homestead days when the area was still reservation and the closest town to his large ranch was Norden Neb,)

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Millboro Merchant Was A Friend of Custer.

One of the oldest pioneers of the Rosebud country is G. D. Huggins, one of the merchants of Millboro. He was known as Curley Huggins among the old freighters who did the teaming from the shipping points on the Missouri river to the government forts and Indian agencies during the years following 1870 when he first came to Dakota territory.

Mr. Huggins had two teams one of six mules and another of four with which he moved freight over all the roads west of the Missouri.

He says he has played poker with Wild Bill and was with Custer when he was detailed to guard surveyors in 1873, but a few years before the massacre. The surveyors were working west from Bismark in what is now North Dakota laying out a right of way for the railroad.

In 1882 Mr. Huggins settled down on a ranch five miles west of Millboro and remained there until twelve years ago.

[Tripp County Journal, Thursday, January 31, 1929; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society; transcribed by CD]

Hamill School Pupils Meet With An Accident

What might be called a fortunate accident happened last Friday morning as Frances and Gladys Hammon, Eric and Esther Wickstrom, Carl Danielson and LaVerne Anderson were coming to school.

Frances was driving and as the roads were quite slick she lost control of the car, which went into a ditch and partly overturned. Carl Danielson had a broken shoulder blade, Esther Wickstrom a dislocated shoulder and the other occupants were badly shaken up, though not injured. All walked on into town, where those who were hurt were looked after. We understand the car was not badly damaged.

[Tripp County Journal, Winner, Tripp County, South Dakota, published Thursday, January 31, 1929; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society, transcribed by cd]

Frank Iams

Iams Lands Included in Rosebud Auction Oct. 11

The Rosebud land auction sale at Winner, S. D., next Saturday is attracting considerable attention among land investors and no doubt will draw a large attendance.

In this sale is included sixty-three quarters of high-class corn and alfalfa farm. Thirteen quarters are from the estate of Frank Iams, widely known throughout the west as a blooded horse dealer who resided at St. Paul, Neb.

In the early days he acquired large land holdings around Winner, where his estate was closed, these lands were bought by H. A. Oldham and Ed Hatsch of Winner, who are now offering them at public auction.

[Omaha World Herald, Omaha, NE, published Sunday, October 05, 1919; trans. by cathy d]

Hockenbary & Rice

"We've met the enemy and they're ours," might be terse enough for some battles, but sufficient to explain the sieges of checkers played Saturday night and Sunday between C. E. Hockenbary of Tripp County, S. D., and I. M. Rice of Valentine for the championship of these two states.

Mr. Hockenbary formerly lived in Lincoln and had been holding a championship record for some years.

He lived in Nebraska since 1880 until he drew a claim in Tripp County, and was in town with others to do some freighting for the Gooby store last week.

[Valentine Democrat, Valentine, Nebraska, published December 01, 1910; transcribed by Cathy D.]

Kirkwood, Huggins, Blakey & Hudson

J. A. Kirkwood, a nephew of Ex. Sec. of the Interior during Garfield's administration, returned with his company of friends from a trip down in Gregory county, S.D., last week. They started from here and after camping on the Niobrara the first night stopped at old Curly Huggins' the second day where they were royally entertained. The third night camped on Mastodon creek and the next day while on the way to Bonesteel they had the misfortune to run in to a rut on the old government trail and broke every spoke in the right hind wheel which caused them to camp again while the other wagon went on into Bonesteel and got the wheel filled.

At Bonesteel they run onto our old friend Ed Blakey, the genial stock inspector of S. D. Stock Association who told Mr. Hudson to keep an eye on his horses as there were rustlers in the country. They went from Bonesteel to Fairfax, thence to Naper, to Boxburg and Mills where they saw the finest store since leaving Valentine and saw the finest farming country the sun ever shone on.

From there they returned to Curly Huggins' place and were again more royally entertained than before. They were taken out to see his bunch of 400 fine cattle that were enclosed in a 23 mile pasture fence. From there the company returned home sorry that the trip was not longer.

Mr. Kirkwood will make his home this summer with Sam Hudson at his ranch near Simeon.

[Valentine Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.), July 02, 1903, submitted by RM, Tripp Co. Historical Society]

Luke Stands By Him

First Rosebud Indian is Declared Insane

Colome, Jan. 26 - Special - One of the first Indians in this part of the state to become insane is Luke-stands-by-him, a Sioux Indian whose home was on the Rosebud reservation. He recently had become violently insane and a day or two ago was taken into custody. He was taken before the county board of insanity and pronounced insane. As he is a ward of the government he has been taken to the government asylum for insane Indians at Canton, S. D.

[Aberdeen American, Aberdeen, SD, published Thursday, January 27, 1916, trans. by cd]

Lamro State Bank

Articles of incorporation for the Fourth State Bank at Lamro, Tripp county, S. D., have been filed with the secretary of state under the name of Lamro State Bank. The new institution is capitalized at 95,000.

The incorporators are George W. Mitchell of Lamro, H. R. Dennis of Sioux Falls, W. H. Pratt and C. H. Entenmeier of Chamberlain and H. A. Dixson of Presho.

[The Banker's Magazine, Vol. 78 1909; submitted by RM, Tripp Co.Historical Society]

Lee McNeely

Notice: I will pay liberal reward for the return of the following goods taken from the house on my claim the s1/2 s1/2 of section 23-98-77 in Tripp County some time during my recent absence. One white enamel bed, springs and mattress. One black steamer trunk containing some personal wearing apparel and some comforters and blankets. One No 6 Remington Typewriter. One oak typewriter desk, together with a lot of kitchen utensils and other goods of lesser value. Anyone having any information as to this matter will please address me care of the Winner Journal at Winner, S, D, - Lee McNeely.

[Tripp Co Journal, published 11-22-1912; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

McNeely To Celebrate

Tripp County Town to Pull Off Big Jubilee.

Dallas, July 24 - Extensive preparations have been made for the formal opening of the post office at McNeely, Tripp county, in the afternoon of Monday, July 26.

There will be a flag raising, accompanied by a program which includes speeches from the officers of the United States land office at Gregory, and some of the business men of Dallas, Gregory, Burke, Lamro and Colome. Virginia Jones Foster, the 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don H. Foster, formerly of Des Moines, has been chosen to pull the rope that will haul the flag to the top of the flag pole over the postoffice building for the first time.

The program has attracted much attention in this vicinity and it is expected that a large crowd will be present. The program in full is as follows:

Call to order - Lee McNeely.

Invocation - Rev. F. J. Guesson.

How to Build a Town - “My way is to begin with the beginning.” - Ernest A. Jackson.

Our Water Suppy - “We’ll have it all in drink; let meat and lodging go, they are transitory.” - Joy M. Hackler.

Springs and Falls - “Hurrah for the water. That’s more than all. When you have a spring you avoid a fall.” - Don H. Foster.

Leaving “The Old Stone House.” - A landmark is a precious possession. It gives something by which we may measure progress.” - George Lamoreaux

The Good of Politics - “What constitutes a state?” - A. E. Kull.

Serving Uncle Sam - “Acknowledge your betters, and tend to your letters.” - Rev. George C. Kersten.

County Government - “Good roads to good schools.” - Isaac P. Bettelyoun., county commissioner.

The Blossoming of the Rosebud, Westward the course of the empire makes its way.” - Ferd Reichmann, mayor of Dallas.

Auctioneering Town Lots - “Going, gone.” - H. F. Slaughter.

What Becomes of the Cash? - We’d have some fun if we kept the mon’, but alas and alack, we hand it back.” - O. C. Kippenbrock, receiver United States land office.

Little Journeys - “We hear it coming, but which way?” - Charles M. Rose.

The Printing Press in Tripp County - “The gateway of civilization has two posts - one is the church, the other is the press.” - W. H. Hines, editor Colome Times.

The Government Townsite - “Tongues in trees, hooks in the running brooks; sermons in stones and good in everything.” - Thomas G. Burns, register United State land office.

Raising the Flag - Virginia Jones Foster.

Singing - “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The Brotherhood of the Flag - “Firm, united, let us be, rallying ‘round our liberty.” - William Bruce Backus, state’s attorney.

Singing - “America.”

Benedict - Rev. W. Blair Roberts.

[Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SD, pub. Saturday, July 24, 1909; submitted by Kate DeMers]

Mortensen and Burkhardt

Clement S. Mortensen and Carroll D. Burkhardt will erect a garage on Norfolk Avenue near Eighth street, Norfolk, Neb.

[The Motor World, Volume 43 page 33 1915 - ?Automobile dealers; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

Rapid Growth of Winner & Misc.

George D. Butterfield has received from Winner, S.D. friends, a dozen photographs showing the rapid growth of that little town. The first picture shows Winner in December 29, 1909, with one small office building and a coal shed. The other pictures, which were taken sixty days later, show about thirty business buildings and a number of lumber yards and hotels. This rapid growth in sixty days in the dead of winter is considered remarkable.

[The Norfolk weekly news-journal. (Norfolk, Neb.) April 01, 1910; transcribed and submitted by Dan Flynn, forwarded by RM]

Picture: Winner at 1 month old


Shipment of Fullers Earth

The first carload of Fuller's Earth ever mined in the Rosebud was shipped this week from Winner to the Des Moines packing Co. The deposit of kaolin (*see footnote) along the east end of the Bettleyoun Buttes where this carload was mined, is said to be the best quality in the United States. The shipment was made by R. H. Molliter who is developing the mine.


*Kaolin is a soft white mineral that has a large array of uses. It is most commonly found in the form of a fine clay that was originally produced in China, which is why this material is sometimes referred to as "China Clay".

Among the many uses for this mineral are the paper industry, medications, skincare products, porcelain, and cosmetics.

The name comes from the Chinese "Gaoling," a reference to a mountain that provided an early source of the raw mineral. Kaolin is highly desirable in making porcelain as it produces a bright white color while also being very strong even in delicately thin ceramics.

[Tripp County Journal, published December 19, 1913, Submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

Byron Short

Rustling On The Rosebud.
Much Activity of Cattle and Horse Thieves West of The Missouri.

Murdo, Feb. 16 - There seems to be considerable activity among the cattle and horse thieves of the Rosebud Reservation.

Squirrel Coat pleaded guilty and was sentenced, appeared at the penitentiary and not being able to break in, concluded to appeal to the supreme court, but was remanded to the penitentiary.

Byron Short of Witten next pleaded quilty and was, last week, sentenced to two and one-half years in prison.

Ed. Waller of Wood, was arrested and was bound over to appear at Deadwood, May 21.

Bert Edwards has not yet been apprehended, charged with stealing cattle from John H. Ness.

Lee Dunkel who has operated on the White river for years, was arrested, bound over, skipped his $1,000 bond and has not been heard of. He was charge with stealing and altering brands on fourteen head of cattle.

[Aberdeen American, Aberdeen, SD, published Tuesday, February 17, 1914; submitted by cd]

Winner Burns Fire Guard

Tripp County Journal: The citizens of Winner turned out Tuesday and burned a wide fire guard around the town. The warm days of the past week had put the grass in fine condition for burning and, there being no wind that evening, a good fireguard was easily made.

Winner citizens vividly remember the first of last fall which came so near destroying Lamro and they do not want a repetition of that this year.

[The Norfolk weekly news-journal. (Norfolk, Neb.) April 01, 1910; transcribed and submitted by Dan Flynn, forwarded by RM]

John Wortman

John Wortman of Donithan, Nebr. a former homesteader and for whom Wortman Township was named, is here visiting his many friends near Clearfield.

[Tripp Council Journal, published November 07,1913; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

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