Tripp County, South Dakota
Bound for Tripp County
Just after the turn of the last century "The Rosebud" and Tripp County were the hot spot of the nation. It was like finding gold in the Klondike, the chance to make it rich. America was land hungry and a big land lottery was happening. People like the young couple in the picture with their baby came from across the nation to claim the land and tame the prairie. Sadly we don't know this couples' names so we can tell how they fared here in the quest to be caretakers of the land.
[Photo purchased by Chuck Lucas for the Tripp County Historical Society Museum]
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Burtz & Family in Model T Ford
Remember When ----- the family - - We think it's a Model T Ford, but are not sure. In the car ar Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burtz and five of their seven children at their homestead in greenwood township. Mrs. Bill Birtz of rural Winner submitted the photo for our "Remember When" Series.
Chamberlain Registration Lunch Stand
When Tripp Co was opened for settlement most people came to Gregory or Dallas to register. Other registration points were Chamberlain, Presho, O'Neil, and Valentine.
This photo shows a lunch stand set up in preparation at Chamberlain for the event.
The following excerpt form the book "Land of the Burnt Thigh" gives insight on how busy these stands were on opening day in the smaller town of Presho:
"In the excitement and chill of the October night, fingers shook so that they could scarcely hold a pen. Commissioned notaries were getting 25 cents a head from the applicants. Real estate offices were jammed.
In between the registration stands were the hot-dog and coffee booths with the tenders yelling, while thick black coffee flowed into tin cups by the barrel, and sandwiches were handed out by the tubful. Popcorn and peanut venders pushed through the crowd crying their wares. And among the voices were those of the agents who were selling postcards, selling them like liniment in a patent-medicine show.
Spielers shouted the virtues of the food or drink or tent or land locator they were advertising. Even the notaries got megaphones to announce their services until government authorities stepped in and threatened to close them all up.
Into the slits in the huge cans which held the applications dropped a surprising number of items. People became confused and used it as a mail box, dropping in souvenir cards. One applicant even dropped in his return fare. And some, shaking uncontrollably with excitement, were barely able to drop their applications in at all.
And somewhere, off in the dark spaces beyond the flickering lights, lay the million acres of land for which the horde was clamoring, its quiet sleep unbroken."
[Photo purchased for the Tripp County Historical Society Museum by Chuck Lucas]
Hanging on Main Street
Remember the hanging on Main St. of Winner in 1959?
This guy didn't steal a horse he shaved. As a promotion for the Labor Day celebration a beard growing contest was held and the dummy was hung to remind the men to throw away the razors. Several winners were named by the Winner Junior Woman's Club: Austin Lange most distinguished, H. E. Covey oldest whiskers, Junior Olsen longest, Jack Lynass most original, Marvin Scott youngest grower, Don Tunnissen, lady pleaser, Russ Miller most ticklish, "Pinky" Vavra most humorous, and George Kappelman most handsome.
Interestingly former Lt. Governor Covey had sported a moustache for 59 years. In 1900 while in college he had to shave off his 7 year growth to play the role of lady in a ballet. Immediately after he unknowingly began growing a replacement to claim the oldest growth award in 1959.
In the background is the following businesses: The Little Diner, Pheasant Bar (note it is a few doors up from where it is today), Rosebud Photo, and the offices of Dr. Hayes and Dr. Lillard.
[Submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]
Horse photo taken in 1908 by Ed Manchester
Remember When ----- This photo is shown in our "Remember When" series not so much for it's subject, but to show some of the photography that was done back in those days. This was taken in 1908 on the Tripp County prairie by the late Ed Manchester, who at the time of his death in 1963 lived in Newark, Illinois. Manchester was a photographer of some accomplishments and even developed and printed his own photos in a tent right out on the middle of the prairie. This photo comes from the superb collection owned by William S. Morganfield of Winner
Our photo this week features a new shipment of Maxwell cars at Krotter Lumber in Stuart, NE. Mr. Krotter also had business interests in Gregory, SD. Many of these Maxwells were used as locator cars in Tripp and Mellette Co. A would be homesteader would hire a locator to take him out to find a parcel of land to settle on. William Krotter in 1891 purchased his first lumberyard from his employer. William owned one of the 1st autos in that area. As his lumber company grew up with the transportation industry he progressed also selling buggies, surreys, and spring wagons and latter autos like Maxwell, Studebaker, and other makes.
[We thank Jerry Fisher for purchasing this photo. Submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]
Memories of early days recalled
Charles Osborn has vivid memories of the first years of Winner.
Osborn, who lives in Gridley, Calif. was back in his former hometown recently visiting friends and relatives. His sister Mrs. George "Andy" Hosford [Belle Osborn Hosford] lives in Winner.
Charlie, as he is known by his friends, talked about the founding of Winner with an old friend of his William Morganfield, Winner.
Osborn was born in Stockton, Kan. in 1885, and came to this area in 1908 and worked for Oliver Lamoureaux. "I came here to homestead but my number was never drawn," said the 93 year old former resident.
Osborn was involved in moving many of the business places from Lamro to the new town of Winner. He was employed by J. I. Lind. One of the last structures moved was the Lamro schoolhouse. Charlie recalled the moving vehicle broke down and the schoolhouse set for several years where the city park is now located.
For several years Osborn worked in a tin shop owned by C. O. Hilliard. The shop was located just west of the Winner Advocate. Lapps is now in this location.
During the early years everyone had a water barrel. "It cost two bits a barrel to get water," said the California resident. The water was hauled in from Lamro every day. The barrels were between 50 to 60 gallons and placed outside the homes of the residents.
Morganfield said at first people from Lamro did not want to move to Winner and then "it was not very long before people were in line and wanted to be moved as fast as they could. The railroad moved in here and the people moved to the railroad site," said Morganfield.
In 1911 the railroad line was finished in Winner and the first passenger train went into operation Oct. 1, 1911. Charlie said two passenger trains went from Winner to Norfork each day. "It was really a railroad town," added Morganfield.
"I remember back in 1920, Charlie told me if he was rich he would have 1,000 dogs," said Morganfield, who recently turned 83. He turned to Charlie and said, "Remember Charlie when you said that?" "I don't remember but that is probably what I would do," laughed the 93 year-old man. Morganfield explained that Charlie really liked dogs and would train them. "I had the smartest dog in the world," bragged Osborn. When asked what kind of dog that was he said, "Just a cur," but he understood human language. "I talked to him just like I was talking to people and he got to know what I was saying. I would say to him take off my shoes or hat and he would do it. If I said I was going to supper he would go to the restaurant and wait for me." The dog's name was Fritz.
Both men said they remembered Prohibition in Winner. "Did you ever work on any stills?" Morganfield asked Osborn. "Oh yes, I made lots of still [sic]," said Charlie. He said they ranged in size from 5 to fifty gallons.
Morganfield laughed as he told a story about his late brother, Lester. "Lester would do a lot of sodering [sic] on stills and one day Lester was sodering [sic] and the Methodist preacher came up behind him. My brother did not know he was there and the minister asked what he was doing and Lester said, 'Oh, sodering [sic] a still' and Lester looked up and there was the minister." Charlie said there were a lot of court cases over liquor.
Osborn said winters in the early days were very cold. "I have seen it 55 below zero here." He said in 1919 it snowed the first day of October and "we never saw the ground until the middle of next April." Morganfield added, "In those blizzards you did not dare stick your head out the door, it would take your breath away."
Osborn liked the area when he moved here." It was good country. The healthiest country I have ever seen, nobody ever dies here, only of old age," he said. "Charlie had the western spirit," commented Morganfield.
In 1942 Osborn signed up to go to Pearl Harbor. "I never got there. I got to San Francisco and they said they did not want any more sheet metal workers in Pearl Harbor so I stayed in Alameda, Calif." He has been in California ever since. He has been back to Winner only three times. The first time was in 1951, then last year, and now this year. "Charlie had to come back and check up on us," laughed Morganfield.
There are not a lot of old timers left that Osborn knows. "I think you are the oldest old timer living now and I am next," he said to Morganfield.
The town has changed in the past 70 years. "I would not have known the town if I did not know where I was, nothing is the same," Osborn said. "A lot of the buildings are the same but they have new fronts on them." According to the visitor the Monarch Rooms on 122 West Second Street have changed the least.
Osborn and his wife [Leona Long Osborn] separated in 1921 and he has remained single. In 1965 he retired from the sheet metal business. He rents an apartment in Gridley and does his own cooking most of the time. He raises poultry and cattle for something to keep busy. "Older men go crazy if they don't have anything to do, so I try to keep busy."
What does he contribute [sic] to his good health? He really did not know but commented, "I have been a rounder I drank enough whiskey to fill this room and sat up all night playing poker. Just a good constitution, I guess."
Osborn and Morganfield could talk for hours about the history of this town. They were here when the town started. And Morganfield added thoughtfully, "I remember it as if it was only yesterday."
Transcribed for the Tripp County Historical Society by Chuck Lucas, Duluth, MN, March 2, 2014.
Charlie Osborn was my Grand Uncle, the brother of my Grandmother Nora Osborn Lucas Gammon.
Mortenson & Burkhard receive carload of Fords
Remember When ----- This carload of Ford cars was received by the Mortensen and Burkhard Agency in Winner? The time was around 1915. They are being displayed in front of the W. F. Fulwider garage, The location is approximately where the Winner Auto Body Shop now stands on East Fourth Street. The photo also comes from Mrs. Burtz collection.
Railway Rotary Plow arrives in Winner after a blizzard
Remember When ----- ..there was a three day blizzard on the 13th, 14th and 15th of February, 1915? The photo on the left was taken of a railway rotary plow that had just arrived in Winner on February 29, 1915, some five days after the storm. There was quite a bit of snow that is shown collected on the top of the plow. The plow was pushed by two class R steam-driven locoomotives. Tony Bond of Chadron, Nebr. was the man that ran the snow plow. Mr. Bond ran the plow for many years and he died at Chadron in 1937. The only person that could be idnentified in the phot for us, was a Mr. Leslie, the fourth person from the left, shown wearing a hat and moustache. The photograph was taken by the late Ralph Lienhart, leading photographer in the area at that time. This picture is from the collection of the late Eder McCormick of Winner and we wish to thank Mrs. McCormick for letting us use it in the "Remember When" series.
Pioneer Edith Strever and friend at her home
Remember When ----- This photo shows the home of Miss Edith Strever west of Hamill. She is shown standing beside her home with a friend. Later on she became the postmaster of Hamill. Mrs. W. J. Norman of Bellevue, Nebraska contributed this picture to our "Remember When" series.
Stop Light Installed on Main St.
In February of 1957 Winner gained a new stop light on Main St. Prior to that the only stop lights in town were at the intersection of Main and 2nd St.
The new light was installed above Main and 4th Streets to aid school kids in crossing the street, according to Mayor Ben Vedit.
The old fire ladder truck being used by the city light dept. is on display at the Tripp Co. Historical Society Museum. The building in the background is McCormick Hardware, today KWRY occupies the building.
[Submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]
C. E. Talbott Homestead
It was back in 1910 when this picture was taken of the Talbott Homestead Shack out in Weaver Township, southwest of Winner near the Dog Ear Buttes.
The man standing at the left was Lee McNeely who was postmaster at the townsite of McNeely located south of Winner. Later he proved up on his homestead and left the territory. He became a clerk of the Federal Court at Dubuque, Iowa.
Second from left is C.E. Talbott who was postmaster at Lamro at that time. He was the fi rst presidential-appointed postmaster in Tripp County, having been named to that position by President William Howard Taft.
The man standing alongside the white horse is Windsor Doherty who was a law partner with C.E. Talbott from 1912 until 1925. In the buggy, at right, is Robert Casey who was a homestaker.
Lee McNeely's wife wrote the book 'Jumping Off Place'.
[Photo from Minnie Sachtjen Collection owned by Betty Littau;
Wedean children getting ready to depart for school
Remember When ----- ..going to school ment getting up early, hitching up horses to pull a buggy or saddling a horse to ride, and for those that didn't have horses and buggies, walking to the little school on the prairie. The photo on top is one taken of the Wedean children getting ready to depart for school in 1923. It appears to have been chilly on that morning and the wagon in which they rode to school had little to offer in the way of protection against the cold. Earl and Margaret are in the wagon and Eunice and Ruth are standing. They lived in Pleasant Valley township and attended the school there. They had to go 2 1/2 miles to school.
Others in the township had to go up to 4 miles either on foot or by horse drawn buggy. pictured in the bottom photograph is Earl Wedean with a covered wagon. His father homesteaded in Pleasant Valley, arriving there in 1909. Pleasant Valley had a high school up until 1934, with about 75 children in attendance. We want to thank Mrs. Morgan Lantz, the former Eunice Wedean, for sending the photos to be used in the "Remember When" series.
Wrecker with 1914 Model T Ford
Remember When ----- ..Clem Mortenson and Carrol Burkhard operated the Ford dealership and garage. This photo ws taken sometime around 1918. It shows a 1915 Dodge wreaker with a 1914 Model T Ford hooked on back. The T-Model doesn't appear to be too badly smashed up, but evidently was not able to be driven. The wreaker was the property of Webster's Auto Parts. We assume that this was a business in Winner at this time. The gentleman in the picture could not be identified for us. Anyone knowing who they are please contact Mrs. "Audie" McCormack as she would like to have the names for her records. The photograph is from a collection of her husband, the late Eder McCormick. Clem Mortensen, one of the ownwers of the garage in
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