Tripp County, South Dakota
Townships


Bull Creek Township

A petition signed by a majority of the legal voters of Township 100, Range 74, west of the 5th p m having been filed with the county auditor and presented to the board requesting that the township be organized into a civil organized township, the said township is hereby organized under the name of Bull Creek and the following named persons are hereby named supervisors to act until their successors are elected and qualified according to law:

Theodore Eagle, Chairman;
George W. Russel and Frank Daughters.

Motion Carried

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

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Dog Ear Township

Dog Ear Township Organized

A legal petition having been presented this board by the residents and freeholders of the township of 97-77 petitioning the board to organize the said township into a civil organized township, the said township of 97-77 is hereby organized under the name of Dog Ear, and the following persons are hereby named as supervisors to act until their successors are elected and qualified according to law:

Fred Grosham,
W. G. Taylor,
Chas. Vogt.

Carried.

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

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Dog Ear Township Supervisers Named


Gassman Township

Gassman Township the unorganized area in the northeast part of Tripp County appears have 2 possible sources for the name.

The Owen and Chilton allotment map has allotments for John and Josephine Gassman in this township near the town of Houston and also near Bettelyoun Buttes.

Another possibility but, slightly different spelling is Major John G. Gasmann a longtime United States Indian Agent of various Sioux Tribes in the 1870's and 1880's. Gasmann was a Reverend of the Episcopal Church and born in Norway, his name Johan Gottfred Gasmann was "Americanized". Gasmann was removed from office on claims of wasting agency property by leaving it out in the wind and rain. His removal was firmly protested by many and the claims of waste discredited. Agents were appointed by the political party in office at the time and Gasmann appears to be a victim of political change. Most historical accounts of Gasmann portray him as a dedicated man respected by all.

The John and Josephine Gassman connection is the most likely source due to no variation in spelling and few residents by the time of naming the township would have remembered Reverend Gasmann's contributions to the area.

[Submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

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Lamro Township

Petition Lamro Township Be Organized.

A petition seeking organization of Lamro township was presented to the county commissioners Tuesday. No action was taken. It was indicated that the commissioners might act Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The petition, circulated by M. F. Lamb, carried the signatures of 32 persons. The document states: “We the undersigned, respectfully represent unto you that we are residents and legal voters of (unorganized and known as Lamro township); and that there are more than 25 electors therein.”

“We respectfully petition your honorable board for civil township organization thereof, and as that you perfect such civil township organization as provided by law: with the name of Lamro township.”

If and when organization is granted, the commissioners will be required to appoint a township board which will serve in the capacity.”

The presently unorganized township surrounds Winner. It and the city are both in the same school district, No. 20. At one time, it was organized, the commissioners stated.

Only one other township in the county, Gassman, is not organized.

[Advocate, published July 30, 1959; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

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Supervisors Of Lamro Are Named.

The county commissioners have named Fred Nielsen, Leonard Ambroz and Henry Fisher as supervisors of the recently organized Lamro township. The three men will serve on the board until the general election in March.

The county commissioners recently acted on petitions in favor of organization of the township. Petitions were presented to the commissioners seeking organization.

[Advocate, published August 13, 1959; submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]


Lone Star Township Township

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Lone Star Township, October 10, 1918
Lone Star Township, October 24, 1918


Pahapesto Township

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Pahapesto Twp Articles - Jan 10, 1924
Chivers, Nellie
Owen, Anna Kositsky


Pleasant Valley Township

In the 1915 plat book it was unlabeled, but on the 1918 map it is listed as Mills. Charles D. Mills homesteaded a relinquishment in this township. Maggie Mills, wife of C. D. Mills, in 1959 wrote: Mr. Isaac Bettleyoun was the first county commissioner from Northeast Tripp County. He named the community, "Mills Township" in honor of my husband, C. D. Mills. The townships' name was later changed to "Pleasant Valley Township."

[Submitted by RM, Tripp County Historical Society]

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Pleasant Valley News - Jan 10, 1924


Wortman Township

Wortman Township was named for John Wortman of Donithan, Nebr. a former homesteader.

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John Wortman
John Wortman Land Record


Wright Township

Wright Township Organized

A legal petition having been presented this board by the residents and freeholders of the township 97-79 petitioning the board to organize the said township into a civil organized township, the said township of 97-79 is hereby organized under the name of Wright, and the following named persons are hereby named as supervisors to act until their successors are elected and qualified according to law:

Matt Morgan,
R. J. Waterbury,
I. B. Sloss.

Carried.

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

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