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The pioneer-review. [volume] (Philip, Haakon County, S.D.) 1920-current, August 05, 1920, Image 10

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Late in 1906 A. W. Prewitt camc
up Bad River with a printing
press and started a newspaper.
About the same time "Slim" Tag
gart opened up a saloon. It was
then plain that there would be a.
town at the Fori* of Bad River,
and almost immediately the Sun
day School Missinary arrived. He
was a dapper, nervous, little, old
man from Huron by the name of
Grant. He organized the present
Presbyterian Sunday School and a
Sunday School of the same faith
in Midland. He organized other
school in the county, but it is be
lieved that they are now extinct.
Most of our people became ac
quainted with this missionary, and
learned then or later that he was
in many ways a remarkable man.
The Huronite has recently given
us the following interesting ac
count of him:
With a record of service in Da
kota as a Sunday school mission
ary for a few months less than
forty years, E. H. Grant, of Huron
has now retired from active work
in this field. Mr. Grant is a small
man in stature but is familiarly
knwn as "the sky-scraper" and he
has behind him a record for ser
vice and a multitude of friends
over South Dakota that is remark
able. In his missionary work for
the Sunday schools during the last
forty years, it i? possible that by
visiting from house to house for
newly organized schools he maj
have been in more homes in Dako
ta than any other one man. The
outstanding results of his service
has been the organization of hun
dreds of Sunday schools, many of
which have developed iutcf thriv
ing churches.
The work of a Sunday school
missionary is not confined to es
tablishing schools, in developing
churches, supplying pulpits, ac
cording to Mr. Grant. "I have milk
ed cows, shocked grain, washed
dishes, tended babies, nursed the
sick and buried the dead. All this
in the course of my work to fur
ther the interest of the Sunday
school. I have distributed boxes
and barrels of clothing to the
needy and toys to the children. I
have conducted services in depots,
hotels, restaurants, lumber yards
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and saloons. 1 have addressed aud
iences of refined and cultured peo
ple and ajjam have faced congre
gation made up ef Indians, squaw
men, ranchers, cowboys, and lewd
In the forty yearn in Dakota Mr.
Grant has seen the northwest de
velop frpm a trackless, treeless
prairie to the well-populated
driving farming territory it is to
day. He h«u seen the towns spring
up and' he was nearly always "on
the job" at the time. In his opin
ion of new towns had their begin
ning in mtich the same way. "Fol
lowing the track-laying crew, then
came in order the restaurant, liv
ery barn, saloon and printing
press, and as soon as hay was in
the loft of the livery barn upon
which the Sunday school mission^
ary could sleep he appeared upon
the scene."
Mr. Grant is one of the real pio
neers of the northwest. Coming
from Illinois in search of health,
he arrived in Dakota in June, 1880.
At that time the railroad was com
pleted as far west as the James
river valley and his party came to
Huron, which as they were told in
Chicago,, was to be the future met
ropolis of the northwest. The last
day of the journey was a drive of
ifty miles across a trackless, tree
Sc:s» plain, with its carpet of green
levofH of mark that man had ever
made—nothing in sight but prair
e grass and Bunshine. At that
time, in the impressive silence of
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prairie, Mr. Grant asked him
self, "Why are we here Who will
-ome later? What will man do
vith this rich heritage of God
Will he dnvelope or mar it?" and
mswered his questions, "If health
md strength come to me, I will
play my part in developing its re
sources and in helping to make it
i place where man will he glad to
Mr. Grant was joined by other
friends from Illinois an# seven
homesteads adjoining his in what
'S now Ben die county were filed
n. In September of 1880 he built
he first house in what is now
known as Grant township. In Oct
ber the men's families arrived
*nd all—21 in number—found
shelter in this house until other
houses were built.
During $ie next few years home
seekers canfe in flocks. New neigh-
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borhoods formed rapidly and when
people heard of the little man who
had organized a Sunday school in
his locality they invited and urged
him to assist in the organization
of more schools. A report of Mr.
Grant's missionary work at last
reached Philadelphia and in 1888
he received a commission from the
Presbyterihn board of Sunday
s&tpcA worlt to enter immediately
upon such missionary work ex
clusively. He accepted the commis
sion and provided himself with a
pair of ponies and picket ropes,
and started out with the purpose
of organizing a Bible school where
ever practical.
Mr. Grant tells of his experiences
as follows:
"I was monarch of all I survey
ed, My field extended from the
north boundary of Dakota terri
tory to Nebraska and from Minne
sota to the Black Hills. For many
years my work was confined al
most entirely to rural communit
ies. In the early years I made oc
casional trips into the range coun
try west of the Missouri. When on
thege trips I made headquarters at
the ranch of Napoleon Duechen
out, a French squaw man. His
cabin was near the mouth of a
creek which empties into the Bad
ri\%r between the present towns of
Midland and Philip.
"Just before the Milwaukee and
the Northwestern railroads extend
ed their lines west of the rivgr I
mad^ three exploring trips. On my
first trip I ferried the Missouri
just north of the present site of
Mobridge aijd followed the course
of the Grand river to its source.
My second trip was along the
Deadwood trail from Ft. Pierre to
the forks of the Cheyenne river.
My third trip was west from Cha
mberlain through the Bad Lands
to the present site of Interior.
Eight Sunday schools and seven
churches are land-mark! along
the route I traveled."
Mr. Grant's experiences are re
plete with countless interesting in
cidents, some of which he relates
as follows:
"One day I dropped off a con
struction train, struck for the cook
tent,, told who I was, and announc
ed the fact that I was hungry.
The boss said "Shove over boys,
and give the sky-scraper a show."
After sharing their pork and
beans I went forth to do the town
and make acquaintances. I was
not long in finding a man and
wife who were interested in what I
came to do, and as a result a week
ly Bible class was started, having
accomplished my purpose I started
for the next town. I was over
taken by a wagon
was invited
to ride. On that wagon was a
newspaper outfit, a saloon outfit,
and a Sunday school man going
west to start a town.
"On one of my exploring" trips
I came upon a crowd gathered
•bout a country store and after
making mv mission known I said
to a bystander, after securing a
place for the meeting, "The peo
ole will come, won't they?" He
replied, You bet they will. Every
thing goes here, whether it's a
Sunday school, a funeral or a
dance. We'll all be there.' And
they were.
"Occassianally a busy housewife
and mother in whose home I was
stopping over Sunday would say,
1 won't be able to go to school
house this morning. I just cai^'t
do the morning's work and get
myself and the children ready in
time. That was my opportunity
to offer to wash the dishes, and
help put the house to rights, which
I proceeded to do, thus securing
the attendance of the entire fam
ily and their interest in the school.
"I spent four days in a frontier
village bearing the classic name
of Bullhead.' Indians outnumbered
the whites and were very atten
tive listeners at my meetings.
During my stay I was entertain
ed by an Indian family, slept on
the floor, with a cowskin for a bed.
I have visited nearly every nook
9nd corner of South Dakota, and
with but one exception I have nev
er received unkind word. I
have been tri#i many times by the
boys who sometimes joined forces
to smoke out" the sky-scraper,
as they put it. I hav^ tried to see
something good in £very man I
met and have seldom been disap
pointed. 'I want to be an angel'
doesn't appeal to me—while here
—I'd rather be a Sunday School
missionary, ready to hit the trail
for the next appointment. I have
Peached the top of the great div
ide, and with good cheer look be
Mr. Crant has been froced by
declining health to leave South Da
kota and is now with relatives in
Danville, III.-
Nut House "Whopper" peanuts
sold only at the Canteen.
Wanted. Threshing and harvest
ing to do. Inquire of S. J. Baye.
fbiiip. B7«f
,.i'opyrijjlH, Western .Ncwsmiier L'awn.
"You have lost your position In the
)ank," spoke Norma Drury. "Oh', fa
ther! how can that
Martin Drury's head was
bent low,
he was pale and agitated and acted
like a man who had received a iVavy
"Not because of any dishonesty, Nor
ma," he said, bravely attempting a
smile. "Since I was given charge of
he securities cage my salary has been
raised and I seem to have pleased both
Mr. Wardeli, the president of the bank,
and the directors with my services.
Today I carried all the Liberty bond
packets to the desk of Mr. Wardeli for
Uim to check up. He returned them
un hour later. Then I was cnlled to
the cashier's desk on some business.
When I returned to assort the packets
one was missing—No. 23. Mr. War
dell's schedule showed he had checked
it, with the others. It was for
It was gone
the only fault found
with nje w ffc:Tt I had left the pack
eta on ruy !*»sk when hurriedly called
by the cashier, instead of first placing
rbera in the vault."
"Somebody on the watcb, tt is as
sumed, reached through the wlckfet «Jm1
extracted the $3,000 packet."
"And Mr. Wardeli?"
"Consulted the directors. Ha was
kind enough and just enough to vouch
for my integrity, but said that I
getting old, that I needed^less respon
sible work and has offered to retain
me at a reduced s&lary, but In an in
ferior position. It is hard lines!" and
the voice
'"W$Qke. "Hy
Norma came up to her father and
twined her anus about him. "Dear fa
ther," she said tenderly. "I shall give
up my preparations to become a teach
er. You have had me help you so much
with bank work you have brought
home evenings that I have practically
learned the business, as you may say.
At all events we are responsible for a
loss of $3,000. Together we uili rnaktj
it good."
That was th« ftm&xlng proposition
Norma Drury made to stern, systemat
ic Martin Drury the next day. If tho
old iinancicr was secretly moved by
the filial act and sacrifice of the loyal
young girl, he did not betray the fact.
In his cool, methodical way he accept
ed the proffer, and one quarter of thqi
Joint compensation of father and
daughter was each month to be re
turned and credited on the loss ac
It Mr. Drury felt humiliated by bis
reduction in working rank It was more
than made up for in having Norma for
company in the bank. He grew a lit
tle more gray, a little more bent, but
he was proud of his daughter and their
mutual work for a noble object tilled
both with a high sense of duty sturdily
David Warden's health failed and he
was ordered to a sanitarium for per
manent treatment. A month later he
died and his only son, -Sydney, was
summoned from college to take charge
of the affairs of the bank. He was a
bright, intelligent fellow and from the
start Norma attracted him. When he
learned all the details of her connec
tion with the bank there appeared a
high order of respect. an4 admiration Jn
his manner toward her. He never al
luded to the
of the
twice in the ensuing year he advanced
Mr. Drury in position and salary, tic
came to Norma one day, later.
"Miss Drury," he said, "you have done
such faithful, helpful work during the
past year, that the bank has decide*!
to send you away for a month's vaca
tion, bearing all expenses and your sal
ary to run on the same with per
cent raise for next year."
"You are very kind, but do I deserve
it?" spoke Norma.
"We think so," declared Sydney
heartily, and Norma felt that.he was
genuinely sincere. It was a rest she
craved and enjoyed. The happy four
weeks ended in a surprise. The day
before setting out for her return she
received a note from her father that
considerably mystified her. It informed
her that young Wardeli would he at
Leeviile the next morning on an auto
mobile trip, and«that he would call fof
her and drive her home. It wns not
strange that Norma fluttered and mar
veled when tttt yonng nam arrived
next day.
It was late afternoon when the car
reached her h»me town. Yminu' War
deli drove around to the bank-and halt
ed In front of it.
"The# has been something of s
ehange in the personnel of the insti
tution since you went away. Miss
Drury," he told her, and he pointed to
a newly emhlazwi^i window bearing
the two names: *'S.vjli:ey 'dell.
President JIaif.n Drury, Cashier."
Norma start»|i "bewildered.
"W* were leaving my father's old
desk ust week," said Sydney, "and be
hind one of the drawers we found thai
mis^fug $3,000. Don't you think I wns
gla^ to award your dear father what
he deserves after aD years ot
hi#, faithful service?"
Ncriua broke down utterly. Insensi
bly her tear-bedewed face pressed the
shoulder or4ier companion. He thrilled
at tfcre contact. Just then a brilliant
glint of sunshine illumed the drab
western sky.
"Look," Sydney said, "a presage of
gladness for all your future, I hope,"
and Sfee knew from Umi glow ia tills
kmnmt *ym
that tovs actaaMI
Haakon County Abstract Co.,
S. D.
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Shorts, 2.70
Oats, 2.70
Salt blocks .85
Sulpher Salt 1.00
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The following are dates of the sales of range
horses for the season of 1920r
Friday, August 6th
Friday, August 20th
Friday, September 3rd .1
Friday, September 17th
Friday, October 1st
Friday, October 15th
Friday, October 29th.
i'S& connection with
will hold weekly sales of broke horses every Sat
urday. There are many reasons why you should
consign your horses to Sioux City. First, we are
the closest market to the range hors©§ and you
can market them with less expense, as everyone
knows that the further you ship your horses and
mules the more it,costs, and the more htey will
shrink. v .•
We have the best facilities for handling Range
Horses of any market in the country. We have
under construction at the present time a new sale
ring and amphitheater that will be the best there
is at any market. We are in a position to handle
large runs, as we h&ve lat* of xmm, and furnish
the best of feed.
It will be to your advantage to consign your
horses and mules to us, and we will get you the
best prices.
Ship your rangestock to the Sioux City Horse
and Mule Co., Range Horse Depanrtment, Sioux
{Jity, Iowa, and your broke stock to the Sioux City
Horse and Mule Co., Stock Yards, Sioux City,
Iowa. Write or wire for information.
Sioux City Horse & Mule Co.
ftoorge Thompsonr Manager#
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Philip, South Dakota
Haakon County Abstract Co.
Pierre, S. D., Jane 16,1920.
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