OCR Interpretation

The Bad River news. [volume] (Philip, Stanley County, S.D.) 19??-1912, May 05, 1910, Image 1

Image and text provided by South Dakota State Historical Society – State Archives

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn95076628/1910-05-05/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

Representative Burke, as chair
man of the committee on Indian
affairs, tried to prevent the adop
tion of the Sabath amendment, but
the house seemed to be under the
influence of the democratic-insur
nt combination. Mr. Burke will
e a strenuous effort, however,
have this amendment rejected
Irhen the bill goes into conference
id is hopeful of being able to win
a majority of the house to his
lews by that time.

The house spent two hours today
jfiiscussing the prohibition section
*f the Rosebud-Pine Ridge bill,
jirhich provides that reservations
to be opened to settlement shallbe
dry for twenty-tive years. Mem
here representing the big brewery
districts made a vigorous effort to
^Jiave the prohibition provision
stricken from the bill, but could
up only a few votes against
tills restriction.
oat intsrsat.
Stanley' county's pioneer physician and surgeon,
and one of South Dakota's most public-spirited citizens,
who is a candidate for representative from the
legislative district.
Opening Reservation
Passes House
,,, ...j, Hfepresentative Burke, of South
Dakota,'I-succeeded in passing
through the house the billlast week
opening to settlement 1,500,000
acres in the Pine Ridge aud.Rose
bud reservations. A similiar bill
was passed in the senate b.v Sen
ator Gamble,".so the opening of
this land is assured now.
The house adopted an important
amendment to the Rosebud-Pine
Ridge bill, however, permitting
persons to register for this land
before the clerk of the courts in
counties where they reside. If this
amendment is accepted by the sen
ate persons desiring to register
for reservation drawings will not
have to make the trip to registra
tion towns in South Dakota, and
it will end a highly profitable in
dustry in that state. The amend
ment was adopted on motion of
Representative Sabbath, democrat,
of Illinois, supported by several
•members from Chicago, three Wis
consin insurgents and Representa
tive Ferris, democrat, of Oklaho
bis all kthds oTreal
property for sale or
town lots cheap.'
UK ®°nth
How She Gained a Homestead
(The following sketch is published
through the courtesy of McCall's mag
azine, which publishes the article in
its June number. The article will be
of interest to our readers not only on
account of the wide reputation of the
author, but for it's local color as well.
It may be added that the sketch, as it
appears in McCall's is accompanied
by half a dozen illustrations as well as
some technical information regarding
homestead entries of public land which
we have not reproduced.)
When first told that my friend
Clara Smith had gone to South
Dakatato homestead Isimply threw
up my hands. She! a delicate
little woman, accustomed to the
refinements of city life, how could
she ever stand the hardships of a
pioneer! But when a few years
later she visits me, learn the
whole story.
"Whatever made me think of
such a thing? I'll tell you. To
begin with, cousin John had been
out through that country on busi
ness, accidentally learned of this
tract, on the verge of 'The Bad
Lands', at the base of the Black
Hills. So, when he came home,
and we got to talking about it, he
proposed we get up a party and
take up a section between us.
Vonie, ray niece became enthusias
tic, and a friend of her's, a school
teacher wanted to join us, so we
four finally decided to make the
venture. I, the married woman
could chaperon the two girls, and
it was a sort of family affair any
First though, we all had to go
out to Chamberlain, the place to
'file' on the land. We took up a
hundred and sixty acres apiece
and we were particularly fortu
note in our location owing to i
beautiful little creek that made
unusually desirable. As the gov
filing to prepare for a home,
came back east and got. ready
our new experience.
"Then early in the spring,
started out again taking the Mil
wankee & St Paul to the end
the lloe, which at that time was
Presbo. There men met us with Vonfe liked to
a big wagon* and piling our log- night,
igageup behind, w^.sst pot for much to do~-wyqftdT* up about
The weather cleared, our goods
came and we realy got settled.
As I was to cook for cousin John,
our two places were as near possible
(each one had to live on his own
claim, you know), but the girls
found the most desirable places
for their homes on a slight eleva
tion about a mile away and nearly
half a mile apart. We all used
tents for the summer though.
"Talk about 'dry Dakota!' The
thunder storms were dreadful for
a while. We had so much rain
the first summer that the roads
were almost impassible, and once
I was literally 'stuck in the mud.'
Of course it made the mosquiotoes
bad for a time, and once I remem
ber, after a hard rain, that Vonie,
in going from her place to her
friend's a short distance, found
her fresh white waist completely
turned black with the pests!
Though often obliged to go to bed
with our clothes wet strange to
say we never took cold,
"Gardens were started as soon
as possible and I never saw things
grow so fast anywhere. Soon we
had plenty of vegetables, and al
though we had little fresh meat,
we always had plenty of chickens,
eggs and milk. Later in the fall
we had the pleasure of attending
at Kadoka, the first fair ever held
in Stanley county. That fair
showed how rich Dakota land is,
for there was the finest display of
products imaginable, all raised on
'sod'—the first turning of the soil,
''Each of us girls did enough
work on our own place, of course,
to meet the requirements of the
law, and in the fall, when the shacks
were finished, enjoyed greatly get
ting them ready for the winter.
We put up the pictures we had
brought from home, hung curtains
at the windows (there was one at
each end!) and covered our cots
with couch covers and fancy pillows
to hide our beds. You can hardly
imagine how attractive our littlg
homes looked!
The snow set in that season on
Thanksgiving and lasted until
March. The winter weather was
whole section, thus getting one lovely, and although intensely cold
we never suffered in the least.
Our little buildings 12x12 feet,
were warmly lined and we eactj,
had a nice sheet-iron heater. The
air was very clear and I never saw
ernment allows six months after such beautiful sunsets, such bright
stars. Owing to this clearness of
for the atmosphere. I have frequent
ly (during the warm weather, read
we my- paper outdoors at 9 o'clock at
night! We always saw each other
©very day, and we hid plenty of
magapaeagid newspapers
late Into the
The Bad River News
our one hundred and ten mile ride
over the trails of the prairie.
"We rode all that day, and late
in the afternoon reached 'the road
house' where we were to stop for
the (light. Ut had no doors and
only curtains to separate the cots
It would have made a good stable,
and as a matter of fact, in the
middle of the night a cow walked
in and stood by our bed!
"The next afternoon—Sunday—
we had dinner out in the open, and
few hours later reached our des
tination in a big storm, wet through
and through.
was simply
tent, set over a platform, and
owing to a washout, our furniture
did not arrive for nearly three
weeks. I did the cooking, using
small dugout as a kitchen, and
we ate all our meals out of doors
off tin plates—many a time in a
downpour too. Just imagine!
Fortunately cousin^ John had
procured a good cow and some
chickens beforehand, and we had
brought some groceries from Chi
cago, so we always had plenty to
eat, but you may know it was not
served with much ceremony.
wish us
noon and come over
'Good morning!'
"Our neighbors were from all
over the United States, and two
ladies from Massachusetts had
claims quite near us. When our
bridge washed away, people came
from eight to ten miles around to
help rebuild—the men doing the
work and the women getting up
the lunch. It was a regular pic
nic. 'Did we ever get lonely?"
Not a bit of it!
"At first we had to go quite a
distance for our mail and often
when the roads were bad we would
be three weeks without letters,
but now we are able to get to the
post office every day.
The whole country built up
surprisingly fast, however. One
hundred and ten miles of rail were
laid that first winter, and in the
spring when I had to make a little
trip east, instead of spending two
days and a night on the trails—as
when I went out—1 could get a
train only nine miles away!
Moreover, although I had been
there less than a year, and had
paid all government fees, my entire
expenses amounted to less than
$500.00. You can guess how sur
prised I was then when I was offer
ed $1,000.00 cash for the place.
'Did I take it?' Indeed not! It's
worth as much to me as anyone,
and besides—it's my homestead."
Her"eyes grew dreamy, and for
a moment she -was silent. Then
she added: "When I think of the
struggle some women have to get
along, I wonder that more do not
strive to be free. Many have a
little money laid by.1 fcWhat IJ did
anyone could do. Perhaps they
just don't know how."
Egan Speaks Here
The eloquert and tousle-haired
one from Minnehaha county held
forth at the opera house last Sat
urday evening. He came like the
wandering prophet of old to preach
his gospel to the common people
and incidentally he took occasion
to boom his candidacy for the re
publican nomination for governor.
As usual pjgan had a good audi
ence, and there can be no doubt
that some of his most vicious thrusts
were heartily appreciated. Joe
Kirby, A B. Kittredge, 1 ick
Richards, Governor li. S. Vessey,
and many others came in for a
warm scoring. Then there was
the usual platitudes about the com
mon people, the common people
that Mr. Egan loves so well.
Egan's trouble with the bar of
his county, the Kaukmann case,
the O'Grady case, and his disbar
ment by the supreme court of the
state were dwelt upon and fully
rehashed from the Egan point of
view. Taken altogether Mr. Egan
told the people his troubles and
talked about himself for a good
two hours, and wound up by con
fidently assuring the crowd that
he would be the next governor of
South Dakota whether they wanted
him or not.
No one can deny that he made
an eloquent appeal and that he won
a lot of sympathizers. Men next
morning were outspoken in their
admiration of the man. Of course
Farm Lands!
Bennett & Bielski
the loudest howl of approval came
from certain democrats, who see
in Egan a weak candidate for the
republican party, and hope to
slather him with Chauncey Woods,
of Rapid City, and thus wedge
their hungry way back to the feed
trough. But just the same, Mr.
Egan's spectacular stunts won him
supporters here just as they are all
over the state. He is a factor in
the present campaign, and dont
you forgot it. We can't believe
that he will be nominated, but he
will deliver a suprise to some of
the politicians of the state that
will give them a foolish look for
seven full days.
Governor Hughes Appointed w
the Supreme Bencfe
Gov. Charles E. Hughes of New
ork has accepted the appointment
as justice of the supreme court of
the United States to succeed the
late Justice D. J. Brewer, tender
ed him a few days ago by the pres
ident. He will enter upon his new
duties the second week in October
next. He will remain as governor
until that time.
His nomination will goto the
senate where it will probably be
confirmed without delay.
It was reported once that Hugftar
would not accept on account of the
depletion of his private fortune
and that it would be necessary for
him to return to his law practice#
I have some more good cockrels
left to head your pens with.
Better hurry before they are all
gone. Jake Weber.

xml | txt