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I have numerous clippings (mostly undated) and newspapers collected over the years. Many pertain to Sully county and some do not.

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At Rest

Died at St. Mary's Hospital at Pierre, S.D. on Thursday March 11th 1909, at the age of 13 years 3 months and 27 days, Irl, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Bunch of this place.

The passing of this young life is one of the saddest events that has ever occured in this neighborhood. Untill (sic) about six weeks ago Irl was apparently in the best of health and spirits, taking an active interest in school work and looking forward to a useful life. The last of January he complained of not feeling well and was immediately taken to the hospital where a consultation of the best doctors in the state was held, and the dread Bright's disease was their verdict. For six weeks doctors and nurses battled for his life, but it was hopeless. He fully realized that the end was near and spoke cheerful comforting words to his loved ones and trusting in the Heavenly Father, passed into that life where sickness and death never come. Irl was a generous hearted lovable boy and his untimely death leaves a place in the home and neighborhood that can never be filled. The funeral was held at the home Friday afternoon. Beautiful wreaths of cut flowers covered the casket. The services were conducted by Rev. Gullickson of Pierre, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Okobojo cemetery. The sympathy of the entire neighborhood is extended to the bereaved family.



HYDE--In Onida, on Wednesday morning, at two o'clock, Ella M., wife of Dwight W. Hyde, of paralysis, aged 50 years.

About one year ago Mrs. Hyde was stricken with paralysis and has since been a constant sufferer until relieved by death. She came to Sully county from New York 18 years ago and with her husband and children located in Onida township, and was a resident of the vicinity ever since. By her pleasing manner she made friends of everybody, and all now mourn with her sorrowing husband and family, who have done all in their power by tenderly caring for her during her long and painful illness. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her loss.

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. Lyman of Pierre, and interment will occur in the the Onida cemetery.

NOTE:Though this clipping has no year recorded, articles on the reverse mention November the 17th. The 1900 census (dated June 15, 1900) lists Mrs. Hyde's name as Margaret E., date of birth as Nov. 1851, and age 48. I place the year of this clipping at either 1901 or 1902.


Obituary Old Settler

Nancy Jane Blair was born near Clarkville, Tenn., August 4, 1847, and died at her home in Des Moines, IA., May 14, 1919, at the age of 68 years, 9months, 10 days. She was the daughter of Norval and Mary Blair. In 1883 she was married to Cornelius Wright, a minister of the M.E. church. In 1887 Mr. and Mrs. Wright homesteaded in Sully county near Fairbank and Mrs. Wright made this their home for three or four years. From Sully county Mrs. Wright went to Clarinda, Ia., where her husband was a pastor. From there Mr. and Mrs. Wright went to Washington, D.C., then to Iowa City and thence to Des Moines in which places Rev. Wright held pastorates in the M.E. church. Mrs. Wright has resided in Des Moines the last four years of her life. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and three brothers and three sisters most of whom reside on the old homestead near Fairbank. The deceased was a member of the M.E. church for over thirty years and lived in accordance with her Christian profession. Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 18th at the Blair home and the mortal remains of Nancy Jane Blair were laid to rest in the family burying grounds, a spot selected by the mother of the deceased. The friends and neighbors of the family extend their sympathy to them in their sorrow.


The Daily Capital Journal, Pierre, South Dakota, Wednesday, January 5, 1972.

Mrs. Aster Fae Spears, 81, died unexpectedly at her home in Onida Monday, Jan.3.

Mrs. Spears was born April 29, 1890 in Farina, Ill. She graduated from Milton College, Milton, Wis., and came to South Dakota in 1918, where she taught school three years before marrying Wm. B. Spears in Onida on June 29, 1921.

Mrs. Spears was preceded in death by her husband in 1965, and a daughter, Margaret Winters, in 1955. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Catherine Bien of Richmond, VA., one son, William Spears, Pierre; and one sister, Mrs. Fern Johanson, Minneapolis.

Funeral services will be Sat., at 2 p.m., Jan 8, at the Presbyterian Church in Onida. The Rev. M. Todd Macdonald officiating. Burial will be in the Onida Cemetery. Hall Funeral Home, Pierre, is in charge of arrangements.


The Daily Capital Journal, Pierre, South Dakota, Wednesday, January 5, 1972.

Dale Leroy Aldrich, 22, of Humboldt, S.D., died early Sunday in a residential fire which broke out during a party. Death was attributed to smoke inhalation.


Salla Esmorr Payne was born February 19, 1892, at Rutledge in Granger county, Tennessee, and died March 10, 1941, at St. Mary's hospital in Pierre. She was the daughter of Lydia and Reed Payne. She graduated from Rutledge high school and attended Carson Newman college at Jefferson City, Tenn. Miss Payne was a resident of this community a number of years and was one of Hughes and Sully counties' successful teachers, having taught continuously since coming to South Dakota. Her father and mother, three sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her death two sisters, Ida and Eula, of Canning, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.


Aged Vintonion Took Dose By Mistake, Belief

Benton County News. Mrs. George W. Fry, 77, lifelong resident of Benton County,(IOWA) died at her home here at 7:30 a.m. today, a few minutes after she had taken carbolic acid.

Whether the action was suicide was not known. Long ailing, and afflicted with failing eyesight in recent years, Mrs. Fry had been using various medicines for some time, and the probability was set out that she took the poison by mistake, relatives said.

No Cornoner's Inquest. Called here from Belle Plaine, County Coroner John Burrows said no inquest would be held into Mrs. Fry's sudden death. Funeral services have been arranged for Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the Fry funeral home. The Rev. S.S. Smick of Cranston, Ia., former pastor of the Vinton United Brethren church, will conduct the rites. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home all day Sunday.

Mrs. Fry had made her home here the last 43 years. She was an active member of the United Brethren church until her health failed about eight months ago. Her interests were centered in her home and especially in the family of an invalid daughter, Mrs. J.J. Dickson of Vinton.

Emma J. Dilling, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John A. Dilling, pioneers of Benton county, was born on an Eden township farm, July 8, 1858. She was married to George W. Fry, January 22, 1879, at the Shellsburg home of the Rev. Mr. Bowe, who performed the ceremony. They began housekeeping on a Benton county farm. After renting three years, Mr. and Mrs. Fry bought a place southeast of Vinton. Later they bought 320 acres closer to Vinton. Forty-three years ago they retired from the farm to become residents of Vinton.

Mrs. Fry is survived by her husband and two children, Jay Fry and Mrs. J.J. Dickson, both of Vinton. Other members of her family are three grandchildren, Howard, May, and Josephine Dickson, and two great grandchildren, the children of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dickson.

Okobojo Cemetery Sully County, South Dakota

Grandview Sully County, SD Teachers Reports 1890-1899

Grandview Teachers Reports 1901-07

Grandview Township Maps and Land Plats

Grandview School Census 1893, 1902, 1928

Faculty and Students of Huron College 1911

Stockholders in First National Life and Accident Insurance Co. Pierre SD 1910

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