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1997: Sullivans moving to town to take over Homestead


10 years ago
June 13, 2012

Patti Ward thought she was taking part in a surprise for someone else June 6 at Ward’s Store, but she was the surprised one when she was named De Smet’s Community Service Award winner for 2012.

Each year the city council recognizes an individual who offers time and talent to benefit the community. The winner is awarded a plaque and asked to ride in the Old Settlers’ Day Parade.

“This year’s volunteer has been giving back to De Smet since she was young. She gave of her time to play Grace in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant when the pageant was in its formative years,” Mayor Gary Wolkow said.

25 years ago
June 18, 1997

Tim Sullivan and his family have a dream. They want to operate a small farm as a family and make a living at it. They’re putting that dream into action with the Ingalls Homestead east of De Smet. They’re running the prairie museum as a family, and they’re offering a family-oriented attraction to visitors.

The Sullivans are Earling, Iowa natives, farming there all of their lives. Tim, his wife Joan and their children, Ann, 17, Gary, 14, Paul, 11, and Brian, 5, want to live and work on a farm.

However, Tim says, making a go of it in production agriculture today is really hard, and they’ve had to look elsewhere for opportunities.

50 years ago
June 15, 1972

“South Dakota, of all places!” “Rapid City has water 6-7 feet deep in the main street,” was the astounding report that reached eastern South Dakota early Saturday, the first reports coming to De Smet at 3 a.m. to Leon Carpenter, Warrant Officer of the De Smet Unit of National Guard, with orders to alert the company and report to the gateway city at once.

Rousted out of bed, others of the unit residing in De Smet assisted in notifying those scattered over the area, the 43 officers and men left shortly after 7:00 in the unit vehicles –a jeep, an ambulance, a five-ton, a three-quarter and two two-and-a-half ton trucks.

75 years ago
June 19, 1947

Improvements are under way at the former Waters residence, in preparation for its conversion into a hospital. New sidewalks have been poured, and minor repairs are being made about the exterior. The board expects to start work on the interior, where a stairway will be built to replace the one removed some years ago in making apartments, and some provisions made for a lift or elevator.


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