Pigeon holes


Gary Stroud, Sioux Falls, Bob and Deb Stroud, Redfield, and Kevin and Lorie Stroud, Phoenix, Ariz., spent a week with Donna Stroud helping with work projects.

Harriet Hattervig and Mark and Lisa Hinkley, De Smet, spent Monday in Sioux Falls as Harriet had medical appointments.

Lisa Hinkley spent Wednesday with her mother, Harriet Hattervig.

Rain reports of 4-7” in the area. The auxiliary spillway was running over Friday, but not for long, and was done running over by Saturday. The last time the auxiliary spillway ran over was June 1984.


The pigeon holes from the original post office in Carthage are still in Carthage, hanging on a wall in Lorelee Nelson’s home. After she and husband Verlyn Nelson were married, she discovered them in his shop full of tools. She suggested they hang it in the house and he kiddingly told her if she made something for his tools, she could have it in the house!

Sometime later, he came across the yard with the pigeon holes and hung them. He also had the sorting table that stood under the pigeon holes, and three of the ornate legs were used as spindles on top of a built-in bookshelf at the Nelson farm, where Andrew Nelson now lives. The fourth leg was made into candle holders for the Nelsons and for Stan Meyer. Verlyn made the oak table top into a child’s table for his daughter, Gretchen, and it is in their home in Stillwater, Minn.

There are 35 smaller holes and 35 a bit larger, with quite a few still having the state labels under them. It is still in its original finish. According to “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone,” the first post office was established in 1882; a new one was built in 1917 but burned in 2001, and the present post office moved in 2002.

The pigeon holes are full of souvenirs and Carthage memorabilia. One items is a postcard from Carthage, S.D. with a silly saying on the front, mailed from Carthage in 1913 to Hartland, Minn. It was found at an antique sale in Algony, Iowa. Another is three folding hangers from Corkins Store, found at an antique store in Brookings. According to the Carthage History Book, Corkins sold out to Weigold and Nordby in 1928.


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