Ribbons, ribbons everywhere


Ribbons, ribbons everywhere,

But these aren’t ribbons for your hair.

Have you seen the ribbons from “Old Settler’s Day” that are on display at the De Smet Depot Museum? They go back as far as 1898 when the Court House laid its Corner Stone.

The ribbons are located in picture frames, 3-ring binders and display cabinets. “Old Settler’s Day” has been going on in De Smet since 1890 when Carthage was struggling with its water supply. This celebration continues today, and Lyle Signs has been making a ‘button’ for those who have resided in De Smet for 40 years or more. The buttons can be gotten from De Smet Flowers (or this has been the system in the past).

Ribbons from 1893 read “10th Annual Encampment” in Chamberlain or the “11th Annual Encampment” in De Smet. These ribbons also have initials on them .... Can you tell us what they stand for? Stop in at the De Smet Depot Museum and take a look.

There are “Suffrage” ribbons and many others that are very old and too numerous to mention.

Can you help us out by telling us how you received a ribbon on Old Settler’s Day, and where you registered to get the ribbon?


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