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Veteran history told

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The Prairie Lutheran Parish will have an outdoor service at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at Immanuel Lutheran. People can stay in their cars and listen on the radio. Everyone is welcome.

John Meligan of Pierre visited Shirley Stroud last Friday.

Mark and Lisa Hinkley of De Smet visited her mother, Harriet Hattervig, last Saturday and Wednesday.

Did you know?

Items from the Carthage history book, “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone,” by Sally Madison.

• Captain C.S. Munger, a Civil War veteran, became a U.S. Marshal after the war. He became known as “the marshal who never carried a gun.”

• In 1892, Captain George Lucas of the Soldier’s Home in Hot Springs says that there are 70 old veterans there, and not one of them is able to do a half day’s work. All of them are content and happy and feel that South Dakota is doing its duty for them.

• The first shot fired by an American soldier in the Spanish American War was by a South Dakotan, Thomas Smith, on the night of Jan. 10, 1899. Smith was a nephew of Mrs. William Campbell of Carthage. After the war, he went to Canada and became an orchard farmer.

• An article from 1917 states Troop F First Calvary boys were mustered into federal service. There was an immense crowd at the opera house to witness the ceremony. The band played and there was an address by Colonel Morris. A male quartet sang, and nearly every business displayed the stars and stripes. Eleven men from Alpena joined Troop F. Colonel Morgan, a regular army inspection officer, is to inspect Troop F, and it depends on his report whether Troop F will be provided with necessary equipment, including 32 horses and drill equipment.

• Around the time of World War I, Carthage had a beautiful site for a new city park, a steel water tank and tower, a public library and a city band with free concerts.

•Twelve Vietnam veterans are listed in the book.

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