Section A: Beginnings
Press & Dakotan

Section A: Beginnings


Ads on this page from the following advertisers...
  • Phinneys Pub & Casino
  • Mark's Machinery

Keywords: , , , , , ,
PRESS & DAKOTAN SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 YANKTON 150: PAGE 17A Good times are always on tap at Phinney s Proud to be a part of Yankton for over 20 years! Daily Lunch Specials Darts Video Lottery Cold Beer Great Munchies Best Burgers in Town! Family Friendly Atmosphere Yankton Mall 665-1902 That night a man came to Greenway s place, where he had a tavern at the present site of the Jim River bridge. Greenway told him to come close to the house to camp at night. That night the squaw men in their blankets came and loosened the horses. Then From Page 15A the man told Greenway that he shot at the horse thieves and broke one man s arm. The horses were frightened and scooted. The men followed them and that they were safe, and Mother was carried the rest the next morning got them back, overtaking the party of the way home on the back of one of the soldiers. ... near where the town of Gayville is now. Another incident that mother tells and which, We never lost anything, however, by the Indians. until a few years ago, was rather hard for us to imagWe broke up the land in the homestead and improved ine, was the grasshopper scourge, during the first few it. We had a neighbor, Ole Olson. One morning in Sepyears at Yankton. They came during the summer when tember we noticed there was no fire at the Olson the crops were coming up and in a very good condiplace. Father went over to the place, thinking maybe tion. They were like a great black cloud, darking the the Indians had been there. He could find no trace of sun, and took everything in their wake, leaving fields Olson so went to Yankton to report his absence. He bare and desolate. found the people had started the stockade. In SeptemBEN C. ASH ber we went in and helped build the stockade and stayed in it a while. We couldn t keep the cows in Probably the only man still living who remembers Yankton so father went back to the farm. the Yankton of 1859, the year the Indians moved out, is Ben C. Ash, member of one of Dakota s most distinMRS. ADELIA GUILD JONES guished pioneer families. Now in his 86th year, Mr. Ash From a remembrance of Yankton, in the spring of is a resident at the State Soldiers Home in Hot Springs. 1864 when as a child of 12 she arrived here with her He came to Yankton as a boy of 8, with his parents, Mr. parents, Mrs. Adelia Guild Jones has watched with inand Mrs. Henry C. Ash, in December, 1859 and opened terest the preparations culminating in the Dakota Terthe famous Ash Hotel at Third and Broadway, Dakota s ritory Diamond Jubilee. first hostelry. ... The experience of Mrs. Jones and her husband Last January the editor invited this oldest of the in the flood of 1881 is told in an issue of the Press and old timers to honor the columns of the Press and Dakotan, of April 18, 1881, as follows: Dakotan with an article, and over a period of many P&D ARCHIVE PHOTO On the 26th day of March, Mr. Jones received warnweeks Mr. Ash worked in its preparation. So highly is it These Yankton pioneers were on hand for the 50th anniversary celebration of Dakota Territory in 1911. ing that the water was breaking over the bank, but like prized that the letter itself is to be preserved in the They included (front from left): Horace T. Bailey, John H. Shober, Gov. William Jayne and Joseph R. Han- all other people on the bottom, did not imagine that a archives of local history, as perhaps a final word from son. In back were George W. Kingsbury (former Press & Dakotan editor and publisher) and C. J. Holman. ruinous flood would occur. He took the precaution, one of the actual founders of Yankton and Dakota: (From the book Yankton: The Way It Was! by Bob Karolevitz) however, to move his family and stock to the house of In reply to your letter, Mr. Monfore, I do not wish J. Redrick, which stood three feet higher than his own to give you a history of Yankton, but I will give you a and fully believed that they would be free of all danger 1860. Father had but very little to do that winter, travel the Milwaukee depot on the Ed. Van Antwerp hill. The history of how I came to Dakota. I was born at Montiwas slow, no telephone, telegraph or mail communicalookout signal for water was that the guard would raise or inconvenience. Mr. Jones left most of his household cello, Indiana, 7 miles south on a farm, on the 19th goods in his own house not thinking it worth while to tion of any kind. his hands or pick up some dust and throw it in the air. day of December, 1851. My father was farming, and even take up the carpets. The balance of the narrative That winter there were about 300 or 400 lodges exIt was my job to carry the water because I had a good one morning my father said to my mother, as near as is given as related by Mr. Jones. tending from Picotte s cabin to Rudolph hill, and pony. I can remember, that he wanted to go west, and asked caches were extended along the river bank near Broad The water did not strike us at the Redrick s house The next move was that they conceived the idea mother to get children ready, which she did, and we until 2 o clock on the afternoon of March 29. It rolled way which were full of squaw corn and winter meats. that a militia be organized and of which Mr. F.M. started on our journey in a covered wagon toward along over and through the deep snow, running up an ... In 1861 a man by the name of Filbert started a Ziebach was elected captain. I was appointed a corpoSioux City, Iowa. ... The country was agog over the inclined plane and appeared to run over at the highest sawmill about 15 miles up the river on the Nebraska ral. Governor Jayne got a requisition through from the west, and father wanted to be one of the first to satpoints first. My place, which was the lowest there, was side, and sawed cottonwood logs into lumber which government for saddles, bridles, revolvers, etc. We reisfy that curiosity. the last to be submerged. was rafted down the river ceived no pay and ... About this time the to Yankton. From this fawanted none. Captain ... About that time the Indian outbreak ther started a frame hotel Ziebach was a perfect On the 31st we were in five feet of water Water came aroundafterDakota Territory opened Redrick place that up, a strip along the Misoccurred in Minnesota, and what few which was still rising. It had turned noon to a depth of 18 on Third and Broadway, gentleman and liked by souri river including the inches. where the first legislature all. people were around Yankton flocked into of the territory met in colder and thin ice was all about the Yankton vicinity, and in About dark on March Many meetings were the fall of 1859 father Yankton. A stockade for protection was March of 1862. ... 30 we heard a distant held due to rumors that house. Hay stacks and buildings were went up to where Yankice, The spring of 1861 the we were to be attacked built around the hotel and a well was floating between us and the bluff, snow roaring of water and to ton now is located and and the flood began first governor of the terri- by the Indians. During built a log cabin about 20 nearby for safety for a supply of water. tory was appointed, by rise and run into the the next year the Chilwas flying and a strong cold wind prefeet square at what is house. I helped the the name of Governor dren of a man named now Third and Broadway. women and children Jayne. One day Mr. Jane Wiseman, two boys and vailed. Cattle were dying rapidly and we The cabin had a half window in the north side and a move upstairs while the came riding up on a big bay horse with a fine bridle two girls, were killed by had neither boats nor boards to get door facing south. After father had the cabin commen shifted the stock to and saddle. The bridle had a pair of yellow reins on it Indians. This happened around among them and feed them. pleted he borrowed a covered wagon from a man by higher places. The water and a shotgun hanging in front of the saddle. He said: on the Nebraska side opthe name of Obed Foote, came back to Sioux City and was three and a half feet Boy, give my horse some water. posite the Jim river. loaded mother and five children, and a little girl by the over the highest ground and was over the bottom for After the horse got through drinking he said: The whites finally insisted on Charlie Picotte, who name of Anna Rieder, about 14 years old. Her father ten miles wide. It continued rising slowly. I could hear Boy, throw up your hat. I want to shoot through belonged to the Yankton tribes, together with Wm. P. and mother died in Sioux City, which left Anna and cattle bawling and struggling as the stronger crowded it. Lyman and an Indian woman to go to the Yankton Katherine without a home. Mother took Anna to raise the weaker off high places into deep water. Some But I said: No, that is all I have. agency, about 60 miles west of Yankton, to see the Inand Katherine was taken by a family by the name of would occasionally strike against the house as they After the man rode away mother asked me what he dian chief, Strike-the-Ree. They came back in a few Oscar Kool who started a farm 12 miles west of Yankwanted. I told her he wanted to shoot through my hat days and informed us that the chief had told them that floated off. We thought it a most uncomfortable night ton on the Fort Randall road. ... but we did not know what was in store. and offered me a nickel. Mother then replied: they liked the whites and that they would see that no Enos Stutsman, a man that was somewhat de On the 31st we were in five feet of water which Do you know who that man was? harm would be done the whites at Yankton. formed below the hip, having one leg that came about I said, No. ... And by the way, the first white girl born in Yankton was still rising. It had turned colder and thin ice was to the knee of the other with a perfect foot, and whom all about the house. Hay stacks and buildings were Why, she said, that was the governor of Dakota was my sister Lizzie. In later years this was disputed. Stutsman county, North Dakota was named after, came Territory. floating between us and the bluff, snow was flying and FRED STRUNK with us from Sioux City to Yankton. a strong cold wind prevailed. Cattle were dying rap... About that time the Indian outbreak occurred in The first afternoon out we stopped with a FrenchFred Strunk, of near Irene, is one of the few remain- idly and we had neither boats nor boards to get Minnesota, and what few people were around Yankton man by the name of Old Dakota, John Lefetre, on the ing Dakotans who took refuge in the Yankton Stockade around among them and feed them. flocked into Yankton. A stockade for protection was Big Sioux River. Leaving there the next morning we during the Indian outbreak of August-September, 1862. April 1 Ice from the house to the barn will hold built around the hotel and a well was nearby for safety started for Elk Point, stopping in a log cabin store, Born in 1856, he came with his father, Henry Strunk, a man s weight. We brought lumber from the barn for a supply of water. whose occupant was a man by the name of Eli Wixson. and family to Dakota in June, 1862. with which to build a raft for use in case the house Entering from the south on Broadway, logs were The store was full of Indian bucks. The Irene man can remember little of that particuwent over. put in the ground about 10 or 12 feet apart with cotElk Point at that time had but two log cabins. Leavlar experience, but does recall the dirt embankments April 2 The cattle are all dead. We have finished tonwood lumber nailed on both sides with a filler of ing Elk Point, we started for Vermillion, arriving there which remained in evidence at places for several a large skiff our tools being an axe, a hammer and a sand and dirt. Every few feet there were round openthat evening. It had but four log cabins. These were loyears afterwards. Speaking of the early times, Mr. saw. We have it for use in case the house goes over. ings left for port holes. The west and north side of the cated on the bottom where the Milwaukee depot is Strunk said: April 4 This morning we pushed our boat stockade was built about three to six feet high and now located. We left there the next morning and ar When father and his family came from Bucreek, through the front end of the upper story loaded it three feet wide depending on the size of the lumber, rived in Yankton late in the day on December 24, 1859. Clayton County, Iowa, to Dakota territory where they with bedding and started in the direction of the bluff, with a ditch from four to five feet deep around the outMr. D.T. Bramble had a store on the bank of the landed June 15, 1862, they drove by ox team. the men pushing and pulling the boat with women and side to keep them from climbing over the wall and to river at Yankton made out of cottonwood logs, 20 feet All streams had to be forded or crossed by swimchildren walking on the ice, single file, some distance act as a slaughtering ditch in case of attack. square. The other log cabin near by was then located ming as there were no bridges across any of the apart. After three quarters of a mile, we encountered The stockade had an entrance on the southeast where the new Meridian bridge across the Missouri rough gorge ice which would not hold our weight and corner with a lookout built over the entrance overlook- streams. Our family came first to the Solberg home river is located. It was owned by a man by the name of and stayed a short time there. Then we moved to the we were compelled to return to the house. Then we ing Third and Broadway. A watchman was stationed in Presho, after whom the town of Presho is named. ... Tom Frick house, then onto the old Strunk Homestead. saw three skiffs coming toward us from the bluff. They the lookout day and night. During the day he would be The scenery around the town was then nothing but a The next morning after we moved onto the new finally reached us and said they had come to notify us provided with a strong field-glass. Three other lookbald-headed prairie. place we found seven bullet holes through the shack outs similar to the one explained were established ... Mother was the only white woman in that part of there in different directions. We supposed this was with guards, one back of M.P. Ohlman s, one back of the country at that time until the middle of September done by the Indians. Foerster s brewery in west Yankton, and one north of FRONTIER | PAGE 18A Frontier Growing with you to meet your agricultural needs! Family owned & operated for 39 years. Top Dealer in the Nation 1977 Greatest Amount of Sales in North America See us for the best selection of quality farm equipment you can depend on through the years. 1936 Mark Hunhoff Mark s Machinery Inc. 2011 3211 East Hwy. 50, Yankton 605-665-4540 800-526-8095 745 E. Hwy .46, Wagner, SD 605-384-3681 800-693-1990
Good times are always on tap at Phinneys
Phinneys Pub & Casino
Yankton Mall
Phone: 605-665-1902
Growing with you to meet your agricultural needs!
Mark's Machinery
3211 E. Hwy 50
Phone: 605-665-4540