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highly regarded for his many excellent qualities. His standing is
that of an honest, upright lousiness man, a good citizen and a genial
liberal-hearted gentleman.

Barrett, Ogden, was born at Patterson, New York, June 27,
1823, and lived in that state until 1837, when he removed to Janesville,
Wisconsin, where he resided for several years. In 1854 he went to
the Pacific coast. On the 4th day of July of that year he was in Salt
Lake City and heard Brigham Young deliver an address. After a
few years he returned to Wisconsin, enlisted in Company C, 2d Wis.

Charles P. Bates.


Cavalry, and served four years. After the war he en_i>-ao-e(l in farm-
ino- in Kansas for ten years. He came to Sioux Palls in 187S, and re-
sided there until his death, which occurred on the Slstdavof Decem-
ber, 1898. He was one of the best known men in the city.

Bates, Charles P., is a native of New York, and was l)()rn De-
cember 4, 1860, and althouofh his father was a minister of the ^^-ospel
Charles was reared on a farm. He completed his education at the
Genesee Wesleyan seminary, and commenced the study of law at
Rochester, N. Y. Prom the time he was eighteen years of ajjfe until
he was twenty-three he tauyht school and studied law in connection
with his course at the seminary. In 1883 went to Ipswich, S. D.,
and eng'ag'ed in the hardware business for nearly two years. In
March, 1885, came to Sioux Palls, and entered the law office of H. H.
Keith. In January, 1887, was admitted to the bar, but continued in
the employment of Mr. Keith until January, 1889, at which time thev
formed a copartnership under the iirm name of Keith & Bates.
This copartnership existed until January 1, 1893. He then eno"i»-ed
in the practice of law by himself until January, 1898, when he formed
a copartnership with P. J. Ro^-de, under the firm name of Bates &
Rog-de. In May, 1894, he was appointed city attorney of the city of
Sioux Palls, was reappointed in 1895, and held the office until Mav,
1896. During- the campaig-n of 1894 he was chairman of the Republi-
can county committee of Minnehaha county, and conducted the cam-
paign! with g-reat credit and ability. After the nomination of Mc-
Kinley for president in 1896, he joined the silver Republicans, and
received the nomination for state's attorney upon the Pusion ticket,
and, with all the rest of the candidates on that ticket, was elected.
In 1898 he was re-elected, and was chairman of the executive com-
mittee of the Pusion party, and had the manag-ementof the campaig-n
in the county during- that year. Mr. Bates is a g-ood lawyer, is care-
ful in the preparation of his cases for trial, and is a g-ood trial law-
yer. In the performance of his duties as state's attorney he has
been faithful, energ-etic and successful. A few years ago he married
Miss Grace Chester, an estimable young- lady, and they are now
bring-ing- up two brig-ht boys, possibly to enlarg-e the circle of the
leg-al profession, but probably for the ministry.

Bauch, Louis, was born in Stephenson county, Illinois, May 6,
1864; attended the public schools, but at the ag-e of seventeen com-
menced to learn the butcher's trade, and has followed this business
since then; came to Sioux Palls in 1887, and went into business for
himself in 1889, and recently erected a fine market building- on south
Phillips avenue. He is a g-ood business man and a g-ood citizen.

Beach, William A., is a native of Sullivan county, Pennsyl-
vania, and was born May 2, 1862; moved with his parents to Des
Moines, low^a, in 1869, and from there to Emmetsburg-, same state,
in 1871; was educated in the public schools, and was g-raduated from
a commercial colleg-e at Milwaukee, Wis., came to Sioux Palls, Sep-
tember 10, 1883, and worked in F. W. Taylor's hardware store five
years. In 1888, boug-ht a half interest in a job printing- office in


Sioux Falls, and in May, 1890, boug-ht his partner's interest, and
since then has added to "the business until now he has one of the best
ec^uipped job printing, blank book manufacturinti- and stationery
plants in the state. He is a g-ood business man, and a pleasant,
ag-reeable man to do business with, and everybody has a gfood word
to say of Will A. Beach.

Bean, Levi V., was born at Corina, Maine, March 3, 1845; at-
tended the common schools and worked on a farm during- his youth,
and after attaining- his majority engfagfed in milling- and farming-
until he removed to Osag-e, Iowa. In 1871, he commenced work as a
])hotographer, and was in business at Osagfe until October, 1880,
when he removed to Dell Rapids in this county. He remained there
engag-ed as photog-rapher until January, 1882, when he located at
Sioux Palls and opened a photog-raph g-allery. In 1889 he rented his
residence and business building- until 1897, when he resumed busi-
ness at the old stand. He is an artist of established reputation, and
a respected citizen.

Beak, Samuel M., was born at Postoria, Ohio, March 9, 1857.
When three years of age he removed with his parents to Olmstead
county, Minnesota. He worked on a farm, attended common schools
and g-raduated from Chatfield Academy, at Chatfield, Minn. He
then worked as clerk in a dry g-oods store at Austin, Minn., for six
vears, after which he removed to Sioux Palls, where he arrived Jan-
uary 29, 1879, and has since remained. He eng-ag-ed in the book and
stationery business with E. S. Ireland, under the firm name of S. M.
Bear & Co. In the spring- of 1883, the firm was dissolved, and Mr.
Bear continued in the business a few months alone, when the firm of
Emerson & Bear was formed, which continued business until 1898.
Mr. Bear has been manager of the theatre business in Sioux Palls
for fifteen years. He is a g-enial, g-ood fellow, a g-ood citizen, and
has a host of friends.

Becker, Jacob, is a native of Germany, and was born March 3,
1840. He attended school from his sixth to his fourteenth year, and
then learned the tailor's trade. He emig-rated to the United States
in 1863, arriving- in New York on the 27th day of January of that
year. He resided in New York three years, and then went to Pree-
port, Illinois, and worked at his trade until 1880, when he removed
to Sioux Palls, arriving- there on the 10th day of Aug-ust, since which
time he has been eng-ag-ed in the merchant tailoring- business at that
place. He is an honest man and a respected citizen.

Becker, Peter, who conducted the first train into Sioux Palls,
is a native of Germany, and was born Aug-ust 15, 1845. He emi-
g-rated with his parents to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1852. They soon
after moved on to a farm a few miles out of the city, where the sub-
ject of this sketch attended school and worked on the farm until
1871. On the I7th day of Aug-ust of that year he commenced work
as a brakeman on a work train at St. James, Minnesota, and in 1873,
was made conductor of the train. October 2, 1876, he ran the first
train from Worthing-ton to Luverne as its conductor. As this rail-
road was built west his run was leng-thened, and he had charg-e of the

Peter Beckek.

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Professor G, M. Binks.


lirst train into Valley Spring's, Brandon and Sioux Palls. After hav-
ing- had charge of this train for two years and three months, he be-
came conductor of a train running from Sioux Citv to St. James
until May 14, 1883, when he was transferred, and made conductor of
the daily train running from Sioux Falls to Worthing-ton and back,
which train he was in charg-e of from that time until the spring- of
1896. Everybody in Minnehaha county knows Peter Becker and he
was deservedly popular with the traveling public, Mr. Becker has
been importuned by his many friends to become a candidate for local
official positions, but has always declined. Upon the decease of Dr.
Living-ston a few years ago, which created a vacancy upon the school
board in the 4th ward, he was appointed to serve out the term, which
he did, but refused to permit his name to be used for the position at
the next election. He is an active member of several secret societies
and in social as well as business circles has a host of friends.

Benson, Martin R., is a native of Norway, and was born Sep-
tember 7, 1860. He emigrated to the United States with his parents
in 1865, and spent his boyhood days in Stoug-hton, Wisconsin, and
Winneshiek county, Iowa. In 1872 he came to this county with his
parents, who settled in Edison. He worked on a farm as a brick
mason until 1883, when he removed to Sioux Falls, where he hassince
resided. In 1888, he went into the grocery business in Sioux Falls,
to which he has recentl}' added a stock of boots and shoes, and is do-
ing- a g-ood business. Mr. Benson attends strictly to business, has
no political aspirations, and is a respected citizen.

BiNKS, George Musgrave, was born in Castle Bolton, York-
shire, England, April 16, 1836; attended school forty-two days; when
seven years old became apprentice to a butcher and remained there
two years; then commenced to work in a lead mine, and later became
superintendent and manager of the Keld Helds mining- works, Eng-
land; in 1867 emigrated to the United States and located in Bureau
county, Illinois, and was employed in the coal mines for two vears;
in 1869 went to Iowa and became a Methodist preacher; in 1871-2 was
located at Vermillion, Dakota; in 1873-4 went to England, urg-ing- emi-
gration to Dakota, but returned in 1874, and since then his home has
been in Sioux Falls; took up a homestead and a tree-claim in S])lit
Rock township, and now has four hundred acres of land in this
county, besides some city property.

Professor Binks is a unique character, and well known all o\er
the Northwest; and notwithstanding his early surroundings being- so
adverse to the development of literary tastes, he has become a popular
lecturer. He is a keen observer of man and nature, and is at home
upon his theme — human nature. He was an early student of (ieorg-e
Combe, and is a phrenologfist of acknowledged ability. It is rare
that one meets with a person endowed with so many gifts. As a
public speaker he is humorous, pathetic, and forcible, as occasion
may demand; and what is more, his whole life has been a constant
endeavor to elevate the standard of correct living among those with
whom he has come in contact.

We will close this sketch with an incident in his life that needs



no comment. When the professor first arrived in western Iowa he
was in great need of an overcoat, and havino- earned S20.50, pur-
chased one for $20. He put it on and went to the post office, where
he received a letter from his mother in England asking him to send
her S20 to pay rent. He returned to the street, sold the overcoat,
and sent her the money.

Black, John Harley Jenkins, was born in Henry county,
Indiana, September 5, 1866, and attended school until he w^as four-
teen years old. At that time he removed
to LeMars, Iowa, and commenced his
apprenticeship at the printer's trade, and
since then has engaged in the printing
lousiness. On the 15th day of October,
1S89, he came to Sioux Palls and entered
the employ of Brown & Saenger, and
remained with them one year. He was
then engaged by Wm. A. Beach in his
printing- establishment, where he has
remained and is its foreman. Mr. Black
is very prominent in labor circles, and
takes an active part in local politics. In
1898 he was nominated by the Republican
party for member of the house of repre-
sentatives of the state legislature. He
made an active campaign and did some
good work, but it was not a Republican
year in Minnehaha county, and together
with his associates upon the ticket he was defeated. Mr. Black is a
good citizen, and highly esteemed by all who know him.

Blackman, Prank L., was born at Batavia, Genesee county. New
York, August 13, 1855, but removed with his parents to Rockford,
111., where he attended the common schools and graduated from the
high school. He then assisted his father until he removed to Sioux
Palls, where he arrived in September, 1878, and since then has been
principally engaged in the real estate business at that place; was one
of the trustees of the Deaf Mute school four years; aldermam from
the Pirst ward two terms, and city auditor of the city of Sioux Palls
two terms, and was for some time traveling in the interest of the
Sioux Palls Press. Mr. Blackman is an energetic business man,
makes a good official, and is highly respected socially and as a

Blauvelt, Silas E., is a native of Wisconsin, having been born
at Pox Lake in that state October 26, 1851. He received his educa-
tion in the common schools, supplemented bv a few terms at an
academy, and when nineteen years of age, went to Cherokee, Iowa,
and began business life for himself. He remained there until Sep-
tember, 1871, when he removed to Sioux Palls, where he has since
resided. He has always been an active, but conservative business
man, and has accumulated quite a large property. In 1891, he was
elected alderman from the Second ward, and served two years. He


Silas E. Blauvelt,


was a charter member of Granite Lodo-e No. 18, Knights of Pythias,
Sioux Palls, and is a past chancellor of that order. He has held tlie
office of grand patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Odd Fellows
of Dakota, and represented that body in the Sovereig-n Grand Lodg-e
as o-rand representative at Denver, Colorado, in 1887, and also at-
tended the Sovereio-n (rrand Lodg-e at Los Ang-eles in 1888. He is a
member of the Patriarchs Militant, and received at Los Ang-eles the
"Decoration of Chivalry." He takes an active interest in political
matters. While alderman, he was prompt in the faithful discharo-e
of the duties of the office. It is never a difficult matter to find where
he stands upon any question of public interest in Sioux Palls, and
usually the public is aware of his position without making- any at-
tempt to ascertain what it is. The block at the corner of Main ave-
nue and Pifth street in Sioux Palls, testifies to his lovaltv to the
city and his conhdence in its future prosperity. Nothing- needs to
])e added to estal)lish his hig-]i social and business standing in the

Bleifuss, Otto H., is a native of Germany, and was born
November 26, 1859; emig-rated to the United States with his parents
in 18()3; lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota, eng-ag-ed in farming- until
he removed to Sioux Palls, where he arrived on the 13th day of
March, 1800, since which time he has been eng-ag-ed in the g-rocerv
business in the city. He is a g-ood business man, active in local ])oli-
tics, and a respected citizen.

Blomiley, Prederick William, was born in La Grang-e, Wal-
worth county, Wisconsin, Aug-ust 3, 1849. He was reared on a farm,
and attended the common schools, and for a short time an academy.
Before he was twenty-two years of ag-e, he was elected town treas-
urer of La Grang-e, and held this office six years. During- this time
he was in poor health, but studied medicine when able. He was
then elected treasurer of Walworth county, and held this office six
years. During- this time he turned his attention to dentistry, and
was g-raduated from the Indiana Dental Colleg-e, and practiced his
profession at Elkhorn, Wis., one year. On the 17th dav of January,
1883, he located at Sioux Palls, where he has since resided. Other
dentists have come and g-one since he opened his dental office in
Sioux Palls, but he remains, and is recog-nized as one of the leading-
dentists in the state. Dr. Blomiley is a hig-hly respected citizen.

Blum, Jacob, is a native of Wurtemberg-, Germany, and was
born October 26, 1826. He received his education in the public
schools, and when sixteen years of ag-e he was employed by an uncle
to travel for him in the hide and wool business. At the ag-e of
twenty-one years he emig-rated with his wife to the United States,
and located in New Jersey. Prom that time on he has been eng-ag-ed
in the hide and wool business in Philadelphia, then Pittsburg-, St.
Louis, and Nebraska City, Nebraska, from which place he came to
Sioux Palls on the 26th day of Au^ifust, 1882, where he has since re-
sided. He and his gfood wife celebrated their gfolden wedding- on the
10th day of June, 1896. Mr. Blum is a g-ood business man, and a re-
spected citizen, and notwithstanding- his seventy-three years, is seen


daily at his place of business, actively eng-ag-ed in manag-ing- his

BoE, Rev. Nils N., is a native of Norway, and was born April
1, 1863. He eniig-rated to the United States with his parents and
located in Minnesota in 1868. He was reared on a farm, and during-
his youth attended the common schools. In 1879, entered St. Olaf 's
Academy, where he g-raduated in 1882; then took a four years' course
in Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and g-raduated from that institu-
tion in 1886. In the fall of that year entered the Lutheran Theolog-ic-
al Seminary at Madison, Wisconsin, and when that institution was
removed to" Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1888, went there and com-
pleted his course, g-raduating- in 1889. In Aug-ust of that year he ac-
cepted a call from the mission committee of the Norweg-ian Lutheran
Synod to g-o to Montana and do mission work for the Lutheran
Church. He was the first Scandinavian Lutheran minister in Mon-
tana, and built the first Scandinavian Lutheran church in the state at
Helena, where he made his headquarters. He also org-anized con-
g-regations in Great Palls and Sand Coulee, and remained in Montana
until in 1892, when he received a call from the Lutheran cong-reg-a-
tions in Sioux Palls, Brandon and Spring-dale to become their pastor.
He accepted at once, and came to Sioux Palls the latter part of March,
1892, where he has since remained. He is a indefatig-able worker,
and a good pastor. He holds services once in two weeks at Brandon
and Springdale, and in Sioux Palls every Sunday, either morning- or
evening- and sometimes both morning- and evening- in addition to his
Brandon or Spring-dale services.

Booth, Charles Vassar, was born in Poug-hkeepsie, New
York, September 12, 1833. When twelve years of ag-e he moved to
New York City with his mother, where he received a common school
education; studied with an architect about three years, and then
served as an apprentice with a carpenter. When twenty-one years
of ag-e he moved to Brooklyn, and followed the business of architect
and builder for awhile, and then was employed in the Brooklyn navy
yard until 1863. He was a member of the 47th New York State Na-
tional Guard, w^hich reg-iment was for a short time in 1863, in the
United States service. When his reg-iment was mustered out he re-
sumed work in the navy yard. In 1866 moved to Red Wing-, Minn.,
and in partnership wnth his brother Richard H. Booth was eng-ag-ed
as architect and builder until the spring- of 1870, when he removed to
Sioux City and eng-ag-ed in the same business for one year. In the
fall of 1871, came to Sioux Palls, where he has since resided. He
took up a homestead about two miles east of the city, but continued
to work at his trade until 1880, when he went into the undertaking-
business, w^hich he has since followed. Mr. Booth enjoys the dis-
tinction of being- the first class-leader in the Methodist church in
this county. He has been elected coroner of the county three times,
and makes a g-ood official. He is an upright business man, and a re-
spected citizen.

Rev. N. N. Boe.

C. V. Booth.

R. H. Booth.

Mrs. R. H. Booth.


Booth, Richard H., was born at Pougfhkeepsie, New York,
September 20, 1826. His father was the proprietor of a cloth factory,
and had the latest and most approved machinery known at that date.
At the ag-e of seventeen the subject of this sketch was apprenticed
to learn the carpenter's trade, and when he attained his majoritv
commenced business for himself as contractor and builder. In 1847
he removed to New York City, On December 17, 1848, he was mar-
ried to Miss Sarah C. Boulette, and celebrated his o-olden weddin^r
in Sioux Falls December 17, 1898. He spent the summer of 1852 in
Minnesota. In 1855 he moved from New York to Milwaukee, Wis.,
where he remained eig-ht months, and then removed to St. Paul,
Minn. In April, 1861, he took up a farm in Goodhue county, Minn.,
where he eng-ag-ed in farming- and worked at his trade until 1870,
when he removed to this county, arrivingf in Sioux Palls the 11th day
of July of that year. He took up as a homestead the northwest
quarter of section twent3'^-four, in Sioux Palls township, but has
always been a resident of the city, and eng-ag-ed as a contractor and
builder. He built the first church in the county — the Episcopal
church at Sioux Palls. He built the Cataract hotel, the VanEps
])lock, the Deaf Mute school building-s, and other public building-s,
besides some of the finest residences in the city. He was one of the
directors of the South Dakota penitentiary at the time it was built,
holding- that position four years, and has been building- inspector of
the city of Sioux Palls several years, Mr. Booth during- his long-
residence in the city has been a very active man, and while not aspir-
ing- for political positions has nevertheless been an influential and
respected citizen.

Booth, Mrs. Sakah C, wife of Richard H. Booth, as mentioned
above, came to Sioux Palls with her husband in July, 1870. She is a
woman of domestic instincts and habits, kind and g-enerous-hearted,
and has greatly endeared herself to her neig-hbors, allot whom g-reatly
rejoiced in having- the opportunity of making- the celebration of her
g-olden wedding- an enjoyable event. She has the respect and esteem
of all who have the pleasure of her aquaintance.

Booth, AVillis H,, was born at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, April
23, 1859; attended the district and hig-h schools, and at the ag-e of
fourteen years commenced learning- the jewelry business. On the
12th day of Aug-ust, 1880, came to Sioux Palls with D. J, Turner, and
remained in his employ until Mr. Turner's death, which occurred in
the spring- of 1885. He then boug-ht the stock of g-oods of the estate,
and since that time has been in business for himself. Mr, Booth is
a thirty-second deg-ree Mason and a member of the Elks, He is
always g-enial, social and happy, and one of the most ag-reeable men
to do business with in the city of Sioux Palls,

BowEN, Abraham M,, was born in Pranklin county, Pennsyl-
vania, March 19, 1828; was reared on a farm, and educated in the
public schools in Ohio, where his parents moved when he was very
voung-. When twenty-one years old he took charge of the home farm,
his father dying- at that time. During- the civil war he w^as employed
three years in the United States service, apart of thetimeas revenue


assessor. In 1882 came to this county and boug-ht a farm in Wavne
township, and lived there several years, but sold it and moved into the
city of Sioux Falls, where he now resides. He has been upon the
school boards in the various places where he has resided nearly forty
years, has held township offices, and was one of the board of apprais-
ers of damag-es for rig-ht of wav in this county for the Illinois Cen-
tral and the Willmar & Sioux Falls railroads. Mr. Bowen has always
been an active man, a thoroug-hly o-ood citizen, and is highly es-

Bower, Charles F., was born in Glidden, Iowa, May 24, 1869;
was reared on a farm, and educated in the public schools and at the
Glidden Normal schools, where he was g-raduated. In 1884 moved to
Walworth county in this state, where he worked on a farm, attended
and taught school until September 9, 1890, when he came to Sioux
Falls. The next three years he taught school near Valley Springs,
the two next at Ben Clare, then at Baltic two years, and in the vil-
lao-e of Hartford one year, making- nine successive years in all of
successful teaching in this county. In 1898 he was nominated county
superintendent of schools by the Republican party, and was one of
the three persons elected on that ticket. It was a great personal
compliment, and can only be attributed to the fact that he was
popular among the teachers with whom he had been associated for
nine years in educational work. He is genial and companionable, and
is faithfully performing the duties of his office.

Bowler, John A., was born at North Adams, Mass., April 8,

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