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in Sioux Falls, the church was prosperous under his charg-e — over
one hundred being received into its membership. He did not mistake
his calling-, and it is not too much to say that he is a model pastor;
his kind, g-enial manners, his culture and ability, his admirable qual-
ities as a preacher, tog-ether with his rare good sense as a citizen,
secured for him while in Sioux Falls a large circle of friends who
greatly regretted his departure.

Gale, Artemas, is one of the pioneers of Minnehaha county,
and if his prosperity is to measure his satisfaction for coming here,
he must be one of the most contented of our citizens. He was born
on the 4th day of March, 1825, in New Jersey, and removed, when
thirteen years of age, with his father who was a merchant, to Olean,
N. Y. In 1854 he came to St. Paul, and pre-empted 160 acres of land
where West St. Paul is now located, and was one of eight persons
who filed the first plat of West St. Paul, consisting- of 640 acres. He
engaged in the mercantile and grain business on Third street in St.
Paul, from 1854 until 1870. Visited Sioux Falls in 1868, also in 1869,
and again in 1870, where he located 400 acres of land with half-breed
scrip, and in 1870 broke up 180 acres. This scrip was located by an
agent for Mr. Gale in 1863, but the military reservation of 1864 kept
him from occupying- it until 1870. The northwest one-fourth, the


east half of the southwest one-fourth, and the west half of the east half
of sections 21-101-49, comprised the 400 acres. He made his first plat
in the fall of 1870, on the east half of the northwest one-fourth. In
the spring- of 1872 he built his house, and since then Sioux Falls has
been his home. He was one of the members of the Cong-reg-ational
church at its organization, and was one of its most liberal supporters.
He was chairman of the board of county commissioners in 1877-8-9.
During- the first few years of his residence in Sioux Palls he was ac-
tive in school matters, and was a director in the Dakota National
Bank during- the whole time of its existence. He was a conservative,
careful official, when chairman of the board of county commissioners,
and is a man of excellent business qualifications and an honest up-
rig-ht esteemed citizen.

Garter, George V., was born at White Pig-eon, Michig-an, De-
cember 17, 1860. When twenty-one years of ag-e he came to Dakota
and located in Brooking-s county, where he eng-ag-ed in the mercantile
business. In 1886 he came to Sioux Falls. In 1889 he secured a
position in the office of the reg'ister of deeds, where he remained un-
til January, 1897. He was deputy reg-ister of deeds four years, and
the Republican party nominated him for reg-ister in 1896, but he met
with defeat, the same as all his associates on the ticket. He made a
g-ood official; is a g-ood fellow, and a respected citizen.

Gates, John Howard, was born at Waterloo, Iowa, October 28,
1865; was graduated from the hig-h school in 1882, and from the State
University of Iowa in 1888; in September of that year came to Sioux
Falls, and remained one year as clerk in the law office of Bailey &
Davis; attended the law departement of the Columbia University, N.
Y., one year; returned to Sioux Falls, and entered the law firm of
Davis, Lyon & Gates in December, 1890, of which firm he is still a
member; was appointed city attorney of Sioux Falls to fill vacancy,
from September, 1893, to May 1, 1894; was nominated on the Repub-
lican ticket for state's attorney of Minnehaha county in November,
1896, and out of 5,108 votes received 2,426; was president of the Com-
mercial Club in 1897. Mr. Gates is well posted in his profession; is
one of the "Big- Four" of the Sioux Falls Whist Club, social and
g-enial, and has a host of friends.

Gebert, Adam, was born in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania,
April 8, 1823; was reared on a farm; learned the brickmason's trade,
and eng-ag-ed in farming- and worked at his trade until 1852, when he
moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, and went into the hardware business.
In 1862, he enlisted in Co. F, 31st Iowa Inf., and was in the military
service until June 27, 1865. He was captain of his company, and was
at the front at the time Vicksburg- was besieg-ed by Gen. Grant.
He was so afraid that the rebel army would escape that he watched
nig-ht after nig-ht at the foot of a big- walnut tree, so that in case an
attempt was made he could g-ive the alarm. This fact became so
generally known that the big walnut was called "Captain Gebert's
tree." His company numbered one hundred and one when it first
went out, but there were only twenty-seven left to be mustered out
in 1865; thirty-seven of the original number were dead. The regi-


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Artemas Gale.

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ment was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, and a passeng-er car
was provided for the officers to come north, and cattle cars for the
privates; Captain Gebert rode with his men in the cattle cars. Upon
returning- home he resumed his mercantile business. In 1876, he
went to Colorado and eno-aovd in the manufacture of lumber six
3'ears; then removed to Louisiana and eng-ao-ed in the manufacture of
shingdes on an extensive scale in companv with Jiis two sons. In
188*), having- secured a competence, he came North and located in the
city of Sioux Palls. The writer for several years was his next door
neig-hbor, but it did not take long- to discover that he and his g-ood
wife were royal g'ood neig-hbors. He is uprig-ht, enterprising-, g-en-
erous, and in every way an exemplary citizen.

()k()K(;k, William (i., is a native of 10ms, (iermany, and was
born January 13, 1851; was educated in the public schools, and
when sixteen years of ag-e entered a printing- office; emig-rated to the
United States and settled at West Bend, Wisconsin; worked at his
trade in Winona and St. Paul, Minnesota, and came to Sioux Falls
in April, 1886. In 1887, was employed by Caldwell & Bliss, and
took charg-e of the job department in their printing- office until 1895,
when he opened a job printing- office on his ow^n account, and is con-
ducting- this business at the present writing-. He is a member of
the Modern Woodmen, the A. O. U. W., Germania Verein, and
Modern Brotherhood of America. Mr. Georg-e is a g-ood business
man, and a respected citizen.

Gerin, Michael, was born at Donnybrook, Ireland, September
10, 1846, but removed to Canada when quite young*. He attended
school for a short time, and when thirteen years of agfe commenced
clerking- in a g-rocery store. Prom that time he has continuously
been in the gfrocery business. He left Canada in June, 1878, and
came to the United States, and on the 8th day of Aug-ust, 1878, ar-
rived in Sioux Palls on the first train over the Omaha. He imme-
diately went into the g-rocery business, and built the building- he now
occupies on Phillips avenue known as the Red Pront Grocery. He
has been larg-ely interested in real estate, and has a farm in Pali-
sade upon which he has a very fine and valuable herd of reg-istered
Shorthorns. He has built up a g-ood business, is popular with his
customers, and is universally respected as a citizen and neig-hbor.
There is no person in Sioux Palls, mingfling" so much in society and
business circles as Michael Gerin, w^ho meddles so little with the
affairs of others; he minds his own business, and in this respect he
is without a peer in the city. Always g-enial, pleasant and happy,
his list of friends is as extensive as his acquaintance.

(lERMAiN, Dr. William A., was born at Delafield, Wis., March
21, 1855. Attended the public schools, and the State University at
Madison, where he g-raduated in 1878. The next two years was
principal of the schools at Sharon, W^is. Studied medicine and was
g-raduated from the Butler Medical Colleg-e at Butler, Ind., in March,
1882, and immediately thereafter left for Sioux Palls where he com-
menced the practice of his profession the same month. He is con-
nected wdth all the Masonic bodies located at Sioux Palls, and has


been elected to the hio-hest official positions in nearly all of the Ma-
sonic organizations of the city; is president of the Board of Pensions
of this district, and local surg-eon of the C, M. & St. Paul railroad
company. He has built up a larg-e and lucrative practice, and is re-
cog-nized as one of the most skillful practitioners in the city of
Sioux Falls. He is an active citizen and contributes his share to
all public enterprises.

Gilbert, Herman, is a native of Germany, and was born May
26, 1833. Durino- his early youth he attended the public schools and
worked on a farm. In 1846 he emigrated to this country and lived in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ten years; then opened a country store in
Sheboyg-an county and remained there four years; thenextsix years
was eng-ag-ed in the manufacture of flour and lumber. His next busi-
ness was that of a hotel keeper at Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin, where he
remained several years. In 1873 he came to Sioux Falls and was in
business there until 1888, when he removed to Seattle, Washing-ton,
where he now resides. He has considerable property in this county
at the present writing- and has been spending- a few months this sum-
mer (1898) with his friends in Sioux Falls. He is an honest, uprig-ht

. Gilbert, Jacob T., was born at Rockville, Wis., Aug-ust 17,
1861, and lived in that state until 1873, when he removed to Sioux
Falls where he has since resided. When fourteen 3'ears of ag-e he
eng-ag-ed in the mercantile business, and in 1881 opened a dry g-oods
and g-rocery store on his own account, and continued in this business
until about three years ag-o. In 1884 he was a deleg-ate to the Demo-
cratic territorial convention at Pierre, and was secretary of the con-
vention. In the fall of that year he was a candidate for the legisla-
ture from the district composed of the counties of Hanson, McCook
and Minnehaha, and was defeated by only twelve votes. In 1886 he
was ag-ain a candidate and was elected. In 1889 he was elected a
member of the school board and served on the board until 1895, two
years of which he was its president. The Gilbert block on Phillips
avenue was built by him. Mr. Gilbert makes a good official and is a
respected citizen.

GiLLETT, Frank H., was born in Oswego, N. Y., May 2, 1850,
and removed with his parents to Lake City, Minn., in 1856, In Sep-
tember, 1864, he enlisted in Co. A, Minn. Heavy Artillery, and served
until the close of the war. In 1865 went into a machine shop at Lake
City and remained in this business until he removed to this county.
He arrived in Sioux Falls April 23, 1878, where he eng'aged in the
farm implement business until 1895, since which time he has been
engaged in the marble business. Jolly, good-natured, an agreeable
business man and a good citizen are the principal elements in his
make-up, and recog-nized by all who know^ him.

Gilman, Peter, is a native of Bavaria, Germany, and was born
December 31, 1833. At the age of eleven years he came to Washing-
ton county, Wisconsin, and worked on a farm until 1863, when he en-
listed in Co. C, 21st Wisconsin Infantry. Soon after, being disabled,
he was discharg-ed, but recovering- from his disability re-enlisted in


the 45th Wisconsin Infantry and remained in the military service
until Aiio-ust 18, 1865, when he was discharg-ed at Nashville, Tenn.
In 18C)7 he went to Pon du Lac, Wis., and was eno-ag-ed in the ag-ri-
cultural implement business nine years. On the 16th day of March,
1876, he arrived in Sioux Palls and has since resided there. He
owned for several years a farm in Lincoln county; was in the ag-ri-
cultural implement business several years and for four years operat-
ed a vineg-ar factory in Sioux Palls. He is a strong-, vigforous man
phvsically, a g^ood neig'hbor and an active, energ^etic citizen.

CtIPSon, Arthur H., was born in Brandon, Vermont, December
4, 1856, and removed with his parents to Racine county, Wiscon-
sin when four years of ag-e. He worked on a farm and attended
school until he was eig-hteen years of ag-e, g-raduating- from the Roch-
ester Seminary. He then went to Colorado, where he was engag-ed
in various pursuits for several years, and then came to Dakota and
resided at Volg-a until the spring- of 1883, when he removed to Sioux
Palls, where he has since resided eng-ag-ed in the real estate and
collection business. He has taken quite an active part in local
politics, is a g-enial g-ood fellow and a g-ood citizen.

Glidden, Daniel S., was born in Clarendon, Orleans county.
New York, on the 24th day of February, 1844. He was reared on a
farm, attended the common schools, and completed his education at
the State Normal school at Brockport, N. Y. He taug-ht school one
term in New York. In 1867, went to Anamosa, Iowa, where he
taug-ht school during- the following- winter. In 1868, went to Indian
Town, Iowa, where he was in charg-e of the public schools five years.
The next five years he was interested in a mercantile business at
Montour, Iowa, and during- the same time was in charg-e of the public
schools at that place, and was a standing- Democratic candidate for
county superintendent of schools. Rig-ht here it mig-ht as well be
said that he is a Democrat of a mild type. In 1878, he came to Sioux
Palls, and eng-ag-ed in the boot and shoe business five years. Por
four years he was a member of the territorial executive committee of
the Democratic party, and treasurer of the org-anization. In 1887,
he was elected warden of the South Dakota penitentiary, and con-
ducted that institution for two years with credit to himself and the
Territory. Mr. Glidden has been an active Mason for more than a
quarter of a century, having- held nearly every office in his lodgfe,
chapter and commandery; "is known" as a Past Master, Past Hig-h
Priest and Past Commander, and during- 1887-8, he held the office of
(xrand Commander of the Territory of Dakota.

He is one of the best informed men in the state, his reading- com-
prising- about everything- but theolog-y, and it is entertaining- to hear
him discuss any subject but that. He stands by his friends, especi-
ally when they are in trouble, always feels well, is g-enerous to a
fault, is a g-ood, honest, upright citizen, and has hosts of friends who
are ahvays ready to fall in line when Dan wants help.

Glidden, Mrs. D. S., whose maiden name was Josephine Mar-
tin, was born in Clarendon, Orleans county, New York. She was
educated in the public schools, and took a two years course at a


school for vuuno- ladies at Rochester. She was married June 22,
1871, and came with her husband to Montour, Iowa, and resided there
until they moved to Sioux Falls. Although her name appears inci-
dentally elsewhere in this work in connection with the literary and
musical org-anizations in Sioux Falls, the character of her services
to the public requires a more extensive notice. Nearly twenty years
at^-o she became interested in the establishment of a public library,
and from that time up to the present, has labored persistently in this
work. It is the method she adopted to accomplish her purpose, and
the lesson it teaches, which we wish especially to call attention to.
The library is now an established institution, and through the mu-
nificence of one of our citizens, W. H. Lyon, has one of the finest build-
ing's in the city for its home. But, as Kipling w'ould say, "that is
another storv." Mrs. Glidden did not procure larg-e donations, but
went at the work before her upon the cumulative plan, and from a
small beginning gradually procured about four thousand well se-
lected books w^hich now belong to the Sioux Falls Free Public Li-
brary Association. We do not mean to say that she accomplished
this result alone, but we do mean to affirm that during all this time
she has been the central figure in the enterprise, and it affords a
splendid illustration of what migdit be accomplished in time by the
constant, well-directed efforts of a person whose heart is in the work.
Mrs. Glidden has also done much to cultivate and expand the liter-
ary tastes and attainments of quite a large circle of ladies in Sioux
Falls, and this has been accomplished with such rare tact and gen-
uine disinterestedness that she is admired and loved by all her asso-

Gliem, Charles C, of German parentage, was born at Charles-
ton, South Carolina, Nov. 5, 1875. When only two months old went
w^ith his parents to Germany. In 1881, he returned to this country
with an uncle, w^ho settled in Benton county, Iowa. He was reared
on a farm and educated in the public schools, and was graduated from
Tilford college at Vinton, Iowa, in 1895. The next six months he
spent in Germany, then returned to Lyon county, Iowa, and studied
law, and was admitted to the bar in South Dakota April 5, 1898, and
since then has been practicing law at Sioux Falls. Mr. Gliem attends
strictly to business, and will make a g-ood lawyer.

GooDELL, Leicester B., was born in Buffalo, New York, Decem-
ber, 21, 1833. When twelve years old he commenced work for him-
self at first in a box factory, then in a lath mill and ship yard, and
when eighteen years old went to Illinois and worked on a farm five
years. He then worked at the mason's trade until the civil war
broke out, when he enlisted in the three months' service, and after
that re-enlisted in Company B, 34th Illinois infantry, w^here he
served a little over three years, and then enlisted in the Second
Minnesota battery, and served until the close of the war. He then
engaged in mason work and the scrap-iron business until in the
spring of 1883, when he moved to Dakota, and located at Howard on
the 7th of March of that year. He came to Sioux Falls on the 15th
day of September, 1891, where he has since been engaged in city


f arming-. He is an independent, positive character, and freely ex-
presses his opinion upon public -matters, and is an honest, uprit>-ht

Grant, Rev. Arthur Hastings, is a native of New York Citv,
N. Y., and was born November 16, 1865. He o-raduated from Cor-
nell University in 1887, and was Reg-istrar and Secretary of the same
in 1888-%. He was pastor of the Unitarian Society of Preeville, N.
Y., in 1889-91, and during- this time was a reg-ular correspondent for
the New York Evening- Post. He was on the editorial staff of the
Dryden Herald in 1891, until he removed to South Dakota in Julv of
that year to assume the duties of pastor of All Souls church of Sioux
Falls. In this capacity his discussions on questions of public inter-
est from the pulpit drew quite larg-e cong-reg-ations, and he fre-
quently availed himself of the newspapers to put before the people
his view^s upon public affairs. He was as prominent as a citizen as
he was as a pastor. In 1892, he was elected president of the Sioux
Falls Library Association and remained as such, until he removed to
Newburg-h, N. Y., in July, 1893, to take charg-e of the Unitarian
church at that place. He met with very flattering- success at New-
burg-h, and at one time caused quite a sensation in that staid old town
b\' challeng-ing- the ministers of the orthodox churches sing-lv or col-
lectively to a public discussion of some of the fundamental proposi-
tions of evang-elical relig-ion, which challeng-e was accepted and a joint
discussion with an immense audience was the result. From the
newspaper accounts that followed, it would seem that Mr. Grant was
well equipped both for attack and defense, and made quite a reputa-
tion as a public debater. In October, 1898, he left Newburg-h to
become minister of Unity church, Montclair, N. Y. The same year
he published the Grant Family History, in which the decendants are
numbered by a very ing-enious method devised by him. Mr. Grant
has a well stored and thoroug-hly disciplined mind, and with his
studious and persevering- habits, will undoubtedly be heard from in
the future.

Greene, Herbert Lawrence, was born in Boston, Mass.,
October 14, 1861, and removed with his parents to Iowa in 1866. He
received an academic education at McGregor, low^a. At the ag-e of
eig-hteen years he was appointed to a clerkship in the Interior De-
partment at Washing-ton and remained there nine months. The
chief clerk in the department accused him one day of being- sparing-
of the truth, and a little episode occurred "then and there," and the
next day the chief clerk was well enoug-h to get Mr. Greene dis-
charg-ed. He then went to Rock Rapids, Iowa, and was engaged as
principal of the high school for one year, at the expiration of which
time he came to Sioux Falls. While in Washington he attended lec-
tures at the Columbian law school, and upon his arrival in Sioux Falls
in 1883, entered the law office of Winsor & Swezey and remained
with them until he was admitted to the bar April 7, 1884. After his
admission he practiced law in Sioux Falls for one year alone, and
then formed a copartnership with Judge Parliman under the name of
Parliman & Greene. This partnership continued for one year, when


Mr. Greene accepted the position of g-eneral solicitor for the Insur-
ance Company of Dakota, and remained with this company two years.
After severing- his connection with the insurance company he left the
practice of law and eng-ag-ed in the real estate business in Sioux Palls,
in which he proved to be a successful promoter. During- the dull
times of 1892, he, with one or two others, secured the town site of
Sisseton, in Roberts county, and this enterprise will undoubtedly
materalize to his advantag-e in due time. He is well up in Masonry,
and was one of the charter members of Granite lodg-e No. 18, of the
Knig-hts of Pythias, and was the first commander of the order in
South Dakota. He has been very prominent in political matters.
For two years he was president of the State Republican leag'ue, and
received universal praise for a masterly thirty days' campaig-n, which
he conducted at the time of the first Cong-ressional election in the
state. He was also at the Mitchell convention in 1890, and distin-
g-uished himself by his admirable conduct of J. M. Bailey's fig-ht for
the nomination for state treasurer. His speech in placing- his friend
in nomination before the convention was excellent, and called forth
the heartiest applause from his opponents. He is one of the finest
after-dinner speakers in the state. At the banquet upon the opening-
of the Sioux Falls, Yankton and Southwestern R. R. he responded
to the toast "South Dakota and South Dakotans." It was a splendid
speech and was pronounced by those who heard it as one of the finest,
most finished oratorical efforts that South Dakotans ever had the
pleasure of listening- to. This sketch will close here, but the future
history of the county and state will undoubtedly have many lines
interwoven, inspired by the work of Herbert L. Greene.

Grigsby, Col. Melvin, was born June 8, 1845, at the villag-e of
Potosi, Grant county, Wisconsin. When four years of ag-e he moved
with his parents on to a farm, where he spent his early youth, at-
tending- district and villag-e schools. At the breaking- out of the war
in 1861, he was anxious to enlist, but his father thoug-ht him too
young- to enlist, and sent him to the Lancaster Institute at Lancas-
ter, Wisconsin, which, however, did not quench the war fever, and
in November, 1861, he enlisted in Co. C, 2d Wisconsin Cavalry, and
remained in active service or in confederate prisons until April 13,
1865, when he received his discharg-e. He was taken prisoner near
Vicksburg-, and spent eleven months in prison at Canton, Missis-
sippi, Cahaba, Alabama, Andersonville, Georg-ia, and Florence, South
Carolina. About six months of his time he spent in Andersonville.
From the last prison at Florence, South Carolina, he escaped on the
loth day of January, 1865, and gfoing- south reached Sherman's army
on the first day of February. He remained with the army until it
reached Goldsboro, and then g-ot permission to accompany General
Sherman when he went to Eag-le Point to meet General Grant, and
from there he came on to Washing-ton and home to Wisconsin. His
experience while in prison, inspired him to write a book with the
title of Smoked Yank, which has broug-ht him considerable notoriety.
After leaving- the army he attended the university at Madison, Wis-
consin, one year, and in 1866 went to the Normal school at Platte-

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