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National bank, where he held the positions of bookkeeper and teller
until September, 1885, when he went to Illinois and spent the winter,
returning- to Sioux Palls in the spring- of 1886. He then became con-
nected with John Lewis in the loan and insurance business for some
time, and then eng-agfed in real estate and loan business by himself
until Pebruary, 1891, when the State Banking- and Trust company of
Sioux Palls was org-anized, and Mr. Hollister became its president,
which position he has since held. Althoug-h a young- man he has es-
tablished a good business reputation and is proving- to be a success-
ful banker. Socially he is up to the standard.

Holt, William H., was born in Connecticut, July 13, 1846.
When four years of ag-e he removed with his parents to New York
city. He afterwards lived in Ohio and Iowa, and came to Sioux
Palls in 1871 from Cherokee with William VanEps. Por several
years after coming- to Sioux Palls he was in the employ of Mr. Van
Bps, and also worked for C. K. Howard sev^eral years. He was
deputy county clerk in 1871-2. In 1873 he was appointed sheriff to
fill vacancy, C. A. Lindstrom, who had been elected, having- failed to
qualify. Mr. Holt was villag-e clerk for the years 1880-1-2, and city
clerk and auditor from 1882 until May 1892. He has for a g-ood many
years been prominent in Masonic matters, officially and otherwise.
He commenced in the-insurance business in 1886, but abandoned it
to eng-ag-e in farming- in 1893.

"Billy Holt" has some traits of character that make him popu-
lar. He is a stayer in everything- he undertakes, and no one will
ever charg-e him of deserting- a friend. He is a g-enial, g-ood fellow,
and as full of sand as a man can be and have any reasonable pros-
pects of a long- life. It is not too much to say that there are but few
men better known in the county, and he has a host of friends.

Howard, Charles K., a pioneer closely connected with the early
settlement of this section of the country, was born in Delaware county,
New York, May 17, 1839. His father was a hotel keeper, and he
worked about his father's hotel and attended the district schools un-
til he was about eig-hteen years of ag-e, when he went to an academv
at Hamilton, New York, for one year. At twenty years of ag-e he
went to Sioux City, Iowa, and commenced trading* in land and town
lots, making- a little money, but losing- it in the fall of 1857, when
everything- became demoralized in the West. He then went into the
employ of the American Pur Company at Port Pierre, where he re-
mained two years. His next business was steamboating- on the Mis-
souri river — two years as a pilot and two years as captain of the
boat. In 1863 he went into the drug- business in Sioux City. Soon
after the establishment of a military post at Sioux Palls he became
interested in a sutler's store there. This business, however, was
in charge of his employes and Mr. Howard himself did not come to
Sioux Palls to reside until a year or two later.




Charlf:s K. Howard.



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTV. 571



His history after coming- to Sioux Palls is what we liave princi-
pally to record, and it is more unique and interesting- than that of anv
other person who has ever resided in Minnehaha county. When he
hrst came to Sioux Palls there were only the g-overnment buildings
and a stone building- in the rear where the Norton-Murrv block now
stands. He first moved into the officers quarters, and afterwards
lived in the stone house for a year. After the sutler's trade had
come to an end he kept on in trade mostly with the Indians until im-
migration beg-an to bring- white people to Sioux Falls and vicinity.
He had a trading- post at Plandreau, and his trade there and at Sioux
Palls was principally in furs. One spring- he purchased not less
than 75,000 rat skins besides other furs. He remained in the mer-
cantile business in Sioux Palls until he sold out to D. Elwell in 1883.

Mr. Howard erected the first frame building- in Sioux Palls on
the corner of Phillips avenue and Tenth street — a small building-
for a store — and soon after he built a small residence near b}-.
During- his residence in the city he built a larg-e number of building-s,
and the second brick building- in the county.

Soon after the immig-ration had set in, and the settlers had com-
menced cultivating- the soil, the g-rasshoppers came and devoured the
crops. It was during- that time that this big - hearted man endeared
himself to the pioneer settlers of Minnehaha county. He not onlv
kept up his own courag-e, but encourag-ed others to hold on, and with
a generous hand helped them to do so. He said to the writer that at
one time he had at least one hundred thousand dollars charg-ed on
his books. About this time D. B. Hubbard of Mankato shipped
in ten car loads of flax, and Mr. How^ard distributed it among- the
farmers who had no seed. The story is frequently told, and it is
strictl}^ in accordance w^ith the facts, that a farmer who resided
in Sverdrup went to Mr. Howard after having foug-ht g-rasshop-
pers in vain for tw^o years in endeavoring- to save his crops, and said
to him: "I have g-ot 160 acres of land and a team. I am discourag-ed,
andl want to sell you my team, and leave the country." Mr. Howard
told him to stay and put in his crops, and he would g-uarantee him thir-
teen bushels of wheat per acre that season if he would g-ive him all he
raised in excess. The farmer ag-reed, and a contract was drawn up
to that effect and sig-ned, and the crops put in. In the fall Mr. How-
ard received about seven hundred bushels of wheat under the terms
of this contract. The farmer referred to still resides in Sverdrup
and is in g-ood circumstances.

Mr. Howard was a pioneer in all that the term implies. He has
seen quite a portion of the present site of Sioux City an Indian corn
field, and when he first camped at Yankton there was not a house
nearer to his tent than 65 miles, and the nearest railroad station was
St. Joseph, Missouri, and when he first came to Sioux Palls there
was onlv one house on the road between here and Sioux City. Dur-
ing- the first years of his residence in Sioux Palls he did quite a larg-e
business in freig-hting- to and from Sioux City. This was done with
ox-teams driven bv Indians.

In speaking- of blizzards he said: "The Januar}^ blizzard of 1888,
was nothing- compared with the blizzards of the sixties and seventies.



572 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



I was one time coming- from Sioux City to Sioux Palls with a pair of
mules and g-ot caug-ht in one near where Canton is now located. I
turned the mules loose and g-ot myself into a hole in the g-round — a
trapper's ranch — and remained three nigfhts and two days. I had
nothing- with me to eat, but the second day I found some kernels of
corn and some small traps in the dug-out, and I set the traps in
front of the hole and succeeded in catching- three prairie chickens,
which I cooked and ate. After the storm was over I found my mules
safe; they had found shelter in some brush on the bank of the river.
I was camped at Port Thompson the year of the Sully Expedition.
There were 600 horses and mules killed in a blizzard at that place.
During- the winter of 1866-7 I had about 1,000 head of Texas cattle
about five miles up the river from Sioux Palls, and a blizzard came
on, killing- about 250 of them — 65 being- found in a little sag-. It
was a curious sig-ht to see the long- horns sticking- up througfh the
snow — the snow was deep that year. I remember a blizzard in the
sixties that occurred on the 14th day of April, and about eig-hteen
inches of snow fell. Some Indian trappers were at Wall Lake and
five or six of them died during- the storm. I broug-ht them in, made
a box and buried them. But the old-fashioned blizzards are among-
the by-g"ones."

Mr. Howard was the first president of the villag-e board of Sioux
Palls, and was treasurer of the County of Minnehaha for eleven suc-
cessive years. After disposing- of his mercantile interests to Mr.
Elwell, Mr. Howard went on to a larg-e farm about four miles west of
the city, where he remained until the spring- of 1890, at which time
he went to the Black Hills country in charg-e of the Dakota Cattle
Company, where he still remains, and his host of friends are pleased
to know that he is having- g-reat financial success in the business.
No comments are necessary in writing- a biog-raphical sketch of a
man like C, K. Howard, for the bare statement of his doing-s during-
a busy life are more explicit and satisfactory than anv assertions or
conclusions of the writer could possibly be.

Howe, Solomon B., was born at McLean, Tompkins county,
N. Y., March 3, 1862. He attended the district school and the
academy at his home until 1878; was then employed with his father
surveying- for five years, and taug-ht school for some time, until he
removed to Dakota. He arrived at Valley Spring-s in this county
April 11, 1884, where he was eng-ag-ed as school teacher. When the
Illinois Central railroad was built from Cherokee to Sioux Palls, he
had charg-e of the surveying- from Cherokee to Onowa. In the spring-
of 1889 he entered the office of D. C. Rice, city eng-ineer of the city
of Sioux Palls, and remained his assistant until June 22, 1893, when
Mr. Rice died, and Mr. Howe was appointed city eng-ineer to fill the
vacancy. During- the next two years he held no official position, but
was eng-ag-ed in surveying-; in 1896 wasag-ain appointed city eng-ineer,
and has held this position since then. Mr. Howe is of g-enial tem-
perament, well liked, makes a g-ood official, and is a respected citizen.

Howie, Matthew, is a native of Waukesha county. Wis., and
was born in May, 1851. He received a common school education, and



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 573



then eng-ag-ed in the o-rocerv business, and in having and selling-
stock. He came to Sioux Falls by stag-e from Yankton in April,
1878, and soon after opened a butcher shop, and eng-ag-ed in buying-
and selling- stock for twelve years. He then took up the real estate
business, in which he still continues. He is a respected citizen.

HOWLAND, W. I., was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, September
14, 1859. He came to the city of Dell Rapids in March, 1883, and en-
g-ag-ed in the mercantile business until 1895. At that time he re-
moved to Sioux Palls to assume the duties of county auditor. In
1896 he was renominated to that office by acclamation by the Repub-
lican party, but the fusion of the Democrats and free silver Repub-
licans with the Populists defeated him at the election. He made a
g-ood official and was deservedly popular with those doing- business
with the office. After retiring- from office he* eng-ag-ed in the insur-
ance business at Sioux Palls for about one year, and then was ap-
pointed internal revenue collector, which office he still holds. Mr.
Howland is an enterprising-, honest uprig-ht citizen.

Hubbard, C. W., was born at Vernon, Windham county, Ver-
mont, Pebruary 22, 1849. He received a g-ood education, and when
he was twenty-one years of ag-e commenced business for himself in
the vicinity of his birth-place. In 1875 he located in St. Paul, and
became secretary for J. H. Drake, then connected with the land de-
partment of the Omaha railroad company. In 1880 he came to Sioux
Palls, and was secretary of the Queen Bee Mill company while the
building- was in the process of construction, and when completed,
was its superintendent for a few months. He next eng-ag-ed in an
extensive stone business, g-etting out paving- blocks and stone for
building- purposes, and he also built several larg-e public building-s
by contract. In 1890 he was elected to the lower house of the leg-is-
lature of South Dakota, and in 1894 was elected sheriif of Minnehaha
county; was ag-ain nominated by the Republican party in 1896, but the
whole ticket was defeated. In January, 1897, he removed to Chi-
cag-o, Illinois. He is a t^enial, kind hearted man, an enterprising-
citizen, and has a host of friends.

Hull, Rev. J. J., was born in Osweg-o county, X. Y., March 9,
1847. When eig-ht years of ag-e he removed with his parents to Jef-
ferson county, Wisconsin. His father, who was a Baptist minister,
settled his family in a log- cabin in the woods, while he gave his time
to preaching-. The subject of this sketch being- the oldest of four
children was compelled to work hard to help support the family, ex-
cept during- the winter when he attended the district sch(K)l. He
was converted at the ag-e of twenty-two years.

In less than five weeks after this he preached his first sermon,
and within a few months received a call to become the pastor of two
churches, one at Grand Prairie, Wis., and the other at Columbia in
the same state. He remained with these churches five years, and
larg-e additions were made to the membership during- his ministry.
He also org-anized a church at Marcelon, Wis., with sixty members.
In Pebruary, 1884, he came to Sioux Palls to attend the funeral of
his father. ' The Pree Baptist church of this place having just been



574 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



org-anized with nine members, he received a call to become its pastor,
which he accepted, and took up his residence in Sioux Falls on the
13th day of May, 1884, The church flourished under his charg-e dur-
in,^- the two years he remained its pastor. At that time he removed
to Valley Spring-s, where he built up a prosperous church, remain-
ing there until April 1, 1890. He then returned to Sioux Falls to
take charge of the Free Baptist church, which, during- his residence
at Valley Spring's, had g-reatly diminished in membership, but he
soon had it in a prosperous condition. In 1891 he went to New
Eng-land and in a short time raised $9,000 for the endowment of a
Free Baptist colleg-e at Winnebag-o City, Iowa. In October, 1892, he
was a deleg-ate to a g-eneral conference of his denomination at Lowell,
Mass., and while there received the sobriquet of "Cyclone Hull."
He remained pastor of .the Free Baptist church at Sioux Falls until
he removed to Winnebag-o City, Iowa, in June, 1893.

Hunter, Henry R., was born in Delaware county, N. Y., Nov-
ember 19, 1840. He was reared on a farm, and attended the public
schools until sixteen years old, when he was employed about the
hotel business in which his father then eng-ag-ed. During- the last
year of the civil war he was connected with the quartermaster's
department of the Third Division of the Seventeenth Corps. After
the war he engaged in the hotel business in Wisconsin and Iowa un-
til he removed to this county, arriving in Sioux Falls on the 17th day
of May, 1870. His father, who took up a quarter section in section
twenty-eight in Sioux Falls township, died in 1881, and the subject
of this sketch lived on this place until 1894, when he remoyed to Min-
nesota. In March, 1899, he returned to Sioux Falls, where he now
resides. During- his first term of residence in Sioux Falls he en-
g-aged in farming, and in the livery and real estate business, was in
the early seventies a newspaper correspondent, and held several
township offices. He is a g'ood citizen, and has a wide circle of
friends.

HuRST, Samuel H., was born in Rochester, New York, March
25, 1854. In 1862 he removed with his parents to Rochelle, Illinois,
where he attended the public schools, and Mount Morris Seminary.
When about twenty years of age, having- become an expert baseball
player, he was employed by baseball companies for three seasons.
In November, 1877, he came to this county and located in Sioux
Falls, where he has since been employed in the lumber business.
He is now serving his seventh year as alderman of the Fourth ward.
He is a man with positive elements in his make-up, is a good official
and a good citizen. He is prominent in the order of Odd Fellows,
and has a host of friends.

Hutchinson, John W., was born at Thomtown, Boone county,
Indiana, on the I5th day of August, 1851. When three years of age
he removed with his parents to Winneshiek county, Iowa. He was
reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools
and in the high school at Decorah, Iowa. At seventeen years of age
he commenced teaching school, and taught five terms in all. At
twenty-one years of age he entered the employ of a firm of insurance



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



ao-ents and dealers in acj-ricultural implements, and remained there
until he removed to Sioux Palls on the 22d day of Ma\', 1873. He
then entered the employ of C. K. Howard, havings in char^j^e hiso-rain
and machinery business until October, 1880. He has always been
eno-ag-ed in speculation, and his g-ood judgment and business qualifi-
cations have made him successful so that for the last few years he
has been kept busy taking- care of his accumulations. He has always
taken a hand in local politics, but has never sougfht official promotion
and has held no office except that of chief of the city fire department
for three terms. Independent, energ-etic, possessed of rare gfood
sense and a thoroug-h knowledg-e of human nature, he has become a
factor in the affairs of the city, and has a host of friends within his
extensive circle of acquaintances.

Hyde, Frank R., was born at Pittsiield, Pike county, Illinois,
December 10, 1858; when six years old he removed with his parents
to Lincoln, in the same state, where he attended the district schools
and the Lincoln coUeg-e; in 1878 became clerk in a dryg-oods store,
and remained five years; in 1883 went to Potter county, Dakota, and
took up a quarter section of land, and remained there and at Blunt
three years; in 1886 went to Missouri and eng-ag-ed in farming- two
years; "^came to Sioux Falls May 10, 1888, and boug-ht Hills & Beebe's
abstract books, and opened an abstract office. In 1888 the Sioux
Falls Abstract and Title Insurance Company was incorporated, and
his abstract business was consolidated with it, but he and H. M.
Aver}^ owned a controlling- interest in the stock. In 1897 the com-
pany was reorg-anized, and he still has an interest in it. In April,
1895, he was appointed superintendent of Bradstreet & Company's
business in South Dakota, and holds this position at the present
time. Mr. Hyde is an energ-etic, industrious business man, and a
hig-hly respected citizen.

Jameson, James, w-as born at Rochester, N. Y., September 27,
184(), but went w ith his parents when a child to Wisconsin, where he
was reared on a farm and educated in the district and higfh schools
at Janesville. When twenty-four years old he went to Winthrop,
Iowa, and for seven years was eng-ag-ed in farming- in Iowa, but sold
his farm and moved to this county and located at Sioux Falls, April
15, 1883, since which time he has been eng-ag-ed in the real estate
business. The Edmison- Jameson block was built by him and Mr.
Edmison, and in other ways Mr. Jameson has shown himself to be
an enterprising- citizen. He is a conservative, honest man, and well
liked by all who know him.

Jeffers, Charles T., was l)orn in Danville, New York, Janu-
ary 18, 1837. At eleven years of ag-e he took a fancy that steamboat-
ing- was about the thing- for him, and he was so anxious to lose no
time in satisfying his desire that he left home in the night. He
managed to obtain employment, and during the eight years follow-
ing was on the Mississippi river, the lakes, and at sea. He then re-
turned home and attended school for two years. On the 4th day of
June, 1861, he enlisted in the Fourth Michigan Infantry. On the
12th day of October, following, he was seriously wounded while on



576 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



picket duty, and was discharg-ed December 20, 1861. In December,
1862, he enlisted in the 27th Michig-an Infantry, and was in active
service until May 12, 1864, at which time he was ag-ain wounded in
battle at Spotsylvania court house, and was sent to the hospital.
After a partial recoverv from his wounds he was made first serg-eant,
and performed hospital duties until February 10, 1865, when he was
mustered into the 8th U. S. Artillery (colored) with a first lieuten-
ant's commission. On the 10th day of February, 1866, he resig-ned
his commission at Victoria, Texas, and was discharg-ed. JHe then
went to Michig-an and eng-ag-ed in farming- until March, 1879, when
he came to Sioux Falls. During- his residence in Sioux Falls he had
quite an official career. He was appointed special policeman on the
East side, and was assistant marshal for two years, and when the
city of Sioux Falls was incorporated he was appointed city marshal,
which office he held for three years. During- the next three years
he was eng-ag-ed in farming-, and collecting-. On the 1st day of June,
1889, he was appointed deputy warden of the penitentiary at Sioux
Falls, which position he held for three years. Upon the resig-nation
of N. B. Bailey as captain of Company B, of the Dakota National
Guards; he was" elected to fill the vacancy June 30, 1885. On the 12th
day of October, 1892, he was promoted to major of the Second Bat-
talion of the Second regfiment of the D. N. G., and was inspector
g-eneral of the state for three years, being- much interested in and
closely identified with military organizations. During- his residence
in Sioux Falls he took quite an active part in politics. He was an
earnest worker and a g-ood citizen, and when in 1894 he removed
from the state he left a large circle of warm friends.

Jensen, John W., was born in Norway May 31, 1854. He spent
his early youth on a farm and attended the public schools. When
eighteen years old he came to the United States, and was engaged in
farm work at Algona, Iowa, until he attained his majorit}^; was then
employed by a real estate firm in Chicago, 111., and acted as its field
agent at Algona and also at Jackson, Minn., for three years. On
the 1st day of March, 1886, he opened a bank at Toronto, Minn., and
was in the" banking- business there for six years. On the 1st day of
June, 1893, he came to this county and located in Sioux Falls, where
he has since resided, engaged in the lumber and fuel business.
While in Toronto he was elected mayor, and was also city treasurer.
In 1898 was nominated for the office of sheriff by the Republican par-
ty of Minnehaha county, but was defeated with a large majority of
his associate's upon the ticket. Notwithstanding his short residence
in the county he has become well and favorably known as a business
man and citizen.

Jewett, Charles A., was born in Newark, Licking- county,
Ohio, February 7, 1848. He attended school until seventeen years
old and then commenced work in his father's grocery store, where
he remained until 1870, at which time he removed to Kansas City and
went into the wholesale grocery business by himself. At the end of
two years he sold and went to Independence, Kan., where he engaged
in the same business until 1875, when he disposed of it and during
the succeeding seven years traveled for wholesale grocery houses in




Capt. C. T. Jeffers.



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 579



Chicag-o and New York. In July, 1882, he opened a grocery house in
Aberdeen, S. D.,in company with his brother, Harvey, who came there
at that time. In March, 1883, he went to Aberdeen to reside, but in
June, 1888, removed to Sioux Falls, where he has since resided. The
firm of Jewett Brothers & Jewett at that time bought the Ward &
Frick wholesale grocery business in Sioux Falls and commenced
business on an enlarged scale. In March, 1893, established a branch
house at Sheldon, Iowa. This firm was one of the first if not the
first strictly wholesale house in Dakota. In 1884 it shipped the first
carload of sugar into Aberdeen that was ever shipped into Dakota.
In 1897 it shipped in two hundred and forty carloads of sugar and
transacted business upward of SI, 200, 000 during- the year.

Mr. Jewett is an active participant in political matters and was
president of the Sioux Falls Daily Press Company for two years.
He is noted for his energy and persistence in carrying- out his pro-
jects in whatever he undertakes, and is not only a good business man
but a good citizen.

Jewett, D. Clinton, was born in Newark, Ohio, December 9,
1854; attended the public schools until February, 1869, when he en-
tered his father's wholesale grocery store as shipping clerk. In 1870
he entered the employment of the Adams Express Co. and remained
with the company twelve years. In September, 1882, was elected
secretary of the Newark Building Association and during the next six
Years paid out S750,000 for the construction of five hundred houses.



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