Dana Reed Bailey.

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tended two different colleg-es and took the deg-ree of B. A. at the
University of Christiania, Norway. In 1885 he came to the United
States and went to the Black Hills in Dakota, where he eng^ag-ed in
lumbering-, mining- and freig-hting- for about two years and a half;
then went to Wisconsin and worked as assistant civil eng-ineer in the
pineries of that state. In 1888 studied civil engineering- for a short
time in the Minnesota State University, and then became editor of a
newspaper in Farg-o, North Dakota, for two years. In the spring- of
1891 came to Sioux Falls to take editorial charge of the Syd Dakota
Ekko, in which capacity he was engaged nearly seven years. In
1893 he was elected a member of the house of representatives of the
legislature of South Dakota on the Republican ticket. He was the
first president of the Northwestern Scandinavian Singing Associa-
tion, and also of the Minnehaha Mandskor, and was one of the chief
promoters of these enterprises. As an editor he had the reputation
of being a keen, vigorous writer, and his treatment of the topics of


the day proved him to be a close observer and well informed. In De-
cember, 1897, he received the appointment of consul to Beirut, Syria,
and the following- February left Sioux Palls to assume the duties of
this office. He is an energ-etic man, a thoroug-hly g-ood citizen, and
when his term of office expires will be warmly welcomed back to
Sioux Falls.

Reid, Alexander, was born Aug-ust 13, 1856, at Aberdeen,
Scotland, and came to the United States in 1880. He learned the
trade of ornamental stone cutter in his native country, and the first
five years after coming- here, worked at his trade in Rhode Island.
The next two years he was eng-ag-ed in the same business in Wiscon-
sin. In 1884 he came to Sioux Falls, and since then has been oper-
ating- stone quarries. In 1890 he was elected alderman from the
Fourth ward, and agfain in 1891-3-8. He is a g-ood business man, a
g-ood citizen, and a faithful, honest official.

Reiley, P^ugp:ne, was born at Burlington, Iowa, February 11,
1864. During- his early youth he attended the public schools, and
was also a student at Elliott's business colleg-e at Burlingfton. His
first business was that of a traveling- salesman for a wholesale shoe
house, and he continued in this employment until 1888. On the 27th
dav of Aug-ust, of that year, became to this county and located in the
citv of Sioux Falls and for six years conducted the Rag Baby shoe
store. He was appointed deputy clerk of courts under W. J. Crisp,
Jr., which position he still holds. Mr. Reiley is a good citizen,
makes a good official, and is well liked by the patrons of the office.

ReQua, Benson H., was born at Juneau, Wisconsin, December
3, 1858;"Avas educated in the public schools and the Syracuse Univer-
sity, at Syracuse, New York, where he was graduated in 1882; taught
school two years in Washington, Pennsylvania, then was in the drug-
business at Rochester, New York, two years, and on the 20th of Sep-
tember, 1887, arrived in Sioux Falls and for one year engaged in the
drug business. When the Union Trust Compan}' was organized in
1888, he became one of its officers and managers; was elected cashier
of the Union National Bank in 1893, and remained its cashier until it
went into liquidation, since which time he has been assistant cashier
of the Minnehaha National Bank. For the last four years he has
been treasurer of the independent school district of Sioux Falls.
Mr. ReQua is an honest, upright business man, and well liked as a
neighbor and citizen.

Rice, Oscar E., was born at Wheeling-, West Virginia, March 7,
1839; attended the city schools and worked in his father's store dur-
ing his youth; when he attained his majority he took an interest in
his father's business, and remained wnth him until 1870; then went to
Cherokee, Iowa, and engaged in the hotel business for a short time;
was in the lumber business in Sioux City until 1877, and then opened
a millinery store at that place; during- the summer of 1879 removed
to Sioux Falls, where he engaged in the same business for about ten
years. Mr. Rice is a conservative man in business, a good neig-hbor,
and a highly esteemed citizen.

G. BiE Ravndal.


Richardson, Frank L., is a native of Bang-or, Maine, and was
born December 5, 1852. He was raised on a farm, and received a
common school education. When fourteen years of ag-e he com-
menced learning- the trade of foundry-man, and at the ag-e of twenty
years went to Massachusetts, and worked at his trade until 1876;
came to Sioux Palls November 25, 1877, but his family did not arrive
until the 12th day of April, following-, when they reached Sioux Falls,
coming- by team from Owatonna, Minnesota. In July, 1878, he took
up a claim on the northeast quarter of section one, in Humbolt town-
ship, where he built a house and kept up a residence in order to hold
his claim, but lived principally in the city of Sioux Falls, where he
had also erected a house. He has been eng-aged in the real estate
business more or less during- the whole time of his residence in this
county. He is well known as a man of more than ordinary energ-y
and ability, and is a g"ood citizen.

RiCKER, D. C, w^as born in Galesburg-, Illinois, June 29, 1860;
moved with his parents to Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1868, where he
received his education in the common and hig-h schools; was clerk in
a g-rocery store at Worthing-ton, Minnesota, and at Flandreau, South
Dakota, for some years, and located at Madison, South Dakota, in
1881, where he eng-ag-ed in business with T. J. Lannon until 1885,
when he moved to Vilas, this state, and kept a g-eneral store until
June, 1887. At that time he removed to Sioux Falls, where he en-
g'ag-ed in the grocery business for ten years, and for the last two
years has been engag-ed in the wholesale cig-ar business with S. F.
Greenleaf, under the firm name of The Greenleaf Cig-ar Companv, of
which he is also the secretary. He has been a member of the board
of education two years, and is at the present time serving- as alder-
man from the Third ward. Mr. Ricker is an energ-etic, enterprising-
business man, and a hig-hly respected citizen.

RoBBiNS, James L., was born in Montgomery, Vermont, Novem-
ber 28, 1859. He attended the district schools and worked in a shop
as a mechanic until November, 1878, when he removed to Sioux Falls,
where he has since resided. He has been an active member of the
fire department for nearly fifteen years, and superintendent of the
fire alarm system from Aug-ust 3, 1888, until May, 1897. He is a g-ood
citizen and has a host of friends.

Robie, Hial p., was born in Eaton, Madison count}-. New York,
January 8, 1851. He removed with his parents to Minnesota in 1855.
In 1865 he went to South Bend, Indiana, and commenced to learn the
printer's trade in the office of the St. Jo Valley Reg-ister, then edited
by Schuyler Colfax. In this office he remained for several vears.
In 1869 he was at work in Kansas. In 1870 went to Taylor Falls,
Minnesota, w^here he worked on the Reporter. In 1873 established
the Pine County News at Pine City, Minnesota, but sold out this
paper at the end of two years, and started the Rush City Post at
Rush City, Minnesota, which he published fourteen \ears. In 187(»
started the Mora Times at Mora City, Minnesota, which he published
until 1879. Not finding- the publishing- of two newspapers sufficient
to satisfy his ambition for work he established the Pine County Rec-


ord at Pine Citv in 1877, which he published until 1881. In 1889 re-
moved to Pierre, South Dakota, and boug-ht the Pierre Signal, which
he published for one year. His next newspaper work was at Yank-
ton, where he was connected first with the Yankton Herald and then
with the Yankton Journal. When the Porum was started by Robert
Buchanan he came to Sioux Falls, and was connected with this news-
paper as long- as it was published by Mr. Buchanan and Buchanan
Brothers. In (3ctober, 18%, he purchased the Successful Farmer of
J. A. Lucas, and is now publishing- this newspaper in Sioux Falls.
Mr. Robie is a g-ood newspaper man, and is making- a decided success
of the Successful Farmer.

RoGDK, Petek J., was born in Lee county, Illinois, February 4,
1S(4. He was a student at Monana academy, at Madison, Wisconsin,
and at the Northwestern college at Mapleville, Illinois, and also at
the Luther coUeg-e, Decorah, Iowa. In 1887 he g-raduated from the
law department of the University of Iowa, and was admitted to the
bar at the same time. He came to Sio'ux Falls in October, 1887, and
commenced the practice of his profession. In January, 1889, he
formed a copartnership with C. S, Palmer under the firm name of
Palmer & Rog-de. In February, 1895, H. C. Preston of Mitchell was
taken into the firm under the firm name of Palmer, Preston & Rog-de,
which copartnership continued until 1896, when Judg-e Palmer re-
tired from the firm. The firm of Preston & Rog-de continued in the
practice until the summer of 1896, when Mr. Preston accepted a po-
sition as attorney for a corporation in Chicag-o and removed there.
Mr. Rog-de was then practicing- by himself until he entered into co-
partnership with C. P. Bates in January, 1898. At the g-eneral elec-
tion in November, 1894, he was elected state's attorney for Minne-
haha county, and performed the duties of this office until January,
1897. Mr. Rog-de is one of the most industrious and energ-etic law-
yers in the city of Sioux Falls, and is recog-nized as one who is bound
to succeed in his profession.

RoGNESs, Andrew H., is a native of Norway, and was born Sep-
tember 29, 1858. He was reared on a farm, and received a common
school education. He emigrated to the United States in 1878, and
located in Lincoln county, this state. On the 9th day of September,
1881, he entered the employ of F. W, Taylor, and is his head-man in
his extensive hardware business. Mr. Rogness has not lost a day
since he engaged with Mr. Taylor, and for industry and diligence in
business he undoubtedly stands at the head in this county. "He is as
genial and pleasant as he is industrious, and is one of Sioux Falls
best citizens.

RoNLUND, Nels J., is a native of Sweden, and was born Sep-
tember 20, 1846. After having emigrated to this country he resided
in New York, Ohio and Chicago until in the summer of 1872, when
he removed to Union county, Dakota. In the spring of 1873 became
to Minnehaha county and took up a homestead in Brandon, but sold
it and moved to the little village by the Brandon station, where he
engaged in the grain business, and was postmaster for six years.
He now resides in Sioux Falls, engaged in the real estate business.
Mr. Ronlund is well known as an active and enterprising citizen.

H. \V. Ross.


Rounds, William H., was born at St. Johns, Province of Que-
bec, Canada, November 26, 1865. When one year old he came tcTthe
United States with his parents, who settled at Malone, N. Y., where
the subject of this sketch received his education in the common and
hig-h schools. When eig-hteen years old he came to Sioux Falls, and
was employed as clerk in the Living-stone clothing- store and Waters'
dry g'oods store, and then worked for Pixley & Co. five years, when
he boug-ht the stock of this company and eng-ag-ed in the clothing-
business for himself, in which he has since continued, and is doing a
g-ood business. He is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order
of Elks, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, is a Mason, and sec-
retar}' of the Knig-hts of Pythias, Uniform Rank. Mr. Rounds is a
successful business man, energ-etic and enterprising-, is a g-ood citi-
zen and socially up to the standard.

Ross, Hiram William, was born in Wauwatosa, Wis., in 1840;
attended the public schools at that place, and took a higdier course at
Milwaukee. His first business was that of keeping- books for a com-
mission house in Milwaukee; then eng-ag-ed in the produce, business
at Berlin, Wis., but at the end of four years returned to Milwaukee
and eng-ag-ed in the commission business ag-ain for several years. His
next business venture was in the wool trade with Casper Sang-er, of
Milwaukee, but at the end of two years went into the fancy wholesale
g-rocery business under the firm name of Bowker, Ross & Co. Five
years later he sold out his interest and traveled for a short time for
the Sang-er, Rockwell Lumber Co.; was then connected with the R.
McMillan Lumber Company of Oskosh, Wis., and in 1879 came to
Canton, S. D., and started a lumber yard. The next year he came
to Sioux Falls and eng-aged in the lumber business, in which he has
since continued. Mr. Ross resided in Sioux Falls until 1894, when
he removed to Minneapolis, Minn. In addition to his lumber busi-
ness at Sioux Falls, he has six lumber yards in Minnesota, and is a
very successful business man. While a resident of Sioux Falls he
was prominent in public affairs, was a public-spirited citizen and
highly esteemed. In 1885 he was elected mayor of the city and
served in that capacity two years, and his administration met with
the approval of his constituency.

Rowland, Andrew J., was born in Sherburne, Chenang-o
county, New York, December 21, 1841. His parents were of Eng-lish
descent. He attended the public schools at Sherburne until about
twenty years of ag-e, when he entered the Bing-hampton (N. Y.) Com-
mercial coUeg-e, where he g-raduated. October 26, 1876, he married
Miss Caroline Darling-, of Freeport, Illinois; remained upon the old
homestead until 1879, when, upon the death of his parents, he sold it
and removed to Worthing-ton, Minnesota. In April, 1882, became to
this county and located at Sioux Falls, where he at once eng-ag-ed in
the real estate business, and has platted four additions to the city
which bear his name. He has from time to time held positions of
trust. When the financial panic of 1892 struck the country it found
him, like many others, with sails wide-spread, but he applied himself
manfully to the oars, and has succeeded in maintaining a g-ood stand-
ing- in business circles. He is an honest, uprig-ht citizen.


Rowland, Mrs. Caroline D., was born in Spafford, Onondaga
countv. New York, Janiiarv- 25, 1845, and died in Sioux Palls, Janu-
ary 5," 1807; was a dauo-hter of Mary H. and Rev. J. W. Darlino-, a
Free Will Baptist minister; received a liberal education, beinu- a
classical o-raduate at Norwich, N. Y., in the class of 1863; for thir-
teen years was eng-aged in teaching; was a writer of considerable
note, in both poetry and prose, and her writings appeared in eastern
journals under the ;/f>w dc plume of "Edith Gray." She was married
October 26, 1876, to Andrew J. Rowland. After coming to Sioux
Falls, for several years she took an active part in the reading circles
and History Club, but her true worth was best known and appreci-
ated in religious circles. She was an ideal Christian woman, and
worked faithfully to maintain a high standard of Christian life among
those with whom she was associated. She will long be remembered
in Sioux Falls as a kind, generous, exemplary Christian woman.

Russell, Marcus, was born June 17, 1846, in Illinois; was
reared on a farm, and received his education in the district schools;
in 1855 removed with his parents to a timber farm in Michigan,
and remained there until 1869. At that time he went to Hastings,
and engaged as clerk in a hardware store, and after having been
there about nine months bought out his employer, and continued the
business twelve years. In 1882, he went to Grand Rapids, and be-
came the secretary and treasurer of a large manufacturing estab-
lishment for two years. He then left Michigan and went to Ne-
braska, where he resided until he came to Sioux Falls in 1886. In Octo-
ber of that vear he organized the Sioux Falls Savings Bank, and has
been its cashier since then. Mr. Russell has the reputation of being
a careful, conservative business man, and is greatly respected as a

Saenger, Eugene, was born at Freeport, Illinois, February 3,
1860. He attended the city schools until fourteen years of age, and
then commenced work in the office of the Freeport Journal, where
he remained until the spring of 1880; was employed at bookbinding
for three months at Dubuque, Iowa, and then worked in the printing-
office of the Cedar . Rapids Republican until he removed to Sioux
Falls in 1880. On the 1st day of May of that 37ear he entered into a
partnership with Thomas H. Brown of Sioux Falls in the printing-
and bookbinding- business, under the firm name of Brown & Saenger,
and the iirm has the largest business of the kind in the state. On the
30th day of September, 1891, the subject of this sketch married Miss
Alice Richardson, one of Sioux Falls most hig-hly esteemed voung
ladies. Mr. Saenger is a respected citizen, and socially one of the
"four hundred."

Sammons, George B., was born in Oneida county. New York,
April 24, 1835. He received a good education, and when the time
came to act for himself he removed to Illinois, thence to Iowa, and
came to Dakota in 1873. He located in Minnehaha county, taking up
as a homestead the southeast quarter of section 13, in Benton town-
ship. He afterwards sold his farm, and since 1881 has been eng-ag-ed
in mercantile business. He was the first treasurer of the village of

Jacob Schaktzel, Jk,


Sioux Falls, and held the same position for six years after Sioux
Palls became a city. He is a kind neighbor, and a g-ood citizen.

Sanford, Edward H., is a native of Buchanan county, Iowa, and
was born April 1, 1863. Was graduated from the high school at In-
dependence, Iowa, in 1880. Soon after was employed as clerk in a
store, but six months later joined a railroad surveying party locating
the road from Yankton to Scotland, and also the Sioux City and
Manila road. Was then employed as bookkeeper for the Indepen-
dence Mfg. Co. at Independence, Iowa. Came to Sioux Palls on the
24th day of July, 1884, and was employed in real estate and insurance
offices until 1888, when he became the bookkeeper for the Sioux Palls
Press, which position he held eight 3'ears. He then became con-
nected with the Arg-us-Leader, and is at the present time the busi-
ness manager of that paper. He was for a long time 1st Lieutenant
of Co. B, and was appointed adjutant of the second battalion. South
Dakota National Guard, bv Gov. Sheldon, and received a regular dis-
charge in February, 1898.' He has been M. W. of the A. O. CJ. W.,
passed through the chairs of the Modern Woodmen, and is at the
present time Chancellor Commander of the Knights of Pvthias; has
been a member of the city school board five vears, and is a popular,
enterprising and respected citizen.

SCHAETZEL, Jr., Jacob, is a native of Washington countv, Wis-
consin, and was born May 16, 1850; was reared on a farm, attended
district and high schools, and two terms at Lawrence University.
When nineteen years of age was emploved as clerk in a general
store at Preeport, Illinois, where he remained six years. On the
23d day of February, 1876, he came to this county, and settled in
Sioux Palls. For the first few years he was engaged in insurance,
real estate, and shipping in horses, and for two years kept a liver v
and sale stable. In 1882, upon the death of T. T. Cochran, he was
elected president of the village of Sioux Palls, and immediately com-
menced to agitate the question of changing the incorporation of the
village to that of a city. He called a meeting of the citizens, and
steps were taken during the fall of that year to draft a city charter.
When this had been accomplished he went to the legislature and se-
cured the passage of the act of incorporation. He was elected the
first mayor of the city for the term of two years, and pursued a vig-
orous policy in the administration of city affairs. He was countv
commissioner for the Fifth district in 1893-4-5, and was a very active
and influential member of the board. Was one of the stockholders
and officers of the German Bank for several years, and has been con-
nected with a large number of important business enterprises.
There are no negative elements in his make-up; he is energetic and
enterprising, and a good citizen.

ScHAETZEL, JoHN, was born in Wisconsin, December, 25, 1862.
In 1878 he came to Dakota and took up a homestead, pre-emption and
tree claim in Lincoln county. This property he disposed of in 1880,
and removed to this county and engaged in farming on section six in
Sioux Palls township. In a few years he had one of the best farms
in the county, but its proximity to the city of Sioux Palls, and the


possibility entertained by some people during- the boom times that
there would be a scarcity of land for platting- purposes, enabled him
to sell it for a big- price.' He then moved into the city. During- his
residence in the township he was elected to various town offices, and
made a good official. He is a thrifty, industrious man, and a g'ood

ScHWARZ, Joseph, was born in New York City, February 24,
1858. When three years old he removed with his parents to La
Crosse, Wisconsin, and became a student in the office of an architect
at an early ag-e. On the 15th day of May, 1884, he came to Sioux
Falls and opened an office, and since then has been eng-ag-ed in
his professional work as an architect, and has established an excel-
lent reputation in his profession. Mr. Schwarz is a g-enial, sociable
g-entleman, a g-ood neig'hbor, and a respected citizen.

Scott, Daniel, is a native of Montg-omery county, New York,
and was born February 19, 1841. W^hile a small lad his parents re-
moved to the city of Utica. At the agfe of ten years he commenced
his newspaper career by becoming- a newsboy, and five 3'ears later
removed to Polo, Illinois, and went into a newspaper office where he
remained until 1861, learning- the printer's trade. At this date he
enlisted in Company H, 15th Illinois infantry, and remained in the
military service until discharg-ed on account of disability. Upon his
return from the army he established the Og-le County Press at Polo,
which he published for one year and then sold out; g-ot married, and
went to Clinton, Iowa, and eng-ag-ed in the insurance business for one
year; and then went to the Pennsylvania oil reg-ions and established
the Union Mills Star at Union Mills, which he published for one
year. His next venture was the publication of the Corry Republi-
can, at Corry, Pennsylvania. When throug-h with this enterprise,
he went to Wisconsin and spent one summer, and finally in 1869 con-
cluded his roving- about at Sioux City. He became city editor of the
Sioux City Journal with its first issue, and the g-reater portion of his
time until 1876 he spent upon this Journal. While at Sioux City he
made several excursions into the Indian country trading- with the In-
dians, and was the first white man who ever sold them g-oods on the
Yellowstone river. During- these trips he learned from sources
more or less reliable, that there was gold in the Black Hills, and he
made the most out of what he had heard, throug-h the columns of the
Journal, and he enjoys the distinction of being- the first newspaper
man who called attention to this fact, the announcement of which
aroused so much interest that in 1873, in connection with Charles
Collins who owned the Sioux City Times, this paper was made the
org-an of the Black Hills, and so industriously did they push the pro-
ject of taking possession of the reservation that they were threat-
ened with prosecution by the United States g-oyernment. He was
elected alderman in Sioux City for one term, and as the mayor did
not attend the council meeting-s, he was elected mayor pro tem. The
winter of 1876-7 he spent in St. Paul, but in March went to Dead-
wood, South Dakota, where he helped establish the Deadwood Daily
Times, and was its chief editor until he went to Bismarck, North Da-


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Daniel Scott.


kota, in 1882, where he was connected with the Bismarck Tribune
about one year. On the 5th day of July, 1883, he came to Sioux Falls,
and became the city editor of the Sioux Palls Press, which position he
retained until 188(), when he went to Rapid Citv, South Dakota, and
started the Rapid City Daily Republican. After spendin<^- the win-

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