Dana Reed Bailey.

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1878, he came to Sioux Palls and opened a restaurant which he C(»n-
ducted for one year. He then ^vent into the g-rocery business on
Tenth street, and has continued in this business since then at the
same place. He is a g-o()d business man, and has been success! ul. Is
a (juiet, conservative man, is well liked as a neig'hbor, and is an es-
teemed citizen.

Thorgrimson, Rev. Hans B., is a native of Iceland, and was
born Aug-ust 21, 1853. His father was a merchant, and w hen the
subject of this sketch was eleven years of agfe he was sent to Cojjen-
hagen, Denmark, to attend a Latin school. He remained there
three years, and then returned home and became clerk in his father's
store for two years, and attended a colleg-e in Iceland one year. In
1872, he came to this country and worked on a farm in Wisconsin
two years; entered colleg-e at Decorah, Iowa, where he was g-raduated
in 1879; attended the Lutheran Theological seminary at Madison,
Wisconsin, two years, and the Concordia Theological seminary at
St. Louis, Missouri, where he was graduated in 1882. The same


year he l^ecame pastor of the Icelandic Lutheran congreo-ation at
"Pembina, North Dakota, and remained there until he removed to
Sioux Falls, where he arrived on the 15th da}^ of May, 1886, and be-
came pastor of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran church, and al-
so had charge of the Lutheran congregation at Springdale and Bran-
don for six years, when he resigned. He was largely instrument-
al in securing for Sioux Palls the Lutheran Normal school, and the
city is greatfv indebted to him for his labor in this enterprise.
Since hi's resignation as pastor he was engaged in traveling in the in-
terest of the Normal school and other similar institutions until July,
1898, when he received a call from the Norwegian Synod to take
charge as missionary of a Lutheran congregation at Milwaukee, Wis-
consin, which he accepted, and is now located there. Mr. Thorgrim-
son is a man of more than ordinary ability, an entertaining speaker,
and noted for his energy and active support of public enterprises.
In July, 1884, he married Miss Mathilda Stub, of Locust, Iowa, an
accomplished and lovable lady, and the removal from South Dakota of
Mr. Thorgrimson and family was sincerely regretted by a wide
circle of friends.

ToMLiNSON, Jr., Joseph, was born March 15, 18()3, at Hunting-
ton, Connecticut. Until twenty-one years of age his time was chiefly
occupied in securing an education, and in 1884 wa^|||raduated froni
Yale college. After graduating he became a tutor ii^New York City
for two years, and then traveled with his pupil in this country and
about the world until 1887, when he engaged in manufacturing at
Hartford, Connecticut, for one year. On the 3d day of August, 1888,
he came to Sioux Palls, and on the 10th day of that month commenced
work on the Argus-Leader as advertising solicitor. On the 9th day
of November, following, in connection with Charles M. Day, he
bought the paper, and the next day the first issue of the Argus-
Leader appeared under the new management. Tomlinson and Day
soon made the Argus-Leader the leading- Democratic newspaper in
South Dakota, and it so remained until the Democratic party in 1896
ado])ted the doctrine of the free coinage of silver, when the Argus-
Leader promptly became a Republican newspaper.

Mr. Tomlinson is a strong, vigorous writer, and one of the most
aggressive editors in the state. His editorials, especially upon pobt-
ical matters, are concise, clear, courageous and able. He has a keen
scent for the delinquencies of his political opponents, and when he
makes a discovery of this character it is a red letter day for the
Argus-Leader. As a citizen he is upright and enterprising-, and in
local matters is particularly active in urging upon the municipal ad-
ministration rigid economy and business-like methods. E)ndovved
with such positive qualities of character, with a newspaper of wide
circulation at his command, it is not hazardous to predict that Mr.
Tomlinson is destined to exert in the future a strong- influence upon
the institutions of the state of his adoption.

Tufts, Dr. Arthur Henry, was born in Wadsboro, Vermont,
January 14, 1856, but, when a mere child, removed with his father to
Oeneseo, Illinois. He attended common and high schools, and was
also a student at (rrinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, two years, after


which time he taught school throe years. He studied medicine with
C. A. (xray at Brattleboro, Vermont, taking- his first course of lect-
ures at Baltimore, Maryland, and was o-raduated from the New York
City University in 1873. He commenced the practice of medicine in
Sioux Palls the same vear, in co])artnership with the above men-
tioned Dr. (xray. From 1884 until the fall of 1887 he practiced alone,
but at the latter date he formed a partnership with Dr. S. A. Brown,
under the firm name of Brown & Tufts, which still continues.

Dr. Tufts has been the president, vice president and treasurer
of the Minnehaha Medical Society, and in 1893 was vice president of
the State Medical Society. The firm of Brown & Tufts has a lar<j\'
practice, and Dr. Tufts contributes his share to its success. Thr
doctor is an enero-etic, reliable and conscientious practitioner, and is
also an enterprising- and hig-hly respected citizen.

TuTHiLL, John W., was born in the villag^e of Greene, Chenang-o
county. New York, July b, 1846. When five years of he removed
with his parents to Carbondale, Pennsylvania. In 1862 he went to
Chicag-o, and was employed in the bank of Coolbaug-h & Brooks as
messeng-er for three years. In October, 1865, entered the emplov of
C Lamb & Son, lumlDer dealers at Clinton, Iowa, and remained witli
them until Julv, 1869, when he concluded to gfo into business on his
own account.^lpd went to State Center, Iowa, and establisheil a
lumber yard. In March, 1882, he came to Sioux Palls, and boug-ht
out Edwin Sharpe & Company's lumber business, and the firm of
Tuthill & King- was established. On the 3d day of Pebruary, 1884.
]\Ir. King- died, and S. Cx. Tuthill, a brother of John, was taken into
the business under the firm name of Tuthill Brothers. On the 18th
(lav of Aug-ust, 1885, the John W. Tuthill Lumber Company was in-
corporated, and since then its business has been constantly increas-
ing-. The company is doing- a larg-e business in Sioux Palls, and also
has yards at Windom, Worthing-ton, Beaver Creek and Hills, Minne-
sota^ and at Hartford, Montrose, Humbolt, Salem, Spencer and
Parmer, in this state. Mr. Tuthill, althoug-h emphatically a busi-
ness man g'iving- close attention to his larg-e business, is an enter-
j)rising- citizen, always readv to aid in any project calculated to ad-
vance the prosperity of the commiinitx in which he lives.

I^ITTHILL, S. (x., was born in Chenang-o county. New York, Octo-
ber 14, 1848. He removed with his parents to Carbondale, Pennsyl-
\ania, when three years old, and from there to Clinton, Iowa, }^5h.
He received a common school and academic education. In 18(.7 hy
went to Chicag-o and worked for a wholesale g-rocery house until
1883. On the 10th day of March, of that vear, he came to Sioux
Palls, and was in the emplov of Tuthill & King- until the death of
Mr. King- on the 3d dav of Pebruarv, 1884, when he became a member
of the firm of Tuthill Brothers, and continued in the lumber business
with his brother John. On the 18th day of August, 1885, the John
W. Tuthill Lumber Company was incorporated, and the subject of
this sketch was elected its secretary and treasurer, which office he
held, and in connection with his brother John was in the active man-
agement of the business of the company until April, 1899, when ho
removed to Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was one of the most active


and enterprisin<:>- citizens in Sioux Falls, and was deservedly popular
with all classes of people.

Tyler, Levi S., was born at (Treenlield, Massachusetts, June
7, 1847, and attended the public schools and g-raduated from the hig-h
school at that place. Enlisted in the army in 1861, and ag-ain in 1862.
but was rejected on account of physical disability. He then com-
menced work in an express office, and for thirty-five years was en-
g-ag-ed principally in the express business. In 1881 went to Minne-
sota, and the spring- following- took up a quarter section of land in
Hand countv. South Dakota, but during- the fall of 1882 returned to
Minnesota and took up his residence at Tracy. Was a member of
the city council at that place, and in 1893 was a member of the Minne-
sota leg-islature from the counties of Lyon, Lincoln and Yellow Medi-
cine. On the 24th of May, 1894, became the ag-ent of the American
Express Co., at Sioux Falls, where he has since resided. Was elected
to the state senate from Minnehaha county in 1899, and is at the
])resent time bookkeeper at the penitentiary at Sioux Palls. Mr.
Tvler is a man of g-ood ability, a g-ood public speaker, an uprig-ht
official, and a respected citizen.

VanEps, William. A clerk of the writer was sent to inter-
\ iew William VanEps in reg-ard to his early history and his connec-
tion with Sioux Falls, and it is g-iven below, in his olB lang-uag-e :

"I was born in Fox Lake, Dodg-e county. Wis., July 20th, 1842.
In 1858 I left that country and went west into Minnesota, where I
worked on a farm for S12 a month during- the summer of 1859. From
there I went to Brig-hton, in southern Iowa. I walked the entire dis-
tance, about 350 miles, and carried with me everything- that I had,
including- the little I had accumulated by my work on the farm. I
eng-ag-ed in the g-rocery business in a small w^ay, and stayed in
Brig-hton that winter. In the early spring- I went to Richland, where
I met a friend, W. A. Jordan. He proved to be a very g-ood friend
indeed, and g-ave me such endorsements as enabled me to bu}' g-oods
in much larg-er quantities in the eastern markets. I staid in Rich-
land eng-ag-ed in a gfeneral mercantile business for about three years.
Then I sold out and went to Denver, Colorado in the spring- of 18()3.
where I eng-ag-ed in various enterprises and speculations. From
there I went down into Mexico and then back to Beaver Dam, Wis.,
where my parents resided, I spent a few weeks visiting- them, and
then went to Milwaukee, where I took a course in the Bryant & Strat-
ton commercial colleg-e. I then w^ent to Minnesota in search of a
business location, and finally settled in the town of Manderville,
Dodg-e county, where I continued in business for some three years.
I then received letters from my former friend, W. A. Jordan, asking-
me to sell out there and eng-ag-e in business with him at some point
that we mig-ht decide upon. We finally settled upon the town of
Eddyville in southern Iowa, and entered into copartnership under
the firm name of Jordan & VanEps. After running- the business for
about a year we concluded that we had better seek a place where we
could occupy our time and capital to better advantag-e. I started
out in search of a location in northwestern Iowa, Nebraska, or some
])i)int in Dakota, and finallv radiated back to Cherokee, which was a

William VanEps.


])l.-ice in name if not in ])opulati()n. there lieinj^- onK two or tlirti-
houses there then. We ascertained that the I)uhiu|ue and Sioux
City road, which is now the Illinois Central, was ahout to \h- ex-
tended westward to Sioux Cit\-, and we concluded lo locale and on-
i^atJ-e in the mercantile business in Cherokee. Two \ears lali-r. 1
ascertained that the military reservation at Sioux Falls was al)out to
he raised, and I decided to locate there. I came to Sioux Falls An-
L^ust 14th, 1870, to look the gTound over, and became infatuated with
the country and what I then considered the site for a prospective
city on the plains of Dakota Territory; returned to my home in
Cherokee and completed arraniyfements for locating- in Sioux Falls in
the spring- of 1871. At that time the nearest railroad point was Le-
Mars, Iowa, a distance of 75 miles from Sioux Falls and 100 miles
from Sioux City. I set out to purchase lumber and erect my build-
ing- for a residence and for business — combining- the two in one — the
store below and the residence in the upper rooms. I went to Minne-
apolis in search of lumber, and purchased my first bill of lumber for
the erection of my old building-, which now stands on Main avenue,
of W. D. Washburne, who is now United States senator from Minne-
sota. He waited upon me in person. After ascertaining where I
was to take the lumber, he seemed to become ver}- much interested
in me, so much so that in something like ten days or two weeks, I re-
ceived a package of the Pioneer Press, published in St. Paul, setting
forth the fact that a certain young- man named Wm. VanFps, seeing
the importance of an early location in what was then called the wilds
of the g-reat West, had located in the mercantile business at Sioux
Falls, and that in his (Mr. Washburne's) judgment, he had selected a
location, ^\hich in a very few years would grow into a jirosperous and
wonderful frontier city, and would be paying- tribute both to St.
Paul and Minneapolis wholesale and manufacturing- interests. All
of which has proved that Senator Washburne was a true prophet."

Since coming- to Sioux Falls Mr. VanEps has been one of the
most active and energetic business men that ever resided in South
Dakota, as Avell as one of the most successful. He has figured ex-
tensively in real estate transactions, erected a larg»-e number of
buildings and has done a large and profitable mercantile business.
At the present writing- he is occupying one of the most attractive
and commodious stores that can be found in the Northwest, and it is
hlled with an elegant class of goods. What is better still, the build-
ing- in which he is doingbusiness was built by himand isoneof thelarg-
estand handsomest business buildings inthe state. In politics he has
always been a Democrat, and as the county and state have been
strong-ly Republican he has not held many ofHcial positions. He was
elected 'one of the trustees when the village of Sioux Falls was in-
corporated, was a member of the city school board from 188*) to 1803
and an influential member of the state constitutional convention of
1889. He has been a delegate to the national Democratic conven-
tions, and at the last convention was prominent among the members
from the Northwest. He has always been a strong man in the coun-
cils of the Democratic party, and is recognized as one of the Demo-
cratic "war horses" of the state. While enterprising, he is con-


servative, and in all matters in which he eng-ao-es is persistent and
independent, vvorkino- out his plans in his own way. He has accumu-
lated a fortune by his industry, sagacity and hard w^ork, and has a
o-ood title, leo-al and equitable, to every dollar of which he is pos-
sessed. He is the peer of any business man in the state.

VanEps, Mrs. Inez C, )iec Herrick, was married to William
VanEps October 14, 1867, at Manderville, Minnesota, and has re-
sided at Sioux Palls since 1871. She was a fine singer, and her cul-
tivated voice was one of the attractions on many public occasions in
the little village. She has always been greatly respected by the res-
idents of Sioux Falls for her many womanly qualities, and her ex-
emplary life, and no one is more gracious in manner and kindlier of
heart than Mrs. VanEps, as many of the poor and needy in the city
know best.

Van Slyke, Charles H., was born April 26, 1836, in Oneida
county. New York; was educated in the public schools, and worked
on a farm until about twenty years old, when he entered his father's
shoe store and remained until August 8, 1862. At that time he en-
listed in Company B, l57th NeW' York Infantry, and served until
Jul}^ 10, 1865. October 2, 1862, he was made Second Lieutenant, and
the following March was promoted to Captain, and served on the Di-
vision Staff as Provost-marshal. Upon his return from the war he
engaged in shoe manufacturing- at Utica, New York, until 1882, when
he returned to Springfield, Dakota, and eng-aged in farming. In No-
vember, 1887, he removed to Sioux Palls, where he has since resided.
For a few years he eng-aged in painting-, but in 1890 was appointed
messenger in the United States courts by Judge Edg-erton, which
position he held until 18%. Since that time he has been engaged in
the pension and patent business. The Captain is a highly respected

Vincent, Charles Herbert, better known as "Charley Vin-
cent," was born in Jefferson county. New York, December 14, 1847.
His father was a dairyman on quite an extensive scale. He removed
to Calumet, Wisconsin, in 1856, and, of course, Charley accompanied
him, and at the age of eleven \^ears commenced business as a news-
boy on a train; was brakeman, bag-gageman and conductor before he
was seventeen years old, and at the age of eighteen was conductor on
a passeng-er train running- between Milwaukee and Sun Prairie in
AVisconsin, and remained in the employ of the Chicago, Mihvaukee
and St. Paul Railway compan}^ as conductor for thirteen \'ears. In
March, 1877, he came to Sioux Palls and entered into a copartnershij)
with T. P. Leavitt, and eng-ag-ed in the hardware business, under the
firm name of Leavitt & Vincent, but after a few years he boug-ht out
the interest of his partner and carried on the business three years
alone; then he formed a partnership with W. D. Roberts, under the
name of Vincent «& Roberts, which firm existed for tw^o years and a
half, when it was dissolved, Mr. Vincent continuing the business,
and is, at this writing, at the old stand, g-etting- his share of the

He is a good business man, and recognized as "one of the best

Mrs. William VanEps.


t\-ll()\vs" in the citv of Sioux Falls. Pul)lic-si)iritc(K without a li-:uf
of a "kicker" in his whole make-up, it is unnecessarx 1.. add that ho
is well liked and popular with his neij^-hbors and tlie luisimss coni-
inunitw He is a Sir Kni^dit, Shriner, lOlk, ;iud n-adv foi- anxlhinL;-
I'lse that nia\ come his waw

\\)()KHKES, John H., was horn in Somerset countv, New Jers.'\ ,
February 20, 1867. During- his minority he spent most of his time
in obtainino- an education, attending- the public schools, and Kutgvrs
colleg-e at New Brunswick, N. J., where he was graduated in isss.
The same year in October, he came to Sioux Falls, and entered the
law office of.C. O. Bailey. In September, 188'), he was admitted to
the bar. He remained in the office of Mr. Bailey, and Bailev & Stod-
dard, and at the dissolution of that firm October 1, 1891, he entered
into a copartnership with Mr. Bailey under the firm name of Bailey
& Voorhees, and the firm is still practicing- law in Sioux Falls. He
is conceded to be one of the best office lawyers in the city of Sioux
Falls, and has earned this reputation by a course of careiful stmly.
Well educated, industrious, and believing- that nothing- is worth ha\-
ing- until earned, he bids fair to become one of the most thoroughly
equipped lawyers in the state. He is known as a young- man of worth
and integ"rity.

Vreeland, Robert E., was born in Tama county, Iowa, De-
cember 27, 1854; was reared on a farm, and attended the common
schools until 1874, when he commenced work for Daniel Glidden in a
store, and removed wnth him to Sioux Falls, wdiere he arrived No\ . 4,
1878, and remained employed in Mr. Glidden's shoe store until he
went out of business; he then clerked for Morstad & Christopherson
in their clothing* store for five vears; in 1891, formed a copartnershij)
with Nels Arnston under the firm name of Bob & Xels, and engag-ed
in the clothing- business on Phillips avenue in Sioux Falls, in u hich
the}^ still continue, and are doing- a g-ood business. Mr. Vreeland is
a g"ood business man, energ-etic and enterprising", and is well liked as
a neighbor and citizen.

Arnston, Nels. It is a little out of the alphabetical order to
give a biog-raphical sketch of Nels Arnston at this place, but Bob »!v:
Nels are always together, and we will keep them together here. He
was born June 18, 1864, at Grover Springs, Minn., was reared on a
farm, and received his education in the public schools and at the
State Normal school at Winona, Minn.; came to Sioux Falls in 1883.
and entered the store of Chris Aslesen as a clerk; went to Potter
county, S. D., and remained a few months, then returned to Sioux
Falls and worked for Morstad & Christopherson until 1891, when he
commenced business w^ith Robert Vreeland. He is a good business
man, a good social fellow, and a g-ood citizen.

Wade, Prank L., was born in Cattaraugus county, N. V., May
13, 1855. Attended common and hig-h schools until eig-hteen years
old, and then, for three years, was employed on a railroad. July 19,
1876, arrived in Sioux Falls, and commenced clerking- in the store of
his brother-in-law, C. M. Bunce, and remained with him two years;
then clerked for Wm. VanEps, and worked in the Oueen Bee Mill


until 1881, and then clerked in a clothino- store a few months. He
built the hiiildino- now occupied by Tossini on Phillips avenue be-
tween Tenth and Eleventh streets, and there eng-ag-ed in the Hour
and feed and farm implement business; and vt^as for a while durinj^-
the boom time a dealer in real estate. In 1893, was appointed United
States Deputy Marshal for the district of South Dakota, and held
this office until the fall of 1897. He exercises his rig-ht of citizen-
ship about election time, and is known as an active political worker;
is a good neighbor, and a respected citizen.

Walts, Cyrus, one of the best known pioneer settlers of Min-
nehaha county, was born at Watertown, New York, March 29, 1844.
He attended the city schools and worked on his father's farm until
he was twenty-one years of ag-e. On the 3d day of October, 1869, he
arrived in Dakota, and immediately commenced work as clerk in a
store at Yankton. In February, 1870, Colonel Allen, his uncle, then
residing- at Yankton, came to Sioux Falls and opened a store in the
south room of the barracks, and on the 2d day of June, of that ^^ear,
Mr. Walts arrived in Sioux Falls and became a clerk in this store.
The July following-, Mr. Allen was appointed postmaster at Sioux
Falls, and he appointed Mr. Walts his deputy. The post office prior
to this time had been in the old sutler's store, with Ed Broughton as
postmaster. Upon the appointment of Colonel Allen the office was
removed to his store, and Mr. Walts took charg-e of the office, keep-
ing the mail in a small case which he had fixed up. At that time
there was only one mail a week for Sioux Citv or Yankton, and none
from the north.

While deputy postmaster, Mr. Walts had quite an experience,
and one which he will always remember. He had sent out sev^eral
reg-istered letters containing- money, but the letters when received at
their destination had no money in them, and of this he was informed.
Soon aftjr, John B. Farry, a postal inspector, arrived in Sioux Falls.
He came for the purpose of having- Mr. Walts arrested, for it was be-
lieved at Washing-ton that he was the g-uilty one, as parties to whom
some of the letters had been addressed from which money had been
abstracted had sent the envelopes there, and there was no evidence
that they had been tampered with. The envelopes furnished by the
g-overnment for registered letters had a line drawn around one end
upon which was printed, "open at this end." The parties receiving-
the letters had cut off the end as directed, and had sent the balance
of the envelopes to the post office department at Washing-ton. Mean-
while Mr. Walts took the precaution to have John Bippus and Dr. Rob-
erts, who sent four reg-istered letters each the same day with money
enclosed, stand by and not only see the money put in the envelopes,
but the reg-istered letters put in the mail-bag-, and the bag* delivered to
the mail-carrier. The money in these letters did not reach their
destination. Mr. Walts, when he was informed of Mr. Farry's busi-
ness, had Dr. Roberts and Mr. Bippus meet him and relate the facts
in reg-ard to the mailing- of their reg-istered letters. This put a new
phase on the subject, and Mr. Farry concluded that he would hardly
be justified in having Mr. Walts arrested, althoug-h he convinced sev-

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