Professional Women of 1909, Part 3

This is Part 3 of my series to research the women who were listed in the 1909 business directory for Sioux Falls.  The research for these five proved thin, at least based on what I can do in this initial foray.  It makes me think, if the paper trail is so slight, how close are they to being forgotten…

Mrs. Jane Kelso

Mrs. Kelso was listed in the 1909 business directory as running a restaurant.  I unfortunately cannot find much about her.  In 1907-1909, Sarah Jane Kelso worked as a cook at 423 N. Phillips Ave., where she also lived, and the city directories note that she was a black woman [Sioux Falls City Directories (Polk-Avery Directory Co., 1907), 186 and (1909), 156].  In 1910, she ran a restaurant in a rooming house at 321 N. Phillips [Sioux Falls City Directory (Polk-Avery Directory Co., 1910), 352; Thirteenth Census of the United States, Enumeration District #334 (April 26, 1910), sheet 7A].  She was not listed in the 1911 directory.

Sarah Jane Kelso was born in Kentucky in 1840 [1910 census].  In the 1910 census, it also noted that her father was born in Virginia and her mother in Tennessee, that her daughter Rebecca lived with her (although she was listed as single), and that Sarah Jane could not read or write.  I do not know if she was enslaved or free as a young woman.  Slavery was legal in Kentucky until the 13th Amendment was adopted in 1865 (“Slavery Laws in Old Kentucky,” on Kentucky History walking tour site).


Mrs. Hattie Kopelean

The 1909 business directory listed that Mrs. Kopelean rented rooms.  In the 1909-1912 city directories, she is listed without profession as the widow of Henry Koplean [Sioux Falls City Directory (Polk-Avery Directory Co., 1909), 162, (1910), 168, and (1912), 201].   In the 1910 census, she was listed with her nephew Archie Le Roy, who worked for the railroad, and her occupation was listed as nurse [Thirteenth Census of the United States, Enumeration District #345 (April 16, 1910), sheet 2B].  She was born in 1862 in Minnesota to Yankee parents and had three surviving children [1910 census].

She did manage a rooming house at 412 S. Main for a time from 1920 to 1930 [Sioux Falls City Directory (1922), 444, (1926), 212 and (1927), 192; Fourteenth Census of the United States, E.D. #197 (January 1920), sheet 4B; Fifteenth Census of the United States, E.D. #50-39 (April 2, 1930), sheet 1A].  There is now a parking garage where 412 S. Main was located.  No occupation was listed with her name in directories for 1931-1932, 1937, 1945, or 1950 [city directories].  She died in 1950 and was buried at Hills of Rest Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux Falls [“Hattie Koplean,” Find-a-Grave website].


Miss Mayme E. Larson

The 1909 business directory lists millinery as Miss Larson’s occupation.  Mayme (or Mamie) had a shop at 115 S Main Ave., at least from 1904 to 1911 [Sioux Falls City Directory (1904), 135, (1906), 134, (1909), 166, (1910), 173 and (1911), 450].  It was advertised as a Parisian millinery of the newest styles and best quality [1909 city directory].  In 1913, she married Dr. Charles C. Wallingford and they moved to Nebraska [Western Medical Review 18 (August 1913), 426 – on Google Books].


Mrs. J.T. Lee

Mrs. Lee was listed in 1909 as a milliner as well.  Mary Hustad was born in 1852 in Norway.  She immigrated to the U.S. in 1870, married a man named Holmes, and then married widower John T. Lee in about 1885 [Thirteenth U.S. Census, E.D. #346 (April 16, 1910), sheet 3A; G.W. Kingsbury, South Dakota: Its History and its People (1915), 1119 (photo on pg. 1118].  She and her husband lived on a farm in Split Rock Township, then in Brandon in 1890-1900 [Sioux Falls City and Minnehaha County Directory (1900), 272; D.R. Bailey, History of Minnehaha County (1899), 816 (photo on pg. 818)].  By 1904, they had moved to Sioux Falls, and Mary had opened a millinery shop at 114 W. 9th – 133 N. Phillips next to the Sioux Falls National Bank [Sioux Falls City Directory (1904), 136, (1906), 135, (1911), 203, (1913), 479; Kingsbury, South Dakota, 1119].  By 1915, she had formed a partnership with employee Petra Salzer at the same location [Sioux Falls City Directory (1909), 234, (1911), 283, (1915), 245 and (1917), 368].  In 1918, Salzer took over management of the business [Sioux Falls City Directory (1918), 389].

John T. Lee was a town clerk, postmaster, and served on the county commission from 1892 to 1899, and chairman starting in 1893 [Bailey, History of Minnehaha County, 67, 816].  He then worked as a farmer, merchant (Lee & Brusveen in Brandon), county treasurer, grain dealer, and later managed a lumber yard [Bailey, 807, 816; Sioux Falls City Directory (1906), 135 and (1911), 203; Fourteenth U.S. Census, E.D. #196 (January 1920), 8B].

Mary died in 1921 (or 1924?) and was buried in Brandon [“Mary Lee,” Find-a-Grave website; Sioux Falls City Directory (1923), 218].


Mrs. A.B. Luck

In the 1909 business directory, Mrs. Luck is listed as renting rooms.  Annie Luck was born in 1865 in Illinois to parents from Kentucky [Twelfth U.S. Census, E.D. #260 (June 1900), sheet 3].  A widow in 1898, she rented furnished rooms at 104 S. Main Ave. [Sioux Falls City Directory (1898), 134, 432].  In 1900, her occupation in the census was give as charwoman [1900 census].  In 1904, she was a landlady at the Dakotah Block [Sioux Falls City Directory (1904), 142].  From 1906 to 1918, she was the landlady for the rooms in the YMCA block [Sioux Falls City Directory (1906), 141, (1911), 432, (1913), 462, (1916), 567, (1918), 284].

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