Tales of Two Doctors

One of the quiet places I’ve found to walk during the current Covid-19 pandemic is Riverside Cemetery in Pierre. On a recent visit, I noticed two doctors who both passed away in October 1918. Knowing that was in the depths of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic’s second wave, I thought I’d research their lives and see what their stories were. Surprisingly, from one brief news item in April 1918, I think they shared an office suite, before both passed away a few months later less than two weeks apart. Dr. Youngs did die from complications following influenza, but Dr. Simm died of pneumonia while in military training in Georgia.

A road in the older sections of Riverside cemetery, photo by author, April 2020.
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Journalist Suffragists in South Dakota

A number of South Dakota suffragists were connected to the newspaper industry, as owners, co-owners, editors, writers, or suffrage campaign press/publicity chairs. Following are extracts from my biography pages for these women and men, so we can look at this group of professional and amateur people of the press —

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Fascinating People from Suffrage Research, part 1

So as I’m doing biographical research on people connected to the suffrage movement in South Dakota, there are quite a few that had lives that I found quite fascinating, apart of their suffrage connections. Some, I’ve written about before, like Laura Alderman, The Queen of Orchardists and Kate Boyles Bingham. Here are some other highlights from the biographies I’ve done so far…


From the Biographies of Women’s Suffrage – A page (more and source links on the Bio pages):

James C. Adams (1842-1902) of Webster SD was born in Virginia, and came to Iowa with his parents, where his father was a doctor. Having served in the Illinois 41st infantry regiment of the Union Army during the Civil War, he then went to Mississippi to publish a newspaper with Republican politics—the party of Lincoln. He faced harassment by the KKK and eventually left Mississippi. He went then to Iowa and came to Webster in 1883. He married Irene Drake Galloway in 1887. In 1891, he was appointed to chair the commission that negotiated the opening of unallotted lands on the Yankton Reservation for white settlement.

Ida M. Anding McNeil (1888-1974) of Pierre was chief clerk and then legislative reference librarian of the state historical department in Pierre from 1906 until 1921. In 1927, she received a commercial license for KGFX radio, having started by broadcasting to her rail conductor husband on an amateur radio. She ran the station until 1962. More; Rosemary Evetts, “Dakota Images: Ida Anding McNeil,” South Dakota History 11(2) (1981).

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Socialism and Suffrage in SoDak

Several Socialist leaders came to South Dakota to campaign for suffrage, and equal suffrage was supported by South Dakota socialists in the 1910s.


Visiting Lecturers and Organizers

In 1898, Ida Crouch-Hazlett (c1870-1941) toured South Dakota for the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), but soon after, in 1902, became a prominent organizer and lecturer for the Socialist Party of America. Revealing some of her opinion of class hierarchies, it was reported that she said “that active opposition to the movement has ceased in the state except among classes that have everything to fear from upward social movements” [Turner County Herald (Hurley SD), September 22, 1898The Herald-Advance (Milbank SD)September 23, 1898; et al.]. She spoke often on suffrage as well as Social Reforms [Black Hills Union (Rapid City SD), July 29, 1898; Mitchell Capital (SD), October 7, 1898].

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Visit to “The Right is Ours: Women Win the Vote” at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre

The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center opened their suffrage history exhibit in mid-November, a couple weeks ago, in their Observation Gallery space–upstairs from the back of their permanent exhibit hall. The center panels are organized by theme, there are some interactive opportunities, profiles of suffragists in lighted panels, and a video on a loop about the national story. Bonus, quality bunting work 🙂

Building the Capitol in Pierre

Was back again in the South Dakota Digital Archives (from the State Archives) and noticed that there are several photographs up that were taken during the construction of the state capitol building in Pierre—so sometime between 1905 and 1910. It’s so cool to have construction photos of any building, but it makes sense that even at that early date, there were photographers watching the progress of a state capitol. I noted some of the things I see in the photographs. What do you see?

Photo by author, 2017
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2019 South Dakota State History Conference

Just saw the description of the keynote for this year’s upcoming state history conference on their Facebook event page. The conference will be put on by the South Dakota State Historical Society, in Pierre, April 26-27, 2019.

Keynote Address – “At Your Fingertips: South Dakota History Through Historic Newspapers and More at the Library of Congress” with Deborah Thomas. Deborah Thomas from the Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress will share about the historic South Dakota newspapers in Chronicling America, as well as other digital collections at the Library of Congress that feature South Dakota content.

As is surely known by anyone who has followed this page, or has read almost anything on the page, I LOVE Chronicling America to a nearly unhealthy degree. I’m super-psyched for this year’s history conference!

Find out more information about the conference, including registration information on the SDSHS Conference website, here.