Aberdeen in Vintage Postcards by Tom Hayes, Mike Wiese

By Tom Hayes, Mike Wiese

Plotted and deliberate as a crossroads city alongside the constructing Milwaukee Railroad, Aberdeen, South Dakota was once first settled in 1881. With the coming of the railroad in 1882, Aberdeen flourished. It earned the nickname of Hub urban, serving as a railroad junction and agricultural heart. Aberdeen's skill to evolve to a altering economic system has ended in regular progress and has made it the 3rd biggest urban within the state.

Using greater than two hundred photos, authors Tom Hayes and Mike Wiese take the reader on a old travel of Aberdeen. Drawing on their significant postcard assortment, they inform the tale of this tight-knit neighborhood and the really good those who are an essential component of its heritage.

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This message still rings true today. A birds-eye view shows the wholesale district that developed along the tracks of the Milwaukee Railroad. Businesses that were built adjacent to the tracks shown in this view include the Aberdeen Roller Mill, which produced flour under the name Snow White. The mill could produce 200 barrels of flour a day. Also pictured is Jewett Bros. Wholesale Grocery, home of “Indian Girl” brand food products sold throughout the Dakotas and Montana. The Jewetts eventually expanded their business to include wholesale drugs and phased out their grocery line in the 1940s with the advent of grocery store chains.

When the first settlers arrived in Brown County, Dakota Territory, there was a small band of Indians roaming in the area lead by Drifting Goose, a leader of the Hunkpati band of the Sioux, who was chief from the 1850s until his death in 1909. Naturally he resisted settlements, but without resorting to bloodshed, and came to be regarded as a friend of the whites and pretty much went wherever he wanted to go. This map of South Dakota is from the State Series Collector cards from Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co.

The completed building was dedicated on October 19, 1926. The American Legion Sidney L. Smith Post Number 24 was organized in 1919 by World War I veterans and was named for the first Aberdonian to die in France. The group purchased the Lincoln Street lot left vacant after the moving of the Lincoln Hospital in 1940 and built this building. Today, this building serves as headquarters for the Native American Tea Company. Alonzo LaRue Ward came to Aberdeen in 1883 and started a small lunch counter on Main Street.

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