Midland High School - Viking Yearbook (Midland, SD)

 - Class of 1959

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Page 55 text:

ln the very early days there were no churches and pioneers worshiped in their own homes in the way which best met their particular need . The Presbyterian Church, now the Lutheran Church, was completed in 1906 and a few years later the Catholic Church was built. In I948 the Open Bible Church was established . A Methodist congregation also had a build- ing below the school hill. Reverend Weiruch, Ft. Pierre, was the pastor for many years. Reverend Tell was another early minister ofthe Presbyterian Church . A pioneer Sunday School superintendent, Mrs. A . Beiler, inspired many a youth with Christian ideals. Those recognizable in the photo are: Milbum Fose, George Taggart, Frank Dinsmore, George Minard, Mrs. Beiler, Oscar Lane, Forrest Buchanan, Ronald Robertson, Cecil Fose, Glen McCracken, Burton Beiler, Hall Snow, Roy Abrahamson, George Anderson, Wulf Reinschmidt, Unidentified, Melvin Ravenscroft, Gale Fose. The scene of much of Midland's school and community life was the "Opera House" constructed in about 1908 at the approximate site of the present Irene Long home. Echoing voices of the past, this building held memories of home talent plays, dances, movies, bazaars, Christmas programs featuring the huge community tree, high school basketball contests, proms, dramatic pro- ductions, and graduation exercises. Destroyed by fire in l926, the loss was keenly felt, For students and community were deprived of a meeting place until the present Legion Building was erected in l929. iolfwem .... dozifcfkr ZLAQ fizfnre. Midland, at one time, boasted an orchestra, and for many years, a band, under the direction of V . L . Ferguson .

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Q.. l 3 A symbol of those early days were the cowboys, many of whom are well known. They became members of our present community. Of these rugged individuals, Mrs. Emily Hall wrote in her account, "l found them to be the most generous and kind hearted class of people I have met." Mrs. Bastion, early hotel owner in this area, gives almost the same opinion. These cowboys rode the range and took part in the spring and fall roundups. Tom Jones was one of the very early foreman of the wagons. Many an evening was spent around the campfire after a meal prepared by the chuck wagon cook . Through the severe blizzards, droughts, floods, and prairie fires, these hardy pioneers continued to live, laugh, and share their sorrows. Many memories of those days are still alive in the hearts and minds of our people. Although Midland was named in l89O, it really had its start in the fall of 1906 when, on December 16, the railroad was extended from Pierre. This began the homestead caval- cade which lasted until l9ll when one of the driest yeals in the history of the west river hit the country and sent many back east. In about T919 much of the north side of main street was destroyed by fire. These buildings were later replaced by the C . E . Murray Store and the Legion Hall. Arriving on that first train was Julia Talledge, still a resident of Midland. Julia worked in the Nationcil Bank for many years, and since has held positions at the state capitol at Pierre and county offices in Philip. :. 'iw



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A ibVI'6lW7, . . . 2l'C'0lf1fl05 Ha K There were no schools of any kind in the country. ln 1904, Mrs. Bastion, who lived east across Mitchell Creek taught Hazel Jones, and in 1905 and '06, Grace and Ruth Russell were also included in this private school. In September of 1906, a regular teacher was secured and school was held in a building located where the Masonic Temple now stands. Miss Ball continued to teach this second term. In 1908, the school was moved to a building called the Hanson Hall located iust south of the Stroppel Hotel at the present site of the Joy garage . Miss Nina Duryea and Mrs. Schroder taught this school. Work had begun on the present structure which was completed in 1909. Classes first met in this build- ing in the Fall of 1910 with 53 pupils enrolled For the first session . Prof. Hanson was the first superintendent and Gladys Hall the first principal. The photo shows the first high school, during the term of September 1912 to May 1913. This included grades 9, 10, and 11 . There was no graduating class until 1914. 52 1 s

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