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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.
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Midland, at one time, boasted an orchestra, and for many years, a
band, under the direction of V . L . Ferguson .
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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.
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A ibVI'6lW7, . . .
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.
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