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 middle. Aberdeen's skill to evolve to a altering economic system has resulted in regular progress and has made it the 3rd greatest urban within the state.
Using greater than two hundred photographs, authors Tom Hayes and Mike Wiese take the reader on a historical journey of Aberdeen. Drawing on their tremendous postcard assortment, they inform the tale of this tight-knit group and the exceptional those people who are an essential component of its historical past.
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The Rev. J. Parsons was the pastor. The church’s new building is on Melgaard Road and this is now a parking lot for the South Dakota Wheat Growers. This c. 1910 real photo postcard shows a front view of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 20 Sixth Avenue SE. This c. 1910 view was taken from the east and features the Rev. W. Hyslops parsonage next to his church. This is a c. 1908 postcard of the original Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and South Kline Street. An earlier city directory erroneously had this church listed on the north side of town.
N. Jewett’s of Jewett Wholesale Grocery, residence. In 1902, the Gottschalk Opera House opened and was declared to be one of the best playhouses west of the Mississippi River with seating for nearly 1,000. The acoustic properties were perfect and the stage was larger than many twin city theaters. It allowed the use of very large scenery props used in the most ambitious plays. ” On July 20, 1910, Aberdeen’s fine opera house and several adjoining businesses were destroyed by fire with losses totaling $120,000.
In 1955, it became just a junior high school when Simmons Elementary was opened one block south. It was named after John C. Simmons, an Aberdeen pioneer who came here in 1882. He donated the land that the school and Simmons Field now sit on, and by having a school in this area, it helped develop the other land Mr. Simmons owned around it. The Catholic School was built on the northeast corner of Arch Street and Third Avenue SE. C. Lamont and Isaac Lincoln. It is still in use today as a Catholic Middle School.
Aberdeen in Vintage Postcards by Tom Hayes, Mike Wiese