Thursday, September 25, 2014

Patrica Thomson Schmidt DHS1960 Died September 18, 2014 in Rapid City SD as Reported by Margaret Crary Sager DHS1961

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Carol (McCarroll) Perry DHS1961 died at age 71 in Orlando FL on July 21,02014 as reported by Margaret Crary Sager DHS1961

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Linda (Keehn) Maxwell DHS1966, Died in Belle Fourche at age 66 as reported by Margaret Crary Sager DHS1961


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Gerald L. Karns DHS1958, 75, Deadwood, SD, died Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital reported by Margaret Crary Segar DHS1961


Monday, May 19, 2014

10th Annual Galena Ghost Town Fundraiser June 14th, 2014

Come out and support the wonderful historic town of Galena on June 14th 2014.  

Walk, Learn, and Relive History.

Walk one to five miles of self guided trek, at your own pace

Photos and interpreters around town will tell you stories of our gold and silver mining camp.  

Plus a BBQ with live music at the 1882 Schoolhouse.

Poster by Lynn Borsch

Make your plans to attend this 10th Annual Event:

·        Ghost Town Fundraiser
·        Free Historic Walk
·        Music and BBQ
·        Vinegar Hill Cemetery

Remember DHS1918 Fred Borsh's "Tootsie" (1947 -1959) ?  Both Fred and Tootsie made the Deadwood Wall of Fame!

Award by the Deadwood Historical Preservation Commission

SEPTEMBER 12, 1900
NOVEMBER 2, 1981
Born at the turn of the century to some of the first pioneers in the Black Hills, Freddie Borsch held a number of occupations over the years, ranging from prospector and engineer to pilot and bartender. But it wasn't until his late 40s that Freddie found his most successful profession: coyote trainer.

Freddie grew up in Galena and attended high school in Deadwood, where he played baritone in the 1915 Deadwood High School band and basketball on the school team in 1918. By the 1920s he was working with his brother Chester in the Salt Creek oil fields in Wyoming, but the pair left for California in 1926 with dreams of making the first flight across the Atlantic. When the pair realized they didn't have the necessary funding, they joined the team led by Charles Lindberg. Freddie even helped push the Spirit of Saint Louis out of its hanger in San Diego just before Lindberg's landmark flight. By the time Freddie returned to Galena, the tiny town was on the brink of abandonment. He bought up most of the settlement in an effort to preserve it.

In 1947 Freddie adopted Tootsie, an abandoned coyote that he taught to sing tunes as she howled. Word quickly spread about the pair, who became regional celebrities. When the coyote was designated the official animal of South Dakota in 1949, Tootsie began to serve as the state's mascot. Tootsie recorded an album, South Dakota Tootsie, and went on a ten-state tour with Freddie.

Freddie and Tootsie remained active in the local community, regularly making appearances at Deadwood High School football games and homecoming events. On August 6, 1949 Governor George T. Mickelson declared Tootsie South Dakota's Official Animal at the Days of '76 - another of the coyote's favorite local events. She also served as the official symbol of Freddie's Spot Liquor store, which stood on the corner of Main and Lee Streets in Deadwood. The giant neon sign he commissioned in Tootsie's honor has been restored and can be seen today near the original location of the Spot.

Tootsie died in 1959 and was buried behind Freddie's cabin in Galena. Freddie, who became an expert in Galena's history, lived in the cabin until he died in 1981. It is now occupied by his niece.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Paul Michael Miller Sr. DHS1965 Died at Age 68 in Spearfish April 4, 2014 - Reported by Renee Sells Bertrand DHS1964

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Evelyn Faith (Lackey) Maynard DHS1969 Died at age 62 February 22, 2014 reports Sandy Smith Bittner


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ronald L. Chyba, 67, passed away on February 9 2014, in Lihue, Hawaii as reported by Janet Chyba Thoresen DHS1955

Monday, February 17, 2014

Josephine Faye (Parker) Zellmer passed away Februrary 9, 2014

Zellmer, Josephine 'Josie'
Oct 16, 1944 - Feb 9, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mary L. (Roebuck) McGovern DHS1960 died in IL at age 71 reports Bonnie (Roebuck) Huber DHS1954

Mary L. (Roebuck) McGovern
April 1, 1942 - December 19, 2013


Monday, February 10, 2014

Chan Biggs DHS1960 passed away in Montana February 8, 2014

Chan Biggs' Obituary 
1942 - 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Duane Palmer DHS1952 Passed Away in Idaho January 27,2014 at Age 80

Duane Palmer

 Friday, January 31, 2014
Mountain Home News

Friday, January 17, 2014

Reece Palmer DHS1954 Passed Away

Reece Spalding Palmer

November 22, 1936 - January 16, 2014

Obituary for Reece Spalding Palmer :