Actors review Living History, Part 6, for Rotarians


By Peg Wunder –

On Monday, July 8, Lorraine Anderson and Leonard Linde gave a review to the Mobridge Rotary of the Living History, Part 6, which was presented on July 3 and 4 at the Mobridge Cemetery. Linde portrayed Dr. Francis Goodman and Anderson portrayed her grandmother, Clara Anderson. He commented that Goodman was an avid supporter of Mobridge just as Linde is an avid supporter of the Klein Museum. Each person attending the event received a copy of the poem written by Della Wright, a daring young newspaperwoman.  Her poem honored the city of Mobridge. Wright came to Mobridge in 1909 when the city was young and growing. She stayed only a few years and made a real impact.

Linde went on to add that Dr. Goodman bought the first lot in Mobridge for $715 and sold it later at a profit. Goodman also worked to help the Yellowstone Trail become recognized. At that time there was not a good road from Aberdeen to Mobridge. The concept was to recognize the need for a good highway to connect the two cities.  Goodman purchased lots, built 11 buildings on Main and speculated in oil being certain it existed here, but never struck it rich. Linde commented that he should have gone a little further to his home state of North Dakota. Dr. Goodman died in 1951 at the age of 83.

Lorraine Anderson talked about her grandmother, Clara Anderson. Clara and her two sisters came with their parents to Dakota Territory in 1889. Lorraine told how Julia had shoes so she went to school, came home and taught her sisters everything she had learned. Clara got a job cooking for a plowing crew. She was a good cook but was a tall lady and the cook shack was not tall enough for her. The crew wanted to keep her so they raised the roof of the cook shack.

She was fluent in both English and Norwegian and was good with numbers, making her a great clerk and telephone operator. She worked for the Anderson brothers in Glenham in their general store. In 1916 she married Gerhard and they had four sons and three daughters.  It was noted that the Anderson family gave the log cabin and display of toy trucks, tractors, etc. along with many other items to the Klein Museum a number of years ago.

The Living History series, which has been presented for six years, has showcased 30 people from the early days of Mobridge and has raised over $20,000. The annual budget for the Museum is $56,000.

The whole idea started with Marlys Jundt doing a walking tour of the cemetery for a reunion. She has written most of the histories that have been presented. Lorraine Anderson wrote the story about her grandmother, Clara Anderson.

The Museum would welcome ideas from people about pioneers who had a significant impact on the Mobridge area to be used in future series.

Linde recognized the hard work of Jim Curran, Bingo Kindt and Cud Cheskey who helped so much, especially in parking of cars.

The next project at the museum will be getting the settler’s cabin moved. The building is 15 feet by 15 feet and needs extensive repair.  It is planned that it will be in September. The cabin is built of large cottonwood logs that were trimmed to be square.

Vice President Duane Martin asked if there were any guests. Michele Harrison introduced her niece, Leah Harrison of Dallas, Texas, who is working in Mobridge for the summer.

Martin recognized that thank you notes had been received. Kayleigh Henderson thanked Rotary for supporting her for Girl’s State and Trace Rische thanked Rotary for supporting the Mobridge Boy Scouts.

John Badgley was not present to claim the 50/50 pot. Dr. Herb McClellan has the program next week. Shawn Madison of State Game Fish will present a program on the present status of fishing on Lake Oahe.  Rotary will meet on Monday at noon at the Moose Club.

 – Peg Wunder –












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