Clark SD, Home of Potato Days, featuring World Famous Mashed Potato Wrestling!



NW corner of NE4- 21-116-59
Platted – A-46
No Survey – Taken from Burial Cards
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Updated 7-18-2012

The Logan Cemetery originated back in the late 1800's. The graves were marked with white wooden markers. All of them have rotted away and have been lost. We know that there were many people buried here that we do not have a record of. Records that we do have are as follows:

Armstrong, William - 1857/1-19-1892 – Lot 86, An early pioneer settler, age 35.

Barber, Richard F. (Lieut.) – 1824/ - Lot 85- Step-father of Mrs. Baker of Raymond. Civil War Vet. Co. G, 12 USCI-1862.
Barber, Charlotte - 1849/1921 – Lot 84 - Wife, of Lt. Barber, Mother of Mrs. Baker of Raymond. Charlotte and daughter Mary came here from Chicago where the Barbers married. Lived in a sod house which was located south of the Bert Smith place. A few trees remain to mark the spot.
Babcock, Betty - Lived on the Franzen place. Family moved away in 1898.
Baker, Frieda - Tiny baby of Mrs. Mary Baker
Barber, Baby Girl – young baby of R.F and Barbara Barber.
Bertan, G.R. - A pioneer who built a home near the Cagley place. Married and raised a family here
Bishop, Zene –
Briggs, Sally - /1-22-1892 – Lor 104 - A pioneer wife, age 72.
Board, Chester - A baby of Dick Board's. Moved later to near Carpenter.
Boyd, Lester - A boy 16 or 18 who worked for Charlie Cole who lived on Art Payne's place where Kent Twaddle now lives. One August morning, while putting the horses in the barn, one kicked him and killed him instantly. His mother and sister lived in Illinois. His father was dead and his mother remarried. His sister came, but Lester had been buried by this time.

Cox, Annie – 4-17-1833/2-24-1902 – Lot 113 -Wife of Capt. Wm Cox. Born at Hatfield, Sussex, England. Husband died in the Civil War. She was a relative of the Hudsons.

Doane, May -
Driver, Harry and Willie - Lot 16 - Brothers, who were doing the evening chores when the blizzard of 1888 came up. They went to round up cattle and were lost in the blizzard, on hill one mile west of Logan School. There is nothing left there now except a shed. They were just young boys.

Holten, Hazel A. - An early settler.
Hudson, Edmund-Pioneer who lived in a houseacross the road west of the Hugh Thompson place.
Hudson, Susan - /7-2-1881- Lot 128. Age 70 years

Schlagel, John - Father of Fred Schlagel. Buried in Lot 177
Schmidt, Baby Girl - Kathryn Sasse's sister.
Schmidt, Irene-3/14/1897- 3/13/1911 –Lot 153-Sister of Mrs.Anna Schlagel and Mrs.Harold Cook.
Schrader, I.A. - Old Settler.
Smith, Baby Tilford – Baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Geno Smith. Later moved to Clark Cemetery.
Stenning, Joseph - 2/11/1896-8/18/1896 - Lot 79
Stone, Mrs.William -Mother of Billy Stone. Ill for a long time. Lived on Geo Bethke farm.
Strong - An old Settler who farmed here. Father of Charles Strong.
Strong, Charles – Homesteaded in Fordham Township
Sutton, F.R. - The Sutton boys went to school with Mrs. Baker, (a former Raymond Resident).

Warner, Allie – Parents were Mr and Mrs Addison Warner
Warner, Mr and Mrs. –

Zenus, Bishop

Reminiscing by Mrs. Oscar Foiles

Looking out the window during the noted blizzard of 1888. 1 could get an occasional glimpse of a little tree growing near the house. During this blizzard my father nearly missed the house-stumbling against the rain barrel at the corner of the house-as he came in from the barn.

I started to school when about 7 years old, and my first course was to learn to speak English. My parents used the Swedish language. When I was about 11, my mother was stricken with paralysis which left her an invalid for 25 years. As I became older I helped with the home work in addition to my school work.

One day as I was going to school at noon, having helped with the family wash, I noticed a heavy smoke from the southeast which seemed to be rising rapidly. This proved to be a prairie fire which had started near Willow Lake. The teacher, Miss Alta Mathews, if I remember right, took us all out to a plowed field. Some of the older boys guarded the school house and barn. All buildings on Mrs. Twaddle's place burned except the house. This is the place where Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Graves now own. All buildings across the road and south of the school house burned. The barn on the Eric Nelson place burned also-the place known now as the George Franzen place. The fire was stopped after it reached the railroad between Clark and Raymond. Two of the older boys who guarded the school were Vivian Morser and Hugh Twaddle.

Among early neighbors were Phil Henry, Jud Edwards, the Morser family and the Twaddles. I well remember seeing Mrs. Twaddle taking her family to Raymond to church in a wagon drawn by oxen.

During the 1890's there was quite a Jewish settlement here. They lived in several places, that earlier settlers had abandoned. After living on a homestead 5 years one could claim a deed, and they secured a loan, which many did, and considered their land sold, so deserted it.

One family one mile south of us had a large family and six or seven came to our school, and 1 remember the good times we had.

They observed Saturday as Sunday and I remember seeing them walk by on the Sabbath they would fall prostrate on the ground after going a certain distance, then do it again, until arriving at their destination. They had a resident priest or rabbi, who also butchered the animals needed for meat, which was considered unclean if butchered by anyone else. The rabbi also settled their troubles or disagreement when they arose.

In 1908, I was married to Oscar Foiles and we settled on our present farm where we lived until December, 1957 when we moved to this farm.

Notes from Byron Wolverton

Mr. Byron Wolverton worked for the Tomlins when a small boy. He also herded cattle in this area. Farmers would put their cattle together and hire a boy to herd them, taking them out over a two or three mile area during the day and bringing them home to the corral at night, the employer furnished a horse and the wages were $10.00 a month.

Mr. Wolverton remembers that when he first learned to write his address, it was Doland, Dakota Territory.

A Logan Methodist Church was built in 1910 by the people of the Community and served this area for many years.

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Clark County

Excerpt from Huronite Paper

Clark County had a most meager and inauspicious beginning. Created in 1873, the county was not, formally organized until May, 1981, when several residents gathered at the Clark House, a small roadside hotel, and selected officers. First seat of government was the dining room of the hotel. One desk served all county officials.

Two Englishman were the County's first settlers in 1878. They were John Bailey and Joseph Woodland. They built sod huts and filed claims near a body of water since known as Bailey's Lake. Next to arrive was Michael Kelly of New York who opened a hostelry called the Halfway House, so named because of its location between Watertown and Redfield.

History reports that the town of Clark, first known as Clark Centre, came into being in 1882, with arrival of the railroad, a newspaper, the Clark Pilot; two bands; three hotels and four attorneys gave the town a busy and prosperous atmosphere during its founding days. One of the lawyers, S.H. Elrod, became governor from 1905 to 1907 and, Carl G. Sherwood served as chief justice of the State Supreme Court.

New Courthouse

Clark County's present imposing courthouse was built in 1935, replacing the original structure of 1888. Clark's population is pushing toward the 1,500 mark and the city has excellent park and recreational facilities.

A young man named Alex Johnson, who as youth was a telegrapher in the boxcar depot at Raymond, founded that town. He later became vice president of the Chicago and North Western Railway. The Alex Johnson Hotel in Rapid City was named after him.