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Aberdeen in Brown County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse

 
 
F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, November 12, 2015
1. F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse Marker
Inscription. Two German language newspapers, Dakota Freie Press (DFP) and Neue Deutsche Presse (NDP), were located a short distance from here at 324 South Main St. Owner and editor, Friedrich Wilheim Sallet, emigrated from East Prussia and published DFP for Germans from Russia with NDP for Reich Germans. Aberdeen was a hub for both groups. Begun in 1874 in Yankton, the DFP was purchased by Sallet in 1905 and moved to Aberdeen in 1909.

The DFP was "the oldest and most widely distributed newspaper for Germans from Russia in the world." It claimed to have subscribers in 1,500 communities on four continents. Sallet used the DFP as headquarters for a relief department which sent packages to famished Soviet villages in 1921 and four shiploads of dairy cows to supply milk to German orphanages. The DPF carried columns for people seeking addresses of "lost" individuals, operated as a clearing house on land and immigration, and in 1924 became the first U.S. paper allowed re-entry into the Soviet Union.

Wrongly suspected of being pro-German, Sallet and his NDP editor, J.F. Paul Gross, were arrested in 1918 and charged for not filing English translations of two articles with the post office. Following the trial, Gross was interned in Georgia while Sallet paid a fine and legal costs. Sallet was defended by Dorothy Rehfeld, the first female attorney

F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse Marker (Back) image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, November 12, 2015
2. F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse Marker (Back)
to practice in S.D. The NDP ceased publication in January 1918. In 1920, the DFP moved to Minnesota and continued until 1954. After Sallet's death in 1932 his nephew (Dr. Richard Sallet) became editor.

Aberdeen Chapter, GRHS
Dr. Harry A. Delker, President
Board of Directors
Jacob Binfet.........Mike Heier
Erwin Eichelberg.........T.J. "Bud" Schaffer
Ben Feickert.........Cathy Schatz
Marvin Warns..........
Contributors
Father William Sherman..........Ann Roesch Larson
Dr. La Vern J. Rippley..........Fred Roesch
Aberdeen American News..........The Kesslers
Lust Chevrolet - Buick..........
Text by Text by Dr. La Vern J. Rippley St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.

 
Erected by Erected 1990 by the Aberdeen Chapter, Deutscher Kultur Verein of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS), the South Dakota State Historical Society and the State Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 45° 26.692′ N, 98° 28.776′ W. Marker is in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in Brown County. Marker is on Melgaard Rd., on the right when traveling west
Marker in the distance image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, November 23, 2015
3. Marker in the distance
. Click for map. This marker is located on the edge of Melgaard Park. Park at the playground and walk over. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 East Melgaard Rd., Aberdeen SD 57401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Andrew Melgaard (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); GROW! Aberdeen, SD - Absolutely! Aberdeen (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Great Northern Railroad Depot (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bath, South Dakota (approx. 7.4 miles away); Stratford Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.2 miles away); Columbia (approx. 13.8 miles away); John Mansfield (approx. 14.5 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.   3. submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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