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Sisseton in Roberts County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Two Sisters

 
 
Two Sisters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
1. Two Sisters Marker
Inscription. On a pleasant winter day, January 6, 1903, Knut Throndson, an 1892 homesteader from Hellingdal, Norway, decided to visit his closest neighbors, Tobias and Bertha Herigstad, who lived less than a quarter mile east of this spot. Knut's wife, Caroline, remained at home with three small children, while the older daughters Theoline Age 13, and Menne, age 15, accompanied their father on the sleigh. Returning home late in the day, they were caught in a sudden blizzard. The sled runner hit a rock and broke. Knut unhitched the team from the sleigh and told each daughter to hold the horse's tails as he held the reins of the team. They struggled through the blinding storm.

Arriving home, the father discovered both his daughters missing. He ran back to his neighbor's homestead, shouting their names all the way. Knut and Tobias searched frantically all night in the storm. When daylight came they found the frozen bodies of Theoline and Menne four hundred yards from Tobias Herrigstad's home.

Over the past 100 years of Herigstad Pass history, other travelers have recited many fortunate stories of being rescued from winter storms on the Coteau des Prairies by the hospitality of the Herigstad family. The tragic legacy of the Two Sisters lives on, reminding travelers to be prepared for winter storms.
 
Erected

Two Sisters Marker Second in Order image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
2. Two Sisters Marker Second in Order
1998 by Heritage Museum of Roberts County and the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 45° 39.583′ N, 97° 10.74′ W. Marker is in Sisseton, South Dakota, in Roberts County. Marker is on State Highway 10 0.3 miles east of 451st Ave., on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sisseton SD 57262, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Brothers (a few steps from this marker); Two Companions (a few steps from this marker); Marshall County South Dakota (approx. 2.5 miles away).
 
Categories. DisastersSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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