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

Two Sisters

Oh Pioneer, speak of your story, lest we forget.

 
 
Two Sisters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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
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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 1998 by Heritage Museum of Roberts County and the South Dakota Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 683.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sisseton SD 57262, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 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); Little Paul Mazakutemani (approx. 2 miles away); Marshall County South Dakota (approx. 2˝ miles away); Roberts County / Marshall County (approx. 2˝ miles away); Sieche Hollow (approx. 6.3 miles away); Stones from Log Flour Mill (approx. 6.3 miles away); Roberts County Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sisseton.
 
Two Sisters Marker Second in Order image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
2. Two Sisters Marker Second in Order
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2021. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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