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

Two Companions

Two Companions Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
1. Two Companions Marker
Inscription.  The Dakota winter of 1937 stretched out too long for farm boys Charles Almos and Clayton Week. They lived with their parents on the Coteau des Prairies eight and ten miles west of Sisseton. During their high school years, the boys shared room and board in town.

For over a month, snowdrifts the height of telephone poles blocked Highway 10 west of town leaving little hope for the boys to get home for a weekend with their families. One Friday the invincible, yet lonesome, lads started out on foot towards home. After four miles of breaking through drifts they were cold and exhausted. All they could think of was lying down to rest.

By now they had reached the coteau where winds racing along the hillsides whip the snow into unexpected blizzards. Sensing the danger of losing their way in the storm, the boys prodded each other along through the stinging snow. Good fortune lead them to the homestead of Tobias and Bertha Herigstad where they received food and warm beds until they could be picked up by their parents. With grateful hearts the boys grew to manhood, ever acknowledging the hospitality of the Herigstad's which saved their
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Erected 1998 by Heritage Museum of Roberts County and the South Dakota Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 681.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
Location. 45° 39.584′ N, 97° 10.747′ 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 Sisters (a few steps from this marker); Two Brothers (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. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sisseton.
Two Companions Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
2. Two Companions Marker
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 360 times since then and 47 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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