“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Ortley in Roberts County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Roberts County / Day County South Dakota

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Roberts County South Dakota Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 5, 2015
1. Roberts County South Dakota Marker

Roberts County
Long the home of Sisseton, Wahpeton & Cuthead Yanktonaise Sioux, it became part of Deuel & Cheyenne Counties in 1862; Deuel extending N to 46th parallel (4 miles N) in 1872. The Reservation extending S to Lake Kampeska in a giant flatiron was established in 1867. Grant County included the part SE of the Reservation from 1873 to 1883, when Roberts County, named for S.G. Roberts, Territorial Councilman of Fargo, was created. Org. Aug. 6, 1883 by Frederick Dittes, Charles Crissey, Indian Agent and Reuben R. Hall, at Dittes’ Residence, Travare 2 miles SW of Browns Valley was named county seat. In 1884 Wilmot won the election but, losing two court actions, stole the records and it was named by 1885 legislature as county seat. It in turn lost an election in 1898 to Sisseton who, fearing court action, in turn stole the records again to win approval in the 1900 election. White settlement on the Reservation came in 1892 and the railroad to Sisseton in 1893. Post offices were: Sisseton Agency, 1872; Wilmot, 1881; White Rock, 1885; Corona, 1886; Summit, Sisseton and Effington in 1892. Rosholt, Victor, Hammer, Claire City,
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1914, when the Soo Line entered the county. With great historical background (see giant map of Sisseton) many lakes, wonderful vistas from its high coteau, a picturesque and fruitful countryside, Roberts County welcomes you.

Day County
Created west of the Sisseton Reservation Line, surveyed in 1869; from Greeley (South) and Stone (North) so named in 1873; by the Legislature of 1879; it was named for Merritt H. Day of Turner County, a member. Before that, its area had been in a Gigantic Hanson County (1870). Its first white resident was Francis Rondelle, a trader, in the area as early as 1868 and who was located by Horace J. Austin, surveyor, living 2 miles west of present Waubay in October, 1877. Earl P. Owen settled near Minnewaste Lake in April 1877 and was Postmaster at Waubay, at the east end of Waubay Lake on November 3rd, 1879. In 1880, the Milwaukee, pushing in from the east, had its first train into Webster City, on J.P. Webster’s homestead, on October 27th. The Reporter & Farmer started in September, 1881 and on January 2nd, 1882, Charles Warner, Lansing Sykes and George Bryant, as County Commissioners, organized by Day County and named Webster county seat. The present area of the Reservation Line was added in 1883 and its southern tier of townships taken from Clark and became part of Day in 1885. Located in the main, on the High Coteau, its Lakes Pickerel,
Day County South Dakota Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 5, 2015
2. Day County South Dakota Marker
long and deep, Enemy Swim, Blue Dog, Waubay, and 13 lesser but sizeable lakes abound in fish and waterfowl; and its richly grassed uplands supply cover for other game birds, make the county a Sportsman’s paradise.
Erected 1959 by Roberts County Commissioners Hull, Christofferson, Helgeson, Dybdahl, and Dickenson; State Bank of Waubay. (Marker Number 258.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 6, 1883.
Location. 45° 20.13′ N, 97° 13.305′ W. Marker is near Ortley, South Dakota, in Roberts County. Marker is on U.S. 12, ¾ mile west of 450th Ave., on the right when traveling east. This marker is located on the border of Roberts and Day counties. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ortley SD 57256, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chief Bluedog (approx. 7.1 miles away); Waubay Wetland Management District (approx. 7.9 miles away); Waubay National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 7.9 miles away); a different marker also named Waubay National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 8 miles away);
Roberts County / Day County South Dakota Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 5, 2015
3. Roberts County / Day County South Dakota Marker
Changes on the Land (approx. 8 miles away); Potholes and Prairie (approx. 8.1 miles away); Saving Men and Beasts (approx. 8.1 miles away); A Room with a View (approx. 8.1 miles away).
Also see . . .  Roberts County South Dakota Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 10, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
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 571 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2021. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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