F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse
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
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 Touch 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. 14½ miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. 3. submitted on November 23, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.