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 lives.
Erected 1998 by Heritage Museum of Roberts County and the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 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); Marshall County South Dakota (approx. 2½ miles away); Sieche Hollow (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Continental Divide (approx. 13.2 miles away); Veblen, South Dakota World War I & II Veterans Memorial (approx. 14.9 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.