History

Buildings

Pioneer Buildings

I saw this picture pop up on Facebook a few weeks back. The author of the post said it was from Aberdeen. But it didn’t… Read more »


Period Perfect

Jamin Krause is a hard worker. He works two to three jobs on a regular basis to earn money. Not for a car collection, not… Read more »


Area Businesses Remodel 1930s Building

ABERDEEN, S.D. – An Aberdeen classic has fallen into capable hands. 21 North Main Street was first the site of a John Morrell meatpacking plant built in… Read more »


The William Bickelhaupt House

Built to host society parties in 1905, this historic home in south Aberdeen is still in pristine condition today. It is our desire to include… Read more »

People

Making a Mark

I first met with Herschel and Bea Premack for this story a week after the Jewish holiday of Passover. Typically, all families in the congregation are… Read more »


The March to Tame Polio

Virtually unheard of today, polio once struck fear into American parents. Even though the disease affected relatively few people—its worst year … 150 million people—it… Read more »


The Legacy of Senator James Kyle

Imagine a hot, 1890 Fourth of July political rally. All the gentlemen in their coats, ties, and hats; women in their petticoats, corsets, and hats.… Read more »


A Way to Keep Serving

If you had strolled past Aberdeen City Hall in 1919, you would have seen our first American Legion members setting up their original headquarters. “Setting… Read more »

Businesses

Manufacturing Opportunities

“I never imagined that I would work at DemKota,” recalled Marketing and Customer Service Manager Richelle Braun.  “Then, I went on a tour of the… Read more »


The Heart of Palm Garden

Situated on the corner of Third Street and Sixth Avenue South West is the Palm Garden Cafe and Chocolate Shoppe. The building is painted a… Read more »


The Telephone Genius

How John Zietlow built a multimillion-dollar telecommunication company in Aberdeen John L.W. Zietlow was born in Greotzien, Germany, on December 8, 1850, the son of… Read more »


A Slice of History; Lu’s Pizza

Viva! Lu’s Pizza Twenty-four years ago, a restaurant in Aberdeen closed that still so tantalizes its patrons they’ve flocked to rare opportunities to re-experience the tastes… Read more »

Early History

Happy Birthday Aberdeen! Established 1881? 1880? 1882? 1883?

Most people haven’t noticed that 2021 is Aberdeen’s 140th birthyear. Previously we have celebrated the Golden Jubilee (1931, 50 years), the Diamond Jubilee (1956, 75… Read more »


Between Pandemics

By now, most of you have heard the incredible story of how the Presentation Sisters conceived a strategy to move a four-story brick building from… Read more »


The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round ‘Til They Fall Off

Public Transportation in Aberdeen. For about Aberdeen’s first 70 years, there was a lot of interest in private public transportation—that is, moving many people within… Read more »


‘Nuff Said: Reedy Fossum And The Heyday Of Smittys Baseball

Seeing what could be a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” a generation of Smittys baseball players will descend on Aberdeen this summer for a reunion… Read more »

History