Hon. Nicholas T. Lowthian, a distinguished pioneer of Grant County, played a vital role in the industrial and civic development of the state. Born in Ontario in 1840, Lowthian overcame early tragedy and embraced a life of service. After military service in the Civil War, he established himself as a successful farmer in Minnesota before settling in South Dakota. A devoted Republican, Lowthian held various public offices and contributed significantly to education. Married to Susan Beighley, he raised three children while also adopting two more. Now retired in Milbank, Lowthian remains connected to his farming interests and enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a respected figure in his community.
George D. Stelle, one of the prominent and popular farmers and pioneers of Spink County, is one of the brave “boys in blue” who went forth in defense of the Union when its integrity was in jeopardy through the armed rebellion of the Confederacy. He was born in New York City on the 8th of April, 1843, and is a son of Jeremiah D. Stelle, who was likewise born in that city. George enlisted in the Twenty-eighth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry in August 1862 and served in various battles, including Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. After the war, he pursued farming in different states before settling in South Dakota in 1881. He married Adelaide Calhoon, and they had eight children: Florence Lillian (deceased), William Earl, Jennie Weltha, Ruth Elizabeth, Agnes Opal, Vena E., Blanche, and Margaret E.
Alfred Goldin, a prominent figure in Spink County’s agricultural community, has achieved great success through his own efforts in developing the region’s resources. Born in North Carolina in 1866, he overcame family hardships caused by the Civil War and limited educational opportunities. In 1886, he arrived in South Dakota with no capital, but his determination and hard work paid off. As a farmer, he thrived, eventually purchasing an 800-acre farm. With his land well-improved and cultivated, Goldin’s prosperity grew over the years. Known as a practical and progressive businessperson, he enjoys the respect and admiration of his community.