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Biography of William H. Semple

William H. Semple, owner of a fine farm in Yankton County, represents the intelligent and progressive class of American agriculturists. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1858, he overcame hardships and embraced pioneer life. With perseverance and dedication, Semple and his uncle developed their land, facing challenges such as floods and grasshoppers. Despite setbacks, they achieved remarkable success, acquiring extensive acreage. Semple’s strong work ethic and honorable business practices earned him respect and friendship within the community. He married Augusta D. Fisher, and together they raised two children while actively participating in their Lutheran church and local organizations. Semple’s story exemplifies the rewards of hard work, determination, and integrity.

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Biography of William F. Rabbitt

William F. Rabbitt, the incumbent clerk of the county and circuit courts for Grant County, is widely regarded as an able executive and a popular figure in the community. Born in County Galway, Ireland, in 1872, Rabbitt emigrated to America at the age of twelve. After residing in Chicago and Philadelphia, he settled in South Dakota, where he acquired a substantial farm. Engaged in farming and stock raising, Rabbitt’s commendable work led to his election as clerk of the courts in 1900, a position he was re-elected to in 1902. Beyond his public service, Rabbitt is known for his business acumen and dedication to agricultural development.

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Biography of Hon. Thomas L. Bouck

Hon. Thomas L. Bouck, a distinguished figure among South Dakota’s public men and a leading member of the Grant County Bar, has built an impressive career marked by high official positions and the successful discharge of responsible duties. Born on January 29, 1865, in Fulton, New York, he hails from a prominent farming family with a legacy dating back to colonial times. Bouck’s legal aspirations led him to complete his studies at Albany Law School, after which he established a thriving practice in Milbank, South Dakota. Throughout his career, he held esteemed positions such as county judge, state senator, and mayor of Milbank, while maintaining personal popularity that transcended political differences.

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