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Biography of Vaclav Novak

Vaclav Novak was born in Bohemia in March 1832 and became a notable violinist and music teacher in his homeland. After the death of his first wife and subsequent remarriage to Barbara Hurkova in 1861, Novak emigrated to the United States in 1870, settling in Yankton County, South Dakota. He purchased and cultivated 320 acres of farmland. Novak had a total of eleven children, four born in Bohemia and seven in the United States. He passed away on September 22, 1899, leaving a legacy of integrity and community respect.

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Biography of James W. Cone

James W. Cone was born on December 4, 1850, in Conesville, Coshocton County, Ohio, to Beebe S. and Lucinda D. (Davison) Cone. His lineage traces back to Daniel Cone of Edinburgh, Scotland, who settled in Haddam, Connecticut, in 1660. The family moved to Muscatine County, Iowa, in 1854, where Cone later attended Iowa State University, earning a law degree in 1873. He practiced law in Iowa before moving to Brule County, South Dakota, in 1883. In Sioux Falls, he compiled abstracts of titles for Minnehaha County. Politically active, Cone served in various legislative and political roles, including chief clerk of the South Dakota House.

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