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.