Hon. Edgar Kelley, a native of Wisconsin, was born in 1851 and raised on a farm. He became an accomplished farmer in Minnesota before settling in South Dakota. With a vast landholding of nearly 486 acres, his farm stands as a model in the state, complete with modern facilities and efficient methods. Kelley’s contributions extend beyond farming, as he plays an active role in the co-operative creamery and Farmers’ Co-operative Elevator Company, exemplifying the value of collective efforts. Despite his reluctance for political office, he served as a representative and gained recognition for his wise decisions. Kelley’s progressive mindset and dedication to community welfare make him a respected citizen.
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.
Frank W. Meehan, a native of Wisconsin, is engaged in the abstract business in Milbank, South Dakota. Born in 1863, he grew up on a farm and received his education in Minnesota. In 1889, seeking a change of climate and occupation, he settled in Grant County, South Dakota, where he acquired land and dedicated summers to farming and winters to teaching. Frank’s involvement in local public affairs led to his election as register of deeds in 1896, and he subsequently became a prominent figure in the abstract business. He is known for his meticulously prepared abstracts of land titles and his active interest in education and community welfare.