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George and Lina (Evans) Roskie Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2013-097

Content Description

The collection consists of letters between legislator George W. Roskie and his wife Lina (Evans) Roskie from 1911-1912 while George attended the legislative session (1911) and while working in Pierre (1912). Most of the letters are from George to Lina with twenty-four letters written by Lina to George and forty-six letters from George to Lina. Along with discussing legislative matters, the correspondence mentions locations, events, businesses and individuals in both the Pierre and Brookings communities. George W. Roskie (Republican) was born at Montello, WI September 1, 1874 and came to South Dakota in 1896. He attended high school at Montello, the South Dakota Agricultural College in Brookings and served in the Spanish-American War. Mr. Roskie was president of the Brookings County Abstract Company and served in the House of Representatives from 1911-1912. There are also three letters sent to Lina while George was serving at Fort Riley (Kansas) with the South Dakota National Guard in late August to early September 1908. The collection also features a State Agricultural College of South Dakota diploma for Lina Evans who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science in June 1901.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1901
  • 1908
  • 1911-1912


0.25 Cubic Feet