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George McFarland Papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2014-043

Content Description

The collection consists of letters, mostly from constituents, written to State Senator George McFarland from the late 1920s to early 1930s. Senator McFarland (Republican) was elected to the State Legislature in 1928 and 1930 to represent then district forty-one of Meade and Ziebach counties. George McFarland, born December 31, 1866, came to the Black Hills of Dakota Territory with his parents in 1877. They first settled south of Sturgis (S.D.) before finally settling nine miles east of Tilford (S.D.) on Morse Creek. George and his brother Will were later cattlemen in the Cheyenne River area. He married Mary Elizabeth McNenny on November 25, 1897 and they had eight children. The letters written to Senator McFarland include messages from constituents, constituent petitions, requests for employment, invitations, information on bills proposed and passed and job requests to fill page and clerk positions for the legislature. The collection offers a glimpse into legislator correspondence concerning various topics from the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1920s-1930s


0.5 Cubic Feet