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Dan and Nellie (Fuller) Carey Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2014-051

Content Description

The collection consists of a photograph and reminiscence relating to the families of Dan and Nellie (Fuller) Carey. Born in Spring Valley (MN), Nellie Fuller moved with her family to Chamberlain (S.D.) in 1881. The family would later move to Salem (S.D.) in 1891. Daniel Carey, born in Eden (WI) came to McCook County in 1883 and held various railroad jobs. The two met in Salem and were married on July 27, 1892. The photograph is of the first United States Grand Jury—District of South Dakota taken at Sioux Falls in April 1890. The photographs shows twenty men, all of which are identified on the reverse of the photo. Mr. Dan Carey from Salem is noted on the front of the image. The edges of the photo are severely damaged and tape was previously used on parts of the photo. The photo was removed from the frame, put in a Mylar sleeve and folder and placed in a flat box. The other parts of the collection include a reminiscence of Nellie (Fuller) Carey of her family’s time in Chamberlain ca. 1880s and a family history of the Dan Carey family. The thirty-page reminiscence by Nellie gives some background to Nellie’s parents, their trip to Chamberlain and the towns early history. The manuscript includes entries on homesteading, railroads, Native Americans, winters, early Crow Creek and Lower Brule Indian Reservation history, Catholic Church development on the reservation and Chamberlain’s early development. Nellie’s father was a newspaper publisher in Chamberlain and later took over a carpenters shop at Lower Brule teaching and training Native Americans. The family moved to Salem where Nellie met Daniel Carey. The manuscript finishes with some history of Nellie and Daniel’s children. Nellie wrote the reminiscence in the early to mid-1940s. The Dan Carey manuscript comprises a twenty-three page typed history. The history includes write-ups on both Daniel and Nellie, their families, their meeting and marriage in Salem in July 1892, their children and time in Salem. A news clipping from Dan and Nellie’s 50th wedding anniversary is also included.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1880s-1910s
  • 1890


0.1 Cubic Feet