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William T. Cundiff Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2015-046

Content Description

The collection consists of various materials, mostly photographs and postcards, relating to William T. Cundiff of Pukwana (S.D.) dating from the 1900s to 1930s. William Cundiff was born in Hanover, IL on August 5, 1877. He came to South Dakota in the late 1890s, having filed for a homestead claim in Brule County, Union Township. He would later live in Pukwana. He married Margaret Smith of Drakesboro (KY) on June 27, 1907. They had two daughters Thelma (1908) and Elsie (1910). He worked at the post office, the bank and also for the Jim Sanborn Ranch near Pukwana. He managed a lumber yard for Ted Weiss for several years before working as Social Security Director at Chamberlain for twelve years. Mr. Cundiff died July 29, 1949 in Pukwana.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1900s-1930s



0.5 Cubic Feet


6485B Folder 1: William and Margaret Cundiff Marriage Certificate/ Family History/ Letter (Correspondence)/ Fireman’s Certificate—Pukwana Fire Department. Folder 2: Photographs—Lumber and Coal building at Pukwana (S.D.) / Post Office at Pukwana Folder 3: Photographs—Pukwana School / Elsie Cundiff / Pukwana students, 1922 / Pukwana Girls Basketball Team, 1926-1927 / Pukwana High School—Graduation Announcement / Elsie Cundiff High School diploma, 1927 Folder 4: Thelma and Elsie Cundiff images (children and adult) / Cundiff Home at Pukwana Folder 5: Photographs— Bruce (Jack Bruce) Krause WNAX Radio / Smiley Burnette WNAX Radio / Curley Boyd and Orchestra—Band, ca. 1950s Folder 6: Photographs—Badlands/ Dinosaur Park (Rapid City, S.D.) / Mount Rushmore / Baken Park (Rapid City, S.D.) / Thelma and Elsie Cundiff / George Bridge, Scottish Highlanders oxen—Gann Valley (S.D.) / Vermillion (S.D.) Folder 7: Postcards—Lemmon (S.D.) / Petrified Wood Park (Lemmon, S.D.) / Chamberlain (S.D.) / Bridges—South Dakota / Public Swimming Pool / Lake Madison (Madison, S.D.) / Pukwana (S.D.) / Yankton (S.D.) / Fort Randall Dam / Roads—Design and Construction / Hanover (IL) Folder 8: Photographs—Cundiff Family images / Automobiles / Hunting Folder 9: Photographs—Cundiff Family images, cabinet cards Folder 10: Photographs—Cundiff Family images, Tintype and Daguerreotype Folder 11: Photographs—WWI era soldier, unidentified FB 649 William T. Cundiff—photo portrait, colored/painted image