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George Bouman Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2016-108

Content Description

The collection consists of various items concerning Mellette County Sheriff George Bouman of White River (S.D.). Mainly, the collection concerns an incident where Sheriff Bouman and another officer, Rosebud Indian Reservation Tribal Officer Roy Black Lance, were wounded after a gun battle with a parole violator from California named Bobby Corle, on August 21, 1972 at a South Dakota farm home near the South Dakota/Nebraska border. The collection features photographs, various news clippings of the incident and correspondence concerning the event. Also included is a radio dispatch transcript of the incident, certificates of election for Sheriff Bouman, a National Sheriff Association membership card and an election card for Mr. Bouman when he ran for Sheriff in Mellette County, as a Democrat, in 1966. Included are photographs of the farm house were the gun battle ensued, mug shots of Bobby Corle, a photograph of South Dakota sheriffs at the steps of the State Capitol building in 1972 and hospital images of Sheriff Bouman taken shortly after the altercation. George Bouman was born March 9, 1925 in Sioux Falls. Later that July he was adopted by Herman and Anna Bouman of White River (S.D.). George married Marjorie “Jackie” Wang on May 28, 1949 in Winner (S.D.). They moved to White River in 1964. George would later be elected Sherriff of Mellette County and held the position for fourteen years. He died September 19, 2007. These items were transferred from the South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Various items were added to the museum’s collection (2016.003) and the above items were added to the State Archives.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1960s-1970s


0.25 Cubic Feet