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Artesian Well Agreement—Peter Norbeck, 1897

 Unprocessed — Box: 06652 B
Identifier: H2017-059

Content Description

The collection consists of a one-paged, typed agreement between Peter Norbeck and James Nash, both of Charles Mix County. According to the agreement, dated to May 27, 1897, Norbeck was to drill a well on the south west quarter of section 27, Township 100 North, Range 67 West in Charles Mix County. The well called for a three-inch pipe to be drilled 400 feet deep. The contract called for 50 cents per foot drilled. The document was signed by Peter Norbeck, James Nash and a witness named H. M. Carroll. By 1895, Peter Norbeck was engaged as a contractor and driller of deep water, oil and gas wells. Norbeck improved the process of well drilling, making it more affordable to South Dakota farmers. It is estimated that Norbeck drilled some 12,000 artesian wells in North and South Dakota. He partnered with Charles Nicholson in 1896 and they purchased a machine shop, office and storage room in Redfield in 1901. The agreement would cover some of the first well drilling contract work done Peter Norbeck in South Dakota. Peter Norbeck would go on to serve in the South Dakota legislature, as Lieutenant Governor, Governor and United States Senator. He was instrumental in the establishment of Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park. He died on December 20, 1936.

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  • May 27, 1897


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