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Joseph W. Zalusky Collection—Lemmon (S.D.)

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2017-080

Content Description

The collection consists of numerous postcards compiled by Joseph W. Zalusky, a former homesteader who lived southeast of Lemmon (S.D.) from roughly 1907 to 1913. Joseph Zalusky was born in 1881 in Minneapolis (MN). In 1900, he attended Knox College in Galesburg (IL) and excelled in sports, particularly football and baseball. He left college in 1903, and coached football in Iowa and North Dakota and later coached baseball teams in Nebraska. Around 1907, he moved to Lemmon (S.D.) and filed for a 160-acre homestead. There he met his future wife Lulu Sampson, who also homesteaded in the area. He worked for six years near Lemmon as a civil engineer with the Milwaukee Railroad. After leaving Lemmon, Zalusky worked as a city planning engineer for the city of Minneapolis. The postcards in the collection provide a detailed glimpse into Zalusky’s time in South Dakota. Many of the images are identified, or additional caption information is provided with the image. The collection centers on various homesteading scenes around the Lemmon area. Also included are a number of baseball related images, North and South Dakota border marker images and other locations throughout South Dakota. A number of postcards also reflect Zalusky’s life, both before and after Lemmon. Postcards also appear from locations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1907-1913



1.0 Cubic Feet