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Herman J. Krueger Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2018-069

Content Description

The collection consists of items relating to the life of Herman J. Krueger and his family. Mr. Krueger was born June 24, 1862 in Green Lake County, Wisconsin to Friedrick and Emma (Tehlke) Krueger. The family moved to Roberts County on May 22, 1885 and later moved to Campbell County. The Krueger’s homesteaded four and a half miles southwest of Mound City (S.D.). Mr. Krueger studied law while on the homestead. He was first elected justice of the peace in 1886 and in 1889 was admitted to the State Bar of South Dakota by Judge H. G. Fuller of Ipswich (S.D.). Mr. Krueger was elected as a probate judge in 1888 and county judge in 1890. He held the Campbell County judge position for 60 years, longer than anyone in South Dakota. He was involved with local railroad construction, served on the Mound City school board, served on various county positions during World War I, including the Campbell County Council of Defense and Victory Loan drives. He married Clara Jacobson at Mound City on December 15, 1891 and their children included Ruth, Mae, Ruby and Cleo. Mr. Krueger died at Mound City on December 1, 1952. The collection consists of five photo albums/scrapbooks. The first is the Krueger Family photo album from the 1900s with images of the Krueger children presumably at their home near Mound City. The album includes pictures of family pets, children at school, young adults, automobiles from the era, a church during construction and Native Americans dancing. The second photo album includes images of the four Krueger children at various ages. Topics include pets, school children, a school play, Black Hills scenes, Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park Game Lodge, the John Wells statue at Wind Cave and Hisega Lodge. Also featured are images from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The third album includes various vacation scenes from the Custer Battlefield National Monument (MT), Yellowstone National Park and Devil’s Tower (WY), more Krueger family scenes, Native American dances, the South Dakota State Capitol, Civil War Monument in Pierre, Badlands, Black Hills, Roosevelt Monument, Wild Bill Hickok grave site, Anne Tallent Monument, Sylvan Lake, Needles Highway, Masonic Temple (Rapid City, S.D.) and Days of ’76 Parade (Deadwood, S.D.). The photo album also included postcards of Mound City and other family photographs. Also included is a red covered, “School Girl Days, A Memory Book” from Cleo Krueger from Rapid City High School in 1928. There are also related items from the South Dakota School of Mines and the Latchstring Inn. The final scrapbook cover features a painted Mount Rushmore and includes items pertaining to Ruby (Krueger) and Noel Klar of Rapid City. Topics in the scrapbook include tickets and envelopes concerning the Stratosphere Flight in the Black Hills, golf photographs, news clippings and score cards from the Lead Country Club and Rapid City Country Club, materials on the South Dakota Bankers Association, a photo by the Rise Art Studio (Rapid City, S.D.) of the Klar, Utter, Mills and Miller Novelty Orchestra a four member band and other loose photographs and correspondence. FB 553 includes photographs from photo album pages. The album pages feature images from the 1940s of Cleo (Krueger) Munger in Rapid City featuring family scenes and the family cats. There is also a historic photo of a play and presumably the Krueger home. The collection includes additional items on the Krueger family members placed in file folders. The materials mainly concern the adult lives of the Krueger children Ruth, Mae, Ruby and Cleo and includes photographs, correspondence and legal documents. The collection also features historic photos of the Krueger family.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1880s-1940s



1.0 Cubic Feet