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Creighton (S.D.)—Post Office/Goettsch Family, 1906

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 05052 C
Identifier: H2018-073

Content Description

The collection consists of a reprint photograph of members of the Goettsch family (and accompanying family history) who lived in and established the first post office at Creighton (S.D.), roughly 17 miles north of Wall (S.D.). Henry and Mary Goettsch had eight children. The family built the house/post office in the summer of 1906 and named the town/post office after Creighton, Nebraska, where the family originated. The photo is believed to date to 1906. The photo includes Henry (sitting in the buggy) and his son George, Nellie (on the horse), Julius and Fred (standing next to the tree), Henry (in the tree) and John (center of image in front of the tree standing by a horse). The Goettsch’s two oldest children, Carrie and Carl, are not in the photo. Henry Goettsch was born in 1860 at Strausbury, Germany. Henry wrote to the Postmaster General in Washington requesting a post office at Creighton. Henry was the official postmaster at the Creighton post office beginning in April 1908 and served there until December 1909. The home/post office was located on Section 22, Township 3 North, Range 16 East in Pennington County. Henry died on May 13, 1913 at Wall.

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  • Event: 1906


0.1 Cubic Feet