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George Philip Family Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2020-069

Content Description

The collection consists of various items transferred from the Verendrye Museum (Fort Pierre, S.D.) to the South Dakota State Archives. The vast majority of the collection involves the life of George Philip and his son George Philip, Jr. featuring photographs of the men, their families and historical images of the Fort Pierre and Stanley County area. The materials roughly date to the 1900s to 1940s. George Philip was born at Fort Augustus, Scotland on July 16, 1880. He came to Hayes (KS) in 1897 to work for his uncle Alec Philip and later moved to Fort Pierre in 1899 and worked for another uncle, James “Scotty” Philip. He left in 1903 to study law at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1906, he returned to Fort Pierre. He married Isle Waldron at Fort Pierre on May 30, 1911. They had three children, Robert, George Jr. and Jean. Philip was assistant United States Attorney from 1913 to 1921. In March 1917, the family moved to Rapid City, and he became a partner in the law firm of Charles Buell and Albert Benu. He was United States Attorney for South Dakota from July 1934 to April 1947. He died in Rapid City on March 13, 1948. George Philip, Jr. was born April 14, 1912 at Fort Pierre to George and Alice Island “Isle” (Waldron) Philip. George Jr. attended the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City before his appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned as an ensign on June 6, 1935 and progressed through the ranks to Commander on September 4, 1944 and became the Commanding Officer aboard the USS Twiggs. He married Margaret (Taussig) Philip at Norfolk (VA) on June 24, 1939 and they had two children, a daughter Margaret “Snow” Philip and a son George III. On June 16, 1945 while operating off of Okinawa the Twiggs was hit by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft. George Jr. and 152 other crewmen were killed, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. George Jr’s brother, and George Sr.’s son, Robert Philip, a United States Marine Corps aviator was also killed in the Pacific during World War II. Items in box 1484A include George Philip obituaries, various cabinet card images relating to the Philip and Waldron families (labeled and unknown), other family photographs, historic Fort Pierre and Stanley County scenes, Senator Francis Case with George Philip III, Adelaide (Wentworth) Waldron (widow of aviator John Charles Waldron) at the christening of the USS Waldron, National Congress of American Indians publications, photographs of the George Philip Jr. family (both before and after his death), information on Margaret (Taussig) Philip and correspondence about Waldron family descendants. Items in box 1484B include George Philip, family and Waldron family photographs, a speech on various women from the Fort Pierre/Stanley County area, miscellaneous Philip family correspondence, various George Philip Jr. news clippings, George Philip Jr. military records mainly concerning his death and other Philip family photographs. Box 1483A yearbooks including the Pierre High School “Gumbo” for 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1928. Yearbooks from Black Hills Teachers College (Spearfish, S.D.) “Eociha” dated 1927, 1928 and 1929 and Huron College (Huron, S.D.) “Rubaiyat” yearbook from 1927. FB 708 includes a number of overside photographs including Scotty Philip’s Buffalo Herd, the Fort Pierre Woman’s Club at a New Year’s Eve event in 1910, various scenes of unidentified groups of men, agricultural scenes, interior view of an insurance building, a wedding party from 1904, interior image taken at a dance, a cowboy on a horse, cowboys on their horses, an A.O.U.W. (Ancient Order of Workmen) meeting in Fort Pierre January 23, 1904, George Philip with a group of younger men, A. Van Meter, George Waldron, C. W. Waldron, 33rd Degree Honorary Scottish Rite Masons at Deadwood (S.D.) which includes George Philip, an Oil Well in Stanley County taken June 17, 1921, a photo of several horses near a corral and wedding and family photographs of George and Margaret (Taussig) Philip Jr. Photographers in the collection include P. H. Kellogg (Rushford, N.Y.), W. J. Darcy (Fort Pierre, S.D.), Robert L. Kelly (Pierre, S.D.) and C. F. Peterson (Deadwood, S.D.). The flat box also includes a high school diploma for Alice Isle Waldron from Lawrence (KS) dated May 31, 1907. Other miscellaneous photographs, other than those of the George Philip family, in the collection include a cabinet card of a young Scotty Philip, a cabinet card of Spanish American War Veterans from Fort Pierre, the Geographic Center of North America Monument (Pierre, S.D.), Falcon Café (Pierre, S.D.), South Dakota State Capitol (Pierre, S.D.), Huston House (Fort Pierre, S.D.), Eagle Butte (White Eagle Oil Company) Service Station (Eagle Butte, S.D.), boats on the Missouri River and an image of Senator Francis Case with George Philip III. Additional photographers include Melcher Brothers Photo Studio (Pierre, S.D.), J. L. Bellew Photo Studio (Tyndall, S.D.) and W. J. Collins Photo Studio (Rapid City, S.D.). Items added to the Vertical File include a booklet on Crazy Horse and a folder on the A. Miotte Verendrye Plate.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1900s to 1940s



2.0 Cubic Feet