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Benjamin Leroy Simmons Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2007-075

Content Description

The collection consists of a number of family materials of Benjamin Leroy Simmons. Benjamin was born in 1903 to George and Lenora Simmons of Conde (S.D.). The collection consists of a number of family photographs (identified and unidentified), along with images of Conde. Benjamin had two older brothers, Lester and Ezra, and a younger sister Lillian. Benjamin went to elementary and high school in Conde graduating in 1921. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northern State Teachers College in 1926. In the collection are two Conde High School memorabilia books compiled by Ben and his brother Lester, a family Bible, two photo scrapbooks, a family photo scrapbook, and a number of postcards. Many of the photo images date from 1916 to 1920. There are also seven charcoal and crayon drawings of Simmons family members. A box and folder list is included with the collection. The following materials were transferred to the museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society for consideration: pocket watch, ceramic coin bank with two lids, a napkin ring with the initials BLS 1921, various pins and medals, a ring, and a “tin-type” photo pin.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1910s-1920s



1.5 Cubic Feet


8583B Folder 1: Photocopies of newspaper clippings – obituaries Folder 2: Photos Ezra Simmons (2) Ham Radio Operator Folder 3: Photos – Conde George Simmons House George Simmons Farm Folder 4: Photos – George Simmons on Bicycle (young) (3) Folder 5: Photos Great Grandma Simmons Great Grandma Simmons Home Folder 6: Photo – Gille Simmons, Gladys Herr Family Folder 7: Conde Elementary School Folder 8: Photos Badlands Painted Canyon Station – Standard Oil Gas Station Cedar Canyon – Tourist Court Folder 9: Commencement Announcements/Invitations Conde High School Class of 1915 Conde High School Class of 1917 Conde High School Class of 1921 Teacher Souvenir Book, 1905-1906 Folder 10: Four Letters Marriage Invitation – Lawrence Simmons to Margaret Gehlsen, October 1940 Birth Announcement Card – Bonnie Jean Simmons, January 15, 1943 Birth Announcement Card – Georgia Ann Simmons, June 13, 1945 Letter from Conde, SD (Mrs. Simmons) to Lawrence Simmons, April 29, 1945 Folder 11: Miscellaneous Papers 1936 – Committee of One, for Reelection of Franklin D. Roosevelt Crypto Quote Pamphlet Folder 12: Notebook – “Big 5” Genealogy of Simmons Family Folder 13: Miscellaneous Pamphlets Time Magazine, March 3, 1923 “The World within the Atom,” 1946 “Presidential Elections,” 1940 Folder 14: War Record Booklet, Conde High School, May 1919 Benjamin Simmons, Sophomore, Class Project Folder 15: Unidentified Family Photos Folder 16: Unidentified Family Photos Folder 17: Unidentified Family Photos Folder 18: Unidentified Family Photos Folder 19: Unidentified Family Photos 8535C – Postcards Belle Fourche Irrigation Project Aberdeen – The Metropolis seen from the West over Boxcars Aberdeen – Administration Building, Northern Normal and Industrial School Aberdeen – Farm Engineering and Manual Arts Building, Northern Normal and Industrial School Aberdeen – Graham Hall, Northern Normal and Industrial School (2) Aberdeen – St. Lukes Hospital FB 624 Seven Charcoal Drawings - Woman with white dress and flowers - Old married couple - One man, long goatee - One woman - One man with mustache - One boy standing on chair, fancy dress - One woman, wood mounts on back Two Certificates - Conde High School Diploma - Marriage Certificate – George Simmons and Lenora Martindale FB 636 One Family Photo Scrapbook, several identified, (cover: Boy and Girl in a wheat field) Two Conde High School memorabilia books compiled by Ben and his brother Lester Family Bible Two (small) photo scrapbooks 3 Folders – Family photos (cardboard covers/ modern)