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Verla Lang Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2007-094

Content Description

The collection consists of information regarding the Veal family of Chance, SD. The bulk of the collection is a three ring binder which contains original letters of Thomas Veal. The binder contains roughly 80 letters including: letters from Thomas Veal to Millicent Miles (June 1890-November 1892), miscellaneous letters (February 1891-February 1927), and letters from Dr. George Seale to Millicent Veal concerning her diabetes (January – September 1909). The remainder of the binder includes various certificates and maps and an autobiography by Thomas Veal titled, “Trail Blazer.” There are also a number of newspaper articles on Chance, SD. Chance, SD was located on Thunder Butte Creek several miles above the original Bismarck Crossing was among the three earliest post offices established in the area north of the Belle Fourche River. It was 20 miles southeast of Bison, SD. The Veal and Miles families settled the area. Thomas Veal came from New Jersey and worked with the North Western Railroad. In 1892 he married Millicent Miles. Also included in the collection is a panoramic photo of Chance by Voorhees Photos, an image of Ward Brothers Hardware in Chance, Saloon building being moved to Chance, Chance band at Bison, Indian Pete, Chance baseball team, Mt. Rushmore, Camp Judson-Pactola, SD, and two men on horseback. There is also a National Register of Historic Places nomination form for the Thomas B. Veal Ranch. A book by Verla Lang titled, The Veal’s of Chance, South Dakota, 1900-2000. The collection also features a CD with images taken at the Veal Family Reunion on July 4th 2000. The CD is in box 7035C, a print out of the photos and captions for the images were included. A VHS tape has pictures of the “Big House” the ranch, and the family reunion. The film was taken in late June and early July 2000. The panoramic photo of Chance and two copies (316 & 317) of the pencil drawing for the Veal’s of Chance, 1900-2000 cover is located in Map Drawer 95.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1890s-1930s



0.12 Gigabytes

1 cds

0.5 Cubic Feet