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Schomer Family Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2011-039

Content Description

The collection consists of letters, photograph, postcard, yearbooks, diplomas and other various materials. Most of the items relate to Alice (Schomer) Tyler Wharton and Clayton Schomer. Joe and Hettie (Esther) Schomer of Fort Pierre had four children Alice, Clayton, Harold, and Joe. The majority of the collection consists of letters sent to Alice by her friend Laura (Strain) Diggins from the late 1910s to early 1920s. The letters offer insight into the social aspects of high school and college during that time period as well as events in and around Fort Pierre (S.D.). Other materials are also included in the collection and are described below in a content list which includes: images from the Pierre/Fort Pierre flood of 1952, Casey Tibbs and Rex Terry photos, postcards, diplomas, yearbooks, and a World War II ration book. Obituaries of Alice Wharton, Clayton Schomer, Laura Diggins, and Charles Wharton are included in the collection.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1910s-1920s
  • 1952



0.25 Cubic Feet


3528C Folder 1: Photographs: Fort Pierre Flood 1952 (7)/ Pierre Flood 1952 (1)/ Badlands (1) Folder 2: Alice (Schomer) Tyler photograph, World War II Ration Booklet, Yankton College receipt 1948 for Marialyce Tyler. Folder 3: Clayton Schomer materials: Fort Pierre High School diploma 1922; SD State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (Brookings, S.D.) Course Book, 1924-1928; SD State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (Brookings, S.D.) Diploma 1928. Folder 4: Photographs (2): Casey Tibbs and Rex Terry with March of Dimes Donation, Alice (Schomer) Tyler Wharton and Rex Terry in Fort Pierre National Bank (Fort Pierre, S.D.) Folder 5: Yearbooks: The Ta-tan-ka-hca-ka, Fort Pierre High School, 1920; Gumbo, Pierre High School, 1921. Folder 6: Letters (Correspondence) from Laura Strain to Alice Schomer, 1919-1920 Folder 7: Letters (Correspondence) from Laura Strain to Alice Schomer, 1922-1924, 1928 Folder 8: Undated letters, empty envelopes, photographs of Laura Strain 8535C Postcards (17) Casey Tibbs Casey Tibbs on bucking horse at rodeo Governor Tom Berry and SD State Capitol SD State Capitol and Capitol Lake (Pierre, S.D.) ca. 1920s SD State Capitol (Pierre, S.D.) St. Mary’s Hospital (Pierre, S.D.) Missouri River Bridges (Pierre, S.D.) Pierre Flood 1952 Fort Pierre Flood 1952 Meridian Highway Bridge (Yankton, S.D.) Buffalo on the Moor The Castle on Cedar Pass, Badlands National Monument