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Adam Royhl Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 03654 C
Identifier: H2011-053

Content Description

The collection consists of a thirteen page (type-print and photocopied) reminiscence of Adam Royhl, an early homesteader and pioneer in Kingsbury County. Born in Germany in 1857, Royhl and his family immigrated to Wisconsin in 1872. He began homesteading in Dakota Territory in 1879 on the northwestern quarter section 14, township 11, range 54, located northwest of present day Arlington (S.D.). Royhl moved to Arlington in 1890 and operated a meat business and later owned several grain elevators. He was a legislator in the state House of Representatives from 1903 to 1907. He also served as postmaster for Arlington from 1911 to 1915. Most of the reminiscence is of Royhl’s time in Dakota Territory from 1879 to 1890, specifically his trip to Dakota Territory and his first few years of homesteading. The reminiscence offers detailed descriptions of Royhl’s trip from Wisconsin to Dakota Territory, in some cases including names of individuals he met along the way. The last few pages include information from the years 1890 to 1916, but does not include any mention of his legislative experiences.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1879-1916



0.1 Cubic Feet