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In Honor of Those Who Gave Their Lives
World War I & World War II
Edward H. Robertson Post 76
Curt Jones loved history for a lot of reasons. He saw history as a collection of great stories that can be told and retold. He saw history as a book of lessons to be learned. Most of all, he saw history as an experience that you can keep only if y…
In 1996, with Executive Order 96-06, South Dakota Governor William J. "Bill" Janklow created the Governor's Commission on Fort Sisseton. His action ensured that input from dedicated local individuals, with a knowledge of history and a passion for …
The Coteau des Prairies and glacial lakes region was a wonderful habitat for wildlife. The post surgeon, who also served as the post naturalist, kept records of the wildlife he observed. Through his records, we learn that human interference has ha…
The log building had a shingled roof and was 145' long and 24' wide. A storage cellar sat under on-third of the building. While large, the building was not well constructed. Rain and snow blew through the roof and damaged supplies.
When the f…
Soldiers spent much of their off duty time playing chess, checkers and card games. Drinking and gambling were commonplace. Stag dances became popular and helped to counteract the loneliness and isolation they experienced at this frontier post.
Living conditions at the Fort were crude. Wood bunks were furnished with wool blankets and mattresses filled with straw. The bunks were uncomfortable and often infested with a variety of unwelcomed guests.
A poor diet of beans, cornmeal and s…
The log buildings along the south side of the fort were used as officers quarters in the early years of the fort. When the brick officers' quarters were completed the log buildings became married enlisted men's and laundress quarters.
During the Roaring Twenties, the Fort was leased for use as a hunting lodge. The hospital became the club room and main gathering place. Sportsmen came to hunt prairie chickens and ducks. For the poor marksmen, and for those who had more interest …
Officers at Fort Wadsworth were assigned and relieved of their commissions with almost monotonous regularity. Some lasted a month or less, while others often returned to their commands.
Andrew often hoped his company would be reassigned t…