A Brief History of South Dakota
A BRIEF HISTORY
SECRETARY OF THE STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
OF SOUTH DAKOTA
Copyright, 1905, by
Entered at Stationers' Hall, London.
SOUTH DAKOTA'S PRAYER
Make me, O God, a loving mother-state,
Whose sturdy sons and comely daughters leal
With selfless pride shall count maternal weal
The chiefest end—the certain way and straight,
Through which to win the chaplets of the great.
Make me, O God, essentially to feel
My children's loyal love, the perfect, real,
Supremest gift bestowed by Gracious Fate.
Make mine, O God, in truth a commonwealth,
Wherein each heir shall share and share partake,
And none shall fail and none shall take by stealth;
My all for them; and they for Mother's sake
- Shall deem it good both gear and life to give.
- In love and trust, may Heaven let us live.
The student who learns the story of his community, the sacrifices and successes of the pioneers, the worthy accomplishments of his relatives of an earlier generation, the history of the soil upon which he lives, will hardly fail to develop pride in his locality, and that pride is an almost certain guaranty of good citizenship. The following stories of South Dakota are written in the belief that they will contribute something to the development of an intelligent and patriotic citizenship in our state.