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The Flood of 72 Poem.pdf
A poem written by Viola Collins, who lived in Custer, SD, at the time of the flood.

Terry lived on St. Cloud Street with his wife the evening of the Flood. They did not know anything had happened until the next day upon driving to his best friend's wedding. He was to be his best man could not get to the wedding due to streets being…

Teresa worked for the telephone company as an operator in 1972. The evening of the Flood she was working the 3-11 p.m. shift. Telephone lines were down and all calls had to be routed through an operator, including death notification calls. Teresa was…

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Richard was born January 2, 1955 Richard Tell and Dorothy Steffans Tell in Hennepin County Minnesota.

Richard was a Junior at Grace High School in Fridley MN. He had siblings Virginia Kemp, Michael , Elizabeth Brant and Dorothy Davies.
"It was…

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William E. Taylor, 6. He perished with his brother and sister. He was survived by his parents. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City.

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William A. Taylor, Jr., 5. He perished with his brother and sister. He was survived by his parents. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City.

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Shannon V. Taylor, 4. She perished with her two brothers. She was survived by her parents. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City.

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Flora E. Taylor, 79. She lived in the Braeburn Addition in Dark Canyon, where she perished. She was survived by two sons. Buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery.

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Henry W. Tank, 36. He was a lieutenant in the Rapid City Fire Department and died in a rescue mission. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. Buried in the Britton Cemetery, Britton, South Dakota.

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Roger was born July 16, 1954 in Aberdeen SD to Calvin Tadlock and Lucille Bothello. He graduated from Central High School in May. He had come to Rapid City about a week before the flood.

Roger is survived by his parents two brothers, Paul and…

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Mary L. Swanson, 11. She lived with her mother at 1040 E. Ohio Street. She was survived by her mother. Buried in the Pine Lawn Cemetery, Rapid City.

Susan Whitney Callahan.mp3
Susan Whitney Callahan's recollection of the 1972 flood. Recorded during the 50th Anniversary event at Rapid City Public Library.

Written Memory

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George A. Sumners, 35. He was a Rapid City Fireman that perished in the flood. He was survived by his wife, one son and two sisters. Buried in White River, South Dakota.

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Geraldine L. Stuart, 30. She was survived by her mother, four sisters and one brother. Buried in the Pine Lawn Cemetery, Rapid City.

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John J. Stroup, 49. He was employed by the Black Hills Material Company. He was survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters. Buried in the Cedar Hills Cemetery, Ft. Pierre, South Dakota.

Steve was 11 years old the evening of the Flood living on Sheridan Lake Road at the backside of Storybook Island. He and his father were stuck in their home by rising flood waters. His father saved his life after a car plowed through the floor of the…

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Louis Star, 9. He perished with his mother and sister at 301 North 5th Street. He was survived by his grandfather. Buried in the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

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Annette Star, 2. She perished with her mother and one brother at 301 North 5th Street. She was survived by her grandfather. Buried in her mother’s arms at the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

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Alberta Star, 29. She lived at 301 North 5th Street with her two children, who perished with her at their home. She was survived by her father. Buried with her young daughter in her arms, at the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
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