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SDOHP0508 - Mechling, Chris.pdf
Major, 109th Engineering Battalion; Drainage and demolition of dam on Deadman's Creek above Sturgis; Reconnaissance patrol on which 2 Guardsmen were lost; Evacuation of people from flooded areas of Sturgis.

Written Memory

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She was born to Oscar Christianson and Marie Coleman or Colemer, she was at the time of her death a foster daughter to Walter Juhnke, who also died in the flood, she was survived by her father and a brother Wayne Christianson in Watertown SD, her…

An evening of entertainment by Canyon Lake became an evening of terror. Claire and Frankie helped with radio communications.

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Cecil L. Coker, 74, retired rancher. Fifth child of William Silas & Jane (Alexander) Coker. Husband of Nellie Heath and father of Ronald Leroy Coker (killed in Vietnam) as well as three other children. He perished with his wife of three months. He…

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Flora Napier Allen Coker, 73. She perished with her husband of three months. She was survived three sons, one brother and three sisters.

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Gertrude Coldwell, 71. A registered nurse lived in the Braebburn Addition and perished with her husband. She was survived by one son and two sisters. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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Rufus M. Coldwell, 74. Founded and owned Motive Parts and Supply, Inc. He perished with his wife. He was survived by one son. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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Rev. Francis John Collins, S.J., 69. Superior of Mother Butler. He perished after being trapped in the recreational hall of the Mother Butler Center. He was survived by relatives. Buried in the Holy Rosary Cemetery on the Rosebud Reservation.

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Myron Henry Corbin, 44. A member of the National Guard from Webster, SD. He perished while trying to help others in the flood. He was survived by his wife, one son, three daughters, his mother, four sisters and three brothers. Buried in the Milbank…

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Mary Bea Corner, 48, widow. Owned the La Femme women’s clothing store and sold real estate. She was survived by one son and one daughter. Buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery.

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Arla E. Corwin, 19. She lived in the Braeburn Addition and perished with her mother and grandmother. She was survived by her father and one brother. Buried in the Lakeside Cemetery, Wicksville, SD.

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Opal E. Corwin, 56. She lived in the Braeburn Addition and perished with her mother and daughter. She was survived by her husband and one son. Buried in the Lakeside Cemetery, Wicksville, SD.

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Annette R. Costello, 78, widow. Her late husband, Al Costello, was a local businessman and owned a brewery for a time. She lived at 411 Bennan Street, with Rapid Creek in her backyard. She refused to leave her home despite the pleas from her family…

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

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Daniel B. Crowder, 16. He was a student at the Stevens High School. He perished with his father and a brother. He was survived by his mother, one brother and one sister. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City, SD.

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Matthew L. Crowder, 14. He perished with his father and one brother. He was survived by his mother, one brother and one sister. His body was never found.

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Dr. Richard B. Crowder, 51. A neurosurgeon in Rapid City. He perished with two sons. He was survived by his wife, one son and one daughter. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City, SD.

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Lance A. Cummings, 6 months. He lived at 321 New York Street. He was torn from his father’s grip and perished along with his 2 ½ year old sister. He was survived by his father and mother. Buried along with his sister in the Martin Community Cemetery,…

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Tamara was born to Arnold Cummings and Joyce Cline Cummings. The family lived at 321 New York Street in Rapid City.

The story in the newspaper was that she was torn from her mother's arms by the flood waters after the family was awakened by water…
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