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08:05 am - Wed, April 3 2013
Heidi said:
Bad water, a bank robbery and a murder all led to the town's demise. So sad!
06:45 pm - Wed, April 3 2013
Leon Ewert said:
Did a lot of growing up in Owanka! My Grandfather was section foreman for the railroad. The two story house in the pictures with the truck in front of it, was the railroad's house for the section foreman. Slept many nights in that upstairs!
09:20 am - Thu, April 4 2013
Elmer Johnson said:
My cousin, Glen Johnson, and his siblings grew up and ranched south of Owanka. Glen lived in Owanka for many years until he moved to a nursing home in New Underwood..He died a few years ago at the age of 100.
01:26 pm - Sun, June 30 2013
Jerri Paulk said:
In the early '30's my grandparents worked on the railroad. Grandpa was a brakeman and grandma was a cook. My mom would have been about 2 when they lived in Owanka. They were Joseph and Ada Kautman. My mom was Eunice Joy.
01:14 pm - Tue, July 9 2013
Marlys Huber said:
Love the pictures!
12:26 pm - Sun, April 27 2014
Mark said:
John Piepkorn's stark photo of the grain elevator in Owanka is featured on page G2 of the April 27, 2014 STAR TRIBUNE.
11:47 am - Sun, May 18 2014
Marvin Hanson said:
I was born in Pierre but my parents and I and two sisters lived in Owanka , my Dad was section foreman for the railroad their in the 30's ? 40's Harold P. Hanson and we moved to Cal. in the early 50's. Seeing the section house again where we lived gave me chills.
12:53 am - Sat, June 28 2014
Diana Guerrero said:
My grandmother was born in the early 20th century in Owanka. Her maiden name was Louckes, changed from Lukes, and her father was a farmer. Family legend has it that her mother, my great-grandmother, had Lakota Souix blood but that was never confirmed and in those days would be hushed up. My great-grandmother's father had been a settler and community leader but his last name escapes me. Brown perhaps? My grandma would tell me of her life on the farm and how she'd go out into the fields to pick wildflowers with her sisters and of the cold winters and how once she'd put her tongue to a doorknob and it became stuck. She also talked about her classroom where different grades were together in her room. I'm old now but still miss my grandma but it's so nice to see some pictures of where she grew up. Thank you for sharing them.
07:43 am - Thu, July 17 2014
My Family (The Tom and Erma Brassfield Clan) came from this area and I was only 10 when we moved away but I remember going for water in Owanka many times. Sad to see towns die like this but it happens. Love the pics and would love to take a trip back in time to really see the history of this great part of the prairie of South Dakota. Still have strong Family ties to this Beautiful State with so much History. Thank you for the photo tour!
10:15 pm - Fri, September 19 2014
Christine Beri (Truman) said:
My grampa Tiny Allen Blake use to live down there and I remember going for many visits. I loved the old feel you can't find any where else any more and all the memories tied to it as a child. Very upset my mother sold that land for $1 as convinced by my stepfather as I feel it was to spite our family. I really wanted to go back there and can't.
09:17 pm - Sat, November 22 2014
Pete said:
I have been indexing the school census records for 1937, Owanka, N Underwood and Viewfield. So interesting are the names and to read these comments.
So sad to see so many people go separate ways.
03:53 pm - Tue, April 21 2015
Daryl A Jossart said:
Born in Owanka at grandparents place in 1927. Spent summers there growing up.
06:45 am - Sat, June 6 2015
Rocky Ehlers said:
My grandfather, Charles Frederick Ehlers (1864-1955)homesteaded on a premption near Owanka. He later sold
to a Less Winchel of Owanka. In 1890 Charles married Charlotte Brennon, daughter of Granny Brennon, sister of Will Brennon of Owanka. There is registered grave at the homestead, Teckla Ehlers. Granny Brennon was a nurse during the civil war in which her husband was killed. .
Does anyone know of these names and if so, how we might make contact.
As of 1955, the homestead house remained standing and oppupied. .

03:44 pm - Sun, August 23 2015
Glenn Bloom said:
I was born in Owanka in 1934 on banks of the Owanka creek on a little goat farm my dad name was Geo.& mom name was Glennie Bloom had six brothers & four sisters.
Move to rapid city in spring of 1943 because of dad heath.
09:54 am - Wed, December 30 2015
CARL MILLER said:
My Grandad worked on the railroad there. My mother and her older brother were born there. The Carl Frederick Family.
08:40 pm - Mon, June 20 2016
Kay Waterson Lamb said:
My grandfather Gilbert Brink was also from Owanka and worked for the railroad. I remember going to visit and see that his house is still standing. In 2008 when my husband and I retired we took a trip back to visit and saw the house. I remember taking baths in a big wash tub set up in the living room and visiting the outhouse. My family moved from South Dakota in 1955 to California. That trip is the only time I have been back. Remember being warned of rattlesnakes. Hope to make at least one more trip back. Interesting site and have enjoyed pictures. Thank you.

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