BIOGRAPHIES OF SIOUX COUNTY
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ARTHUR 'OTT' PERRY BLACK

Ott lived close to Selfridge while in Sioux County. A biography and picture of him can be found here.


RICHARD BLUE EARTH

Richard was born 30 October 1893 in Cannon Ball. He served in Company A, 18th U. S. Infantry, 1st Division, 3rd Army. He volunteered in Company I, 2nd N. D. Volunteer Infantry on 2 August 1917. He became a noted sniper. He was killed 11 October 1918 south of Sedan in the Argonne Forest, France. Memorial, Tombstone Picture. The Legionnaires Post 142 in Solen was named after Richard. More biographical data here.


JAMES BREWSTER

James on 19 October 1840. He enlisted in Company K, 18th Illinois Volunteers on 2 May 1861 from Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois as a Private. Sometime after this enlistment he transferred to the hospital ship Woodford of the Mississippi Gunboat Flotilla also called Ram Fleet, Mississippi Marine Brigade. The date of this transfer is unknown. The exact date of his release from the Civil War is unknown except it was after the war was over. In the 1890 Veterans Schedules Census he is living in Fort Yates. He started drawing his pension in Washington on 7 May 1901 and his widow, Sophia, started receiving a widow's pension on 20 May 1911. From the Northwest Medicine, Volume III, published by Washington State Medical Association: "Dr. James Brewster died in Seattle, May 5, from cardiac asthma. He had been a resident of Seattle for fourteen years and for several years past had been an invalid. He practised medicine for more than forty years. While a medical student in 1861 he enlisted as a private in the Illinois volunteers. He was soon transferred to the hospital boat Woodfred [sic] [Note: Woodford] as assistant surgeon and served in this capacity until the close of the war." James is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, King County, Washington.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


SAMUEL BRUGUIER

From The Aberdeen Daily News
15 June 1929
Not Verbatim


Sam Bruguier Of Pioneering Fame Dies Last Week

McLaughlin, June 15 - Sam Bruguier, pioneer settler of McLaughlin and one of the best known frontiersmen in the Dakotas, passed away at the agency hospital in Fort Yates last week at the age of 73.
A colorful character of the old west, Mr. Bruguier was born at the first trading post established on the present site of Sioux City [Note: Sergeant Bluff, Woodbury County, Iowa] in August, 1856. His father, Theophile Bruguier, a French-Canadian fur trader, came up the Missouri in 1839, and ten years later established trading headquarters at Sioux City, and was well known as farm up the river as Fort Pierre [phrase exact but unclear]. [Note: About 200 hundred miles north of Sioux City on Missouri River in South Dakota, just south of Cheyenne River and Standing Rock reservations].
Theophile Bruguier married two daughters of War Eagle, the famous Sioux chieftain. Sam was one of the three sons by the oldest daughter of War Eagle. A few years ago, when the remains of War Eagle were interred in a Sioux City park, Sam Bruguier was a guest of honor.
Mr. Bruguier came into Dakota Territory in 1868, visited the site of Mobridge [Walworth County, South Dakota] in 1872, participated in the Hills gold rush [Black Hills South Dakota Gold Rush], and fought the Indians in various wars.
He was a personal friend of General Miles, General Hugh Scott, Tom Custer, and many of the frontiersmen. General Scott visited Bruguier in McLaughlin several times, the last occasion being a year ago.
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Group Photo
His father's (Theophile) burial, photo


JOHN PATRICK BUCKLEY

John was born in Ireland on 12 April 1847. His name was Newton J. Pilcher, Jr., and the name he used when in December 1863 he enlisted for the Civil War giving his birth date as 1845. In mustered in Company G, 14th Regiment Iowa Infantry as a Private on 19 January 1864 and was mustered out as a Private on 8 August 1865 after being wound at the Battle of Pleasant Hill in Louisana. He also served in Company A. His pension papers indicated he also served in the Indian Wars in Montana and North Dakota in the 13th and 22nd Regiments of the U. S. Infantry but detailed records could not be found. It appears that he started using the Buckley surname around 1870. John started receiving his pension on 23 December 1891 and his wife, Monica, started receiving a widows pension on 9 January 1918. During his post-war life, John and his family resided in the Standing Rock Reservation and Fort Rice areas. John died on 12 November 1917 and is buried at Fort Rice Cemetery in Morton County. Burial, Tombstone Picture. More John Buckley biographical information can be found at the Selfridge History Page.


GEORGE HENRY BYINGTON

George served in the Spanish-American War. He was born 1 June 1877 and died 10 June 1936. He is buried at Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota. See Memorial, Tombstone, Portrait. There is an extensive family biography in the Selfridge Golden Jubilee book at pages 263-265. Using a search routine, there are several references in the book to Byington family.