Watertown Appleby Foley Grover Kampeska Pelican Rauville Waverly

I just had to make a hashtag out of it

I was looking through a genealogical database while at the local library the other day and decided to probe the Social Security Death Index.

In my grandfather’s file, there’s a long list of towns, places where he worked, I think. This is rather unusual. Most files only list one place, the last residence of the person.

Grandpa began working as a cashier at the age of 16 at a bank in Grover, South Dakota. It was called the State Bank of Grover. His older brother Herman worked there too. I think the bank went under in 1921, the same year as a robbery a la Bonnie and Clyde.

He worked in goverment for many years, first with the Works Progress Administration, then as the city and county auditor, in Watertown, South Dakota and Codington County. This may explain why his file is so thorough, because he was. Every year he helped many file their taxes.

I am assuming the list, chronologically, is backwards. It may also indicate where he and the family lived. Thus, his first job was at Waverly, where his parents lived for many years. Next is Rauville, where his parents were buried. I don’t know anything about Pelican. Kampeska is the name of the lake to the northwest of Watertown, and Grandpa owned a house there. His parents lived there for awhile. Next is Grover, followed by Foley and Appleby, two more places I know nothing about. And finally there is Watertown, where he lived and worked most of his life.

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Name: Oscar Fromke
State of Issue: South Dakota
Date of Birth: Wednesday August 08, 1900
Date of Death: April 1976
Est. Age at Death: 75 years, 8 months
Last known residence:
City: WatertownApplebyFoleyGroverKampeskaPelicanRauvilleWaverly
County: Codington
State: South Dakota
ZIP Code: 57201
Latitude: 44.9156
Longitude: -97.1699

Name: Bernice Fromke
State of Issue: South Dakota
Date of Birth: Sunday November 03, 1912
Date of Death: February 1986
Est. Age at Death: 73 years, 3 months
Last known residence:
City: WatertownApplebyFoleyGroverKampeskaPelicanRauvilleWaverly
County: Codington
State: South Dakota
ZIP Code: 57201
Latitude: 44.9156
Longitude: -97.1699

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