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Historical Business Directory

…an expanding list of businesses that have colored our county.

Banks

  • Alcester State Bank, Alcester (1910)
  • Beresford State Bank, Beresford (1924)
  • Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Alcester (1910)
  • Farmers State Bank, Elk Point (1924)
  • First National Bank, Elk Point (1910)
  • Union County Bank of Elk Point (1910)

Auctioneers

  • Bovee and Murray, Elk Point (1910)

Clothiers

  • Wheeler & Andersons, Alcester (1924)
  • Lacey Lovelies Fabric Store, Alcester (1985)

Ferries

  • Paquette Ferry

Gas Stations

  • Hub City, Hwy 77

Livestock and Agriculture Services

  • D.T. Gilman Horse Ranch
    Located in section 11 of Big Sioux Township in the year 1892.

Druggists

  • W.J. Conly & Sons, Elk Point
  • Pioneer Drug and Edgar’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop, Elk Point 1980

Hardware

  • Lester E. Johnson, Alsen

Hotels

  • Ryan Hotel, Jefferson (1892)
  • Tremont Hotel, Elk Point (1910)

Ice Houses

  • J&S 5, Big Sioux River (1892)
  • Desparois, Big Sioux River (1892)

Livery/Stable

  • Chas. Busnell, Alcester (1910)
  • Geo. W. Moeler, Elk Point (1910)
  • John A. Dahlin, Alcester (1910)
  • Mat L. Schmid, Beresford (1910)

Merchants

  • J.R. Arthier, Jefferson (1910)
  • Ringsrud Merchantile, Elk Point (1910)
  • Silverberg’s Merch. Co., Elk Point

Lumber

  • Beresford Lumber Company, Beresford (1924)
  • F.M. Slagel & Company, Alcester (1924)
  • S.H. Bowman Lumber Company (1910)
  • Thompson Yards, Alcester (1924)

Mills

  • Centennial Grain Mill
    Marked on 1892 County Map. Located east of Richland in the NE quarter of Section 28 in Pleasant Township. A ferry crossing the Big Sioux River operated just north of the mill. A safe place to ford the river is marked a half-mile south of the mill.
  • Isaac Moore Saw Mill
    Located in 1892 on Section 2 in Civil Bend Township
  • Old Virginia Mill
    Located on L1-3180 near section 29 of Virginia Township
  • Portland Grain Mill
    Portland Mill, it operated on the Big Sioux River until 1887, “just below the bridge.” FIND Jefferson at the intersection of Dakota & Main (originally Lot 3, Section 32, Township 91, Range 48).

Photographers

  • J.R. Bullis, Elk Point (1910)

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