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Title Louis G. Ochsenreiter
Span Dates 1923-1932
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1925-1930)
Quantity .25 linear ft.
Printed Material
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

 Louis G. Ochsenreiter was born on February 17, 1857 to Gephard and Pauline Ochsenreiter in Bradford, Indiana.  Ochsenreiter was one of twelve children.  In 1865, his family moved to Jordan, Minnesota.  When Ochsenreiter’s father died in 1867, he went to work at hardware store in St. Paul, Minnesota and afterward at an implement dealership in Jordan.

 In 1880, several residents from Jordan, including Ochsenreiter, decided to move to Dakota Territory.  They settled around the area of what would become Webster, South Dakota.  Ochsenreiter staked a homestead and a tree claim in Rusk Township, Day County.  In addition to that, he opened a hardware store in Webster and Bristol with his partner Andrew Smail.  Ochsenreiter eventually opened an implement dealership in 1900 and automobile dealership in 1915.

 Ochsenreiter served as the first treasurer for Day County as well as Webster Village President from 1888-1889 and again in 1891.  In1892, he assumed leadership of South Dakota World’s Fair Commission and served as an Examiner in the Department of Justice from 1903-1907.

Ochsenreiter was married to Nellie R. Murphy in 1887.

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