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"Another Pioneer Of Potter County Gone To His Reward"


Unknown Newspaper

Available through the Dakota Sunset Museum

July 4, 1946

Funeral services were conducted at the Gettysburg Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon for Robert Duncan, retired Potter County farmer, who died at the Lowe Hospital, Mobridge, Thursday, June 27th. Rev. Phillip R. Anderson, of Mobridge, was in charge.

Robert Duncan was born August 15, 1859, at Grinnell, Iowa. He spent most of his younger years in Iowa, except for a few years each in Idaho and Wisconsin. In 1919, he moved to South Dakota, where he resided in Lebanon, Gettysburg and Mobridge.

On May 14, 1885, he was united in marriage at LeMars, Iowa, to Alice Crowley, who passed away on May 8, 1935. to this union, 7 children were born, two of whom proceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his loss, 5 children: Mrs. Inez Lillibridge, Gettysburg; Mrs. Olive McGeachy of Iroquois, SD; Earl K. Duncan, Lebanon; Alan C. Duncan, Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Mildred Lay, Mobridge and fifteen grandchildren.

He was a honest, upright man who really believed in and adhered to the Goldren Rule of Life and there was no sacrifice to great to make for his family for which they are truly grateful.

Here for the funeral from outside were the Alan C. Duncans' Alice M. Lillibridge, of Minneapolis and Mr and Mrs. McGeachy.


(News-May 16, 1935)

Alice Crowley was born at Dubuque County, Iowa, July 28, 1863 and passed peacefully away at the home of her daughter , Mrs. W.H. Lillibridge, near Gettysburg, Wednesday morning, May 8, 1935.

When about 14 years of age, she moved with her parents to Buena Vista County, Iowa.

On May 14, 1885, she was united in marriage to Robert Duncan at LeMars, Iowa. To this union seven children were born, two of whom preceded her in death.

With the exception of a few years in Idaho, she spent most of her life in Ida and Sac Counties, Iowa. In 1914 she with her family moved to Milladore, Wisconsin, where they resided until the spring of 1919, at which time they removed to Potter County, South Dakota, residing in this vicinity of Lebanon and Gettysburg until the time of her death.

Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her loss, three daughters, Mrs. Inez Lillibridge of Gettysburg, Mrs. Olive McGeachy of Iroquis, Mrs. Mildred Lay of Pierre; two sons, Earl K. of Lebanon, and Alan C. of Boston, Mass.; 14 grandchildren, also one sister, Mrs. Rachael Cloud of Montevideo, Minn., two brothers, Joseph Crowley of Storm Lake, Iowa and Frank Crowley of Alcester, S.D. and many other relatives and friends.

A faithful Christain and member of the Presbyterian Church, she attended Church whenever opportunity permitted.

Her brilliant mind and pleasing personality won her the esteem of all who knew her and as a devoted wife and mother she will be greatly missed by loved ones left behind.

Had she lived until May 14, 1935, Mr. And Mrs. Duncan would Have celebrated fifty years of happy married life.


November 18, 1971

Services for Earl K. Duncan, 78, were held in the United Methodist Church, Gettysburg, Thursday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Russell M. Peirce, Minister. Interment was in Gettysburg Cemetery.

Mr. Duncan was born in Caldwell, Idaho, Nov. 19, 1892 and died in Gettysburg Memorial Hospital Monday, Nov. 8, 1971.

As an infant his parents took him to Odebolt, Iowa, then they moved to Milladore, Wis. He attended college in Omaha, Nebraska, served in World War 1 and moved to Lebanon in 1918.

He and Adelle M. Weed were married at Redfield, Jan. 12, 1923.

Survivors include daughters Audrey, Mrs. Robert Kenimer, Hampton, Va., Marion, Mrs. John Wolter, Woonsocket; sons Donald K. Duncan, LaGrange, Ill., and Robert Duncan, Woodland, Wash.; sisters Mrs. Inez Lillibridge, Mrs. Olive McGeachy, Gettysburg, Mildred, Mrs. Leonard Lay, Aberdeen; brother Alan C. Duncan, Creston, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; many nieces ,nephews and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, son William and two Infant sisters.

Mr. Duncan was a member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Potter County draft board and Oam (?) Wal Electric board.

Langslet Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements.

Wm. E. Duncan

(News 3-13-1969)

William E. Duncan, 41, of 2206 Adams Ave., a San Diego, Calif., Police Department Homicide Detective, died Feb. 5, 1969 in Mercy Hospital there.

He was the son of Mr. And Mrs. Earl K. Duncan of Lebanon.

Mr. Duncan, a detective was suffering from a brain injury and had contracted pneumonia. He joined the police dept. in 1958, worked a patrol beat, then was transferred the juvenile division and later was assigned to the detective division.

Mr. Duncan was one of the first officers on the scene at the four-hour shootout in 1965 when a holdup man barricaded himself in the Hub Jewelry & Loan Co. at 711 Fifth Ave.

He was awarded a Police Dept., commendation for exceptional ability to follow orders and for competence in use of combat weapons.

He is survived by his widow, Cecilia; two daughter, Marguerite and Kathleen and three sons, Stephen, Michael and Daniel, all of San Diego.


Jan. 23, 1975 (paper unknown)

Olive McGeachy, 85 died in St. Luke's Hospital, Aberdeen, January 12, 1975. She was born at Odebolt, Iowa March 11, 1889, where she lived until 1919 when she moved to a farm near Iroquois.

In 1967 she came to Gettysburg and became a resident of Oahe Manor.

She was married to Alex McGeachy March 6, 1915 at Ft. Dodge, Iowa.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church at Iroquois and a member of the Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include sisters Mrs. Inez Lillibridge, Gettysburg, Mrs. Leonard (Mildred) Lay, Aberdeen, and brother Alan, Cleveland, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three infant children, and one brother .

Services were conducted by the Rev. Donald Rahn, United Methodist Minister, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. in Langslet Funeral Home, Gettysburg.

Interment rites at Odebolt, Iowa were conducted by the Rev. Joseph Lemmon, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. Farber and Otteman were in charge of arrangements.

Olive McGeachy was the daughter of Robert and Alice (Crowley) Duncan



Livingston, Mont.- Mildred Marian Lay, 91, of Livingston and formerly of Aberdeen, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 1995, at Livingston Health and Rehab Center.

Her memorial service will be at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday at Franzen-Davis-Bebee Chapel in Livingston. The Rev. Roger Churness of the American Lutheran Church will officiate.

Burial of cremains will take place in Minneapolis.

Mildred Marian Duncan was born April 28, 1904, to Robert and Alice (Crowley) Duncan, at Odebolt, Iowa. The family moved to Gettysburg, where she graduated from high school in the early 1920's. She worked in a bank.

She married Leonard L. Lay on Oct. 28, 1934. they lived in Mobridge, then moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for the U.S. Department of Fish and Game. In the early 1960's, they moved to Aberdeen, then to Helena, Mont. In the early 1980's. He died in 1990. After a brief period again in Minneapolis, she moved to Livingston in 1994.

She enjoyed playing cards and loved to travel.

Survivors include one son, James O. Lay of Helena; one Daughter, Mary Ann Nord of Arizona; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Inez Lillibridge, 108, died Monday, May 22 at the home of her daughter in Minneapolis, MN. Mrs. Lillibridge was a longtime resident of Potter County and Gettysburg.

Her funeral will be held Friday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Luce Funeral Home in Gettysburg. Burial will be in Gettysburg Cemetery. Rev. Bert Van Essen will officiate.


Inez Lillibridge, age 108, of Minneapolis, MN., formerly of Gettysburg, passed away Monday, May 22, 1995, at her home with the support of hospice. Her funeral was held Friday, May 26, at Luce Funeral Home in Gettysburg with Rev. Bert Van Essen officiating. Burial was in Gettysburg Cemetery under the direction of Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg.

Inez Duncan was born Apr. 7, 1887, at Odebolt, Ia., to Robert and Alice (Crowley) Duncan. As a small girl she moved to Idaho and four years later returned to Iowa. On July 16, 1917, she married William Lillibridge at Minneapolis and they made their home on a farm in Spink Co. SD. In the spring of 1920 they and their infant son moved to a newly purchased farm in Potter County, South Dakota. Sad times came in the 1930's when Bill and Inez lost the family farm in Potter County. After Bill's death in 1948, Inez lived in a mobile home in the rear of her son, Wayne's home where she lived until after her 100th birthday at which time she moved to live daughter Alice in Minneapolis. Over the years she made many trips to visit the children in Minnesota and New York.

As a young girl she was baptized into the Presbyterian Church. She delighted in telling stories about her delightfully mischievous side as a young girl floating on a plank down the river, paddling boats along river steamers and adventuring out into the marshes. Several years ago she took her first ride in a speed boat and she stated, "I enjoyed it a lot and I think that I would enjoy water skiing; I was just born too soon!"

Inez is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lyle and Donna Lillibridge of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Alice Heller of Minneapolis and daughter-in-law, Edna Lillibridge, Gettysburg. She has 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mildred Lay of Livingston, MT.

She was precede in death by her parents, husband on Nov. 27, 1948; two sons, one daughter, one great-granddaughter, Melissa Simon, two brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers were Randy Lillibridge, Larry Lillibridge, Nick Simon, Chris Simon, Rick Kohout and Michael Kohout.



News 8-5-1971

Services for Mrs. Earl K. Duncan, Lebanon, were held in the First United Methodist Church, Gettysburg, Monday, Aug. 2, at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. Russell M. Peirce. Interment was at the Gettysburg Cemetery.

Adelle M. Weed was born to Thomas E. and Adelle (Finch) Weed Feb. 15, 1899 at Fairbanks in Sully County. At the age of three, she moved with her parents to Potter County where she lived the major portion of her life. She attended school in Lebanon, Ft. Pierre, McMinnville, Ore. And Aberdeen.

On Jan. 12 1923, she was united in marriage to Earl K. Duncan. To this union, five children were born.

Mrs. Duncan passed away suddenly on July 29 at the Gettysburg Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Earl, sons Robert and Donald, daughters Mrs. John (Marian) Wolter and Mrs. Robert (Audrey) Kenimer, sisters Mrs. Clifford (Florence) Norris and Mrs. Elmer (Marian) Olson, eighteen grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son William, her parents and her brother Frank.

She taught school before her marriage and again after her children were grown. She was a member of the Baptist Church, McMinnville, Ore., Faulkton Chapter of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of the Gray Ladies at the Oahe Manor and active in that organization until her death.

Attending the services from away were Mr. And Mrs. Robert Duncan, Woodland, Wash., Mr. And Mrs. John Wolter and children, Woonsocket, Mr. And Mrs. Robert Kenimer and children, Hampton, Va., Mr. And Mrs. Donald Duncan and children, LaGrange, Ill., Mr. And Mrs. Clifford Norris and Mr. And Mrs. Elmer Olson, McMinville, Ore., Mr. And Mrs. Leonard Lay, Aberdeen, Mr. And Mrs. Clayton Heller and daughter, Minneapolis, Minn. And George Trumble of Pierre.