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 William Cleveland

William Cleveland

Quebec, Canada
Death 2 Nov 1922 (aged 87)
Milbank, Grant County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Milbank, Grant County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 27762074 · View Source
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William was born at Barnston Corners, Quebec, Canada. He was married to Hannah Horton at Cannon Falls, Minnesota, August 20, 1862. Shortly after their marriage the family moved to Northfield, Minnesota. All of their children were born there, namely; Relief (Henry Tyler), Laura (Abram Chapman), William, Nellie (Bert Voss), and Aimee Cleveland.

On March 25, 1865, William enlisted in the Civil War army; he was discharged on September 26, 1965. This service entitled him to United States Citizenship.

The Cleveland family moved to Dakota Territory in 1880, homesteading on a farm four miles north of Milbank on Highway 15.

The claim house had not been completed when the blizzard of October 8, 1880, was upon them. William took a tent and covered the west side of the dwelling. Then he drove his team and wagon to Big Stone for provisions, nails, and lumber. For the first Christmas on the farm they had homemade bread and apple pie made from dried apples brought from Northfield. The baby got a rag doll, and a fluffy kitten was at the door on Christmas morning.

The house was eventually completed. The family farmed and also had a milk route to Milbank.

The blizzard of January 12, 1888, was a notorious one. William was returning from Milbank and ran into the blizzard. Finally the horses could no longer face the north as their nostrils and ears filled with ice and snow. Just a mile from home William, and the horses, took shelter in a partly built house. He found a head of a match in his pocket and by cutting shavings, he was able to kindle a fire in a small stove. By sleeping between the horses he was able to live through the night, then made his way home in the morning.

After a few years the Cleveland family moved to Milbank. Their first home was a large white house across the street from the Episcopal Church. Their last home was next to and south of the church. The family belonged to the Congregational Church.

William built many building in Milbank. Some landmarks were: First Methodist Church, Masonic Temple, St. Hubert Hotel, Saunder's house (later Mundwiler's Funeral Home), the drugstore, and Middlebrook home.

After Hannah's death in 1915 William built a room on his daughter's (Nellie) home and lived with them. He also spent considerable time with his other daughter, Laura, and her family. He was always very active and raised a large garden. He had a two-wheeled cart and delivered garden produce to his customers as well as providing for his family.

William built a house at the age of 82, with help, but he shingled the roof. He passed away November 2, 1922, at the age of 87, and was laid to rest beside Hannah in the Milbank Cemetery.

'100 Years in Grant County South Dakota 1878-1978' by Grant County Historical Society



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 27762074
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Cleveland (15 Apr 1835–2 Nov 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27762074, citing Milbank Cemetery, Milbank, Grant County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Lori (contributor 46873135) .