Douglas County, SD Prairie Fire, Apr 1889

Human Life Lost.

Armour, S. D., April 5. -- Douglas county was visited by one of the worst prairie fires ever known. Many farmers lost everything, and are homeless and destitute. The house of William Cline was burned. Mrs. Cline perishing in the flames. She was 70 years old, and the mother of E. W. Cline, prosecuting attorney of Douglas county.

Aberdeen Weekly News, Aberdeen, SD 6 Apr 1889

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The Great Prairie Fire

Edgar W. Cline was my great, grandfather. I'm guessing William Cline was my great, great grandfather. I've seen one other reference to this fire in our family photo albums. Does anyone else have any more knowledge of it?

My grandmother, Esther Cline Jolly, moved from the Armour and Corsica area to Seattle, and later, to Ypsilanti, Michigan. She married my grandfather, Carlos Jolly, in Detroit in about 1912. He was in Michigan's state house and later general attorney for GM.

I think the family of D.M. Henderson also had roots in the Douglas County area.

Does anyone have any information on any of my old relatives? My father (Edgar W. Jolly) owned a farm in the area until the 1960s.

Please email if you have any information.

Craig Jolly
craigjolly@vcomcast.net