Our appreciation goes out to Linda Black for sharing the below presentations. These are pieces of the presentation she delivered at the 2011 Rapid City Chamber Meet and Greet. Thank-you Linda, great job!
The following was submitted by Gladys Simpson.
"My family came to Rapid City on February 14th, 1932 by train..."
"In town at that time there were two general stores, a pharmacy, a bakery, two butcher shops, a hardware store, a lumber yard, a garage with a Ford dealership and the local power plant, another garage that had the local Chevrolet dealership, a livery stable, a tinsmith, a pool room/barbershop, two railways, two grain elevators, a blacksmith shop, a shoemaker, Queens Hotel, Royal Bank of Canada, Packers creamery, and a transfer business. There was also a doctor and veterinarian/auctioneer. Both CNR and CPR ran through town, with stations. You could travel to Winnipeg on the CN leaving Rapid City at 9:00 am and arriving in Winnipeg at 5:00 pm. On the CPR there were also two grain elevators. Other amenities were the Post Office, Telephone office, Town office and RM office."
"We had two schools at that time, a little school (now Bob Thompson's home) and the regular school (now the museum). The little school went out of existence when I was going into grade 2, and we all moved over to the big school, which then housed grades 1 to 11. There were also three churches in town, the Anglican, United and Baptist which was located where the children's playground now sits on the corner of 3rd and highway 270."
"The world was in the middle of the Great Depression, so it was a time of struggle for everyone to make a living. But as everyone was in the same boat, no one seemed to notice that fact. At that time many of the sidewalks were wooden planks, and it was not uncommon to see kids crawling under them, looking for any change that may be dropped through the cracks."
"Although we had the power plant in town, iceboxes were necessary to keep food from going bad , as the plant did not operate 24 hours a day."
Below are snippets of stories sent into us from residence (past and present) and visitors of our town. If you have any stories you'd like to share, please send them to us using the contact us link above.
"As children, we spent a great deal of time outside in both winter and summer, and in a lot of cases the river was our playground, swimming and rafting in the summer and skating in the winter. The school hill was also a popular spot as we would slide down it for hours, or until the town bell rang, telling us it was supper time. As we grew older, Shorty Anderson's hill, south of town, was also an added attraction as it was bigger. There was never a time when when you couldn't find a bunch of kids for a game of some description, scrub, aunty aunty I over, kick the can, canny can, or hoist your sails - spending time inside was the last thing you wanted to do, as someone would always find a chore for you to do.
At one time, the Oddfellows used to put on a movie on Saturday nights, so that was a big attraction, they also held dances on the second floor much to the chargin of the druggists whose business was on the lower floor, as many times they would find some of their product on the floor the morning after a dance. Dances were very popular, and people never had babysitters, but would take the kids with them, and when they tired, they would just be laid down on a couple of coats until the dance was over. Some nights there would be two dances going on at the same time, one in the Oddfellows hall and one in the hall above the post office which is now the hairdresser's place." - Gladys Simpson