|When Abraham Blumenthal lived in Deadwood, he served as a sergeant in the Army in WWI from 1918 until the war was over and was stationed at Camp Grant, Illinois. He played in the band as a bugler.
In 1930, when Abraham moved to Belle Fourche, he managed the New York Store. On Oct.18, 1930, he married Myrtle Scotvold Roberts. <p>Many people remember Blumenthal as Chairman of the Black Hills Roundup in the 1930's. He always participated in the parades and did so until his death. He was past President of the Chamber of Commerce in Belle Fourche and the Commercial Club. <p>In 1937, Abraham moved to Rapid City and bought the New York Store. He and his wife owned and operated the store until 1955 when the name was changed to Blumenthal's and his son, Ben, joined the firm at that time. <p>When Abraham came to Rapid City, he was very involved with the community. He was Chairman of the Red Cross Chapter in Rapid City from 1952-54. He was the Director and Treasurer of the Bennett Clarkson Nursing Home in 1957-58. He raised $30,000.00 on the telephone one day to help build the Bennett Clarkson Nursing Home. During this time, Abraham was also Chairman of the March of Dimes. <p>Abraham Blumenthal was very active in the Masons and Shrine. He headed the Naja band and was also in the clown unit and Santa Claus unit. He served on the Sunshine Committee during which time he made many visitations to the hospitals to see sick people and cheer them up. He was a 55-year member of the Elks Club and was very active in Cosmopolitans. Blumenthal won the 1st Distinguished Service Award of the Cosmopolitan Club in 1958. He was one of the best bell ringers on the street for collecting money for the club and also different charities. He was a 50-year member of the Legion and was also a member of the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Black Hills Badlands and Lakes Association, 40 & 8, and Issac Walton League. He was active in all organizations. <p>
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