|Carleton Delbridge was born in Illinois and came to South Dakota with his family when he was 10 years old. He attended school in the Beresford area and enlisted in the Navy in 1918. He studied law at USD and finished at George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1924. He worked for a time in Washington as Postmaster for the Senators and returned to Sioux Falls to begin his law practice.
Mr. Delbridge was always a person whose actions were directed toward helping others. In 1943, after the death of Edward Jeffrey, he became trustee for the Edward Jeffrey Trust. Through the administration of this trust, he contributed financial assistance for the care of handicapped children at Sioux Valley Hospital and Crippled Children's Hospital and School. He established an annual "Day at the Zoo" for children with disabilities in the Sioux Empire area, utilizing funds from this trust. <p>Over the years, Mr. Delbridge sponsored many displaced persons, giving them the chance to make a new life in America. These individuals came from Latvia, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico and China. <p>Mr. Delbridge was deeply concerned with young people and their education. He was instrumental in acquiring a parking lot to serve the needs of the YMCA, YWCA, and the First Congregational Church. He was one of two alumni founders of the South Dakota Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in Brookings, SD. As an incentive for participation in the fraternity and good grades, he also established three "C. J. Delbridge Awards" given by SD Theta annually for outstanding scholar, outstanding active and outstanding alumnus. <p>In 1983, Mr. Delbridge made a gift, for which he is probably be best remembered. He purchased a priceless collection of stuffed big game animals from the estate of Henry Brockhouse and donated the collection to the city of Sioux Falls. The City then built a museum for these animals and named it the "Delbridge Museum of Natural History". Mr. Delbridge made an addition to these animals by obtaining a stuffed giant panda from China in 1985. He helped bring another attraction to the Zoo in 1988 when cash donations were used to purchase penguins. <p>Mr. Delbridge's hobbies and interests centered around agriculture. Over the years he was a dairy farmer and cattle feeder. He experimented with various breeds of cattle, sheep and poultry. His farming operations led to involvement’s with farm related industries including Crescent Creamery, Dual Manufacturing and K-W Manufacturing. He made significant contributions to agriculture through these businesses. <p>Mr. Delbridge's awards over the years are numerous and include the Sioux Falls' Boss of the Year, Honorary Admiral of the USS South Dakota, American Legion 60 Year Award, Grand Marshall of Sioux Falls St. Patrick's Day Parade, and 50 and 60 Year medals and pins of the Masonic Grand Lodge of South Dakota.
|Home Town (Beresford, SD)|