|Louis Rudolf Flaigg was born in Deadwood on March 11, 1883 to John and Martha Lorinz Flaigg. He attended school in Lead, SD, but at an early age his father filed for a homestead on Horse Creek west of Newell, SD. Louis, his mother, four brothers, and one sister lived on the homestead during the summers.
In 1904, Louis filed for his own homestead on the Moreau River east of Hoover, South Dakota. He ranched there until he retired and moved to Spearfish in 1963. <p>As a young man, Louis spent his days ranching, horse breaking, sod busting, raising cattle and running sheep. For much needed extra money he located homesteads and hauled hay and wood all the way to Ft. Meade, SD. He was also an experienced trapper. He would trap anything from wolves, bobcats, coyotes, and bear to beaver and jackrabbits. <p>Every week, Louis played the fiddle for area dances. He traveled many miles by horse and wagon to entertain until dawn, many times in below zero weather. Although he performed for free, he passed a hat for donations. He did this until enough money was donated to build Hoover Hall. The Hoover Hall was built in the early 1900’s and was used for meetings and dances. <p>While ranching, Louis entered the Butte County Fair every year, winning hundreds of ribbons for his garden produce and rock and mineral displays. One year, he won all of the ribbons for his sugar beets from his garden, winning over all the irrigated beets entered. He was an avid gardener and his garden was always his pride and joy. <p>Louis was a helping hand to anyone in need. He was always there to help with cattle drives going through to all of his neighbors, and for anything else they may have needed. His whole life was an exciting adventure, each day bringing about a new experience.
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