|Dowdell was Sanborn County's first citizen- pioneer, post mortem, 1961. His picture is in the SD Historical Exhibit in Huron, SD. He was proud to be invited to introduce President Woodrow Wilson in Sioux Falls, and to be given an interview with Theodore Roosevelt in Washington, D.C.
Dowdell managed to bring the National Editorial Association to tour the Black Hills, bringing inestimable publicity to our state. He was also credited with the Bill that gave free textbooks to South Dakota schools. <p>As a land man, Dowdell brought trainloads of land seekers to Sanborn Co., supplementing the departing claim holders and bringing good Iowa farmers to the area.Always active in recreation, through his paper he brought lectures, road and tent shows to Artesian and fostered community and county celebrations. He purchased and operated Ruskin Park with his partner, for 16 years, 1910-1926. <p>By binding and preserving the pioneer issues of the Sanborn Co. Advocate, Robert Dowdell provided highly valuable source material for the county's history in 1952. Mr. Dowdell also owned the Woonsocket News and the Letcher Blade, both in Sanborn County.
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