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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1981
Home TownWessington Springs, SD
BirthMarch 10, 1891
Syracuse, NE
Wessington Springs, SD

   Roscoe Dean
Champion of Excellence

 Roscoe Elmer Dean was born to Martha and Theodore Dean. The family homesteaded in Dakota Territory in 1883. Although, they moved temporarily back to their former home in Nebraska because of drought, poverty and Indian uprising in the Dakotas.

Martha returned to Dakota with her sons in the summer of 1892. Relatives brought them to Niabrara where they crossed the Missouri on a ferry. One of Roscoe's duties as a boy was herding cattle on the unfenced prairie. By the time he was twenty, he had ridden across most of western South Dakota. He often slept on the prairie. Roscoe bought the home farm from his parents and through good management increased their holdings to a debt free, highly productive ranch. <p>Roscoe was a member of Templeton Congregational Church and was an active lay leader. He was a leader in civic affairs and for many years was a national Director of Consumers’ Cooperative of America. During the time he was director of what is now known as Farmland Industries, Roscoe took an active part in establishing the Co-Op Petroleum and Fertilizer Industry. <p>The South Dakota Hereford Association, on a number of occasions, honored Dean. He had a lifeline woven of hard work, failure and success, heartache and happiness, directed always by faith in the principles of the Christian philosophy.

Home Town (Wessington Springs, SD)
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