Evelyn Anderson was chosen as this year’s Grand Marshal for the Dupree Pioneer Day’s Parade. Evelyn Anderson was born at the Creamer Community Hospital in Dupree, SD, on July 14, 1936, during the hot and dry years called the ‘Dirty Thirties’. She attended all twelve years of school at Dupree and graduated from high school in 1954. She participated in several school activities during high school such as music and sports. She played drums in band, sang in the glee club, mixed chorus, sang solos, and played girls basketball all four years.
On September 3, 1955, Evelyn married Calvin Anderson. They lived on the Anderson farm seven miles northeast of Dupree. Later in life, due to the loss of their home by fire, they moved into town. Evelyn has two sons, Lonnie and Perry and a daughter Vicki Schilling. She also has six grandchildren and five great grandsons.
Growing up Evelyn was a busy lady on the farm: raising her family, doing chores, gardening, canning, sewing, baking (especially apple pies!), crafting, and loved doing photography. She helped her husband photograph many weddings in the community.
Evelyn has been a very active member in our community. She has been a member of the America Legion Auxiliary for 49 years (and at the present time is now a life time member), is a member of the Dupree Community Club, Ziebach County Historical Society, Senior Citizens, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Alter Society (has been secretary of the Alter Society for 60 years), she was also a 40 year member of the Cloverleaf Extension Club. A great award was given to Evelyn for being such as outstanding member of our community. In 1998 Evelyn was chosen Citizen of the Year in Dupree.
For 18 years Evelyn was the editor of the West River Progress, Dupree’s local newspaper. She also worked for the Isabel Dakotan for a couple years after the West River Progress was sold to the West River Eagle news. Evelyn worked 22 years covering news, taking photos, and writing stories for the two newspapers.
Evelyn said that, “She enjoys retirement and spending time working in the flower garden and yard. She always has the coffee pot on as she enjoys company and visiting.”