General John J. Pershing
John J. Pershing
(1860-1948) graduated 30th in a class of 77 from West Point in 1886.
After serving with the cavalry in New Mexico he served in South Dakota
in charge of Indian scouts in 1890. From September 1981 to 1895 he was
Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of
John Phillip Sousa
The Mitchell Corn Palace
was begun in 1892. Many important musical groups performed during the
annual expositions over the years. In 1904 John Phillip Sousa's band
made its first appearance. The second Corn Palace was built in 1905.
The Sousa band also appeared in 1907 and 1925. His was the only group
to appear in all three Corn Palace buildings.
In 1887 the Dawes
act declared that Indian
land not allotted to an individual was "surplus," and was to be distributed in a lottery. One of the participants in Gregory
was 27 year old Harry S Truman, later to be the 32nd President
of the United States, serving from 1945 to 1953.
He arrived in Gregory
around 10:30 p.m. on October 16, 1911 and registered. About 7 hours later he
was on a train back to Missouri. His registration card had not
been selected for a claim. He wrote "I never could draw anything.... You
see, I am born under Neptune or some other far distant and unlucky
star. I guess it's good for me that I haven't [a] pessimistic
disposition. It seems best to be silly and grow fat. Just keep
imagining that my luck will change someday."