World War I
The World War effected
South Dakota as it did the whole nation. Almost 5,000,000 men served
in the armed forces during the war. Over 32,000 South Dakotans served in
the military services during World War I, and around 1600 were wounded in action,
and 210 were killed.
In 1985 a stamp honoring World War I veterans was
issued. The design is a sketch by South Dakota artist Harvey Dunn
(1884-1952), The Battle of Marne France. He was one of eight
artists who were selected to report combat action at the
front in visual images. The image on the stamp is based on Dunn's
pencil sketch of the second Battle of the Marne in July 1918.
Slania put his signature, inverted, in the grass
below the upper bayonet.
Babe Ruth was hired to play in an exhibition
baseball game in Deadwood in 1922. After hitting several foul balls
out of the park he hit a double and a single at three times at bat.
Deadwood won the game 4 to 2 against an All-Star team from the Black
Hills league. He stayed in the Franklin Hotel. Ruth's team-make, Bob
Meusel, played for the All-Stars.