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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.

SCN 2154

Babe Ruth

     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.

SCN 2046

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