Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today recognized the 125th anniversary of the founding of the town of Hosmer, South Dakota. Johnson entered a statement in the Congressional Record commemorating the town’s anniversary.
“125 years after its founding, Hosmer continues to be a small town that represents the best South Dakota has to offer,” Johnson said. “I am honored to congratulate the people of Hosmer on this memorable occasion.”
Full text of the Congressional Record Statement from Johnson below:
Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to the 125th anniversary of the founding of the town of Hosmer, South Dakota. Located in Edmunds County, Hosmer is a close-knit community with a rich cultural heritage and a strong tradition of farming.
Named after Stella Hosmer, the railroad agent’s wife, the town was founded in 1887 and officially incorporated in 1904. Early settlers arrived in Hosmer shortly after the town’s founding. Most were German-Russians, who persevered despite drought, poor land and grasshopper infestations. Thanks in part to its location along the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, by the 1920s Hosmer was a flourishing community. Local businesses popped up, including general stores, cream stations, churches, a drug store, meat market and a hotel.
Today in Hosmer they still honor the traditions of their German-Russian ancestors. Kuchen, German Style Noodles, and German Style Sausage are just a few of their culinary specialties, available in local establishments. Many residents proudly make their own sausage, much like the intrepid settlers who founded Hosmer 125 years ago.
The people of Hosmer will be celebrating their quasquicentennial June 29th to July 1st with a complete schedule of events. There will be entertainment for children in the park, a free meal, car show, parade, dances, music, and performances. It promises to be a weekend full of family fun.
125 years after its founding, Hosmer continues to be a small town that represents the best South Dakota has to offer. I am honored to congratulate the people of Hosmer on this memorable occasion.