Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) recognized Seneca on the 125th anniversary of its founding this month. Johnson entered a statement in the Congressional Record highlighting the milestone.
“Small communities like Seneca are the cornerstone of our state. I am honored to highlight this milestone for the community with a statement in the Congressional Record,” Johnson said.
Full text of the Congressional Record Statement from Johnson below:
Mr. President, today I rise in order to pay tribute to the 125th anniversary of the founding of the community of Seneca, South Dakota. After one hundred twenty five years, this agrarian community will have the chance to reflect on both its industrious history as well as the potential of its future.
Beginning with a sod shanty that served as a stopping post as well as the local post office, Seneca began to thrive after the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad pushed west and created the town in 1886. After drawing the name Seneca from a hat, the town immediately began to boom with local businesses being brought in from the surrounding towns. Seneca transitioned from a cattle range to a farming community, with progressive modern conveniences including a notable water system.
This strong town has bound together throughout the years to accomplish whatever came their way. From sending engraved gold rings with their soldiers to World War I in 1917, to building a community center for one thousand dollars in 1937, the citizens of Seneca support their town and its people. This spirit of unity has sustained Seneca through one hundred and twenty five years of changes and will support them as they move forward. I congratulate the people of Seneca on reaching this historic anniversary.
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