Guide to the James McNenny Family Papers At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: James McNenny Family
Title: James McNenny Family Papers
Dates: 1891-1939
Quantity: 26 box(es) (11 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS045
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

James Patrick McNenny was a prominent lawyer who resided in Sturgis, South Dakota. He also served as a circuit court judge. His jurisdiction included, Lawrence, Butte, and Meade Counties. He was born December 6, 1874 in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were James McNenny, Sr. and Julia (Harrington) McNenny. After James, Sr.'s death, Julia moved to Meade County, South Dakota with her four children and set up a farm in 1894. James McNenny attended country school in Meade County and later for two years in Rapid City. He began reading law with Mike McMahon. He later studies Law at Highland Park College at Des Moines, Iowa. He worked his way through school as a stenographer in law offices. He graduated in 1901 and was admitted to the bar in both Iowa and South Dakota.

In 1902 he joined Charles C. Polk, under the firm name of Polk & McNenny, which association was continued until 1908. He was elected states attorney of Meade County in 1903 and continued in that office until 1907. In February of the latter year he was appointed county judge by Governor Crawford and was reelected to the office at the following election, continuing upon the bench until January 1, 1911. He acted as city attorney for Sturgis for a period of six years and in January, 1914, he was appointed to the circuit bench by Governor Byrne.

He was also involved in many civic activities. For a number of years he served as clerk of the board of education of Sturgis. He joined the South Dakota National Guard as a private, and advanced to the rank of major in command of the Third Battalion of the South Dakota National Guard. He was in 1908 a member of the first rifle team sent to the national encampment at Camp Perry. For one year he served as quartermaster and for a time was judge advocate general of the military organization of the state.

He married Miss Kate Halbert on February 11, 1908. Miss Halbert was the daughter of James B. and Margaret (Moore) Halbert and a niece of the late Judge Joseph B. Moore, of Lead, South Dakota. They had five children, Kate, Harold, Marion, Mabel and Wilbur. James McNenny died January 25, 1944 of Influenza. He is buried in Bear Butte Cemetery, in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is correspondence related to James McNenny's Law practice. Approximately a third of the collection is assorted documentation related to the McNenny Family.

Preferred Citation

James McNenny Family Papers, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies, Black Hills State University

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Jacoway, October 2015

Detailed Description of the Collection


Series: File Alphabetical
Box File
1 1 B General 1909-1910
2 C General 1908-1909
3 Ca General 1912-1916
4 Caton Bros 1913-1919
5 Collen 1913-1914
6 Collins 1913-1914
7 Culbertson Land 1907-1908
8 Ga General 1909
9 Ha General 1908-1909
10 He General 1909
11 Hi General 1908-1909
12 Ho General 1908-1909
13 Howe, Milton 1908-1909
14 Hu General 1908-1909
15 I General 1908-1909
16 Irons-vs.-United Crude Oil Co. 1909-1911
Box File
2 1 Ja General 1908-1910
2 Jo General 1908-1909
3 Ke General 1908-1909
4 Ki - Ko 1908-1909
5 Ku General 1908-1909
6 La General 1908-1909
7 Le General 1909-1910
8 Li General 1908-1909
9 Ly General 1909
10 Ma General 1908-1909
11 Matthews 1909-1911
12 McB - McM 1909-1910
13 McFarland 1909
14 McGarr 1908
Box File
3 1 McN - McS 1909-1911
2 Me General 1910-1911
3 Meade County Bank 1910-1911
4 Merchants Protective and Collective Association 1911
5 Mi General 1908-1909
6 Mo General 1908-1910
7 Mu General 1910-1911
8 Na General 1910-1911
9 National Security Company 1908-1909
10 Ne General 1910-1911
11 Neary 1908-1909
12 Ni General 1910
13 No General 1910-1911
14 Ob - Od 1906-1909
15 Ol - Os 1908-1911
16 Pa General 1910-1911
17 Pe General 1910-1911
18 Ph General 1910
Box File
4 1 Pi - Pr 1910
2 Po General 1908-1909
3 Polk 1910-1911
4 Polk 1908-1909
5 Pu General 1908
6 Qu General 1908-1911
7 Re General 1909-1910
8 Red Owl Hardware Company 1909-1912
9 Reed 1909-1912
10 Ri General 1910-1911
11 Ro General 1910
12 Rood, F.M. 1909-1911
13 Rooney 1910-1911
14 Rosencranz Lands 1910
15 Ru - Ry 1908-1909
Box File
5 1 Sa General 1909-1911
2 Sc General 1908-1909
3 Sc General 1910-1911
4 Schnell Lots 1908-1909
5 Se General 1910
6 Sh General 1910-1911
7 Si General 1911
8 Sm General 1909-1911
9 Smith, W.R. 1906-1908
10 So General 1910-1911
11 Sp General 1910
12 St General 1908-1909
13 State of SD Adjutant General 1909-1910
14 State of SD Adjutant General 1910-1911
Box File
6 1 Su. General 1910-1911
2 Sw General 1910-1911
3 Ta General 1910-1912
4 Th General 1909-1910
5 Ti General 1910-1911
6 To General 1908-1910
7 Tr General 1910-1911
8 Tu - Ty 1908-1909
9 U - V 1908-1911
10 Voorhees, St. 1908-1909
11 Wa General 1909-1910
12 We General 1909-1912
13 Wh General 1910-1911
14 Wi General 1909-1911
15 Y - Z 1908

Series: Filed by Case Number
Box File
7 1 #442 Charles S. Hunt - Affidavit 1911
2 #443 Butler Bros. vs. Gross 1912
3 #444 Howe vs. Howe 1912
4 #445 Riley vs. Grafft 1911
5 #446 Gilbert vs. Gilbert 1912
6 #447 Steele Estate 1910-1913
7 #449 Grubl vs. City of Sturgis 1912
8 #450 Rumpff Estate 1912-1914
9 #452 State Papers 1904
10 #453 Sevey Estate 1911-1912
11 #454 McNenny vs. Rice 1912
12 #457 Meyer vs. Duncan 1912
13 #458 Henderson vs. Cahoy 1912
14 #459 Meade County Bank vs. Culbertson 1911
15 #460 Lewis Bankrupt 1912
Box File
8 1 #461 Lewis Bankrupt 1912
2 #462 Kent Ordinance ND
3 #463 Ladd vs. Linch 1911
4 #464 Kerper Land 1912
5 #465 McGowan vs. Merritt 1912
6 #466 Merritt Estate 1911
7 #467 Miller vs. Merritt 1911
8 #468 Bank of Lemmon vs. Meade County Bank 1911
9 #469 Bradford Bankrupt 1908-1912
10 #471 American Exchange Bank 1911-1912
11 #472 Bixby Mercantile Company 1912
12 #473 McNenny vs. Bennett 1912
13 #474 Hayes Estate ND
14 #476 Rood vs. Kasper, Weber and Merritt 1910-1912
15 #477 Lipett Estate 1911
16 #478 Ladd Estate 1912-1913
17 #479 Thurtell Estate 1911-1912
Box File
9 1 #480 Oliver Thurtell Estate 1912
2 #481 Paxton and Gallagher vs. Vrooman 1912
3 #482 Swift vs. Nichols 1912
4 #483 Sturgis vs. Northwestern 1911
5 #484 Keith vs. James 1912
6 #485 Foreman vs. Jennings 1911-1912
7 #486 Power and Light Co. vs. Foster 1912-1913
8 #487 Ira J.M. Jackson 1912
9 #488 Sevareid vs. Higgins 1912
10 #489 Geisel vs. Meade County Bank 1912-1913
11 #490 American Laundry vs. Jungwirth 1909-1912
12 #491 Bullis and Co. vs. Grubl 1912
Box File
10 1 #492 Brandt vs. Friel 1910-1912
2 #493 McBride vs. Eshelman 1911
3 #494 Helgerson vs. Mitchell 1913
4 #495 James B. Clark Bankrupt 1911
5 #496 Holton vs. Milne 1912
6 #498 Toush vs. Meade County Bank 1912
7 #499 Brahn vs. McKenzie 1906-1910
8 #500 Squier vs. Mitchell 1913
9 #501 Shugart vs. Grafft 1910-1911
10 #502 Hale vs. Meade County Bank 1913
11 #504 Helms vs. Meade County Bank 1912-1913
12 #505 McMahon Estate 1911
Box File
11 1 #506 McNenny vs. Wannemacher 1912
2 #507 First National Bank vs. Hiatt 1912
3 #508 Western Electric Hills 1911-1912
4 #509 Swan vs. Gorman 1912
5 #510 McNenny vs. Meade County Bank 1912
6 #512 Meade County Bank vs. Ladd 1912
7 #513 Wingfield vs. Chandler 1912
8 #514 National Cash Register Co. vs. Meade County Bank 1913
9 #515 Foot vs. Brooks 1912-1913
10 #516 Eaton - Allison Agreement 1913
11 #517 Ind. vs. Halliday 1911
12 #518 Mumford Estate 1913
Box File
12 1 #519 Conference vs. VanCise 1912-1913
2 #521 LaCrosse Manufacturing vs. Briggs 1912-1913
3 #522 Helm vs. Meade County Bank 1913
4 #523 Smith vs. Meade County Bank 1912-1913
5 #524 Simonoff vs. McMillan 1910-1912
6 #525 Brandt vs. Meade County 1912
7 #527 Twin City Oil vs. West 1910-1912
8 #528 Pierce Estate 1911
9 #529 Watkins vs. Messenger 1912
10 #530 Lillie Clover vs. Ball 1911-1912
11 #531 Grafft vs. Forde 1910
12 #532 New Hampshire vs. Feath 1911-1913
Box File
13 1 #533 Otto Ellerman 1913
2 #534 McNenny vs. Gilbert 1912-1913
3 #535 Paxton & Gallagher vs. Gheer & Doman 1911-1913
4 #537 Delaporte vs. Bradford & Henry 1908
5 #538 Rush Manufacturing Co. vs. Bradford & Henry 1907-1908
6 #539 Hemenway & Moser vs. Bradfor & Henry 1907-1908
7 #540 Caton Estate 1911-1912
8 #542 Avery Co. vs. Henifin & Witherby 1910-1913
9 #543 Greenley vs. Hart 1913
10 #544 McSloy vs. McSloy 1913
11 #545 Ind. vs. Meade Cycle Co. 1913
12 #547 Ingalls Estate 1913
Box File
14 1 #548 Brahm Estate 1913
2 #549 Jacobson Estate 1913-1916
3 #550 Kerr Estate 1913-1914
4 #551 Bear Butte Cemetery Association 1913
5 #552 Kerr vs. Calhoun 1913
6 #554 Bernheim vs. Weber 1913-1914
7 #555 McNenny vs. Arnott 1914
8 #558 Davenport vs. Lewis 1913
9 #559 American Case & Register Co. vs. Brandt 1909-1913
10 #560 Hawks vs. Braddock 1912
11 #561 Drama vs. Bullis ND
12 #562 Blackstad vs. Arney Goodell 1913
13 #563 Andrews Bankrupt 1913-1914
Box File
15 1 #564 Shenkberg vs. Brooks 1912-1913
2 #565 Brandt - City Council - Petition 1913
3 #566 Martin Brothers vs. Brooks 1913
4 #567 Foley Bros. vs. Brooks 1912-1913
5 #568 Sommers vs. Brooks 1911-1913
6 #569 McLauglin vs. Brooks 1912-1913
7 #570 Brooks Bankrupt 1913
8 #571 Winkel vs. Anderson 1912-1913
9 #572 Mitchem vs. Consumers Supply Co. 1912-1913
10 #573 Black Hawk vs. Consumers Supply Co. 1912-1913
11 #574 Gotzian vs. Consumers Supply Co. 1912-1913
12 #575 Fuller & Johnson vs. Consumers Supply Co. 1912-1913
Box File
16 1 #576 Weir Vs. Caton 1912-1913
2 #577 Lemmon vs. Caton Co. 1911-1913
3 #578 Ramsland vs. Caton Co. 1911-1913
4 #579 Kunick Estate 1913
5 #580 Collins Estate 1910-1913
6 #581 Phillips vs. Culbertson 1913
7 #583 Plymouth Lumber vs. Fisher 1910-1912
8 #584 Zahn vs. Earl 1913
9 #585 Smith vs. Erickson 1912-1915
10 #586 Fry Estate 1913
11 #587 Williams vs. Emerson 1912-1913
12 #588 Whitman - Ford Lease 1913
Box File
17 1 #590 Stuart vs. Higgins 1913
2 #591 Gribble Estate 1910
3 #594 Grafft 1912
4 #595 Powers vs. Hasselstrom 1911
5 #596 Matteson vs. Hasselstrom 1901-1912
6 #597 Hough - Handlin Agreement 1913
7 #601 Gellenbeck Bankrupt 1913
8 #602 Wingfield vs. Grafft 1912-1915
9 #603 Beckenhauer vs. Houlihan 1911-1913
10 #604 Shenkberg vs. James 1906-1912
11 #605 Matlick vs. Goff 1912
12 #606 Kruger vs. Jungwirth 1912

Series: Family Material
Box File
18 1 Address on Entering a Fraternal Society ND
2 American Extension University 1925-1926
3 American Extension University 1927-1928
4 Announcements and Invitations 1909-1912
5 Assorted Documents 1901-1933
6 Bank of Spearfish 1926-1928
7 Bank of Spearfish 1929
8 Bank of Spearfish 1932-1933
Box File
19 1 Bank of Spearfish 1934-1935
2 Black Hills Information 1936
3 Black Hills Press Newspaper Supplement 1902
4 Book of Quotations ND
5 Booklet: The Bogie Book ND
6 Booklet: Boulder Dam & Power Plant 1933
7 Booklet: A Century of Progress 1933
8 Booklet: The Christmas Letter & The Fairy Godmother 1929
9 Booklet: Circuit Court Calendar 1911
10 Booklet: Hell Bent for Election 1936
11 Booklet: Home and Day School for Girls ND
12 Booklet: National Research Council (A Chemical Exhibit) ND
13 Booklet: Republican National Committee Women's Division 1936
14 Booklet: U.S.A. War Services Certificate 1918
15 Booklet: Votes - At Any Cost 1936
16 Business Cards and Other Mementos ND
17 Children School Work ND
18 College for Women of the Western Reserve University 1929
19 Commencement Announcements 1898-1933
20 Course Catalog - American Extension University Law Course Ca. 1925
21 Daughters of the American Revolution 1927-1928
22 Daybook & Household Budget Book Ca. 1934-1939
Box File
20 1 Department of Insurance Certificate 1911
2 Foley's Family Almanac 1932-1933
3 Granitegrams No. 1-7 ND
4 Harold McNenny ND
5 Holiday Cards ND
6 Kate's Autograph Books 1891-1906
7 Kate's Letters 1899-1903
8 Kate McNenny - The Jones Reader 1903-1904
9 L.A. Trust & Savings Bank 1915
10 Letters to the McNennys ND
11 Letters to the McNennys 1886-1903
Box File
21 1 Letters to the McNennys 1904-1910
2 Letters and Statements 1910
3 Letters to the McNennys 1911-1916
4 Letters to the McNennys 1923-1925
5 Letters to the McNennys 1926-1930
6 Letters to the McNennys 1931
Box File
22 1 Letters to the McNennys 1932
2 Letters to the McNennys 1933-1937
3 Liberty Magazine 1937
4 Liberty Magazine 1937
5 Mabel McNenny ND
6 Mabel McNenny - Notes & Psychology homework ND
7 Marion McNenny 1935
8 Meade County Sample Ballot 1902
Box File
23 1 McNenny Newspaper Clippings Ca. 1902
2 Name Cards ND
3 Navy 1930-1932
4 Newspaper Clippings 1918-1934
5 Palmer Method Tablet 1930-1935
6 Paper Doll & Mementos ND
7 Picture Album - Rocky Mountain Views 1914
8 Position Plotting Sheets 1929-1935
9 The Prisoners Antecedents 1929
Box File
24 1 Program Ladies Aid 1914-1915
2 Programs 1902-1914
3 Readers Digest 1933, 1936
4 Regimental Flag Competition ND
5 Report of the Treasurer General 1927-1928
6 Republican National Committee Bulletins No. 1,3,5,7 1936
7 Republican National Committee Bulletins No. 8,11,12,13 1936
8 Republican National Committee Bulletins No. 15-18 1936
9 Republican National Committee Bulletins No. 19,20,23,24 1936
10 Republican National Committee Bulletins 1936
11 School Notes 1910-1928
12 Sears, Roebuck &Co., Chicago Ill. Photos ND
13 Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition 1926
14 The Sesqui-Centennial Philadelphia 1926
15 Shorthand & Music Notebooks ND
16 The Story of a Great Achievement ND
Box File
25 1 Tax Return 1934
2 Telephone and Water Bills 1902-1914
3 Thermodynamics Diagrams, Tables & Formulas Ca. 1943
4 Time Magazine 1976
5 The Trumpeter Magazine 1936
6 Turner Picture Study Prints ND
7 War Department 1909
8 "What the Daughters Do" ND
9 Wilbur McNenny ND
10 Wilbur McNenny's Diploma 1928
11 Wilbur McNenny - Schoolwork ND
12 Women's Literary Society 1903-1913
Box File
26 1 Candle & Holder ND
2 Repe Paper ND
3 Valentine ND
4 Drawings and Essays ND
5 Abbot Portfolio ND
6 Pictorial Review ND
7 Range and Ballistic Tables 1930