Catherine Thybo Chapter
The Catherine Thybo DAR Chapter was approved on June 24, 2013. The chapter includes members from the Northern Black Hills area including Lead, Spearfish, Whitewood, Sturgis, Black Hawk, Belle Fourche, and Buffalo.
Chapter namesake Catherine Thybo was born February 3, 1846, Haderslev, Denmark and died May 7, 1925, in Deadwood, South Dakota. In the spring of 1877, just a year after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Catherine and James Anderson, her husband, headed for the Black Hills to homestead. They began the Anderson Dairy and sold their dairy products in Wild West towns of Deadwood and Lead. Catherine also maintain a garden and poultry flock so they could add vegetables and eggs to the wagon load that James drove up the hill to sell to the hungry miners.
At one point the wood frame buildings on the Anderson Dairy Ranch were replaced with the stone buildings that still exist in 2013. James served in the first State Legislature when South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. He died the following year and Catherine was left to run the ranch operation.
Later, she married Enos Lane, a farmer with a homestead near the dairy. In 1904, using stones quarried on the Anderson Ranch, Enos and Catherine built the Lane Hotel in nearby Whitewood, South Dakota. The train had come through in 1887, and the Lanes decided to build a top quality hotel to accommodate the train passengers and other visitors.
This modern hotel was equipped with steam heat, baths, and electric lights. Catherine added the women's touch by installing a side entrance where ladies could discreetly enter the hotel and go up the stairs to the private ladies lounge, thus avoiding the hotel lobby. Enos died just before the hotel was completed. Again, Catherine was left on her own with a business to run.
When this young Danish girl immigrated to the United States, she could not have imagined that over a one hundred years later, the Black Hills ranch she helped establish would be on the National Register of Historic Places; or the hotel she helped build would be in the Historic District in downtown Whitewood. Catherine Thybo's hard work, generosity, business sense, and imagination helped form an entire region in the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota.
Belle Fourche, South Dakota