Notes for Ervin Emil Dupper: Ervin E. Dupper, Attorney
Ervin Dupper received his law degree from the University of South Dakota and was admitted to practice law in the State on June 6, 1951. He had his own office starting in February of 1954. His office was located above the Arcade Bar and Grill on Main Street. While in that location, the sound from the Nickelodian would come up through the floor into his offices. He moved into the former First National Bank building in 1956 after the bank moved to its new location. His office remained in that building until April 1, 1976 when he moved to the Professional Building at 210 East Grand Crossing. Leland J. Berndt was associated with Dupper under the firm name of Dupper and Berndt from 1956 - 1968. James F. McGreevey was also associated with this firm from May 1975 until September of 1977.
Ervin Dupper was elected to the South Dakota Senate in 1965 and served until 1968.
The following questions were part of an 8th grade class project for Laura Niedert :
What similarities do you see between you and your grandchildren when you were their age?
As an eighth grade student I enjoyed listening to music on the radio in the evening before bedtime. In that respect I share a similar interest with my eighth grade granddaughter who likes to listen to radio music. I did not own a bicycle until I was in high school, so in that regard I was behind my grandchildren who all had their own bicycles at probably 7 or 8 years of age.
What were your responsibilities on holidays?
At school we had special programs for the holidays, and all the students in school had a part in those programs. I attended a country school with 20 students and one teacher for eight grades. We learned from our own classes, but we also learned by listening to the lessons of the older students. At Christmas time I was in Sunday school programs. Each family did not always have a Christmas tree, but there was always one at church. It had candles on it, because there was not electricity in that area at that time. The candles were only burned for a very short time, and under careful supervision. The trees were much more freshly cut, so the fire danger wasn’t quite as great as it would be now. We each received a small brown paper bag with nuts and hard candy in it as a Sunday school present.
How would you best describe your house or the neighborhood as you grew up?
Our house was small, but clean and well organized. We always had enough to eat, but not everyone in our neighboring area did have enough food. We had neighbors who were cousins for the most part. We visited at our grandmother’s house (2 miles from our home) on Sundays sometimes. Often other cousins about my age would also be there.
What is your best memory as a teenager?
My best memories are of school and church in the country, and later high school in town. I lived with my grandparents when I was a junior in high school. I stayed in other homes in town at various times also. There was not bus service for students. We lived 14 miles or more from the town where I went to high school. I graduated in 1940.
What was your first date like?
I attended the Junior-Senior prom, and had a date with a classmate that was arranged by another girl who was also a classmate. There was a rule that only juniors and seniors from our high school could attend the prom. As a result there were a several arranged dates because some of the students had boyfriends or girlfriends that were not upper class members.
How would you describe yourself as a teenager?
I liked school, and got good grades in most of my classes. I lived away from home much of the time to go to high school in town because my parents lived in the country. As a result I had to be self-disciplined in high school. I played on the junior varsity basketball team, was a member of the band, the chorus, boy’s glee club, and member of a senior boys’ quartet. I was busy, but not overworked. I had very little money to spend, but my friends did not have much money to spend either. The preceding decade was one of financial hardship for most people. I got my first bicycle when I was a junior in high school. It was used and I bought it from a friend for $8.00.
What was your first job?
I worked for the high school principal my senior year. I was paid $,25 per hour. I cleaned the tennis courts, did some office work, ran errands, and tried to be useful to my employer.
How did you learn to drive?
Dad had a pickup. There was a mile long country road leading to my cousin’s farm home. I drove down that road after some practice at our farm. I was probably about 15 years old.
What is a day you will not forget?
I was in about the second grade going home from school in a buggy with my two older brothers and a sister. The horse pulling the buggy decided to run away. I was told to jump out, which I did. I was not injured. We were one mile from home when this happened. The horse ran three miles and ended up at home still hitched to the buggy, but it had a broken wheel. We walked the mile home. The school was one and a half miles from our house.
What do you remember most that your parents said to you?
Do not swear and behave yourself—do not fight with your cousins or friends. We lived four miles from a country German Congregational Church. We attended regularly and there were services both in the morning and again in the afternoon. The children were not required to attend the afternoon prayer meeting. The sermons and bible reading were in German until I was in about the fourth grade (1933).
More About Ervin Emil Dupper and Frances Lucille Smith: Marriage: August 31, 1952, Mobridge, South Dakota.
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