Excerpt from the book "75 Years of Sully County History" published in 1958
The Green family were indeed pioneers. They located near Olivet, Dakota
in 1875, a time when Indians were as common as coyotes, and almost as
tamed. Stirring adventures with the redskins marked their early life in
Moving to this region in 1883, with a yoke of oxen and covered wagon, the
again took up the tasks of the pioneer. It was in the spring of that year
John Green filed on the homestead near Okobojo which was known by his name
later descended to his son. In those days, the boy, Will, busied himself
his schooling and the tasks common to youth. He served his apprenticeship
a printer at 18 years of age under Steve Travis, of the Okobojo Times.
Will was a Private in the first South Dakota Volunteer Infantry in the
War and saw active service in the Philippines. It was there
he contracted malaria which finally resulted in complications, causing his
After his return from the war, he became associated with John Livingstone
the Okobojo Times, and became its owner in 1910.
On July 24, 1902, Will Green married Madge Glessner. They lived on a farm
of Okobojo where their three children were born, Frances, Willis George.
- The Will Green Family, about 1918. Early Pioneers of Okobojo Township.
seated - Mr. and Mrs. Will Green. Back, left to right - Willis, Frances (Cathie)
Frances married John W. Wilder and now lives in Greensboro, North
They have four boys. Willis married Lucille Kennedy and they lived in
Township until 1950, when they moved to Onida and built themselves a
George married Hazel Spencer, of Houghton, South Dakota. They also lived
in Okobojo Township until they moved to Redfield, South Dakota, in 1942
didn't actually move to Redfield until 1952). They have
one boy and two girls.
Will Green passed away on December 7, 1922, at Chamberlain, South Dakota.
Green then moved to Huron, South Dakota, where her children could attend
school and college. She passed away in June, 1944, at the home of her
daughter in Greensboro.