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Interviews
The Rapid City Library has filmed and recorded indivduals who tell about their personal experiences of the events of June 9, 1972. Interviews are best viewed with QuickTime Player. Click here to download the latest version (works on PC and Mac and is free).

Interviews: Anderson  |  Aughenbaugh  |  Bauer  |  Blum  |  Borgenson  |  Boylan  |  Brady  |  Brown  |  Childs  |  Cleveland  |  Cress  |  Fingerhut  |  Gary  |  Getz  |  Gordon  |  Heinemann  |  Jensen  |  King  |  Kovarik  |  Kuehn  |  Lang  |  LindlyLoos  |  Masters  |  Mayer  |  McBride  |  Moore  |  Parker  |  Quarnberg  |  Rosales  |  Schouten  | VanDeusen |  Wright  |  Yates

Linda & Gary Anderson
They evacuated from trailer home that later floated away. Discuss aftermath of flood, including looting that took place.
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Hiland Aughenbaugh
Flood experiences recounted, as groundskeeper for the Sioux San hospital.
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Marilyn Borgenson
Evacuated one cabin for another on higher ground in Dark Canyon. Talks about clean-up & recovery efforts.
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Nancy Brady
Organized an emergency evacuation center in the basement of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church.
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Herb Cleveland
Chief of Chaplains at Ft. Meade, used as staging area for flood victims, tells of flood and the community response to it.
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Kim & Barb Gary
Flood overtook their rented cabin. Kim was swept downstream - recounts his efforts to return to the cabin & his wife.
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Joan and Jack Getz

Rapid City Journal reporter and wife, lived within a block of Rapid Creek.

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Kate Gordon
As teenager, drove during the flood to Mt. Rushmore. Tells what the flood was like in the Keystone area.
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Mabel Heinemann
Owner of Dick's Drive-In, located on Canyon Lake Drive, near Canyon Lake Dam which failed during the flood.
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Margaret King
Discusses devastation of flood in the area near Meadowbrook Golf Course - impact on family, visitors & neighbors.
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Audrey Lang & Patricia Wright
Isolated by the flood in their home near the Cleghorn fish hatchery. Also discuss the flood's affect on Rapid City.
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Dr. Charles Lindly
Shares his views as Superintendent of Schools at the time, and Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
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Monte Loos
KOTA Production Mgr. at the time of the flood. Shares personal memories and talks about KOTA flood reporting.
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Ron & Lavonne Masters
Ron & Lavonne Masters
Their flood story is one of life-changing loss. They have travelled the world to help others cope with grief & loss.
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Claire & Frankie Mayer
Claire & Frankie Mayer
An evening of entertainment by Canyon Lake became an evening of terror. Helped with radio communications.
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David Moore
David Moore
Returned to Rapid City after the flood to help his parents and was involved in post-flood rebuilding efforts.
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Frank Parker
Frank Parker
Mr. Parker was owner/operator of Marv's Wrecker Service in Rapid City and was personally involved in several rescues.
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Min Lighter Quarnberg
Min Lighter Quarnberg
Mrs. Quarnberg (105) and daughters Jane Nieland and Lynn Payne describe the night of the flood.
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Gerald Wright
Gerald Wright
Instrumental in a number of rescues, including a mother and baby, and also volunteered for weeks after the flood.
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Mary & Bill Cress
Mary & Bill Cress
Mary & Bill Cress describe their experiences the night of the flood.
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Bill Boylan
Bill Boylan
Bill volunteered to help the National Guard recover bodies of those who died in the flood.
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Murman Jensen
Murman Jensen
Murman Jensen talks about the role her husband, Lionel Jensen, played in the relief effort of the 1972 flood.
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Preston Brown
Preston Brown
Preston Brown, Methodist Minister, involved in the relief efforts of the 1972 Rapid City Flood.
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Jack McBride
Jack McBride
Jack McBride volunteered manning the phones at the State Radio during the Flood.
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Charles Childs
Charles Childs

Charles Childs was involved in rescue efforts and in charge of Missing Persons / Body Identification.

 

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Dawn Yates
Dawn Yates

Flood memories recounted as her father was involved in rescue efforts.



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James Kuehn
James Kuehn

VP / Editor of the Rapid City Journal at the time, tells his story of that night and the efforts of the RCJ following the tragedy.

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DelRita Schouten
DelRita Schouten

DelRita Schouten had lost her home and everything inside it to the flood. She now lives on a hill.

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Margaret Kovarik
Margaret Kovarik

Margaret Kovarik, a retired nurse, shares her story of helping the DCI and managing incoming phone calls.

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Rita Rosales
Rita Rosales

Rita Rosales talks about her experiences in downtown Rapid City the evening of the flood.

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Vern Bauer
Vern Bauer

Vern Bauer was on duty as a patrolman with the Rapid City Police Department the night of the flood. His assignment was the west side of Rapid City.

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Stan Blum
Stan Blum

Stan Blum supervised clean-up crews in the West Boulevard area and helped get 43 Black Hills are bridges rebuilt.

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Bonnie Fingerhut
Bonnie Fingerhut

Bonnie Fingerhut descrives her work at St. John's MacNamara Hospital during the first 72 hours after the flood.

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Lon VanDeusen
Lon VanDeusen

A college student at the time of the flood, Lon VanDeusen talks about his experiences the night of the flood as well as the days following the flood.

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