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Politicians in the Oil and Gas Business in South Dakota

  Art B. Anderson (1891-1978) — of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.Dak. Born near Clarkfield, Yellow Medicine County, Minn., May 15, 1891. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; oil jobber; member of South Dakota state house of representatives 10th District, 1941-46; member of South Dakota state senate, 1947-48, 1951-70 (7th District 1947-48, 1951-66, 11th District 1967-70); President pro tempore of the South Dakota State Senate, 1957-58. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died in January, 1978 (age 86 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Jennie E. Jackson.
  John H. Callahan (1878-1939) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Fort Randall, Gregory County, Dakota Territory (now S.Dak.), 1878. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; oil producer; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate, 1922 (2nd District), 1926 (3rd District); member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1929-32; defeated, 1932, 1936, 1938. Died in 1939 (age about 61 years). Burial location unknown.
  David Foote (1897-1973) — of Casper, Natrona County, Wyo. Born in Edgemont, Fall River County, S.Dak., September 5, 1897. Republican. Gold milling, Homestake Mining Co., Lead, S.D., 1915-20; pumper, Standard Oil Refinery, Casper, Wyo., from 1920; musician; photographer; member of Wyoming state house of representatives, 1939, 1943-51. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Toastmasters. Died in April, 1973 (age 75 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Foote and Catherine (Barr) Foote; married 1917 to Myrtle Gladys Hanson.
  John Chandler Gurney (1896-1985) — also known as J. Chandler Gurney; Chan Gurney — of Yankton, Yankton County, S.Dak. Born in Yankton, Yankton County, S.Dak., May 21, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; nurseryman; seed grower; oil business; U.S. Senator from South Dakota, 1939-51; defeated, 1936. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons. Died in Yankton, Yankton County, S.Dak., March 9, 1985 (age 88 years, 292 days). Interment at Yankton Municipal Cemetery, Yankton, S.Dak.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harold Charles Ramser (1908-1989) — also known as Harold C. Ramser — of West Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Ashton, Spink County, S.Dak., February 3, 1908. Republican. President, owner, Upholstery Supply Co.; oil producer; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960. Member, Sigma Chi. Died in Los Angeles County, Calif., May 15, 1989 (age 81 years, 101 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Charles Ramser (1865-1960) and Friedreka (Skibbe) Ramser (1870-1944); married, February 3, 1928, to Elizabeth Bartram Eves (1906-1996).
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