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The city of Freeman, South Dakota is situated in Hutchinson County. In 1873, Christ Buechler immigrated from Russia to the United States and in 1874, settled in Yankton, the capital of Dakota Territory. He bought and operated a small grocery story, and in 1880, he and his young family moved, along with his 20’ x 50’ grocery store to Freeman on a hayrack. He rebuilt it on the corner of Third and Main Streets, making him the first business owner in Freeman. The small town grew with the addition of a railroad station, some small businesses and a a warehouse. In 1881, the Schamber brothers bought the store for $1,500, with the provision Christ stayed in town. In 1883, he and former employee John Gross built a hotel and saloon in 1888, and in 1887, he established the Bank of Freeman. He went on to establish grist mills, a mercantile business, and Freeman State Bank. He is known as “the Father of Freeman.”

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