Don said that even if you didn’t know what you were doing it would probably work out okay if you just tried to do the right thing.Family and friends would probably recognize his catch phrase of “ah hell, you can do that”.Myrtle ran the local café and Alex was the deputy sheriff and operated the bar.
Donald Wayne Cromwell was born July 16, 1931, one of seven kids born to Arthur and Martha (Lesmeister) Cromwell.
He was raised on the family farm south of Draper SD.
The family farm was sold in the early 80’s and Don and Helen moved into Draper, taking on a gas station and cafe along I-90. The locals became the coffee crew who met up in the mornings and afternoons.
During this time, coffee shops and diners around the country were touting their “Rush Rooms”.
Funeral services will be am on Wednesday, December 20th at the United Methodist Church in Kennebec, SD with Rev. On December 10, 1934, she married Alex Mathison in Reliance, SD and they eventually settled on a farm north of Kennebec.
As a young girl, she attended the rural country school.He served on the Jones County School board and received calls from people all over the county regarding education issues. There was a party line for phone service for four farm households and three TV channels available by TV antenna. There were hail storms that wiped out wheat crops, farm accidents and record setting blizzards.The books provided both entertainment and education. Good fishing would bring out the seine which helped relocate fish to other dams. There were bullfrogs brought back from Missouri that decided western South Dakota was a good place to live. All the Cromwell kids learned to drive tractors before they drove cars.He thought anything was possible and couldn’t wait to jump into the action.Don was preceded in death by daughters Deb Haka and Donna Westhoff, and siblings, Laura Mae (at age 2), Clarence, Lawrence and Hazel Darnaby.Some of this was probably not legal but what the heck, statute of limitations has probably long passed. There were nephews who were sent to the farm for summer rehabilitation.