Owner Steve Bach
Steve Grew Up Here Ranching – Camping – Hiking – Hunting & Fishing – Skiing – Motorcycling
Started Best Of The West Tours In 2016
History Of Frank Teeters My Great Grandfather, Owned & Operated N.W. March Stagecoach Line
Frank Was Friends With Sitting Bull That Had A Powwow On His Ranch Near Springfield South Dakota
Below Is A Picture From The Powwow
Frank Teeters was born in Ohio in 1856 and came to the Dakotas in 1873, settling near Yankton.
He took up stagecoach driving soon after that, driving the first coach from Chapell Creek to Pierre. He later drove stage from Yankton to Fort Randall, later buying the stage line with two coaches and 14 horses. For several years he ran the line to Fort Randall, the route followed being the road through Bon Homme, Springfield, Shagle Ranch Crossing on Choteau Creek, Greenwood and on to White Swan where the crossing was made to Randall on the site of the present Fort Randall dam.
In those days there was little trouble with the Indians in the area, though further west in the state there was considerable trouble over the possession of the Black Hills.
Mr. Teeters got $20.00 per month for stage coach driving. He drove stage in 1878 from Yankton to Nebraska for the N. W. March line. After several years in the stage business, he settled on a farm west of Springfield.
In 1886 he married Bessie Wynia. Mrs. Teeters was born at Womels, Holland, and in 1869, when a young girl, came with her parents to Pella, Ia. Later they came to Springfield where her parents took a homestead 10 miles west on Coffee Creek.
To this union seven children were born, Margaret, Uriah (who died in 1920), Bertha (who died in 1955), Walter, Frank, Mark and Emma.
They farmed west of Springfield until 1918, when they moved to Springfield.