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How it became

Webster

Webster was named after James Perry Webster, who came to Day County from Ohio by way of Minnesota in the spring of 1880.

 

The railroad reached the area in 1880, but Webster was not platted as a town until the following June.

 

There were three settlers (or families of settlers) at that time - J.P. Webster, Ed Ruggles and J.C. Bush.

 

Ed Smail was the first man to decide on building and erected part of the Fiksdal store corner.

 

The old part of the Balzer House (Klein Hotel corner) was finished immediately after Norton and Smail finished their storeroom. Smail was mayor of Webster for 10 years being elected to five successive terms. It was during his administration that the city made great advancements as light, water and sewer systems were installed.

 

Webster was incorporated as a village in March 1885 and as a city in April 1895.

 

Today, Webster is the largest town in Day County and the county seat.

 

City Information

 

City of Webster

 

City Hall

800 Main St. Webster, SD 57274

605-345-3241

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Airport

605-345-9982

 

Fire Department

605-345-3030

 

Housing Authority

605-345-3181

 

Library

605-345-3263

 

Police Department

605-345-4040

 

Street Department

605-345-3935

 

Pool

605-345-3924

 

Water Department

605-345-4032

 

Webster Armory

605-345-9990

 

Youth Center

605-345-4175

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