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Joseph and Mary (Mashek) Surat

Joseph "Joe" and Mary (Mashek) Surat

Children:  Violet (Surat) Bolin, Alvin Surat and Joseph Surat Jr.

Alvin and Joseph Surat

Floyd Houska, Bueford Houska and Mennette (Houska) Ruppert

The Joseph Surat Family

Front:  Joseph and Mary (Mashek) Surat

Back:  Alvin Surat, Violet (Surat) Bolin and Joseph Surat Jr.

Alvin and Ruth Surat


Bijou Hills Hotel & Restaurant - approx. 1916

Later, Mrs. Eva Farrand's hotel and home

(photo submitted by Gary Urban)

"Mrs. E. L. Houska General Mdse." This was Sophia Houska's store, until Alvin and Ruth Surat took over. Sophia and Ed Houska are Ruth Surat's parents.

Given to us by our family friend, Gary Urban.

This is a letter opener from my Grandparents' Alvin and Ruth Surat's general store.  Not only I, but many people in and around Bijou Hills, have wonderful memories of the store.  

Thank you Gary - this is a treasure we will always cherish.

Photo Gallery

Opening the road - north of Bijou Hills

Bijou Hills Women's Softball Team - 1929 or 1930

     Pictured are front from left: Lucia (Parish) Qualm, Merle Parish, Iola Roethler, Ted Roethler, Helen (Pike) Hess, Sylvia (Pike) Kulhavy.

     Back Row: Dorothy (Vander Voort) Heil, Mabel Behrens, Vera (Vander Voort) Talich, Unidentified, Irene (Vander Voort) Washechek.

Bijou Hills Men's Softball Team - 1926

Unfortunately, many of these players aren't identified. Any help would be appreciated!

Bijou Hills, South Dakota

26678 352nd Ave., Pukwana SD 57370

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