July 30, 2019

History on the Lawn at the Historic Adams House: Tootsie – South Dakota State Coyote

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by Kim Borsch and Marilyn Schwaner, at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019, at the Historic Adams House. Please feel free to bring your lunch. For more information call 605-722-4800. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood.

Kim Borsch and Marilyn Schwaner will share how the family of Fred Borsch ended up in Galena in the late 1800s and the heartwarming story about the famous coyote, Tootsie, that the Borsch family raised from a pup. The presentation will include how Tootsie became the state animal, her parade appearances, and her ten-state tour that included a stop on the Lawrence Welk Show.

Kim Borsch was raised in Utah and moved to Galena in 1997, where she lived in the original Borsch house until she and her husband built on property that housed her great grandmother’s garden. The Borsch’s came to Galena in 1876 from Lincoln, Nebraska. Fred Borsch is Kim Borsch’s great uncle. He died two months after she was born. All of the stories Borsch shares were passed down to her from her Aunt Jeri, her father’s sister.

Marilyn Schwaner grew up in Galena and Hot Springs, South Dakota, but attended high school in Ohio. Schwaner spent summers in Galena with her grandmother, Gertrude Delaney. Gertrude was a sister to Ella Borsch, Kim Borsch’s great grandmother. Fred Borsch was Schwaner’s second cousin, and she was a few years older than Tootsie. Schwaner and her grandmother often saw Fred and Tootsie as they headed to Deadwood.

History on the Lawn is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood History, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, tdg Marketing & Public Relations, and Saloon No. 10.


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