Gladys Marie Scott was the oldest of four children born at the family homestead to Henry and Marie (Paulsen) Schlund on April 7, 1923, six miles north of Mt. Vernon. She went to country school through eighth grade then attended the boarding school, Woonsocket High, because there was no bus service to Mt. Vernon at the time. She graduated in 1940.
In 1942 Gladys completed the two-year Normal Teaching Course at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, then taught at Victor Country School northwest of Mt. Vernon.
Gladys married Wally Scott October 2, 1942. Last month they celebrated their 70th anniversary. They lived on the farm northeast of Mt. Vernon and raised cattle, hogs and chickens. At 30 cents a dozen, Gladys’ egg income totaled $108.00 per month, which bolstered her teaching salary of $72.50. Each Monday morning during the school year winter, Wally would restart the fire in the schoolhouse stove for heat through the following Friday.
Gladys always considered herself a country girl, but in 1950 she and Wally moved their young family to town to help Wally’s father in the International Harvester business and where Gladys helped grow the business as bookkeeper and through other supportive roles. They purchased the vacant Bailey Rooming House and Gladys eventually refinished all the woodwork and otherwise “restored” the old house where they raised their six children.
Gladys was never idle. She enjoyed school, sewing, gardening, quilting, canning, baking, painting, swimming, mowing the lawn and doting on grandchildren. She wrote an extensive family memoir. She was active in Friendship Bible Study, church groups, PTA, and the numerous school and 4-H activities that her children were involved in. She often co-directed elaborate church basement bridal showers and other celebrations. She was generous with her time and smiles and maintained her kind, sweet, light-hearted spirit right up to her death.
In 1962 Wally and Gladys assumed ownership of the Mitchell IH business but maintained residence in Mt. Vernon. They moved to Mitchell in 1982 after their children had all graduated from high school.
Left to share Gladys’ memory are Wally, her loving husband of 70 years, 6 children: Robert (Sharon) Scott, Mary Ellen (Paul) Connelly, Marjorie (Delmar) Goldhammer, Joan “Jo” (Pat) Cannon, Janet Scott, and John (Debra) Scott; 13 grandchildren: Chris (Tehra), Dave (Bryn), Nick (Kara) and Rob (Jolene) Scott; Alex (Mandra), Sam (Shelley), and Liz Connelly, Suzie (Dave) Munce, and Maggie (Jeff) Oliver; Sarah (Emiel) Gregor and Patrick Cannon, Mike (Nicole) Scott and Kara (Nick) Shawd; 21 great-grandchildren, her sisters, Elaine Erickson and Lois (Delvin) Feistner and brother, Bill Schlund, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, great-granddaughter Elle Scott, sister-in-law Bonnie Schlund, and brother-in-law James Erickson.
Many thanks for the kindhearted care of Pastor Mindy Ehrke,
Dr. Lucio Margallo, nurses and care givers at Avera Hospital.