In the period of early settlement in Marshall County the farmer's contacts were largely limited to his immediate neighborhood. He seldom traveled more than three or four miles--a distance commonly known as a "team haul". In recent years, improved transportation facilities have permitted farm families to go to the village for an increasing proportion of their goods and services. As rural folks have extended their radius of interaction, larger village centered communities have emerged. This study was made possible by the cooperation of the State and Federal Work Projects Administration with the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. The project is officially designated as W.P.A. Project No. 465-74-3-143. The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the following persons: the two farmers in each township who checked the neighborhood map; church survey field workers who discovered where farm families attend church; high school superintendents who supplied lists of their tuition students; and business men of Marshall county trade centers who volunteered information regarding the extent of their trade territories. Full responsibility for statements of interpretation, however, rests with the authors rather than with the persons who supplied the data.
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Kumlien, W. F.; Sauer, Howard M.; and Scandrette, C., "The Emerging Rural Communities of Marshall County" (1941). Agricultural Experiment Station Rural Sociology Pamphlets (1940-1977). 48.