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Earl John Brockelsby
Earl John Brockelsby

Earl John Brockelsby

Born: May 11, 1918

Died: August 11, 1993

Mayoral Dates: 1948-1949

Interesting Info: 

  • Founder of Reptile Gardens

Mayoral Quip

Earl Brockelsby became owner of Reptile Gardens in Rapid City after attending the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He served as a city commissioner for three years and mayor for two years.  He was a member of the Ichthyologists and Herpetologist Society, American Herpetology Association, member of ARC, Chamber of Commerce, Elks, American Legion, VFW and Izaak Walton League.  He was named Rapid City "Man of the Year" by the Jr. Chamber of Commerce in 1947.  He was in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945 attaining the rank of Sergeant.  He wrote the book, "Unique Facts about Snakes".

Biography

Earl John Brockelsby was born on May 11, 1918, to John and Emma (Kingsbury) Brockelsby.  He married Maude Wagner of Wood, SD, on  July 21, 1940.  They had four children.

Earl was educated in elementary public schools in Kadoka and high school in Spearfish.  He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology from 1935-1936.  He became owner of the Reptile Gardens in 1937.

He served as city commissioner for three years and elected mayor for two years.  At the time he was elected mayor, he was only 29 years old and turned 30 on May 11, 1948, just before taking office.  He was a member of the Ichthyologists and Herpetologist Society, American Herpetology Association, past board member of ARC, board member of the Chamber of Commerce, named Rapid City "Man of the Year" by the Jr. Chamber of Commerce in 1947, member of the Elks, American Legion, VFW and Izaak Walton League.  He was in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945 attaining the rank of Sergeant.

The author of "Unique Facts about Snakes", his hobbies are paleontology, herpetology and orchards. 

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