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The SDOHC is devoted to documenting the history of the Northern Plains region and the care of previously collected interviews.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Songs From the Oral History Center: Rose Mae LaPointe Sings "Phantom Buffalo"

New to our blog, Songs From the Oral History Center kicks off with a wonderful rendition of "Phantom Buffalo." Sung by Rose Mae LaPointe from Rosebud, South Dakota, we invite you to take the time to listen and let her voice harken you back to the time of technicolor and campfire melodies.

This song originally aired on the radio, if you have more information about its content, original airing, or the people involved in giving us this great recording, please contact the South Dakota Oral History Center at


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  2. What a lovely voice! I wonder when the song was aired. Maybe in the 30s? Probably was on WNAX out of Yankton, which aired all over the state.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I was very pleased to see this i decided to google my grandama Rose mae, alot of good memories. I am Neal LaPointe jr
    and thank u

  4. Thank you for your comments!

    Neal, do you have any additional information about your grandmother? Please email us at -- The SD Oral History Center

  5. This song was recorded by her at Kay Bank Studios in Minneapolis in the year 1964. The bside of the record was a song called 'Maybe Now'. It was issued on the Studio City record label.

  6. My name is Theodore Loren Whiting. I was born in Rosebud (1965) and I grew up in St. Francis, where I was a DJ at KINI in the early 1980's. My parents Burton Julian Whiting & Antoinette Mae Edwards Whiting owned a single copy of this recording and often played it on the phonograph when I was very young. Thank you to SDOHC, Neal LaPointe, Jr. and my Mother for bringing this song back to our lives. My Mother is sitting here with me right now and can remember Rev. Theodore Zuern when she attended St. Francis Mission School.