KOTA Territory residents had a chance to purchase a little slice of history Saturday at the Henry Frawley Estate Auction. The early Deadwood pioneer, rancher and lawyer brought his talents and intellect to the Black Hills in 1877.
Hank Frawley, the grandson of Henry Frawley, says his family has been building up this collection for many years. "This has been in our family since 1877 and it kept growing and building with each exceeding generation," said Frawley.
Despite the estate's long history in his family, Frawley says it is time to sell this growing historic collection. "I have reached the point in time where I'm 77 years old, I'm still in good health but I'm not getting any younger," said Frawley. "And I just felt it was time, it was time to begin to expose of these things before I'm gone."
Victorian furniture, antique firearms and dishes were up for auction. "They are all originals. These are pieces that were in these historic times," said Frawley. "They go back to the history and the development of the Black Hills, it gives people a great insight into those people were."
According to the Deadwood Archives, Henry Frawley was revered as one of the most successful trial lawyers in the region. And he was known as one of the best read men in South Dakota at that time.
About 300 pieces were a part of the auction Saturday.