The South Dakota Adventure

A MEMOIR OF KENNETH AND JENELLE KOFTAN

 

THE REASON FOR THE TRIP

On December 31, 1892, Leroy Charles Koftan was born on a farm in rural Bon Homme County, South Dakota, southeast of Tyndall, South Dakota. South Dakota received statehood in 1889 and, thus, the father of me, Kenneth Koftan, was in the first generation of Koftans born in the United States. Because of the name change from Kaftan to Koftan, my father was in the second generation of Koftans. Of the surviving children, Leroy was the second child born to Joseph and Fannie Koftan. Joseph emigrated from Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) to the United Stated as a five-year old child with his father, Frank Kaftan and Frank’s family. Because of a misprint on a deed titling land to Vincent and Joseph Koftan, Joseph changed the spelling of his name to Koftan. Many of my cousins still use the spelling Kaftan. My father told me very little about growing up in South Dakota, so I wanted to discover something about the area where he grew up.

STARTING OUT ON HIGHWAY 81

On Sunday Sept. 12, 2010 at 8:09 A. M., Jenelle Koftan and I, Kenneth Koftan, began our South Dakota adventure. Continue reading ‘The South Dakota Adventure’ »