Throwback Thursday: Ben Reifel Playing a Courting Flute

It’s another #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This image from the 1920s shows Ben Reifel sitting in a field, playing a courting flute at the Rosebud Reservation.

Ben Reifel was a Congressman in the United States House of Representatives. He also used to work as a clerk in John Anderson’s store.

This black and white photograph was created by J. A. Anderson and is published by History Nebraska. John Alvin Anderson was born in Sweden in 1869. He came to Nebraska with his parents and settled in Cherry County. He worked as a civilian photographer for the army at Fort Niobrara and later worked as a clerk at the Rosebud Reservation trading post in South Dakota.

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