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Phil G. Schroeder
Phil G. Schroeder

Phil G. Schroeder

Born:  Unknown

Died:  Unknown

Mayoral Dates:  1963-1965 (Resigned August 1965)

Mayoral Quip

Phil Schroeder was assistant vice president and manager of the northeast branch of the American National Bank.  He was past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and a Distinguished Service Award winner.  He was the father of six children and a member of the Sertoma Club, the Knights of Columbus and Boys Club of America.  He was a member of the Cathedral Choir, participated in a number of fund drives and served as chairman of the sewer bond information committee.  He served as alderman and mayor.

Biography

Phil Schroeder was a native of Lefor, North Dakota, and came to Rapid City in 1953. 

He was assistant vice president and manager of the northeast branch of the American National Bank and resigned that position to run for mayor.   

Schroeder served as Ward 1 alderman from 1959-1961.  He was elected mayor in 1963 and re-elected in 1965, winning with a thin 84-vote margin in a run-off election against Fred Dusek, a former mayor and councilman.  It was the second time in as many elections, both of them run-offs, that Schroeder had won the city's top seat against Dusek.  The vote was one of the closest, if not the closest, in Rapid City's history. 

In August of 1965, Schroeder resigned the position of mayor to work for Dakota Diversified Corporation of Sioux Falls as the executive vice president and manager of Standard Surety Co. of Rapid City--a branch of the Sioux Falls company.  Alderman Lloyd St. Pierre assumed the temporary job of mayor until a special city election was held in November. Schroeder was past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and a winner of that organization's Distinguished Service Award.  He was a member of the Sertoma Club, the Knights of Columbus and Boys Club of America.  He was a member of the Cathedral Choir, participated in a number of fund drives and served as chairman of the Sewer Bond Information Committee.

He and his wife had six children.

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