Bill Groethe (born 1923) biography Oct 26, 2018 22:10:54 GMT -5
Post by Californian on Oct 26, 2018 22:10:54 GMT -5
William McAndrew "Bill" Groethe (born November 2, 1923) is best known as being the photographer who took the famous pictures on September 2, 1948, of the last eight survivors of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. The people depicted in these photographs include Little Warrior, Pemmican, Little Soldier, Dewey Beard (Iron Hail), High Eagle, Iron Hawk, Comes Again, and Nicholas Black Elk. John Sitting Bull, present in the group photos, though not a survivor, represented his adoptive father Sitting Bull. Groethe was the only professional photographer who attended the 1948 reunion of the survivors. Groethe lives in Rapid City, South Dakota and still maintains his business selling prints of his photographs. Over the span of many decades, beginning in the 1930s, he took photographs of the construction of the Mount Rushmore National Monument, the South Dakota Badlands, the Lakota prophet Black Elk, and the Native American survivors of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Groethe was mentored by fellow Rapid City photographers Carl Rise, a neighbor who gave him his first camera, and Bert Bell, with whom he began an apprenticeship at age 12. Groethe began selling his work at age 16. He served in World War II as a photo reconnaissance technician for the Army Air Force. Bill Groethe's pictures are housed and displayed at the Rapid City Airport, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Rushmore, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Visitor Center, a theme park in Imachi City, Japan, and many other museums and private collections. On August 17, 2009, Groethe was honored by the City of Rapid City and the State of South Dakota, which declared September 2, 2009, as William M. Groethe Day in honor of the 61st anniversary of the Little Bighorn photo.