Former Homestake employees named BHSU Swarm Days Parade Marshals

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, September 26, 2016/Categories: 2016

Hugo (Junior) and Ella Schloe will serve as parade marshals for the 2016 Black Hills State University Swarm Day parade Saturday, Oct. 1. The Schloes created an endowment for the BHSU School of Business providing scholarships and study abroad support for students.

Hugo (Junior) and Ella Schloe will serve as parade marshals for the 2016 Black Hills State University Swarm Day parade Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Schloes have lived in the Black Hills and Spearfish area for more than 40 years, having both retired from Homestake Mining Company. Junior ended his 27-year career at Homestake as an underground shift boss and Ella worked in the offices for 17 years. The couple also owned Jug House Liquor in Spearfish. Ella taught home economics for 17 years prior to her work at Homestake.

"It's an honor to be chosen as the BHSU Swarm Day Parade Marshals," said Ella. "BHSU is very important to the community. The University provides employment and cultural opportunities including music, theatre, and athletics. There are so many advantages of living in a University community."

As successful business people and active community volunteers, Junior and Ella wanted to give something back to the area that has been so good to them. Several years ago they created the Schloe Family Business School Endowment at BHSU. The endowment provides business scholarships at BHSU and stipends for BHSU students and faculty to study abroad, research, and pursue scholarly development.  

"Junior's dad was a farmer and my father was a building contractor," said Ella. "Our parents were in business and we were business owners. We chose to support the School of Business at BHSU to help provide students with an education to achieve their goals and one day, down the line, support this wonderful University."

In 2012, the Scholes were honored by BHSU as the Difference Makers. The Difference Maker Award is given each year to BHSU's top donor. The Scholes have been active in several community and volunteer activities including Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Beta Sorority, the Coronet Club, and Zonta.

Steve Meeker, Vice President of University Advancement, said the Scholes embody the local community's support of BHSU and the collegial spirit of the annual Swarm Days.

"We're so pleased to have Junior and Ella as our parade marshals" said Steve Meeker, Vice President of University Advancement. "They have been in the Spearfish community for many years and I can't think of anyone better to lead our celebration."

The annual Swarm Days Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. on Jackson Blvd. and Main Street in Spearfish. For a full schedule of Swarm Days events Sept. 26 - Oct. 1, visit

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