Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hatfield Recalls Huron 65 Years Ago (c1883)
[Source:The Huronite & Daily Plainsman (Huron, SD), Thursday, 1 April 1948, p2c6]
R. B. HATFIELD [Roy Berton], 125 Seventh St. S. W., said that Huron wasn't much to look at when he got his first glimpse of the prairie town just 65 <1883> years ago this morning. HATFIELD was just a boy when his mother [Mary Elizabeth (SANDERS) HATFIELD] brought him and three other children [Ira H., Sarah Elizabeth, Jennie Pearl] to Huron to join their father [Jacob Cramer HATFIELD], who had come here to pioneer three years before that.
And it was a long trip to make from Shellsburg, Ia., their former home, to Huron even though they made the trip by train. It took three days and nights. They arrived at 2 a.m. and moved into the old Dakota House where they lived a month until moving onto their homestead, 10 miles north of Huron.