My father was a great storyteller and he had a grand heritage to share. His grandfather was one of the first settlers in South Dakota, founding Woodland township. The Woodland family and the Bailey family travelled in covered wagons to find the ideal spot on which to settle. I was told how they built their homes of sod, had contacts with the local Sioux, and braved cold South Dakota winter blizzards. Tales were told of the “Jim & Jane” trees, a marker for a favorite picnic and fishing spot on the lake named after his friend. Bailey’s Lake is now a state park and a refuge for waterfowl and wildlife in northeast South Dakota. I heard that my great-grandfather was a postmaster who walked thirty miles over two days across the prairie to retrieve mail.
|Headed for the Dakotas.|
Candy Simonson of Strafford, Missouri is an Internet Technician and she writes articles for family magazines. Her articles include topics on teaching children, preparing Christian school lessons, and leading small-group discussions. She has written a novel for youth and is searching for a publisher.
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