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Donald Twentyman, Jr. Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2006-116

Content Description

The collection consists of narrative materials and scanned images of Florence (Timberlake) Hopkins, William Asa Hopkins, and Gwendolyn Twentyman. Each narrative offers descriptive accounts of life on the Great Plains, specifically near the Hayes, SD area. The first narrative titled, “Homesteading at Hayes, SD in 1906,” was written by Florence Alice Hopkins. It highlights the Hayes community in Old Stanley County after the turn of the century. Florence also describes her trip to Hayes via the old Ft. Pierre & Deadwood Trail. The narrative is written from the standpoint of a nurse, wife, and mother. The other three narratives by Gwendolyn “Peggy” Twentyman. The narratives are entitled, “William Asa Hopkins: March 1853-November 1943,” “My Dad, My Mother,” & “Rosie Maurine.” The narrative of William Asa Hopkins tells of the Hopkins family and there settlement in South Dakota and the founding of the Hopkins Store in Hayes, SD. It also explains the meeting and marriage of William to Florence Timberlake. The second of Gwendolyn’s narratives gives some descriptions of the Hopkins Store in Hayes. The final of Gwendolyn’s narratives describes the events around Christmas of 1914, a blizzard, and the caring of pigs.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1910s


1 cds

27.8 Megabytes

0.1 Cubic Feet