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Ellen (Skinner) Sprague Collection—Sully County

 Unprocessed — Box: 06485 A
Identifier: H2015-035

Content Description

The collection consists of two handwritten stories by Ellen (Skinner) Sprague titled, “Sully County” and “Our Pioneer Days in South Dakota.” “Sully County” was a term paper written by Ellen while attending high school in 1926 and is a generally history of the county. “Our Pioneer Days in South Dakota” is Ellen’s account of her family and growing up in South Dakota written in 1977. The family came to Sully County in 1895. The account offers numerous stories of early pioneer experiences in South Dakota for the Johnson/Skinner family. The donation also includes print out images of the Johnson/Skinner family taken around 1920, images of the Skinner Ranch in Sully County and Hilda Johnson Skinner’s home in Onida in 1987. A third writing titled, “South Dakota Memories” was written by the donor and offers accounts of trips taken as a child to see her South Dakota family in 1930 and again in 1937. There are also brief accounts of later visits. The collection also includes seven black and white images of tornado damage. It is not known if the images were taken in Onida or Blunt. The images show a damaged fairground and other building damage. It is believed that the images date to the 1910s.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • Event: ca. 1890s to 1920s
  • 1926
  • 1977
  • Event: ca. 1910s


0.1 Cubic Feet