Early days in Hughes County, South Dakota, including the capital city of Pierre, are recalled in this new 111-page booklet titled: Hughes County, South Dakota, USA. The spiral-bound booklet is a compilation of excerpts from two hard to find sources: the 1937 book, Hughes County History, and South Dakota: A Guide to the State, a 1938 product of the WPA Writer's Program. The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is reproduced on 11" x 8.5" 60# opaque paper, with two pages of original text printed per page with no reduction in type size. The original Hughes County History was primarily made up of articles "contributed by pupils, teachers, pioneers and historical authorities" and newspaper clippings, some of which were obituaries. Subjects include: Geological History, History, State and County School Superintendents, Early School history; the town of Blunt and its early day happenings -- the Blunt Oil Well, Blunt blizzard of 1888, Memories from the E.E. Simmons family, the E.F. Mercer family, Mrs. Thomas Whalen, Mrs. John Miles, H.O. Besancon, the Garver family, William Hopkins, Ed Carey, Fred Pigney, J.W. Pyne, Mrs. Anna Marsh, L.J.Walker, the Blunt Hotel, See-Back-Agraph; the City of Pierre -- Indians, Firsts, Folklore, the old auditorium's story, Gen. F. Burke O'Brien and the old capitol, Mason Martin, St. Mary's Hospital, Farm Island, Hilts Grocery, L.B. Albright recalls "A Half Century in Pierre", Vilas Drug Store, Lucas Company, New Governor's Mansion, Congregational Church History, Pierre Indian School, Names of pioneers, Directory of 1884, E.E. Senechal, Floods, New Courthouse (and sketch of the old one), John E. Hipple, editor of the Capital Journal, G.H. Janes, Homer Partridge, Al Hildebrandt and his gun collection, Pierre Parks, Dr. Riggs, James Rabdau, the Breeden Family, Mail carrier and the post office, Bill Smith, Max Kehr, Billie Borst, Paoli Bianchi, Steve Travis, the Greenough Hardware, Dr. O.N. Hoyt, Pat Kane, Jim Lewis, Judge Loring E. Gaffy, the Murder of Forest Small and the lynching of James Bell, the opening of the Winnebago Indian Reservation to settlement by President Arthur and the rescinding of the order by President Cleveland, John Lockhart, Henry Reed, Herman Sterud, Robert Bagby, the Hyde family, Lester Clow, Mrs. Julia Geltz, Frank Pettyjohn, H.O. Marion, Judge and Mrs. J.F. Hughes, Col. Edward Farr, Mary Noyes Farr, the Lawler family, Louis Greenough, Mrs. C.K. Morton, Fort Sully, Guy Barnes, Will Grebing, Bob Carlin, "Gold in the city park", U.P. Solberg, John A. Samuelson, the Dorothy family, N.E. Howard, Corwin Mead, Andrew Schmutz, John S. Nelson, Mrs. Mary Morse, Horace Clark, Adam Thierolf, Elias Jacobsen, the Methodist Church, the Locke Hotel, Street Cars, Earliest Official County Records, Frank C. Smith, the Obershaw family, River Ferry Days, Fur traders on the Missouri, Louis DeWitt, the Leeper family, Charles DeLand, Jordan family, the C.C. Whitcher family, Mike O'Brien; the town of Harrold -- Harry McQueen family, Early Days by Claire Besancon, Pierre University, J.A. McGaffee, John Laughlin, William Summerside, Methodist Church, Immanuel Lutheran, Zion American Lutheran, the Big Blizzard of '88; the town of Canning -- Leon Redick's Lincoln book, John Kramer, George Coates, Mace Samco, J.H. Gould, James Elwood DeHart, the Dehart family, the Nye and Coates families, the Redicks; Hughes County Rural School Association, M.C. Rousseau, the Sam McGaffee family, Kossuth Byrum, the Roda family, Lew Richards, Mort Howard, the Baade family, Henry Lewis Jones, G.C. Tutin, Charlie West, Michael Nelson Thomson, Ed Hausman, Jessie Jones and the Greenwood family, the Cooper family, the Alleman family, Joseph Pitlick, Cyrus Gain Robinson, Hans Sorensen, the Tetan Dakotas, Fielder Bottom pioneers, the Millett family, John McGrin, the Biwer family, a prairie fire, Mrs. Snell and Bertha Thorne, J.C. Higgins, Clark Howard family, Lorenze Osterkamp, Mrs. Sarah Fillmore, Mrs. Walter Hunsley, Lorenzo Trask, G.C. Babel family, Mrs. E.C. Alvord, Edward Nothdurft, Chris Bronemann, John Eisemann, Paul Kepstine, Henrikus Krull, Henry Krull, Claus Erp, Charles Brekke, Henry Brekke, George Harris family, the Raber Tumbleweed, C.G. Mathews, the Blake family, Mary Condon Potter, the Keyes family, Mrs. Joseph Not Afraid Bear, Lou Oakley Gregory, the Big Bend, John Barry, Medicine Butte, government trails, Snake Butte, Father Ambrose Mattingly; the Dickens Club, Sts. Peter and Paul's Rectory in Pierre; Pierre Banking history; and other interesting bits of history. The brief WPA excerpt includes a separate section on Pierre with 14 points of interest.