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Tom Taylor Family Pioneers

The Story of the Taylor Family Pioneers in Dakota Territory.

Brule County Early History
Early Day Experiemces
by Tom Taylor, as he wrote it

An account of the Tom Taylor family and his life from his arrival in Brule
Territory (now South Dakota) 15 April 1879 until {about 1935 – SD Archives is researching
publication date, etc.}

Subjects of interest include:

Wagon trains

Infant mortality

Military road from Yankton to Fort Thompson

Nelson House (combination road house, hotel, post office and ranch house)

Railroad grading contract


Railroad surveying

Squatter’s Right

Cutting wood for the steamboats

Steamboat practices and

Last buffalo in Brule County

Winter of 1880-’81

Spring flooding of 1881

Fort Hale, physical description and life

Blizzard 12 January 1888

Messiah Craze

Ghost Dance

Opening of the Big Sioux Reservation

Crow Creek Reservation, location and fear of

Artesian wells

Name Index (people, places and things) –

Tom Taylor

Carrie Taylor

William Taylor

Chester Taylor

Chet Taylor

Lewis Taylor

Orah Taylor

Irving Taylor

Brule County

Peter Nelson

Hannah Nelson

Red Lake


Fort Dodge, Iowa

Brule City

Far West (steamboat)

Key West (steamboat)

Nellie Peck (steamboat)

Mollie Moore (steamboat)

Captain Sims

Mrs. Ada B. Gray

Jim Hennard

Dave Spaulding

Sorrel Nell (Dave Spaulding’s pony)

Fred Hemingway

David Forbes

Fort Hale

R. H. Somers


Red Lake

Chris Reimer

Dell McNichols

Davis children

George McNichols

Peter Manore

Margaret Manore

Susan Manore Taylor

Sitting Bull

Wounded Knee

Big Sioux Reservation



John N. VanHorn, sheriff of Brule County

Bert VanHorn

Milo Glass ranch

Jim Sanborn ranch

Watson Hardware Store

Columbus College

Mike Miller

Pukwana Public School