From the October 23, 2007 Wessington Springs True Dakotan
Written by Duke Wenzel – True Dakotan Editor -
Laura Ingalls Wilder story layout – Craig Wenzel
The story of how a 56-year old letter from famed children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder recently came to the Jerauld County museum.
Evelyn Spencer's school picture - Sefrna School 1951
Country school teacher Evelyn Spencer was teaching at the Sefrna one-room school, north of Crow Lake, in 1950 and 1951. She, like many of the teachers in the United States, used the “Little House on the Prairie” series of books in the students’ studies.
The Jerauld County Pioneer Museum also consists of Fagerhaug one-room school and Kraft Blacksmith and Repair Shop on the courthouse lawn.
In the short time it has been open, the Heritage Center has become a popular place for visitors to Wessington Springs. Adults find many items which bring back happy memories of the past, while children are intrigued to learn how their great-grandparents lived without the benefits of electricity and modern conveniences. The building was a former bank.
An old doctor’s one-horse buggy goes into the Kraft Blacksmith Shop