The collection chiefly contains business correspondence from Charles Leavitt Hyde, of Pierre, South Dakota, to O. D. Chester
in Camden, Michigan.
Charles Leavitt Hyde was a prominent citizen and businessman of Pierre, South Dakota. He was born in Illinois in 1860. In
1888, Hyde moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and got involved in the real estate business. He married Katherine Robinson
in 1886; they had four children: Ruth Elizabeth, Charles L. Jr., Dorothy, and Franklin. Charles L. Hyde helped found the city
of Pierre (the capital of South Dakota) and owned much property in the city. He built the St. Charles Hotel, which still stands.
Hyde was tried and convicted for fradulent advertising in 1911, but President Taft later pardoned him. He wrote a memoir in
1939 entitled Pioneer days: the story of an adventurous and active life.
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