Guide to the Louisa Matilde and William "Tobe" Driskill Collection At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Heinbaugh, Callie
Title: Louisa Matilde and William "Tobe" Driskill Collection
Dates: 1830 - 2004 (bulk dates 1830-1896)
Quantity: 4 box(es) (2 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS144
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Brief Family History

Louisa (Chambliss) and Tobe Driskill were early settlers in Spearfish, SD. Widowed shortly after the Civil War, Calvina Chambliss Anthony (Louisa Driskill's mother), moved with her three children to her parent's home in to St. Louis, MO. Later she remarried and moved to Kansas City, KS with her new husband (Mr. Anthony). It was there that her daughter Louisa met William "Tobe" Driskill, a Texas cattleman. Tobe Driskill was born in Dodge City, KS June 2, 1882. His parents were Jesse Lincoln Driskill and Nancy Elizabeth Jane Day Driskill. Louisa and Tobe spent their early marriage in Texas with the Driskill family, but decided to move north and ended up ranching in South Dakota and Wyoming. The family town residences were in Spearfish, SD. Louisa and William "Tobe" had four children. They were: Alice Driskill who died as an infant, Jesse Loring Driskill (1882-1973), Callie Rose Driskill Dougherty (1884-1973), and William Walter Driskill (1886-1934). Tobe died in 1922 and Louisa in 1924. They are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish, SD.

Jesse Loring Driskill ran Ranch D near Moorcroft and Oshoto, WY. He married Louisa Caroline Blatt of Sturgis, SD in 1902. They had four children, William Charles Driskill (1905-1966), Jesse Belvin Driskill (1907-1987), Louisa Marie Driskill Hoese (1913-1954), and Kathleen Hermonie Driskill Howe (1914-2010). William Walter “Billy” Driskill married Lillian Ann Waters Driskill of Sheridan, WY and they had two children. They were Arthea Driskill and Vora Driskill. Jesse, Louisa, Billy, and Lillian are all buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish, SD. A number of their descendants still live in Spearfish.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two diaries. One belonged to Louis's mother and the other to her grandmother. The diary of Louisa Summerville Dunbar Hagman (Louisa grandmother) starts with a note of her birth in 1812 and continues until her death in 1883. She tells of life growing up in the south and during the civil war. The second diary by Calvina Chambliss Anthony (Louisa's mother). It begins with her personal reflections about her early live and the Civil War. From there it picks up in 1868 and continues until 1895. The collection includes scans and transcripts of the diaries as well as some photographs and textual information on the Driskill Family Spearfish residences. Due to the fragile nature of the original diary, and to arrest any further deterioration, only transcripts of the diary will be made available for public use. There are also files containing photographs and assorted printed material about each of the Driskill Family homes in Spearfish.

Acquisition Information

Received November 2014 and February 2016.

Preferred Citation

Louisa Matilde and William "Tobe" Driskill Collection, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies, Black Hills State University

Processing Information

Processed by Bobbi Sago 2015-2016

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Diary of Louisa Summerville Dunbar Hagaman, 1830-1883
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2 1 Diary of Calvina Chambliss Anthony, 1868-1896
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3 1 Scanned copy and transcript of the Diary of Louisa Summerville Dunbar Hagaman, 1830-1883
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4 1 704 8th Street,
2 930 8th Street,
3 940 8th Street,
4 945 8th Street,
5 1014 8th Street,
6 335 Canyon Street,
7 515 Nash Street,