Once a hotel in Reliance, South Dakota

From our January 2013 issue

This old building was once a hotel in Reliance, South Dakota. Butch’s grandfather, J.P. Peterson, with his partner, Charlie Peterson, built it sometime between 1905 and 1910 before moving to Saskatchewan. J.P. was a master carpenter and Butch remembers him making chairs, panelled doors, and other wood products. His last creation was a rocking chair in about 1950 at age 83. Butch still has the plane he used for making door and window mouldings. It did the same job as a shaper or router would now. – Photo from Butch Peterson of St. Walburg, Sask.