Many new business people came from Brookings on wagons hauling their lumber. Mr. Beardsley was no different. He brought in the first load and his wife came the following day with the next load and the family. He had his building up and within a week his family was living in the building while it was being built.
The Beardsley Hotel, later known as the Kingsbury House, is mentioned in the Little House books as a real two-story building.
This site once held the Sturgeon Hotel, a body shop and later Tom’s Cafe, which was razed to make room for the United States Post Office.
Laura wrote about this hotel in Little Town on the Prairie:
One day, Laura and Carrie were sent home from school. Carrie and Mamie Beardsley had gotten into trouble with their teacher, Miss Wilder. Laura stepped in to help Carrie and that incident found them both walking home from school in the middle of the day. Laura was horrified and Carrie was worried about what Ma and Pa would say. Pa scolded them and told them to return to school the next day and behave. He would not have his girls making trouble in school! Pa and the school board then made a visit to school to settle the issue.