Charles E. Hyde Biography



                This biography appears on pages 1131-1132 in "History of Dakota

                Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. IV (1915) and was

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                Charles E. Hyde is connected with industrial interests of Webster as a miller, being now president and manager of the Webster Mill Company. He was born in Grinnell, Iowa, March 27, 1858, and is a son of Lewis L. and Lydia (Hubbard) Hyde. The father was born in Indiana in 1828 and was a son of Andrew Hyde. When a young man he removed to

Illinois and in that state married Miss Lydia Hubbard, who was born in Springfield, Illinois, in 1836. Lewis L. Hyde was a wagon maker by trade but after removing to Wisconsin engaged in business as a millwright. Subsequently he became a resident of Lanesboro, Minnesota,

where he established a wagon shop, continuing in that business until  his death, which occurred in 1898, when he had reached the age of seventy years. His wife died in 1914, at the age of seventy-eight. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in his political

views Mr. Hyde was a republican. Their family numbered six children, of whom five are living: George F., who is engaged in the milling business at Owatonna, Minnesota; Charles E.; Sarah, who is the widow of E. D Udell and lives in Wells, Minnesota; F. L.; and Mrs. Mary E. Barnard, a widow, living at Henderlin, North Dakota.


                Charles E. Hyde pursued his education in the schools of Horicon, Wisconsin, to the age of fifteen years and afterward studied during one winter in Minnesota.  In 1874 he entered a mill at Lanesboro, Minnesota, and was there employed for three years, after which he removed to

Winnebago City, that state. His identification with the milling business covers altogether forty-one years, during which he has operated in various places. He came to South Dakota in 1883 and in 1899 he removed to Webster, where he engaged in the milling business. Today he is president and manager of the Webster Mill Company, which owns a plant having a capacity of one hundred and seventy-five barrels daily. The excellence of the output assures for the business a liberal patronage and long experience has made Mr. Hyde familiar with every phase of the work, thus enabling him to wisely direct the operation of the mill.


                On the 1st of September 1881, Mr. Hyde wedded Miss Maude H. Williams, a daughter of James H. Williams, one of the early settlers of Houston county, Minnesota, and now a resident of Webster, at the age of eighty-three years. Five children have been born to this union, four of whom are living: Allan A., who follows farming in North Dakota; Albert L., who is filling the offices of county surveyor and city engineer; Charles P., at home; and Helen R., who is in school. Roy J. is deceased. The mother is a member of the Congregational church.

Mr. Hyde votes with the republican party and is now serving for the eighth year as alderman of Webster, having ever exercised his official prerogatives in support of plans and measures for the general good, the efficiency of his service being indicated in his frequent reelections.  He belongs to that class of men who have won the proud American title of self-made. He was practically without financial resources when he came to Webster but has gradually worked his way upward, his industry and his capable business management being the salient features in his growing prosperity.