June Harvey Black Hills State University alumna, Class of ’74, will hold book signings on campus and several other locations this weekend.
Harvey, author of An Incredible Life: True Stories Told by Clarence Riggs, will be at the Festival of Books in Deadwood this weekend. As a part of her tour she will make an appearance at Black Hills State University, David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Bookstore, Oct. 7, 1- 3 p.m.
An Incredible Life, a collection of stories told by Harvey’s father Clarence Riggs, shows what life was like in the 1900s. Riggs was born in 1908 and raised in Spearfish. They sold vegetables, sold firewood, and raised sheep. After high school, Riggs worked with a survey crew, rounded up wild horses with his brother Jim, worked in Deadwood stores, and played in an orchestra. In the 30s, he took over the family farm, and in the 40s, he owned a sawmill and logged near Spearfish. He later owned Riggs Moulding Mill, a dry kiln, the Spearfish Bootery, and Mountain View Campground.
“When I began to write An Incredible Life, I intended for it to be for historical family entertainment. After completing the book, I realized that my dad’s faith in God and his love for family and friends gave him the hope, courage, determination, and perseverance to prevail in circumstances that seemed insurmountable,” Harvey says. “Now I hope readers can draw from his hard-earned wisdom and apply it to their own lives.”