Local authors and artist create children’s book for D.C. Booth Hatchery’s 125th anniversary

SPEARFISH, S.D. — As part of the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery’s 125th anniversary, several locals decided to create a children’s book, Let’s Feed the Fish.

With nearly 3,000 school kids as visitors each year, it serves as a walking guide and history of the facility. The project took nearly nine months to complete, and was co-authored by three Spearfish natives.

“We walked all around, and we said, this has to be the story of just walking and seeing, and learning all about the fish hatchery,” said author, Joanna Jones. “And it was. It was just wonderful, and then of course, by the time we finally got done with the book, it was like. What’s most important? Let’s feed the fish!”

Jones was also excited to work with a local illustrator. Bill Feterl has been painting since the 60’s and was honored to be a part of the project and that his work was so well received. It was also an excellent outlet during the pandemic.

“During the pandemic it was just a lifesaver,” said Feterl. “My wife had just retired and it was helpful for our transition. I kept out of her hair. I was a little anxious because I was focused on the project, but it’s a good kind of thing. Kept the drive going, I was very fortunate.”


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