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    • Told in the plain words of a real cowboy

    • 1995
    • Cowboys;
    • Sonny Gist a noted cowboy and resident of North Central Montana has gathered together in this book a collection of stories of which he has been a part.
    • A Sketch of Lewistown, Montana History (Indian Days-1884)

    • 1980
    • Vigilantes; Rattlesnake Jake; Francis Janeaux; Reedsfort; Dr L.A. LaPalme; Fort Maginnis; Reed and Bowles Trading Post; Peter Koch; Granville Stuart; Carroll Trail; Fort Sherman; Metis;
    • A description of the early settlers, cattlemen, ranches, sheep industry, and an overall picture of the history of Fergus County and Lewistown.
    • Anna Zellick

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    • Anna Zellick;
    • Anna grew up in the Divide area near Lewistown, Montana. This book is her memoir.
    • Apple, Esther, Interview..

    • 1978-07-11
    • Judith Dairy;
    • Describes her life in the Lewistown, Montana. F.C.H.S. Graduate, 1918. Burning of German textbooks during WW I.
    • Art Survey 1943

    • 1943
    • Fergus County, Montana;
    • A booklet describing the history, businesses, churches, industries, and the arts of the local area
    • James Arthur  Family

    • 1992
    • Arthur family; Winifred, Montana;
    • James Arthur family. Walter James Arthur family. Hedley John Arthur family. Ellen Alice Arthur Burnside family. Mabel Annie Arthur Barritt family. Joseph William Arthur family. Harry Edwin Arthur family. Winifred, Montana
    • Back Country Byway

    • 2003-11-19
    • D-Y Trail; Missouri Breaks National Back Country Byway; Kipp Park;
    • A tourist route through the Missouri Breaks.
    • Beaver Creek Community has interesting history.

    • 1960
    • Beaver Creek, Montana; Deffinbaugh family;
    • Beaver Creek. The community, is located some 15 to 20 miles southwest of Lewistown, 10 to 20 miles east Moore and is nestled in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.
    • Boom days in Maiden Mining Camp

    • 1930-08-21
    • Maiden, Montana; Fort Maginnis; Gold Mines; Rustle, Montana; Alpine, Montana; Skookum Joe Anderson; Chinese-Americans;
    • A newspaper article about the ghost town of Maiden. Describes the discovery of gold, and some of the businesses and the towns disagreement with the government over the boundary line of Fort Maginnis.
    • Bootleggers and Crooked Cops

    • 1920
    • Bootleggers; Police; Moonshine; Prohibition;
    • A history of the Prohibition days in Lewistown, Montana.
    • Buffalo hunt in the 1880's

    • 1880
    • Buffalo hunting;
    • W. E. (Limestone) Wilson and 3 of his friends traveled on the government trail that ran from Fort Meade in the Black Hills to Fort Keogh on the Yellowstone. They were headed for Montana to hunt the last of the buffalo. They started out in December...
    • Burke, Esther, Interview..

    • 1978-06-20
    • Depressions--1929; Sheep Ranches;
    • In this interview, Lewistown residents Marion and Esther Burke discuss their early memories and experiences in Lewistown, Montana, including their work, local residents and customs, homesteading and ranching, organizations and businesses, and with...
    • Burke, Marion. Interview.

    • 1978-06-20
    • Depressions--1929; Sheep Ranches; School Boards;
    • In this interview, Lewistown residents Marion and Esther Burke discuss their early memories and experiences in Lewistown, Montana, including their work, local residents and customs, homesteading and ranching, organizations and businesses, and with...
    • Carter, Clark-Interview

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    • REA; Fergus Electric Cooperative;
    • Clark Carter gives his recollections of working for the Fergus Electric Cooperative starting in 1938
    • Central Montana Farm Directory

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    • Directories;
    • Farm and Ranch Directory of land owners in Fergus County, Montana. It covers Fergus, Garfield, Wheatland, Meagher, Judith Basin, Golden Valley and Petroleum Counties. It also includes a map of each county. Includes many advertizements for...
    • Central Montana History

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    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • Oscar Mueller (1877-1964) was a Lewistown, Montana, attorney and amateur historian. This 12-page document summarizes key locations and events in the history of Central Montana. Sections include Camp Cooke, Mussellshell Settlements, Pony Express,...
    • Central Montana Raids of 1884

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    • Vigilantes; Granville Stuart;
    • A paper written by historian Oscar O. Mueller about the vigilantes in Central Montana.
    • Central Montana's Communities

    • 1973
    • Central Montana;
    • The story of 59 Central Montana communities. Ken and Scottie Byerly inteviewed more than 100 people in their travels through Montana. These stories ran weekly in the Lewistown News-Argus from July 8, 1973 to August 28, 1974.
    • Chandler, Helen. Interview

    • 1978-08-07
    • Fergus County, Montana; Teachers;
    • In this interview, Lewistown resident, Helen Chandler discusses her memories and experiences as a student, and later as a teacher, in the Lewistown Public Schools. She also mentions local residents and customs, and general history of Lewistown....
    • Cooley, Charles. Interview.

    • 1969-03; 1973-01
    • Automobile Sales; Rodeos; Central Montana Fair;
    • Charles Cooley was born on 10 May 1894 in Laurin, Mont., the son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Cooley. His father was from Ohio, and his mother's parents came to Virginia City, Montana Territory, looking for gold. Charles Cooley's great-grandfather was...
    • Cultural Resource Survey of Kendall, Montana.

    • 1990
    • Kendall, Montana;
    • On August 21, 1989, John R. Foster contracted with the Lewistown Historic Preservation Office to do a Cultural Resource Inventory on the historic ghost town of Kendall, MT. Included in the contractual obligation was the specific task of completing...
    • Daughters of Jesus in our midst

    • 1989
    • St. Joseph's Hospital; Catholic Sisters; Catholic Schools;
    • This booklet was written as a supplement to the book “Heritage Book of the Original Fergus County Area.” It is the story about the Catholic sisters who came to Lewistown to establish a school and St. Joseph's Hospital.
    • DeMers, Elise. Interview

    • 1978-08-07
    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • In this interview, Lewistown resident, Elise DeMers discusses her memories and experiences as a student, and later as a teacher, in the Lewistown Public Schools. She also mentions local residents and customs, and general history of Lewistown....
    • Dissly, Robert Interview.

    • 1978-06-27
    • Historic Preservation; Creameries;
    • In this interview Lewistown resident, Robert Dissly discusses his experiences as a student in the early Lewistown public schools. He also discusses his work; his experiences in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II; his historic preservation work...
    • Dykins, Dora. Interview

    • 1978-03
    • Physical Therapists; World War II;
    • In this interview, Lewistown resident, Dora Dykins discusses her memories and experiences as a student, and later as a faculty member, in the Lewistown Public Schools. She also mentions her service in World War II, local residents and customs, and...
    • Early beginnings of Lewistown Recounted.

    • 1972-12-17
    • Fort Sherman; Camp Lewis; Peter Koch;
    • A 4 page article written by Robert L. Dissly about the early men who explored the Lewistown area. The last page includes two sketches made by Dissly showing the trading post built by Peter Koch and Camp Lewis as he envisioned them.
    • Elks Imperial Minstrels

    • 1908
    • Elk's Club;
    • Lewistown Lodge #456 B.P.O.E. presents their Elks Imperial Minstrels at Culver's Opera House, Thursday and Friday, January 2-3, 1908, Lewistown, Montana. Direction of Miller and Draper
    • Famous old Spotted Horse mine as it looked at the turn of the century.

    • 1947-06
    • Gold Mines; Spotted Horse Mine;
    • The Spotted Horse Mine was discovered in 1880 by Skookum Joe, a half-breed Indian. He shipped a considerable amount of high-grade ore at that time from the old discovery shaft. It is the belief that the mine was then sold to Patrick [Perry] McAdow...
    • Farm Exchange Bulletin. January 1917.

    • 1917
    • Adoption of Children; Livestock;
    • Farm Exchange Bulletin Issued by the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce, Bulletin #20, January, 1917, Lewistown, Montana. Topics include: Where to test your cream and milk, Farm Bureau, sugar beets, placing children, auction sales, gopher extermination,...
    • Fergus carved out of Meagher [County]

    • 1936-12-20
    • School districts; Voting precincts; Meagher County, Montana; Fergus County, Montana;
    • Describes how Fergus County roads, school districts and voting precincts were formed. Information taken from the Meagher County Commissioner's Journal 1879-1884
    • Fergus Co Commissioners Minutes 1886-1911

    • 2008-09-18
    • Fergus County Commissioners, Lewistown, Montana;
    • Researched and compiled by Shirley Barrick highlighting all the important events at the Fergus County Commissioner meetings for the years 1886-1911.
    • Fergus County Courthouse Centennial

    • 2009
    • Fergus County; Courthouses;
    • A brief history of the Fergus County Courthouse from 1909 to 2009. Published for the Courthouse Centennial in 2009.
    • Fergus County's Greatest asset: her potential gold mines may prove "Lifesaver"

    • 1880
    • Limerock Wilson; Maiden, Montana; Gilt Edge, Montana; Harry Kendall;
    • William E. Wilson was born at Berrien Springs, Michigan, on November 5, 1860. When he was eight years old he traveled with his parents to Holt County, Missouri, and received a common school education. Imbued with romantic ideas from reading...
    • Fergus Crude oil to be refined in Lewistown.

    • 1921-10-02
    • Cat Creek Oil Field; Winnett, Montana; Arro Oil Company;
    • Pertinent facts about the oil produced by the Arro Oil Company. The oil came from the Cat Creek oil field near Winnett, Montana in 1921.
    • Fergus, a miniature of the west

    • 1927-10-10
    • Judith Basin; Gold Mines; Fort Maginnis; Stock raising;
    • This article is an enlargement of a talk given to the Montana State Librarians' annual convention in Lewistown, Montana, October 10, 1927. Describes the early history of the Judith Basin area from the early Indian tribes through the early white...
    • Forest Grove 1881-1981

    • 1981
    • Forest Grove, Montana; Fergus County, Montana;
    • Forest Grove, Montana is located in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, on the south fork of McDonald Creek, 19 miles southeast of Lewistown, Montana, and 18 miles west of Grass Range, Montana.
    • Forest Grove, Montana: a history book

    • 1985
    • Forest Grove, Montana;
    • This book of Forest Grove and the area bordering is dedicated to the early pioneers, who settled in the early 1880's and to those who stayed, and others who came to develop this area into a productive farming and ranching community.
    • Gans, Isabel Brown. Interview

    • 1979-02-02
    • Schools;
    • F.C.H.S. Faculty 1935-1939 In this interview Lewistown resident Isabel Brown Gans discusses her memories and experiences as a teacher in the Lewistown public schools. She also mentions her childhood in Lothrop and Milltown; her father's work for...
    • Geography & Geology of Fergus County (Montana)

    • 1919
    • Judith Mountains, Montana; Moccasin Mountains, Montana;
    • 71 page bulletin about the geography, mineral resources, climate, and soils of Fergus County, Montana. It also includes the origin of the geographic names in Fergus County.
    • Geology of the Big Snowy Mountains.

    • 1930
    • Geology; Central Montana;
    • Scope of paper.—The Big Snowy Mountains form one of several isolated groups of mountains rising above the plains of central Montana. They consist entirely of sedimentary rocks that have been arched upward in a huge elliptical dome. The Big Snowy...
    • Gilt Edge, Montana map

    • 1974
    • Gilt Edge, Montana;
    • A map of Gilt Edge, Montana as remembered by Sid Berry
    • Guthrie, Fern S., Custodian-Jr. High, 1922-1957 Interview

    • 1978-08-22
    • Fergus County, Montana; Teachers;
    • In this interview, Lewistown resident, Fern Guthrie discusses his memories and experiences working as a janitor for the Lewistown Public Schools from 1922 to 1957 and as a school bus driver from 1934-1964. He emphasizes Superintendent C. G....
    • Gypsum mine output goes to three cement plants.

    • 1963-09-29
    • Hanover, Montana; Ideal Cement Co.; James Bickell;
    • A description of the Hanover [Montana] gypsum mine which is a subsidiary of the Ideal Cement Company. Gypsum mining started in 1914 when James Bickell started a plaster plant here. Hanover is located 9 miles northwest of Lewistown, Montana.
    • Haugen, Trygve and Mary Frances Devine Haugen. Interview

    • 1983-11-10
    • Building Construction; Architects; W.S. Devine; John Haugen;
    • Trygve Haugen talks about his father, John Haugen who built many of the buildings in Lewistown.. Mary Frances Devine Haugen talks about her father W.S. Devine, designer and architect of many Lewistown buildings
    • Historical tidbits.

    • 1936
    • Lewistown, Montana; Freighting; Carroll, Montana; Metis; Camp Lewis;
    • Mueller lists important news items that were found in the Rocky Mountain Husbandman newspaper about the Central Montana area.
    • History of Fergus County Coal Production, 1889-1950

    • 1996
    • J.O. Gilkerson; Samuel W. Gebo; Croatian homesteaders; Spring Creek Coal Mine;
    • A paper written by Anna Zellick as part of the Central Montana History class for Lewistown School District No. 1 Adult Education Program.
    • History of Lewistown-Dissly-MMP

    • 2000
    • Lewistown, Montana; Fergus County, Montana;
    • Textbook history of the Lewistown and Fergus County area. Includes a description of the government, mining, religions, manufacturing, entertainment, disasters of the area, ethnic goups, retailing and wholesaling, clubs, architecture of the local...
    • History of Moore, Montana

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    • Moore, Montana; Fergus County, Montana; Rockford, Montana;
    • A collection of articles written by various community people about the Moore area and the history of the buildings, the Jawbone Railroad, the clubs and the families.
    • History of Winifred

    • 1988
    • Winifred, Montana;
    • History of the Winifred community along with some of the early families who settled the area.
    • Hoboing in the 1880's

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    • Adventure stories;
    • W. E. "Limestone" Wilson describes his life on his travels though the west in the 1880's.
    • Hogeland, Frank. Interview

    • 1978-08-24
    • Parent-Teacher Associations; Abe Hogeland; County Commissioners; Soil Conservation Service;
    • In this interview, Lewistown residents Ola Mae and Frank Hogeland discuss their memories and experiences with the Lewistown public schools, including Ola Mae's involvement in the Highland Park School Parent Teachers Association. They also mention...
    • Honest Bob Ammon and the Gilt Edge fiasco

    • 1986-12-14
    • Judith Mountains, Montana; Gilt Edge, Montana;
    • Foster describes gold mining at the Gilt Edge mine near Gilt Edge, Montana and the mismanagement of the business by Bob Ammon.
    • Hruska, Albert. Interview..

    • 1978-07-17
    • Fergus County, Montana; Hawthorne School; Catholic Schools; Jawbone Railroad. Horseshoe Bar Ranch;
    • Albert Hruska was a student at the Hawthorne School 1904-1908, in Lewistown, Montana.
    • Hurley, Julia. Interview

    • 1983-10-10
    • Real Estate; Automobile mechanics; Cook-Reynolds Co.; Cook, George; Reynolds, Ralph W.; Businesses;
    • An interview with Julia Hurley who moved to Lewistown, Montana as a young girl in 1904. She married H.C. Hurley who worked for the Cook-Reynolds real estate company in Lewistown. This interview was done as part of the Historic Resourse Survey.
    • In the Shadow Twin Sisters.

    • 1973
    • Ubet, Montana; Garneill, Montana; Buffalo, Montana; Straw, Montana.
    • Authentic illustrated history of the Pioneers of Ubet, Garneill, Straw and Buffalo in the State of Montana at the end of the nineteeenth century and the outset of the twentieth century as related by the Pioneers and by their descendents.
    • James Fergus the Grand Old Man of Montana

    • 1995
    • Fergus, James; Freethinkers; Cattle Industry; Military on the Frontier;
    • A profile of the "Freethinking Founding Father of Fergus County". Foreward by Anna Zellick. John Foster brings together all the major frontier enterprises-cattle, mining, military, and the Indians showing James Fergus' role in each.
    • John S. Jenni family

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    • Jenni Family; Segessman family; Kindschy family; Deffinbaugh family;
    • History of the branches of the Jenni family.
    • King, Marjorie. Interview with Anna Zellick

    • 1978
    • Wieglenda, George 1877-1957; Maiden, Montana;
    • In this interview, Lewistown resident Marjorie King discusses her memories and experiences as a student of the Lewistown and Maiden Public Schools, and as a member of the Montana State Board of Education and Board of Regents. She also discusses...
    • Retracing Kipp Trails

    • 1997
    • Kipp family; Missouri River, Montana; Fur trading; Fort Clagett, Montana; Tavie Kipp; Landusky, Montana; Cow Island;
    • A collection of stories and pictures of the Kipp Family and the country they lived in with stories by Olivia Kipp.
    • Lewistown Oil and Refining Company first in the field.

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    • Oil refining; Cat Creek Oil Field; Homestake Exploration Company; Kevin, Sunburst oil field; Montana Refining Company;
    • Information about the start of the Lewistown Oil and Refining Company with oil from the Cat Creek Oil Field near Winnett, Montana.
    • Lewistown refinery where Arro gas is made

    • 1922-12-17
    • Anti-freeze; Kerosene;
    • A description of the Arro Refinery located a few miles northwest of Lewistown, Montana. It also describes how gasoline is made.
    • Machler, Judith C.  Interview

    • 1990-06-16
    • Nurses;
    • Topics include growing up on a homestead north of Lewistown; home medical remedies; the education and training of nurses at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lewistown; the 1930s Depression; working as a nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls and at the...
    • Maiden the richest mining camp in Eastern Montana.

    • 1883-08-09
    • Maiden, Montana;
    • “Skookum Joe” Anderson, David Jones, Frank “Pony” McPartland, J. R. Kempet, C. Snow and others, were credited with the discovery of the mines of the Maiden District. In May, 1880, “Skookum Joe” and Jones located placer mines in Virgin...
    • Many historical sites at the mouth of the Judith River

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    • Judith River, Montana; Camp Cooke, Montana; T.C. Power; Judith Landing; Fort Chardon;
    • The area at the mouth of the Judith River, (where it meets the Missouir River) although isolated, contains more interesting important historical sites than possibly any other place in Montana. A number of attempts at settlement were made here in...
    • Marshal, Charles. Interview, November 16, 1983

    • 1983
    • Ayers, Roy E.; Marshall, Charles J.; Attoneys; Milwaukee Railroad; Land Locators;
    • This interview was done as part of the Historic Resource Survey for Lewistown, Montana.
    • Marshall, Charles. Interview. Nov 12, 1983

    • 1983-11-12
    • Electric American Flag; Bank-Electric Building; Croatian Stonemasons; Creel Funeral Home; Marsh the Homemaker; Dr Attix; Pick-Handle Burke;
    • Charles Marshall discusses various buildings and their construction on Main Street.
    • Matt Tuss opened several mines

    • 1978-12-20
    • Matt Z. Tuss; Croatians;
    • Matt Tuss came from Bribir, Jugoslavia [Yugoslavia]. He homesteaded on the north fork of McDonald Creek in the Judith Mountains. He also opened and worked many coal mines in the area.
    • Mattson, Ronald B. Interview

    • 1983-04-08
    • Superintendents; World War II;
    • Lewistown Superintendent, Ronald Mattson (Superintendent 1972-1985) discusses his work administering the Lewistown School District. He also describes his experiences as a fighter plane gunner in World War II. Ronald B. Mattson was born in North...
    • Milburn, G.R. (Jack). Interview

    • 1978-06-24
    • School Boards; N-Bar Ranch; World War II Pilots; Montana Sheep Company; Judith Farms Company; Cattle Ranching; Droughts;
    • Jack Milburn was a Fergus County High School Board Member, 1931-1952.

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