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    • 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 Gulch, later...
    • 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...
    • When Culver Came to Lewistown

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    • William Culver; Photographers;
    • William Culver was the first photographer to come to Lewistown and took many historical photoraphs of the local area.
    • Memories of Limerock Wilson

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    • Judith Mountains, Montana; W. E. Limerock Wilson;
    • W.E. "Limerock" Wilson lived and mined for gold in the Judith Mountains for most of his life.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Spotted Horse mine discovered by Skookum Joe [Anderson]

    • 1935
    • Spotted Horse Mine; Judith Mountains, Montana;
    • 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 McAdow for...
    • Early History revolved around Carroll Trail, Fort Maginnis

    • 1984-12-16
    • Carroll Trail; Fort Maginnis; Crow Reservation; Diamond R freight company
    • The Carroll Trail was a short lived and relatively insignificant part of Montana's total transportation history but its long-term political impact on Central Montana was profound. There were three motives behind the building of Fort Maginnis in...
    • Early Days in Lewistown.

    • 1930
    • Perley M. Silloway;
    • Silloway's reminiscences of the time he lived in Lewistown, Montana.He did a series of these articles for the newspaper in the 1930's.
    • 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...
    • 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,...
    • Observations: Fergus County, a Miniature of west

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    • Johnny Wirts [Wirtenberg]; Skookum Joe Anderson; David Jones; Frank Sage; Perry McAdow; Harry Kendall;
    • Observations by the author about the mining in the Judith and Moccasin mountains in Montana. [Fergus County, a Miniature of the West refers to a paper written by Clifford B. Worthen.]
    • 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 from Early Days

    • 1880
    • Lewistown, Montana; Fergus County, Montana;
    • Mercy Jackson was an early school teacher in Lewistown. Her family arrived in this area on July, 1884
    • 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.
    • Reedsfort, MT March 25, 1884

    • 1884
    • Reedsfort, MT; Lewistown, MT; Lewistown, MT; Fergus County, Montana;
    • Letter to the editor, in The Mineral Argus on March 25, 1884 published in Maiden, MT. Summarizes the history of the Reedsfort and Lewiston (Lewistown), Montana.
    • Forgotten towns of Fergus

    • 1912-12-17
    • Fergus County, Montana; Carroll, Montana; Reed anad Bowles Trading Post; Nelsonville, Montana; Rustle, Montana; Gardenland (Utica), Montana; Alpine, Montana; Andersonville, Montana; Maiden, Montana; Ubet, Montana; Yogo, Montana;
    • Information about many of the small towns in Central Montana were formed and then abandoned.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Heritage of one of nature's wonders: Gigantic Warm Springs

    • 1985-06-10
    • Warm Spring Creek; Moccasin Mountains, Montana;
    • History of the Warm Spring Creek area and its importance to the development of the power plant buildt to supply water to the Kendall gold mine. Part of the article about the power plant is based on an article by Glen C. Morton called "Power plant...
    • W.E. Wilson

    • 1964-12-01
    • Judith Mountains, Montana; W. E. Limerock Wilson;
    • Historian George D. Mueller describes the life of W. E. "Limerock" Wilson who mined for gold in the Judith Mountains of Montana.
    • Joseph King recalls the buffalo days in the [Judith] Basin

    • 1921-12-06
    • Fergus County; Judith Basin County, Montana;
    • Great changes have taken place in Montana since the balmy days of the cowman and "puncher." The conditions which now exist were undreamed of at that time, and to one who has seen this country in the early days, and as it looks in its present...
    • Mining methods, local mine history

    • 1937-12-19
    • Parsons, Clifford R.; Maiden, Montana; Harry Kendall; Gilt Edge, Montana; Kendall, Montana; Barnes-King Mine; Judith Mountains, Montana; Moccasin Mountains, Montana;
    • Gold was first found in Central Montana in Yogo creek in the early '70's to be followed later by discovery of placer gold in the Judith and North. Moccasin mountains. By this time lode mining had started generally over the state and prospectors...
    • George Smith resident of Gilt Edge for 66 years, recalls area's past.

    • 1966-12-18
    • Gilt Edge, Montana; George Smith; Bands; Fires;
    • Gilt Edge boomed into being in 1893 on the east side of the Judith Mountains and the Gilt Edge Post Office was opened in 1894. Gilt Edge was the first Cyanide Gold Mining Camp in the United States, with a population that reached 1,200 at the peak...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • There were many coal mines in local area

    • 1978-12-20
    • Matt Tuss;
    • Early in the 1900’s coal mining was a growing industry in the area surrounding Lewistown and especially in the Judith Mountains near the divide. The Yugoslavians who migrated to Montana supplemented their incomes in the winter by mining coal. While...
    • History of those who made it

    • 1879
    • Metis; Red River carts; Ben Kline;
    • Early history of the Metis who settled the Lewistown area in 1879-1882.
    • Judge DeKalb Reviews History of Lewistown from Founding

    • 1949-08-16
    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • Early history of Lewistown, Montana, that Judge Dekalb gave in a speech probably in 1949. He describes why the streets of Lewistown are on an angle; also includes how the town was platted.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Power Plant electricity for gold mine operation on Warm Spring Creek and Kendall

    • 1969-12-21
    • Power Plants; Kendall, Montana; Harry Kendall; Oscar Stephens; Horse Shoe Bar Ranch;
    • At one time there was a power plant on Warm Spring Creek and it was the most important unit in the operation of the Kendall gold miners. Glen Morton who worked at this power plant describes how it was built and how it operated. He took many photos...
    • Building of Fort Maginnis

    • 1997-12-14
    • Fort Maginnis; Archibald Issac La Grange; Carroll Trail;
    • Article tells about the 194 men who came to construct Fort Maginnis, Montana
    • Pullen, Roberta Interview

    • 1990-06-19
    • Nurses;
    • An interview with Roberta Pullen for the “Medicine, Health Care and Nursing in Montana” oral history project for the Montana Historical Society. During the interview Roberta Pullen will discuss her father, Dr. Fred Taylor, one of the first...
    • Struttin along

    • 1923
    • Fairs; Gros Ventres Indians;
    • An article about the start of fair in Central Montana in 1893
    • Maiden was Gay Old Town

    • 1950-01-05
    • Maiden, Montana; Pony McPartland; Maginnis Mining Company;
    • A short history of early Maiden, Montana
    • Will develop gypsum properties

    • 1915-12-31
    • Hanover, Montana;
    • A newspaper article about the Hanover Gypsum Company, located 10 miles northwest of Lewistown, Montana.
    • 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.
    • Carroll Will Lie Under New Lake

    • 1935
    • Carroll, Montana; Carroll Trail; Matthew Carroll; Diamond R. Freight Company; Steamboat travel; Kerchival City;
    • A history of the town of Carroll, Montana during the days of the trading posts and riverboat transportation.
    • Late Pioneer's Adventures Recounted

    • 1973
    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • A four page summary of Frank Moshners' life and places he built in the local area.
    • 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.
    • Kendall, Twentieth Century Ghost Town

    • 1974
    • Cyanide processing; Kendall, Montana; Kendall, Harry;
    • A decade before the turn of the century, experiments in South Africa's Transvaal proved that a process involving deadly potassium cyanide could be used to extract gold from low grade ore. A somewhat improbable locale, Fergus County in Central...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Stucky, Ralph. Two Interviews

    • 1985-07-15
    • REA; County Extension Agents; Rural Electrification; Peck, Richard;
    • The first interview with Raphy Stucky was done on July 15, 1985 with Anna Zellick. At a later time Anna Zellick did a second interview with Ralph Stucky and Richard Peck who both worked for the REA. These interviews were done at the request of the...
    • 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,...
    • Lewistown's Diamond Jubilee Pageant program.

    • 1957-07-06
    • Lewistown, Montana;
    • The Pageant was called "Central Montana, a Miniature of the West." It is a play about the history of Lewistown and the area surrounding it.
    • 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.
    • Silloway's History of Central Montana

    • 2012
    • History--Research--Montana; Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • A review of the development of Montana’s inland empire. Perley M. Silloway came to Lewistown in the fall of 1898 as principal of the Fergus County Free High School until 1909. For a number of seasons he was an assistant in the summer session of the...
    • Smith, Frank, Interview

    • 1978-06-07
    • Hawthorne School; Garfield School; Beaver Creek School; Freighting; Wool; Tar Paper Palace; Jawbone Railroad; Calvert Hotel; Circus;
    • Fergus County High School graduate, 1919.
    • Rexall Family Almanac

    • 1921
    • Almanacs; Drug Companies; Rexall Drug Co.;
    • A publication advertising Rexall Drug Products. Distributed by the Seiden Drug Co, Lewistown, Montana. "The Rexall Store Almanac" for the year 1921.
    • Judith Basin, Montana.

    • 1922
    • Lewistown, Montana;
    • A booklet describing the Lewistown area--the land, the rainfall, climate, railroads, crops and schools. It has many photos of the town and the farms in the area.
    • Oracle of the Fergus County Free High School, October 1907

    • 1907
    • Literary Society; Business Advertisements; Sports;
    • Includes articles on the Fergus High School Alumni, local school events, literary articles, sports and lists of other schools they exchanged booklets with. Published monthly in the school year 1907-1908 for $.05 per copy or $.50 per year.
    • 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.
    • Judith Basin, Fergus County Montana

    • 1913
    • Judith Basin, Montana; Settlers;
    • A 19-page promotional pamphlet describing the Judith Basin for the years 1911-1913--homesteading, rainfall, crops, grain yields, dairy products, horses, cattle and sheep, wool, land values, schools, and letters from vaious settlers in the area...
    • Oracle of the Fergus County Free High School, November, 1907

    • 1907
    • Literary Society; Business Advertisements; Sports;
    • Includes articles on the Fergus High School Alumni, local school events, literary articles, sports and lists of other schools they exchanged booklets with. Published monthly in the school year 1907-1908 for $.05 per copy or $.50 per year.
    • 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.
    • Fallen Branches on Montana Soil

    • 2005
    • Rattlesnake Jake; Jew Jake Harris; Pike Landusky; Kid Curry; Johnny Curry; James Winters; James Wilber; Mary Wilber;
    • Fallen Branches on Montana Soil is a compilation of stories of the lives of peculiar yet well-known characters who lived in Montana in the 1880-1890s period. These men were fiercely independent living on the edge of what were the norms of society....
    • Montana Story. Montana State Centennial.

    • 1964
    • Pageants; Mickelsen, Gunnar; Booster Clubs; Fairs; Centennial Presentations;
    • Central Montana Fair and Centennial, Inc. presents “The Montana Story” written by George S. Elias, Wanda Rockhold, Joseph Simmons. Produced and Directed by Robert L. Hulse, Technical Director, Phillip Frable. A John B. Rogers Company...
    • Mueller, George. Interview

    • 1978-06-29
    • Vigilantes;
    • In this interview, Lewistown resident, George Mueller discusses his memories and experiences as a student in the Lewistown Public Schools. He also mentions local residents and the general history of Lewistown and Central Montana, including his...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Young, Charles. Interview 8-30-78

    • 1978-08-30
    • Schools; Winnett, Montana;
    • In this interview, Charles Young discusses his memories and experiences as a student at Winnett schools. He also mentions general history of Fergus County.
    • History of Lewistown's Medicine and Health Care.

    • 2000
    • Nursing; Health Care; Hospitals; Pharmacies; Drug Stores; Dentists; Dr. Fred Attix;
    • A chapter from the book "History of Lewistown" about the early medical facilities, and the medical profession in Lewistown, Montana.
    • Birds of Fergus County, Montana

    • 1903
    • Birds;
    • A listing and of each bird observed in the area and where it was found. Also includes distinguishing features of each bird, its habits and habitats and nests.
    • Anna Zellick

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    • Anna Zellick;
    • Anna grew up in the Divide area near Lewistown, Montana. This book is her memoir.
    • The Naming of Gilt Edge Mine and town of Gilt Edge, Montana

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    • Mining;
    • George Wieglenda was a friend of Bill (Limestone) Wilson and both were long-time Maiden area residents and miners. This is the story of Bill (Limestone) Wilson as written by George Wieglenda. His grandson, Jerry Hanley deciphered Wieglenda's...
    • Dockery House, Lewistown, Montana

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    • Homes; J. H. Akins; Raymond Dockery;
    • A history of the J. H. Akins/Raymond Dockery house located at 1105 W. Main, Lewistown, Montana. At one time it was said to have been the center of the state of Montana.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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