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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.
    • Army order influenced new communities start.

    • 1972
    • Camp Lewis; Fort Sherman;
    • A newspaper article about Captain Constant Williams and his men who were sent to Central Montana to set up Camp Lewis in 1874. Lewistown News-Argus Newspaper Dec. 17, 1972
    • 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
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Cat Creek's well was small

    • 1962-03-04
    • Cat Creek Oil Field;
    • A newspaper article describing the oil found at Cat Creek near Winnett, Montana. There were many who felt that Montana held promise in the production of "black gold." Among these speculators was Frank Frantz, former territorial governor of...
    • 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'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....
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Early days in Lewistown [Montana]

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    • Lewistown, Montana;
    • Perley M. Silloway was the first principal of Fergus County High School (Lewistown, Montana) in 1900. He was also an author and a nationally recognized authority on birdlife. He came to Lewistown in 1898. He died in 1947. Silloway's reminiscences...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Hanover was busy place in 1921

    • 1974-12-12
    • Hanover, Montana; Three Forks Portland Cement Co.;
    • Back in 1914, over a quarter century ago, a keen-scented engineer with an eye to the future, discovered a large amount of gypsum deposit about eight miles north and west of Lewistown at what is the present site of Hanover, and during the next few...
    • 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...
    • 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
    • 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 those who made it

    • 1879
    • Metis; Red River carts; Ben Kline;
    • Early history of the Metis who settled the Lewistown area in 1879-1882.
    • History of Winifred

    • 1988
    • Winifred, Montana;
    • History of the Winifred community along with some of the early families who settled the area.
    • 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.
    • Hruska, Lulu Criswell. Interview

    • 1978-08-23
    • Highland Park School; P.T.A. (Parent Teachers Association);
    • Recollections of Lulu Criswell Hruska about her teaching days at the Highland Park School, Lewistown, Montana from 1927-1932, 1946-1947, and the Lincoln School 1947-1971
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Judy (Miller) Steiner Interview by Peggy Barta.

    • 2011-07-05
    • Danvers, Montana; Judy Miller Steiner; St. Wenceslaus Church;
    • Danvers is a small agricultural community settled largely by Bohemian Catholics and located on the Milwaukee Road. St. Wenceslaus Church, a symbol of the Bohemian religious and cultural heritage, was built in 1916. Much of the town’s social...
    • Kendall Businesses

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    • Kendall, Montana;
    • History of Kendall, Montana and the businesses that existed there.
    • 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.
    • Luther Kelly letter to Oscar Mueller

    • 1927-01-06
    • Reed and Bowles Trading Post; Camp Lewis; Long Horse, Crow Chief;
    • A letter written by Luther Kelly to Oscar Mueller of Lewistown, Montana. He describes the Reed and Bowles Trading Post and Camp Lewis as he remembered them when he visited the area in the 1870's.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • History of Fergus County High School 1899-1970

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    • Stonemasons; Bank failures; Drought; Textbook burning;
    • Highlights of the Fergus County High School which served the children of homesteaders who settled in Fergus County, Montana by the thousands after 1900. The High School was a symbol of their faith and belief in a free public high school which was...
    • 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...
    • Judith Basin Farms Price List

    • 1917
    • Judith Basin County, Montana; Fergus County, Montana; Land prices;
    • A 33-page booklet about the farms owned and for sale by the Cook-Reynolds Co., Lewistown, Montana.
    • 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.
    • Your CCC; a handbook for Enrollees

    • 1938
    • Civilian Conservation Corps.
    • A booklet for enrollees in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) "Builder of Men". Conceived and put into operation by the U. S. Government during a time of economic depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps has given hundreds of thousands of...
    • 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.
    • History of Lewistown School District #1, 1882-1982.

    • 1948
    • Drought; Depressions;
    • The development of the Lewistown School system coinsided with the homestead movement and the growth of the town, 1880-1920. For the next 25 years the district suffered immeasurably from the drought, economic depression and World War II.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Rocky Point was prominent  in 1800

    • 1974-12-22
    • Rocky Point, Montana;
    • Rocky Point crossing, on the Missouri River, was just below the mouth of the creek named North Mountain by Lewis and Clark in 1805. This stream running south from the Little Rockies later became Little Rocky Mountain Creek and finally Rock Creek....
    • Ruckman, George. Interview.

    • 1978-07-11
    • Ruckman, George L. 1901-2001; Apple, Esther M. 1899-1994; Schools; book burning. Elgin Air force base, Florida;
    • In this interview Lewistown resident George L. Ruckman Sr. discusses his memories and experiences as a student in the Lewistown public schools, including the book burnings during World War I. He also mentions local residents and customs, and...
    • Savage, Frank. Interview.

    • 1978-03-15
    • Fergus County, Montana;
    • Faculty and Superintendent of Schools, 1954-1972. In this interview, former school district Superintendent Frank Savage discusses the administration, construction, and maintenance of the Lewistown Public Schools. He stresses the unification...
    • Seeing Lewistown

    • 1910
    • Lewistown, Montana; Real Estate; Land development;
    • A souvenir booklet issued by the Neill Land and Townsite Company.
    • Short History of Lewistown

    • 1979
    • Lewistown, Montana;
    • A booklet written by former Mayor Robert L. Dissly for the dedication of the Pioneer Plaza in 1979
    • Short history of Maiden, Montana.

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    • 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...

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