Skip to main content

Add or remove other collections to your search:

Narrow your search by:

Subject (keyword)


Date Original

Geographic Coverage

You've searched: Central Montana Historical Documents

  • All fields: Total
(104 results)

Display: 100

    • 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

    • Anna Zellick;
    • Anna grew up in the Divide area near Lewistown, Montana. This book is her memoir.
    • My High School Memories-Margaret Arganbright

    • 1933
    • High School; Fergus County High School, Lewistown, Montana
    • A scrapbook of memorabilia done by Margaret Arganbright who attended Fergus County High School, Lewistown, Montana from 1929 until she graduated in 1933. The book has photos and lists of names of the graduating students. It also has photos and...
    • Art Survey 1943

    • 1943
    • Fergus County, Montana;
    • A booklet describing the history, businesses, churches, industries, and the arts of the local area
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Celebrating the 4th of July, 1913 in Maiden, Montana

    • 2014-12-03
    • Edwin B. (Hardrock) Coolidge; Pete Rosso; Bob Good; Dick Mitchell; Adam Sagar; Dave Harris; Tom Kerr; Jack Dove; Johnny Wirtz (Wert, Wirts, Wirtenberg); Bill Mahar; Al Sellers; Jack Turnblade; Frank Bryant; Charlie Payne; Bill Smith; John...
    • A history of the town of Maiden, Montana with emphasis on some of the photographs taken by Edwin B. (Hardrock) Coolidge. Hanley has identified the men in the photos and has written information about many of the men.
    • Central Montana History

    • 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

    • 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.
    • 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....
    • 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 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...
    • 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...
    • 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
    • Helmer, Eleanor Interview

    • 1990-06-22
    • Nurses;
    • Topics include her childhood health care in Fergus County; her training with the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in Seattle; her work as a nurse in San Diego during the late 1940s; her relocation to Lewistown in 1952; her experiences as an obstetrics and...
    • 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

    • 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.
    • Hogeland, Ola Mae. Interview

    • 1978-08-15
    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana; P.T.A.;
    • Ola Mae was a member of the Highland Park P.T.A. 1928-1936; 1945-1951. In this interview Lewistown resident Ola Mae Hogeland discusses her memories and experiences with the Lewistown public schools, including her involvement in the Highland Park...
    • 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.
    • In Maiden's palmy days.

    • 1909-12-17
    • Lewistown, Montana; Reed's Fort; Reedsfort; Fires;
    • A newspaper article about Lewistown in its early days. Describes the fire of the Day Hotel in Reedsfort [Reed's Fort] (Lewistown and Reedsfort [Reed's Fort] became the same town).
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Lewistown, [Montana], 1936

    • 1936
    • Public Works;
    • An overview of the needs of the city streets, waterworks, civic auditorium, and cemetery of Lewistown, Montana.
    • Lone Wolf in the Promised Land (2nd edition)

    • 2003
    • James Wilbur; Edward Biggs; Lucina Biggs; Joseph Kurtz; Sarah Joliff Kurtz; Murders;
    • Lone Wolf in the Promised Land is an in depth account of the tragic murders of five immigrants passing through the Judith Basin in June of 1889. Edward and Lucina Crowell Biggs, Joseph and Sarah Joliff Kurtz, and six year Ida Schauss were the...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Yearbook of Montana 1926.

    • 1926
    • Laws; Taxes; Automobile laws; Railroads; Licenses; Vital Statistics--Montana; Children--Adoption--Montana; Forest Fires; Fish and Game Laws;
    • Yearbook of Montana, 1926. Lewistown Edition. March 9th. Annual booklet published statewide. Includes Fish and Game Laws, Supreme Court Opinions, Fire Carelessness or Tree damage, Auto Certificate of Ownership Law, Auto registration and Traffic...
    • 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.
    • Sketch Book Vol. 1. Number 2

    • 1907
    • Sheep Industry; Hypnotism; Inland Empire; Business Advertisements;
    • A 56-page booklet has writings by various authors: The Great Inland Empire by George Beasley; A Little Daughter of the West by Gertrude Maxwell; Early Days with Flockmasters by W.A. Hedges; Needed Legislation by Judge E. K. Cheadle; the Overland...
    • 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, 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...
    • A Prosperous Year--1892

    • 2011
    • T. C. Power; Lehman Co.; Sullivan, Maurice; Norman, W. G.; Hogue, Camille; Brooks Bros.; Presbyterian Church;
    • A newspaper article describing the new businesses and new buildings constructed during 1892. January 16, 1893 newspaper.
    • Traffic Ordinance City of Lewistown, Montana.

    • 1930
    • Traffic ordinance; Lewistown, Montana;
    • An ordinance of the City Council of the City of Lewistown, Montana, regulating traffic upon the public streets, avenues and highways of the City of Lewistown, Montana, and repealing ordinances numbers 402, 533,596, 604, 605, and 611 and all other...
    • City keeps steady pace with county's growth.

    • 2011
    • Day House; Lewistown Commercial Club; Empire Building; Masonic Temple; Bright Hotel;
    • A newspaper article dated December 15, 1908 describing the many businesses and buildings constructed during the year 1908.
    • 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.
    • 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 Montana.

    • Agriculture;; Rainfall; Soils; Railroads;
    • A promotional brochure for the Judith Basin Montana. Cook-Reynolds Co. Lewistown, Montana. 1911-1912. "The greatest non-irrigated Agriculture District in the world." Includes agricultural statistics, rainfall, soils, railroad development, and a...
    • History of Fergus County High School 1899-1970

    • 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...
    • Junior Hi Life 1929.

    • 1929-06
    • Lewistown, Montana; Junior High School;
    • A 10-page newspaper published by the Junior High School, Lewistown, Montana. Includes sports, activities, poems, class prophecy, clubs, music, student council officers, and autographs of students. Vol V. Number 6 June 1929.
    • 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.
    • Patriots on the Rampage; Mob Action in Lewistown 1917-1918.

    • 1981
    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana; German textbooks; School arson;
    • A spontaneous demonstration erupted in March 1918, where hundreds of Lewistown residents burned German books and then almost lynched a suspected traitor. They shocked themselves into a return to subdued, legal means for handling sedition, but the...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Reminiscences of Rudolph von Tobel

    • 1925
    • Rudolph von Tobel; Lewistown, Montana;
    • Rudolph von Tobel was a prominent lawyer in Montana and was a Republican candidate in 1900 for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Montana came to Lewistown, Montana in 1885. He was born at Auburn, N. Y. on February 13, 1865. While still a...
    • Simonfy, John. Interview

    • 1978-07-25
    • Kendall, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • In this interview, Lewistown resident John Simonfy discusses his memories and experiences as a student in the Kendall and Lewistown Public Schools. He also describes growing up in Kendall, Montana, and Lewistown, including local residents, sports...
    • Southworth, Frank. Interview

    • 1978-06-29
    • Roy, Montana; Athletics (school); Flu Epidemic (1919);
    • Fergus County High School graduate, 1923.
    • Streets of Lewistown Montana

    • 1920-12-19
    • Street Paving;
    • Information on how many streets have been paved and which streets are to be paved in the year 1920.
    • 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...
    • They Carved Their Hopes in Stone and Helped Build a Montana City.

    • 1978
    • Croatian Stonemasons; Stonemasons;
    • In this article, Anna Zellick of Lewistown, herself a member of a Croatian family which had to adjust, sometimes painfully, to a strange new language and customs when they settled in the Lewistown area, not only relates how the ancient skills of...
    • United Methodist Church, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1986
    • Methodist Church; Churches;
    • Booklet: "In remembrance and rededication on this 100th Anniversary 1886-1896 United Methodist Church to remember the past and Challenge the future."


Display a larger image and more item information when the pointer pauses over a thumbnail

Layout options:

Select the collections to add or remove from your search
Select the collections to add or remove from your search