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    • 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.
    • Second Frantz well in cat creek

    • 1962-03-11
    • Oil refinery; Cat Creek, Montana;
    • A description of the oil industry at Cat Creek, Montana near Winnett, Montana.
    • 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.
    • Bootleggers and Crooked Cops

    • 1920
    • Bootleggers; Police; Moonshine; Prohibition;
    • A history of the Prohibition days in Lewistown, Montana.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Maiden was Gay Old Town

    • 1950-01-05
    • Maiden, Montana; Pony McPartland; Maginnis Mining Company;
    • A short history of early Maiden, Montana
    • 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...
    • Back Country Byway

    • 2003-11-19
    • D-Y Trail; Missouri Breaks National Back Country Byway; Kipp Park;
    • A tourist route through the Missouri Breaks.
    • 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.
    • Seiden, John Biography

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    • Seiden, John; Seiden Drug Store;
    • An autobiography of John Seiden who owned and operated the Seiden Drug Store in Lewistown, 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Experiences of Frank Day.

    • 1906
    • Frank Day;
    • Experiences in Early Days. Frank Day, of Lewistown, Montana Talks Interestingly of Pioneer Times
    • 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...
    • Old time freighter

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    • Freighting;
    • Henry Murray describes the life and times of the freighters who traveled through the Central Montana area. He describes their food, clothing, bedding and care of their animals.
    • Kendall Businesses

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    • Kendall, Montana;
    • History of Kendall, Montana and the businesses that existed there.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Horner, Fred. Interview

    • 1983-10-10
    • Radios; Armory; Theaters; Brick and Tile; Drug Stores; Phonographs; Airport; John Ritch;
    • Interview for the Historic Resourse Survey. A history of the Seiden Drug Store, Lewistown, Montana and Fred Horners' role in it. He discusses many of the business that existed from the time he came to Lewistown in 1922 to 1983
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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,...
    • 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.
    • 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 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 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.
    • Wiedeman, Art. Interview

    • 1981-10-16
    • Lewistown Brick and Tile Co.; Montana Hardware Co.; Gretencourt, John;
    • The Wiedeman family was one of the early families in Lewistown, Montana and were very involved in the building of the town. They owned the Lewistown Brick and Tile Co.
    • 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...
    • Kendall Graveyard

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    • Kendall, Montana;
    • This is the story of how the graveyard in old Kendall was started back in 1903 on the hill about a third of a mile east of what was then main street in today's ghost town in the North Moccasins. There are over 100 people buried in it
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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 County High School Annual 1917

    • 1917
    • Yearbooks; High School Annuals;
    • We the Senior Class of nineteen hundred seventeen, take pleasure in presenting to our friends, present and future, this first issue of The Fergus.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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."
    • Catalogue of the Fergus County Free High School, Lewistown, Montana. 1904.

    • 1904-08
    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana; Teachers; Board of Trustees; Graduates;
    • A handbook of general information and a topical outline of the courses of study for the use of teachers, pupils and patrons. Lists of the trustees, teachers, and pupils for the school year 1904-05. There is also a list of the graduates for the...
    • 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...
    • Art Survey 1943

    • 1943
    • Fergus County, Montana;
    • A booklet describing the history, businesses, churches, industries, and the arts of the local area
    • 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...
    • Dowen, Tom. Interview.

    • 1983-10-08
    • Automobile Dealers;
    • Tom Dowen was a long-time automobile dealer in Lewistown, Montana. This inteview was done as part of the Historic Resource Survey.
    • 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...
    • Penny (Miller) Lund Interview by Peggy Barta

    • 2011-07-06
    • Danvers, Montana; Barta Family; 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...
    • Judith Basin Montana and Lewistown its Metropolis

    • 1911
    • Lewistown, Montana; Fergus County, Montana; Climate;
    • A 16-page folded pamphlet describing the Lewistown and Fergus County area. It has photographs of some homes, churches, ranches, and crops. It also explains the climate of the area. Inside of the pamphlet is a map of Montana emphasizing the Judith...
    • Vogt, George. Interview

    • 1978-09-05
    • High School Coaches; School Sports; Zellick, George;
    • In this interview George Vogt discusses his coaching and teaching career in the Lewistown public schools. He also describes his early family's history, his grandfather Andrew William Vogt's immigration from Bavaria, working in the mines in...
    • Gilmore, Norma Interview.

    • 2012
    • Forest Grove, Montana; Book Burning; World War I;
    • In this interview Lewistown resident, Norma Gilmore discusses her memories and experiences as a student in the Lewistown public schools including book burning and the burning of the high school during World War I. She also describes growing up in...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Birth of Fergus County

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    • Fergus County, Montana; Granville Stuart; James Fergus;
    • A short history of Fergus County, Montana. 3 page typed document.
    • 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...
    • 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
    • Oracle of the Fergus County Free High School, May, 1908

    • 1908-03
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Burglar a  play bill.

    • 1908
    • Plays; Knights of Pythias;
    • Souvenir program of Augustus Thomas’ Greatest Play “The Burglar” as portrayed by David Allen Martin supported by Lewistown’s Cleverest Players under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias, Judith Lodge No. 30, Tuesday April 28, Lewistown,...
    • 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).
    • 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...
    • 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.

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