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    • 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 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
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Fergus Literary Club

    • 1885-09-13
    • Literary Club;
    • A pocket companion for memorandums notebook. Fergus Literary Club notes. Notes mention that club was instituted on Sunday, September 13, 1885. Some of the originators of the club: Rudolph Von Tobel, D. Meagher, G. Stafford plus others....
    • State Bank of Moore.

    • 1906
    • Moore, Montana;
    • A report of the state of the bank as of June 18, 1906.
    • Decoration Day exercises, 1907

    • 1907
    • Decoration Day; Holidays;
    • A program for the Decoration Day exercises, May 30, 1907 held at the Culver Opera House, Lewistown, Montana.
    • Judith Basin lands

    • 1911
    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • Judith Basin Lands owned and listed for sale by the Hilger Loan and Realty Co., Lewistown, Montana. A listing of various acres of land for sale.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Denton, Montana High School

    • 1920
    • Denton, Montana;
    • Program for the commencement exercises at the Denton High School, 1920. Lists of the teachers, board of trustees and the principal.
    • Geological Report on the Everson Dome and the Everson Area.

    • 1921-09-06
    • Everson Dome; Cat Creek Oil Field;
    • An evaluation of the availablity of oil in the Evereson Area. The Ever’s dome is located in the Judith Basin. Denton, Montana is the nearest railroad point to the Everson area. The Ever’s dome is located 30 miles northeast of Denton, Montana....
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Calendar from the Lewistown Saddlery.

    • 1929
    • Calendars; Saddle Shops;
    • Lewistown Saddlery calendar for the year 1929. "The biggest little shop in the west." Calendar shows the month of August, 1929.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Monkelin, Daisy. Interview.

    • 1969-11-13
    • Stonemasons; Tuss, Peter; Plovanic, John;
    • The purpose of the interview with Mrs. Daisy Tuss Monkelin was to reveal and preserve the contributions of the early Jugoslav settlers, one of several ethnic groups that started to come to Central Montana just before the turn of the century. As the...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Smith, Isabelle. Interview.

    • 1978-06-10
    • Calvert Hotel (dormitory); Beaver Creek, Montana; Tar Paper Palace;
    • Attended Fergus County Fergus County High School, 1918-1921.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Southworth, Frank. Interview

    • 1978-06-29
    • Roy, Montana; Athletics (school); Flu Epidemic (1919);
    • Fergus County High School graduate, 1923.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • 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....
    • 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...
    • 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
    • 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...
    • Young, Bee Gale. Interview

    • 1978-08-30
    • Junior High Schools;
    • She was a member of the Junior High School Faculty, 1925-1928.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Vogt, Josephine McGlumphy. Interview

    • 1978-09-05
    • Black Blizzard (Dust Storm 1937); School Dicipline;
    • She was a member of the Fergus County High School Faculty, 1935-1939.
    • 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....
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Saxtorph, Gertrude. Interview.

    • 1979-09-08
    • Ku Klux Klan; Women Teachers;
    • Faculty Junior High 1923-26; 1945-1961; Fergus High School 1944-45; In this interview, Gertrude "Trudy" Margretta Klein Saxtorph discusses her memories and experiences as a teacher in the Lewistown Public Schools. She also describes local...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Ricker, Lynn. Interview.

    • 1983-10-18
    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • Mr Ricker was the druggist, owner and manager of the Ricker's Drug Store from 1944 to 1971.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Nelson, Arnold. Interview

    • 1983-11-23
    • Homesteaders; Peter Martin Nelson; Carpenters; Lumber Companies; Building Plaster; Women Homesteaders;
    • Arnold Nelson was a son of a pioneer carpenter and builder, Peter Martin Nelson, who came to Lewistown in 1910.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • History of Winifred

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

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