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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.
    • Art Survey 1943

    • 1943
    • Fergus County, Montana;
    • A booklet describing the history, businesses, churches, industries, and the arts of the local area
    • Bootleggers and Crooked Cops

    • 1920
    • Bootleggers; Police; Moonshine; Prohibition;
    • A history of the Prohibition days in Lewistown, Montana.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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
    • 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 Raids of 1884

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    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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 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 Winifred

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

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    • Jenni Family; Segessman family; Kindschy family; Deffinbaugh family;
    • History of the branches of the Jenni family.
    • 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...
    • 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 Gold Mines

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    • Cyanide Process;
    • A short article describing the process of extracting gold.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Lewistown, [Montana], 1936

    • 1936
    • Public Works;
    • An overview of the needs of the city streets, waterworks, civic auditorium, and cemetery of Lewistown, Montana.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Marshal, Charles. Interview, November 16, 1983

    • 1983
    • Ayers, Roy E.; Marshall, Charles J.; Attoneys; Milwaukee Railroad; Land Locators;
    • This interview was done as part of the Historic Resource Survey for Lewistown, Montana.
    • 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.
    • Oracle of the Fergus County Free High School, December, 1907

    • 1907
    • Schools; 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Professor Pepp, a farcical comedy

    • 1920
    • Plays;
    • Professor Pepp, a farcical comedy with a college flavor—in three acts. Presented by the Denton High School, Paramount Theater, Wednesday, May 12, 1920. By permission of the author, Walter Ben Hare. Includes various advertisements from Denton,...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Oracle of the Fergus County Free High School, September, 1907.

    • 1908
    • Alumni; Literary Society;
    • Vol.1 Number 1, Lewistown, Montana. Paid for by local Business Advertisers and the High School Alumni. Includes articles on the Fergus High School Alumni, local school events, literary articles, sports and geological collections. Also lists courses...
    • 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...
    • 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'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.
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • 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...
    • 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...

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