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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
    • James Arthur  Family

    • 1992
    • Arthur family; Winifred, Montana;
    • James Arthur family. Walter James Arthur family. Hedley John Arthur family. Ellen Alice Arthur Burnside family. Mabel Annie Arthur Barritt family. Joseph William Arthur family. Harry Edwin Arthur family. Winifred, Montana
    • 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.
    • Bud Barta Interview by Peggy Barta

    • 2011-07-05
    • St. Wenceslaus Church; Danvers, Montana; Bud Barta;
    • Bud Barta was born on March 13, 1952 in Lewistown, MT and grew up around Danvers, MT, a small town outside of Lewistown. Mr. Barta visited his grandparents in Danvers and regularly attended services at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, where he was...
    • 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, 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Elks Imperial Minstrels

    • 1908
    • Elk's Club;
    • Lewistown Lodge #456 B.P.O.E. presents their Elks Imperial Minstrels at Culver's Opera House, Thursday and Friday, January 2-3, 1908, Lewistown, Montana. Direction of Miller and Draper
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Guthrie, Fern S., Custodian-Jr. High, 1922-1957 Interview

    • 1978-08-22
    • Fergus County, Montana; Teachers;
    • In this interview, Lewistown resident, Fern Guthrie discusses his memories and experiences working as a janitor for the Lewistown Public Schools from 1922 to 1957 and as a school bus driver from 1934-1964. He emphasizes Superintendent C. G....
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Machler, Judith C.  Interview

    • 1990-06-16
    • Nurses;
    • Topics include growing up on a homestead north of Lewistown; home medical remedies; the education and training of nurses at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lewistown; the 1930s Depression; working as a nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls and at the...
    • Maiden was Gay Old Town

    • 1950-01-05
    • Maiden, Montana; Pony McPartland; Maginnis Mining Company;
    • A short history of early Maiden, Montana
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Oracle of the Fergus County Free High School, January, 1908

    • 1908
    • 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.
    • Oracle of the Fergus County Free High School, October 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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, 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Junior Hi Life 1928.

    • 1928
    • Junior High School;
    • Promotion number May 1928. Events of the school year.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Southworth, Frank. Interview

    • 1978-06-29
    • Roy, Montana; Athletics (school); Flu Epidemic (1919);
    • Fergus County High School graduate, 1923.
    • 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...
    • Sylvia Barta Rapley Interview by Peggy Barta

    • 2011-07-05
    • 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...
    • 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...

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