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    • Susan Morris Interview by Jeana Ganskop

    • 2012-07-20
    • Danvers, Montana; Barta Family; St. Wenceslaus Church;
    • Mrs. Morris’ recollections vividly describe the activities of the Women’s Club and life in rural Montana. Although she lived in Kolin, ten miles away from Danvers, the Danvers Women’s Club was an extremely important part of her life and many of...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • History of Winifred

    • 1988
    • Winifred, Montana;
    • History of the Winifred community along with some of the early families who settled the area.
    • Willard Drug Co. Formulary. Moore, Montana.

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    • Rexall Drug Co.; Moore, Montana;
    • "Latest and best formulas for Home Use." Willard Drug Co., Prescription Pharmacy, the Rexall Store. Old time health and household remedies.
    • Young, Bee Gale. Interview

    • 1978-08-30
    • Junior High Schools;
    • She was a member of the Junior High School Faculty, 1925-1928.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Gulch, later...
    • St Joseph's Herald 1956

    • 1956
    • Nursing Schools; Hospitals;
    • Yearbook for the Class of 1956 for the St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Lewistown, Montana
    • Early days in Lewistown [Montana]

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    • Lewistown, Montana;
    • Perley M. Silloway was the first principal of Fergus County High School (Lewistown, Montana) in 1900. He was also an author and a nationally recognized authority on birdlife. He came to Lewistown in 1898. He died in 1947. Silloway's reminiscences...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Ruth (Thomas) Tucek Interview by Jeana Ganskop

    • 2012-07-20
    • Danvers, Montana; Barta Family; St. Wenceslaus Church;
    • Mrs. Tucek’s recollections describe life in a small rural Montana town and how social organizations like the church and the women’s club were important venues for seeing neighbors and learning new things. Particularly interesting are her stories...
    • 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....
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • Citizens' Military Training Camps pamphlet.

    • 1924
    • Military training;
    • The Citizens' Military Training Camps are conducted by the War Department under the National Defense Act. The objects of these camps are to bring together young men of high types from all sections of the country to develop closer national and...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Silloway's History of Central Montana

    • 2012
    • History--Research--Montana; Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • A review of the development of Montana’s inland empire. Perley M. Silloway came to Lewistown in the fall of 1898 as principal of the Fergus County Free High School until 1909. For a number of seasons he was an assistant in the summer session of the...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Oracle of the Fergus County Free High School, March, 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.
    • 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...
    • History of Fergus County Coal Production, 1889-1950

    • 1996
    • J.O. Gilkerson; Samuel W. Gebo; Croatian homesteaders; Spring Creek Coal Mine;
    • A paper written by Anna Zellick as part of the Central Montana History class for Lewistown School District No. 1 Adult Education Program.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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."
    • Blessed are the Peace Makers

    • 2010
    • Sheriffs;
    • "Blessed are the Peacemakers" is a synopsis by chapters of the lives of early day sheriffs and law officers in central Montana. These brave and daring citizens were the first to establish law and order on the frontier of Montana as a Territory and...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Kendall Businesses

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    • Kendall, Montana;
    • History of Kendall, Montana and the businesses that existed there.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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....
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • A tribute to Oscar O. Mueller by Glen C. Morton, August 28, 1966

    • 1966
    • Vigilantes; Paleontology; Lawyers;
    • A speech by Glen C. Morton on the life of Oscar O. Mueller. Oscar O. Mueller came to Lewistown in 1908 and set up his law practice. He was well respected historian who wrote many articles on the history of Central Montana, and the vigilantes of...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • St Joseph's Herald 1943

    • 1943
    • Nursing Schools; Hospitals;
    • Yearbook for the Class of 1943 for the St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Lewistown, Montana
    • 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...
    • Junior Hi Life 1928.

    • 1928
    • Junior High School;
    • Promotion number May 1928. Events of the school year.
    • 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...
    • Western Invitational Tournament -50 years

    • 1994
    • Basketball; tournaments;
    • A book compiled by Jim Arthur in cooperation with the Central Montana Jaycees about the yearly invitational basketball tournament held in Lewistown, Montana for 50 years.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.

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