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    • 1865 (circa) David Polson

    • 1865
    • Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Ranching; David Polson
    • Polson's namesake was pioneer rancher David Polson, born in 1834 in New Haven, Connecticut. The exact date he and his wife, Mary Kane, arrived in the Polson area is unknown. Rancher Billy Irvine felt it was 1865. David Polson was said to have had...
    • 1886 Henry and Mattie Bartlett, Early Settlers

    • 1886
    • Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Settlers; Henry Bartlett; Mattie Bartlett
    • Henry and Mattie Bartlett and their 20-month-old son Charles arrived at Lambert's Landing (later Polson) in February. They were en route to visit Henry's brother, Jim, at the north end of Flathead Lake. However, the lake was still frozen over and...
    • 1890 (circa) Early Trading Post at Polson

    • 1890
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Trading posts; Museums
    • This early-day trading post at what is now Polson, Montana, has been moved to the Polson-Flathead Historical Museum where it has been set up as an example of what the area's early trading posts looked like.
    • 1908 Roundup of the Pablo-Allard Buffalo Herd

    • 1908
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); American bison farming; Michel Pablo
    • Michel Pablo looks over some of his bison, which were rounded up, sold, and shipped to the Canadian government between 1907 and 1912. Pablo and Charles Allard purchased ten bison. By 1907, the herd numbered over 700. Allard died in 1896 and the...
    • 1909 Allard Stage Line Coach

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Rural transportation; Stagecoaches
    • Driver Joe Allard stops his stagecoach run near Polson for the photograper. The Allard Stage ran between Ravalli and Polson the first few years of the Homestead Era.
    • 1909 Before the Bridge

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Ferries
    • In 1909, the year before the first bridge was constructed across the Flathead River at the lake's outlet, the Polson Steam Ferry provided travelers a means to cross the river -- weather permitting.
    • 1909 First Combine of the Flathead Reservation

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Combine harvesters; Connerley brothers
    • The Connerley Brothers brought the first combine to the Flathead Reservation for the 1909 harvest, according to the notes on the back of this photo. Driver for the 26 horses was Ellis Connerley; machine man was Dick Connerley; and sewing sacks was...
    • 1909 Polson, Montana, Stagecoach Station

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Transportation; Stagecoaches; Stagecoach stations
    • The Allard Stagecoach carried passengers from the Northern Pacific Railroad stop at Ravalli, Montana, to Polson on Flathead Lake, where they could connect with steamboats coming from Somers at the north end of the lake. Here the stagecoach stops at...
    • 1909 Polson's Main Street

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.)
    • When the Flathead Indian Reservation was open to homesteading in 1910, the townsite of Polson already had been platted and a number of commercial buildings were built.
    • 1910 Flathead Lake Steamboat Freight and Passenger Station

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Steamboats; Docks
    • The Flathead Lake steamer "Montana" carried freight and passengers to Somers, Dayton, and Rollins during the Homestead Era. This photo shows the steamer's dock area at Polson.
    • 1910 Full Service Ticket Office

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Steamboats; Docks
    • The Flathead Transportation Company's office was a busy place during the steamboat era on Flathead Lake. This waterfront office handled ticket sales, checked baggage, and provided express service for travelers at the Polson dock area.
    • 1910 Ice Harvesting

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Ice
    • In the days before modern refrigeration methods, ice was harvested from Polson Bay by cutting chunks and then taking it by horse-drawn sleighs to sites where it would be stored under layers of sawdust.
    • 1910 Load of Grain

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Grain--transportation
    • Patrons of the Grand View Hotel in Polson, Montana, had a good view of wagon traffic going to and from the nearby city docks.
    • 1910 Mattie Cowman, Flathead Courier Founder

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Newspapers; Flathead Courier; Mattie Cowman
    • The founder of the Flathead Courier in 1910 was Mattie Cowman, and her son, Claude, was editor. The Courier was actually the second weekly in Polson. The first was the Lake Shore Sentinel.
    • 1910 One of the First Cars to Visit Polson

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Ferries; Automobiles
    • One of the earliest automobiles to visit Polson uses a raft ferry to cross the Flathead River before the bridge was built.
    • 1910 Post Office in Ravalli, Montana

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Post office stations and branches; Mail service
    • Is the U.S. mail coming or going -- or both? Mail time seemed to draw a crowd.
    • 1910 Pre-dinner Washup Time

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Homesteading; Lula Mae Mansur
    • A typical homestead pre-dinner washup area is shown here. The water pitcher and wash basin were located just outside the kitchen door on the Lula Mae Mansur homestead near Polson, Montana.
    • 1910 Security State Bank, Polson, Montana

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Banking
    • J.A. Johnson and H.S. Hanson started the Security State Bank in Polson in 1910. It was actually the third bank in the young city. Johnson and Hanson operated the bank until 1953 when J. Hilbert (Hib) Hanson purchased J.A. Johnson's stock...
    • 1910 The Mansur Brothers

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Settlers; Mansur brothers
    • The Mansur Brothers - from left, Guy, Charlie and Henry - came to Polson from Chillicothe, Missouri, in 1910. Charlie became Polson's first elected mayor. Guy served in the state legislature, and Henry returned to Missouri. Their sister, Lula...
    • 1911 Homestead Shower Facility

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading
    • While not the fanciest plumbing fixture, this shower built over a flowing spring on the Bjorge homestead in Garcon Gulch got the job done.
    • 1911 Horse-drawn Harvesting

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading; Harvesting
    • Horse-drawn harvesting was par for the course during the early Homestead Era near Polson.
    • 1911 Turkey Herder

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading; Turkeys; Morris Bjorge
    • Morris Bjorge had a lot of turkeys to keep track of on the family's Garcon Gulch homestead.
    • 1912 (circa) The Cramer Brothers

    • 1912
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Sawmills; Cramer Brothers
    • From left are George Van Hellen (half-brother), Emmet J. Cramer (EJ), Wilsie M. Cramer (Bill), Sylvenus Cramer (Vene), Benjamin Cramer (Ben) and Chester Cramer (Chet). The Cramers were sawmill operators in the Polson area. This picture was taken...
    • 1913 - 1919 (circa) Logging Tug, The Kootenai

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    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Logging; Work boats; Tugboats
    • The logging tug Kootenai was among those serving on Flathead Lake in the 19-teens, pulling rafts of logs over the lake to mills.
    • 1914 "City of Dixon," Ill-fated River Boat

    • 1914
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Boats and boating; River boats
    • Originally announced it would be launched in 1912, the riverboat "City of Dixon" encountered numerous delays before the maiden voyage was made in June 1914. The boat made only a few trips between Dixon and Sloan's Ferry on the Flathead River,...
    • 1914 It Must be Sunday

    • 1914
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading
    • No work today. These family members were decked out in their Sunday clothes as they posed for Dad to take their photo in the Mountain View area south of Polson.
    • 1914 Polson Cowboy Band in Missoula

    • 1914
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Cowboys--songs and music; Bands
    • Proudly proclaiming that "Polson Does Things," the Polson Cowboy Band marched in the 1914 Missoula Stampede. Older members of the group, before after-hours celebrating, made sure minor age musicians avoided trouble. They took the boys' pants and...
    • 1914 Threshing Preparations

    • 1914
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Homesteading; Threshing
    • Threshing operations during the Homestead Era involved the entire family plus horses, machinery, hired hands and neighbors.
    • 1915 (circa) Informal Jam Session

    • circa 1915
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Instrumental music; Bands
    • Informal instrumental music was provided by Herman Schnitzmeyer, left, Mr. Hogan, center, and Bill Skog, right, possibly in the Lake Hotel in Polson. Contents of the trio's jug is unknown.
    • 1915 (circa) Winter Ice Skating on Flathead Lake

    • 1915
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Ice skating
    • Ice skating was a popular winter activity on Flathead Lake when the weather was cold enough for the bays to freeze over.
    • 1916 (circa) Main Ditch, Valley View, near Polson, Montana

    • 1913
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Ditches; Irrigation
    • Manpower and animals bore a good share of ditch digging responsibilities in constructing the irrigation canal in the Valley View area near Polson.
    • 1918 Polson High School Girls' Basketball Team

    • 1918
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); High school sports; Girls' basketball
    • Here are members of the 1918 girls' basketball team at Polson High School. From left are Harriet Brown, Alpha Sallie, Hortence Stoughton, Opal Collins, and Vera Gibbs.
    • 1920 (circa) Polson Ukulele Ladies Band

    • 1920
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Ukulele music; Bands
    • The Polson Ukulele Ladies Band played for special occasions and for personal enjoyment.
    • 1920 Cline's Flour Mill

    • 1920
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flour mills
    • Cline's Flour Mill was established in 1912 and produced Cline's Special Flour continuously until burning down on January 22, 1929.
    • 1922 Fresh Air Taxi

    • 1922
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Fourth of July celebrations; Taxicabs
    • Fourth of July parades in Polson have attracted many unusual automotive entries over the years.

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