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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Experiences of Frank Day.

    • 1906
    • Frank Day;
    • Experiences in Early Days. Frank Day, of Lewistown, Montana Talks Interestingly of Pioneer Times
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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).
    • Bootleggers and Crooked Cops

    • 1920
    • Bootleggers; Police; Moonshine; Prohibition;
    • A history of the Prohibition days in Lewistown, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Fergus carved out of Meagher [County]

    • 1936-12-20
    • School districts; Voting precincts; Meagher County, Montana; Fergus County, Montana;
    • Describes how Fergus County roads, school districts and voting precincts were formed. Information taken from the Meagher County Commissioner's Journal 1879-1884
    • 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.
    • Beaver Creek Community has interesting history.

    • 1960
    • Beaver Creek, Montana; Deffinbaugh family;
    • Beaver Creek. The community, is located some 15 to 20 miles southwest of Lewistown, 10 to 20 miles east Moore and is nestled in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.
    • Cat Creek's well was small

    • 1962-03-04
    • Cat Creek Oil Field;
    • A newspaper article describing the oil found at Cat Creek near Winnett, Montana. There were many who felt that Montana held promise in the production of "black gold." Among these speculators was Frank Frantz, former territorial governor of...
    • Second Frantz well in cat creek

    • 1962-03-11
    • Oil refinery; Cat Creek, Montana;
    • A description of the oil industry at Cat Creek, Montana near Winnett, Montana.
    • W.E. Wilson

    • 1964-12-01
    • Judith Mountains, Montana; W. E. Limerock Wilson;
    • Historian George D. Mueller describes the life of W. E. "Limerock" Wilson who mined for gold in the Judith Mountains of 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...
    • Power Plant electricity for gold mine operation on Warm Spring Creek and Kendall

    • 1969-12-21
    • Power Plants; Kendall, Montana; Harry Kendall; Oscar Stephens; Horse Shoe Bar Ranch;
    • At one time there was a power plant on Warm Spring Creek and it was the most important unit in the operation of the Kendall gold miners. Glen Morton who worked at this power plant describes how it was built and how it operated. He took many photos...
    • Army order influenced new communities start.

    • 1972
    • Camp Lewis; Fort Sherman;
    • A newspaper article about Captain Constant Williams and his men who were sent to Central Montana to set up Camp Lewis in 1874. Lewistown News-Argus Newspaper Dec. 17, 1972
    • Early beginnings of Lewistown Recounted.

    • 1972-12-17
    • Fort Sherman; Camp Lewis; Peter Koch;
    • A 4 page article written by Robert L. Dissly about the early men who explored the Lewistown area. The last page includes two sketches made by Dissly showing the trading post built by Peter Koch and Camp Lewis as he envisioned them.
    • 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.
    • 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....
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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 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.
    • Back Country Byway

    • 2003-11-19
    • D-Y Trail; Missouri Breaks National Back Country Byway; Kipp Park;
    • A tourist route through the Missouri Breaks.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Carter, Clark-Interview

    •  
    • REA; Fergus Electric Cooperative;
    • Clark Carter gives his recollections of working for the Fergus Electric Cooperative starting in 1938
    • 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."
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Art Survey 1943

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

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    • Anna Zellick;
    • Anna grew up in the Divide area near Lewistown, Montana. This book is her memoir.

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