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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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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
    • Birth records for Central Montana 1901-1975

    • 1975
    • Genealogy records;
    • A listing of people born in Central Montana for the years 1901-1975 taken from various local newspapers: Fergus County Argus, Fergus County Democrat, Lewistown Daily News, Lewistown Democrat News and Judith Basin Farmer.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Bootleggers and Crooked Cops

    • 1920
    • Bootleggers; Police; Moonshine; Prohibition;
    • A history of the Prohibition days in Lewistown, Montana.
    • 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...
    • Building of Fort Maginnis

    • 1997-12-14
    • Fort Maginnis; Archibald Issac La Grange; Carroll Trail;
    • Article tells about the 194 men who came to construct Fort Maginnis, Montana
    • Calvert Hotel, Lewistown, Montana

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    • Hotels; Calvert Hotel;
    • Pamphlet for the 75th Anniversary of the Calvert Hotel originally called the Fergus County Improvement Corporation.
    • Celebrating the 4th of July, 1913 in Maiden, Montana

    • 2014-12-03
    • Edwin B. (Hardrock) Coolidge; Pete Rosso; Bob Good; Dick Mitchell; Adam Sagar; Dave Harris; Tom Kerr; Jack Dove; Johnny Wirtz (Wert, Wirts, Wirtenberg); Bill Mahar; Al Sellers; Jack Turnblade; Frank Bryant; Charlie Payne; Bill Smith; John...
    • A history of the town of Maiden, Montana with emphasis on some of the photographs taken by Edwin B. (Hardrock) Coolidge. Hanley has identified the men in the photos and has written information about many of the men.
    • Central Montana Farm Directory

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    • Directories;
    • Farm and Ranch Directory of land owners in Fergus County, Montana. It covers Fergus, Garfield, Wheatland, Meagher, Judith Basin, Golden Valley and Petroleum Counties. It also includes a map of each county. Includes many advertizements for...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Daughters of Jesus in our midst

    • 1989
    • St. Joseph's Hospital; Catholic Sisters; Catholic Schools;
    • This booklet was written as a supplement to the book “Heritage Book of the Original Fergus County Area.” It is the story about the Catholic sisters who came to Lewistown to establish a school and St. Joseph's Hospital.
    • 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...
    • Dockery House, Lewistown, Montana

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    • Homes; J. H. Akins; Raymond Dockery;
    • A history of the J. H. Akins/Raymond Dockery house located at 1105 W. Main, Lewistown, Montana. At one time it was said to have been the center of the state of Montana.
    • 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...
    • 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
    • Fallen Branches on Montana Soil

    • 2005
    • Rattlesnake Jake; Jew Jake Harris; Pike Landusky; Kid Curry; Johnny Curry; James Winters; James Wilber; Mary Wilber;
    • Fallen Branches on Montana Soil is a compilation of stories of the lives of peculiar yet well-known characters who lived in Montana in the 1880-1890s period. These men were fiercely independent living on the edge of what were the norms of society....
    • Famous old Spotted Horse mine as it looked at the turn of the century.

    • 1947-06
    • Gold Mines; Spotted Horse Mine;
    • The Spotted Horse Mine was discovered in 1880 by Skookum Joe, a half-breed Indian. He shipped a considerable amount of high-grade ore at that time from the old discovery shaft. It is the belief that the mine was then sold to Patrick [Perry] McAdow...
    • 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 Class of 1929, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1929-06-06
    • High Schools;
    • Alice Marie Glancy; 2. Charles Veneman; 3. Ernest Withee; 4. Thelma Brurs; 5. Ralph Skarda; 6. Marjorie Worsdell; 7. Dorothy Hazen; 8. Ted Manuel; 9. Julia Elvin; 10. Billie Coburn; 11. Ruth Kelly; 12. Vera Gore; 13. Williams Skaggs; 14....
    • Fergus County High School Class of 1931, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1931-05-22
    • High Schools;
    • 1. Ruth Jordan; 2. Mary E. Ennis; 3. Ruth Woodward; 4. Bessie Harrison; 5. Madelyn DeLong; 6. Georgia Hruska; 7. Elsie Skaggs; 8. Marie Day; 9. Ada Mitchell; 10. May MacDonald; 11. Shirley Nelson; 12. Freida Hallickson; 13. Donald...
    • Fergus County High School Class of 1932, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1932-05-27
    • HighSchools;
    • 1. Alex Fah; 2. Martha Johnson; 3. Loren Haker; 4. Helen Little; 5. Phillip Griffith; 6. Edna Mae Allison; 7. Leslie Jordan; 8. Eva Skinner; 9. William Harrell; 10. Gertrude Haight; 11. Walter Scheidt; 12. James Kostohris; 13. Aura...
    • Fergus County High School Class of 1933, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1933-05-26
    • High Schools;
    • 1. Furlong, Marion; 2. Boles, John; 3. O'Donnell, Mary; 4. Aldrich, Donald; 5. Thomas, Loraine; 6. Freseman, Lowell; 7. Dow, Evryll; 8. Tubb, George; 9. King, Virginia; 10. Sherman, Gene; 11. Iverson, Guri Ann; 12. Nemec, Joe; 13. Fitzhugh,...
    • Fergus County High School Class of 1934, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1934-05-18
    • High Schools; Graduates;
    • 1. Lucille Smith; 2. Carl Hostetter; 3. Dorcas Cox; 4. Jack Hughes; 5. Marion Allen; 6. George Skarda; 7. Margaret Brurs; 8. Donald Lindstrand; 9. Louise Krall; 10. Charles Miller; 11. Marie Barta; 12. Howard Dissly; 13. Ada Burnham; 14....
    • Fergus County High School Class of 1940, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1940-05-24
    • High Schools;
    • 1. Marion Martha Vinge; 2. Dona Marie Waite; 3. Jack A. Brinkman; 4. Jane Marie Wendt; 5. Robert L. Buchanan; 6. Louise Ida Wendt; 7. Jack Graham Crouch; 8. Alice Mae Tuma; 9. Martha Lea Wickens; 10. Harrison T. Vehawn; 11. Mary Jane...
    • Fergus County High School Class of 1947, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1947-05-26
    • High Schools;
    • 1.John Arnott; 2. Helen Ferris; 3. Lorence LaFontaine; 4. Hazel Emswiler; 5. Robert King; 6. Janet Mary Ashworth; 7. Edward Jones; 8. Donelda Vade Sterner; 9. Lois A. Wallace; 10. Betty B. Young; 11. James Robert Nevin; 12. Faye Housel; ...
    • Fergus County High School Class of 1948, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1948-05-28
    • High Schools;
    • 1.Dorris Ackelbein; 2. Arthur Allison; 3. Maxine Anderson; 4. Robert Apple; 5. Thelma Apple; 6. Beryl Berry; 7. Roberta Bloom; 8. William Bogie; 9. Dave Bogut; 10. Pearl Boller; 11. Warren Brown; 12. Gerald Bussey; 13. Duane Butler; 14....
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Gilt Edge Mercantile ledger, Gilt Edge, Montana

    • 1892
    • Mercantile Stores; Gilt Edge, Montana;
    • A listing of customers and items they purchased at the Gilt Edge Mercantile store in Gilt Edge, Montana. The names listed are: Anderson, A.; Beatty, I.M.; Beeman, Chas.; Behnke, R. F.; Bessey, Mrs. C.; Biglen, John; Biglen, Mrs. P.; ...
    • Gilt Edge, Montana map

    • 1974
    • Gilt Edge, Montana;
    • A map of Gilt Edge, Montana as remembered by Sid Berry
    • Haugen, Trygve and Mary Frances Devine Haugen. Interview

    • 1983-11-10
    • Building Construction; Architects; W.S. Devine; John Haugen;
    • Trygve Haugen talks about his father, John Haugen who built many of the buildings in Lewistown.. Mary Frances Devine Haugen talks about her father W.S. Devine, designer and architect of many Lewistown buildings
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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

    •  
    • 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

    •  
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • John S. Jenni family

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

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