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    • 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

    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Carter, Clark-Interview

    • REA; Fergus Electric Cooperative;
    • Clark Carter gives his recollections of working for the Fergus Electric Cooperative starting in 1938
    • 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...
    • 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 History

    • 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

    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 County High School Class of 1949, Lewistown, Montana

    • 1949
    • High Schools;
    • Annual for the Fergus County High School, 1949. Students: George Heil, Karen Amundson, Mary Jane Amundson, James Anderson, Vivian Apple, Peggy Archer, Lee Baker, Wilma Benjamin, Gladys Bezouska, Calista Boniface, Martha Brinkman, Elsie Bunt, James...
    • 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...
    • 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, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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 those who made it

    • 1879
    • Metis; Red River carts; Ben Kline;
    • Early history of the Metis who settled the Lewistown area in 1879-1882.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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

    • Jenni Family; Segessman family; Kindschy family; Deffinbaugh family;
    • History of the branches of the Jenni family.
    • Judge DeKalb Reviews History of Lewistown from Founding

    • 1949-08-16
    • Fergus County, Montana; Lewistown, Montana;
    • Early history of Lewistown, Montana, that Judge Dekalb gave in a speech probably in 1949. He describes why the streets of Lewistown are on an angle; also includes how the town was platted.
    • Kendall Graveyard

    • 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
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Luther Kelly letter to Oscar Mueller

    • 1927-01-06
    • Reed and Bowles Trading Post; Camp Lewis; Long Horse, Crow Chief;
    • A letter written by Luther Kelly to Oscar Mueller of Lewistown, Montana. He describes the Reed and Bowles Trading Post and Camp Lewis as he remembered them when he visited the area in the 1870's.
    • 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
    • Marshal, Charles. Interview, November 16, 1983

    • 1983
    • Ayers, Roy E.; Marshall, Charles J.; Attoneys; Milwaukee Railroad; Land Locators;
    • This interview was done as part of the Historic Resource Survey for Lewistown, Montana.
    • Marshall, Charles. Interview. Nov 12, 1983

    • 1983-11-12
    • Electric American Flag; Bank-Electric Building; Croatian Stonemasons; Creel Funeral Home; Marsh the Homemaker; Dr Attix; Pick-Handle Burke;
    • Charles Marshall discusses various buildings and their construction on Main Street.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Observations: Fergus County, a Miniature of west

    • Johnny Wirts [Wirtenberg]; Skookum Joe Anderson; David Jones; Frank Sage; Perry McAdow; Harry Kendall;
    • Observations by the author about the mining in the Judith and Moccasin mountains in Montana. [Fergus County, a Miniature of the West refers to a paper written by Clifford B. Worthen.]
    • Farm Exchange Bulletin. January 1917.

    • 1917
    • Adoption of Children; Livestock;
    • Farm Exchange Bulletin Issued by the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce, Bulletin #20, January, 1917, Lewistown, Montana. Topics include: Where to test your cream and milk, Farm Bureau, sugar beets, placing children, auction sales, gopher extermination,...
    • 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.


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