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Early Residents of Butte, Montana

Among the prominent citizens of Butte is Dr E. D. Leavitt, a native of New Hampshire. He is a graduate of the Wesleyan University of Middletown, Connecticut, and Harvard Medical College. After passing three years in Colorado, beginning with the Pike’s Peak excitement of 1859, in 1862 he removed to Montana, where he has ever since resided, being now a permanent resident of Butte, and giving his sole attention to his large and increasing practice. In 1888 he was nominated by the republicans as delegate to congress. In 1888 he was elected president of the Medical association of Montana. During 1888 and 1889 he has been and is at present health-officer of Butte. By Gov. Leshe he was lately appointed one of the board of territorial medical examiners. Few men in southern Montana are more widely respected either professionally or for their unselfish devotion to the interests of their adopted state. John L. Murphy was born in Platte County, Missouri, in 1842, and educated in a private school. At the age of 17 years he went to Denver, where he was clerk in a store for a year and a half, after which he went into business for himself. He took a situation subsequently as an agent of Holladay’s express, but finally purchased teams, and began freighting across the plains to Colorado. 1864 he came to Virginia City, Montana, with a train loaded with goods, moving in 1865 to Helena, and being also largely interested in transportation throughout the territory. He is principal of a mercantile firm doing business in Helena, Deer Lodge, and Fort Benton. A. G. Clarke,...

Cooke, Ellsworth V. – Obituary

Ellsworth V. “E. V.” Cooke, 94, of Grants Pass died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Redwood Terrace. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Cemetery in Cave Junction. Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements. Cooke was born April 8, 1912, in Entiat, Wash., and was raised on a ranch near Entiat. During World War II, he spent time mining copper in Butte, Mont. He moved to the Illinois Valley in 1944 and worked in the logging industry. In the 1970s, he moved to Grants Pass, where he promoted garlic production in the state of Oregon. He was married five times and, though he had no children, he helped raise five families. He was a member of the Eagles and Masonic lodges and the White Shrine. He enjoyed memorizing poems, songs, and stories. Survivors include a sister Gladys Fattig of Eureka, Calif. Contributed by: Shelli...

Biographical Sketch of William Franklin Minton

It is with pleasure that we essay the task of epitomizing the salient points in the interesting career of the estimable and enterprising gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, and it is very fitting that such be granted space in the history of Malheur County, since he has labored here for the up building of the county and has wrought with wisdom and energy for this end, while also he has spent much time on the frontier and in other places, always, however, manifesting that same energy and capability in furthering the chariot of progress and building for the generations to come. Mr. Minton was born in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on November25, 1856, being the son of Willis J. and Martha S. (Coker) Minton. When he was a lad of seven he was taken by his parents to Cedar County, and in 1874 went with his parents to Pueblo, Colorado, and thence he went to Florence, Colorado, and there followed farming for a time. There also he was married on August 14, 1880, Miss Minerva Jackson becoming his wife on that occasion. In 1884 he removed with his family to New Mexico, securing a farm, which he tilled until 1889. In the last year mentioned he came via the Southern Pacific to San Francisco and thence on the steamer “State of California” to Portland. Soon we find him in Walla Walla and then in Spokane, Washington, later in Butte, Montana, whence he went to Tacoma, remaining there until 1891, occupied as foreman for the Tacoma Contracting Company. After this he was in Spokane again...

Biography of George J. Lewis

The life history of him whose name heads this sketch is closely identified with the annals of the northwest, and he is ex-secretary of the state of Idaho. An important department of the governmental service of the commonwealth has thus been entrusted to him, and in the discharge of his duties he manifested a loyalty to the public good that was above question and reflected credit upon the Party that called him to office. He is a western man and possesses the progressive spirit so characteristic of the region this side of the Mississippi. His birth occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the 28th of March, 1861. He is a representative of an old New England family that was established in Connecticut in early colonial days, and when the war of the Revolution was inaugurated bearers of the name joined the forces of General Washington and fought for the independence of the nation. The father of our subject, Isaac I. Lewis, was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1825, and is still living, in the seventy-fourth year of his age. He married Georgiana Christmas, a native of Wooster, Ohio, and removed to Illinois at an early period in the history of that state. He was also a pioneer of Minnesota, and in connection with his father aided in founding the city of Minneapolis. He was a druggist, surveyor and metallurgist, and is now engaged in mining on Wood River, Idaho, his residence being in Ketchum. He removed to Montana, in 1872, locating in Helena, and became the owner of very valuable mining interests in that state. From the Elkhorn mine, on...

Biography of Clarence W. Brooks

A little thoughtful consideration of the career of Clarence W. Brooks, proprietor of the Brooks House, Idaho Falls, brings one to the conclusion that he has in most of his business operations been impelled by the spirit of the pioneer. He has sought out new plans and new conditions likely to favor his projects, and after he has made them available and profitable, he has sought out still others, and after those others. The wisdom of his selection has been proven by the success which has crowned his efforts. Not only is he one of the boldest, most venturesome and most successful hotel men in the west, but he is one of the best all-round hotel men “to the manner born” and experienced in the best houses in the country, with a comprehensive grasp on the hotel business, as such, and an intimate knowledge of all the details of good hotel-keeping. Clarence W. Brooks was born in Royalton, Vermont, June 22, 1848. His ancestors came from England and settled early in New Hampshire. His paternal grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier, and lived for some years after American independence, for which he had fought, was an established fact. Austin Brooks, his son and the father of Clarence W. Brooks, was born in Vermont, and there married Miss Susan Smith, and they lived and were farmers at Royalton for fifty years, until his death, in July, 1880, at the age of eighty-one years. His widow lives at their old home and is now (1899) seventy-eight years old, still active in her interest in the Congregational church, of which her husband also...

Biography of James O’Neill

James O’Neill came to the northwest from the far-off Atlantic coast: nor have his travels been limited by his journey across the continent, for he spent some time among the mountains in the distant south. He was born in Rondout, New York, May 6, 1861 his parents being Patrick and Hannah (Mullroy) O’Neill, natives of Ireland. Both crossed the Atlantic to the United States in childhood, and were reared, educated and married in the Empire state. The father, who was a tanner by trade, died when our subject was only about five years old leaving the mother to care for her five small children. She lived to be fifty-five years of age and departed this life in Jarmyn, Pennsylvania. When a mere lad of seven summers James O’Neill began to earn his own living in the coal breakers of Pennsylvania, receiving forty-two cents per day for his services. His youth was one of hard toil and his entire life has been one of diligence. In 1879 he left the east and went to the Black Hills, settling at Lead City, South Dakota, where he engaged in mining for a year. He then went to Tombstone, Arizona, where he followed mining for a short time, after which he made his way to the Coeur d’Alene country on the discovery of the rich mineral deposits there. Later he was identified with mining interests at Butte, Montana, and thence went to Rocky Bar, Idaho, continuing his mining operations until November 3, 1896, when he was elected assessor of Elmore County and came to Mountain Home. Acceptably discharging the duties of that position,...

Patterson, Otto F. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Otto F. Patterson, 75, of Laurin, Mont., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1984 at St. James Community Hospital in Butte. Mr. Patterson was born March 13, 1909 in Jerome, Idaho to Frank and Semia Abel Patterson. He was raised and attended school in Idaho. Following his marriage to Margaret E. Lewis in 1933, they lived in Flora for 20 years where he ranched and worked as a logger. He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Laurin; daughter, Alice Patterson of Laurin; sons, David of Yakima, Leslie of Larimore, N.D., Edwin and Stanley of Oldtown, Idaho; sister, Olive Clarno of Coulee Dam, Wash.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-granchildren. A daughter, Ruth Ackerman and five grandchildren died in 1977 in a fire at Oldtown, Idaho. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, September 6, 1984. Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Gary...

Bonner, Joseph Henry – Obituary

Joseph H. Bonner was buried yesterday afternoon in Mount Moriah Cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. Z. Colon O’Farrell in Richards’ Chapel. [Died January 19, 1925; married Helma Helen Nellie Anderson] Butte Miner, January 22, 1925 Contributed by: Shelli...

Champ, Clarence – Obituary

Clarence Champ, 89, of 127 S. Excelsior, retired manager of the Butte General Electric Co. office, died Wednesday [November 13, 1974] at a local hospital. Born Nov. 19, 1894, in Winlock, Wash., Mr. Champ attended Washington schools and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He later went to Schenectady, N.Y., where he took the GE test training course before entering the Navy during World War I. After the war, he spent a short time in the GE Chicago office before being transferred to Butte in 1919. He became manager of the office in 1924. Mr. Champ participated in many major electrification projects in Montana, including electrification of the Anaconda Co. mining, smelting, and refining operations, the BA&P and Milwaukee Road railways and the Montana Power Co. He retired in 1949. He was a past president of the Butte Country Club and a member of the Rotary Club, Summit Valley Masonic Lodge, Montana Commandery, Baghdad Temple of the Shrine, Montana Society of Engineers, American Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is survived by his wife, Ted of Butte; brother Ralph of Enumclaw, Wash.; sister Ruth Wallis of Bremerton, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Wayrynen – Richards Funeral Home with the Rev. John S. W. Fargher officiating. Entombment will be in the Mount Mariah Mausoleum. Montana Standard Butte Montana, November 14, 1974 Contributed by: Shelli...

Bailey, Elizabeth Kehler – Obituary

Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey, wife of Geo. A. Bailey, died at her residence in Clancy at six o’clock last Wednesday evening, December 8th [1897]. The funeral services were held at the residence at 10 o’clock Friday morning and the body taken to Jefferson (Jefferson City) for burial, followed by a large concourse of friends. Mrs. Bailey was a native of Pennsylvania and was fifty years of age. When she was only five or six years old her family removed to Nebraska, where she lived for quite a number of years. Afterwards she removed to Colorado, where, in 1886, she married to Mr. Geo. A. Bailey, and shortly afterwards they removed to Idaho, where they resided for two years, when they removed to Butte where they lived for four years, coming from that city to Clancy. Mrs. Bailey has been a resident of Clancy for the past five years and had here many warm and admiring friends. She has been a sufferer from cancer for a number of years past and while surgical operations succeeded in prolonging her life, the dread disease finally gained such headway that it was not thought wise to compel her to undergo further operations of this character, but all that medical skill or loving hands could do has been done during the past year to alleviate her sufferings, without avail. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her loss. Contributed by: Shelli...
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