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Dawson County, Montana 1870-1888

Dawson County, owing to Indian wars and other causes, remained unorganized down to a late period, and although having an area of 32,000 square miles, and good stock ranges, contained in 1880 only about 200 inhabitants. It occupied the northwestern portion of Montana, and was divided by the Missouri River, and crossed by the Yellowstone, Musselshell, and Milk Rivers. Its assessable property in 1884 was about $2,500,000. Glendive, the principal town, was founded in 1881, and named by Lewis Merrill after Glendive creek, which received its name from Sir George Gore, who wintered in Montana in 1856. It was the first point where the Northern Pacific railroad touched the Yellowstone, and the terminus of the Missouri division. It occupied a sloping plain facing the river on the south bank, and was sheltered from the winds by an abrupt range of clay buttes, resembling these of the Bad Lands, 300 feet in height, and half a mile distant. The soil about Glendive, the altitude of which is 2,070 feet above sea level, was a rich sandy loam, and produced plentifully of grains and vegetables. The railroad company made extensive and substantial improvements, and the town soon had 1,500 inhabitants, a bank, schools, churches, hotels, and a weekly newspaper. The settlements early made in Dawson county were Allard, Cantonment, Fort Galpin, Fort Kipp, Fort Peck, Gray’s Wood-yard, Hodges, Iron Bluff, McClellan, Milton, Newlon, Old Fort Charles, Old Fort Union, Stockade, Trading Post, and Wolf...

Young, Bryce J., Dr. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dr. Bryce J. Young, 73, of College Place, Wash., a former La Grande resident, died Feb. 4, 2004, in an accident while bicycling in Argentina. There was a service for him on Feb. 15 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in La Grande. Dr. Young was born June 3, 1930, to Bryce L. and Marjorie Mallett Young at Glendive, Mont. He graduated from high school in Miles City, Mont., and attended Walla Walla College. He received his medical training at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and his eye specialist’s training at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. He married Joylyn Jennings on Sept. 28, 1958. He practiced medicine at Missoula, Mont., Roseburg and La Grande. He retired in 1992 after 31 years. He traveled extensively including to the Middle East and Africa, making several mission trips to Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He sailed by himself across the Pacific Ocean and made trips to the Philippines and Argentina on bird-watching expeditions. He enjoyed visiting family, going on walks with his grandchildren, hiking and backpacking. He was a member of Rotary International. Survivors include his children, David Young of Longview, Wash., Karen Young of Seattle, Wash., and Russell Young of College Place, Wash.; two grandchildren; a sister, Ginger Mackie of Cove; and other relatives. His wife died earlier. Memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande Rotary Memorial Eye Fund through Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 5, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

Dawson County, Montana Census Records

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Laughlin, George Birch – Obituary

George Birch Laughlin, 85, of Glendive, Mont., died July 20, 2009, at the Glendive Medical Center. His funeral will Friday, July 24, at Zion Lutheran Church in Glendive with Pastor Avis Anderson officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive. George was born on Dec. 18, 1923, in Carrington, N.D., the son of Thomas Birch and Ethel Christina (Grotewold) Laughlin. George was raised and educated in the Carrington area. He enjoyed the times spent with his Grandfather Grotewold traveling to Minnesota in the summers. George spent one year in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Northern Minnesota in a forestry camp. In 1941, George joined the North Dakota National Guard. In February he was inducted into active service and spent the next four years in the 164th Infantry, three of them in the Pacific Theater during World War II. George married Marilyn Aldrich on June 10, 1946, in Livingston, Mont. He worked REA construction from 1946 until 1957. During that time George and Marilyn lived in many towns in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana, including Billings, Ekalaka, Livingston and Phillipsburg. They moved to Glendive in 1957 where George worked for the Bureau of Reclamation. He retired from Western Area Power in 1986. George enjoyed knowing and visiting with people; he especially enjoyed the time he spent helping others. He enjoyed his motor home and traveling and camping. He was a member of the Good Sam Club, Family Motor Coach Association, Zion Lutheran Church, The American Legion Club, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1125 and served on the Military Honor Guard in Glendive. George is survived...

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