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Yellowstone County, Montana 1870-1888

Yellowstone County, organized out of Gallatin and Custer in 1883, comprised a part if not all of the former Crow reservation. The county town, Billings, was founded in 1882, and had a rapid growth. It contained 400 building’s in 1883, among which were a brick church of good size, a bank building, several wholesale merchandise establishments, three hotels, a commodious schoolhouse, the roundhouse and shops of the Northern Pacific railroad, at the terminus of the Yellowstone division, and three newspapers, one a daily. This phenomenal growth, seldom seen except in mining towns, might have quickly disappeared were it not that the country surrounding Billings was of the greatest fertility, with an irrigating ditch nearly forty miles in length, which supplied water to 100,000 acres in the Clarke fork bottoms; besides which the mining districts of Clarke fork, Barker, and Maginnes were tributary. Coalmines also existed in the immediate neighborhood of Billings, distant thirty miles. The whole country within a radius of 100 miles was tributary to this little metropolis. It was one of the two principal shipping points for cattle sold to eastern dealers. In the autumn of 1882, 16,000 head were loaded on cars to be taken to Chicago, in 1883, 20,000, and in 1884 nearly 35,000. There was abundant waterpower in the Yellowstone to supply unlimited manufactories. A wool market was early established, and in May 1883 a shipment was made of 60,000 pounds of silver bullion from the Barker district. The early towns and settlements of Yellowstone County were few, owing to its occupation by the Crows. They were Carlton, Huntley, Junction, Merrill, Park City, Rapids,...

Biography of Charles B. Grigsby

CHARLES B. GRIGSBY. One of the old and prominent citizens of Stone County, Arkansas, is Charles B. Grigsby, who has labored for the good of this section for many years, although a native of Monroe County, East Tennessee; he was born in 182S, to James and Margaret (Houston) Grigsby, who were born in the Old Dominion. They were married in Blount County, Tennessee, and made their home there and in Loudon Counties until 1850, when they came to Arkansas, locating in Independence County, eight miles above Batesville and two miles from the White River. While residing in Tennessee, the father held the office of constable for twenty-four years, and he also became one of the substantial citizens of Independence County, Arkansas He was a Whig in politics and at the time of his death was about sixty-one years of age, while his wife attained the age of eighty-five years. Her grandfather reared Gen. Sam Houston, who afterward became so well known in the history of Tennessee and Texas. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Grigsby eight children were born, of whom the subject of this sketch was the fifth. Charles attended school in Monroe County, Tennessee, and there made his home until 1848, when he came to Arkansas and located in Independence County, in the Barrens, nine miles west of Batesville, where he rented land for a time, then entered a forty-acre tract five miles west of where he then lived. After residing there a few years he bought land in the southern part of the county, and fifty acres in the bottom, on which he erected a...

Biography of C. B. Reinheardt

C. B. Reinheardt, one of the representative agriculturists of Nowata County, who is farming four hundred acres of valuable land, one and one half miles east of Coodys Bluff, was born at Coodys Bluff on the 18th of January, 1893, a son of C. H. and Kennie (Couch) Reinheardt. His father is numbered among the pioneer citizens of this community and was for some time engaged in the oil producing business in Nowata county, achieving gratifying success. His fine farm here is now being operated by his brother, W. A. Reinheardt, it being located some four miles south of Coodys Bluff, while he is living at Magdalena, New Mexico. He has acquired a large strip of land there, thirty-two by sixteen miles, and he raises cattle on a large scale. He likewise owns seven water rights on this land. Mr. Reinheardt has always been a great lover of the outdoors and he is particularly fond of shooting, fishing, etc. There are many members of the Reinheardt family living in this state. Elizabeth Coaker, a sister-in-law of C. H. Reinheardt, lives in Nowata. A brother-in-law. Newley Couch, is likewise a resident of Nowata, the Couch family having originally come from Italy, Texas, being pioneers in Indian Territory. And Sarah Milam, another sister-in-law lives in Chelsea, Oklahoma. C. B. Reinheardt received his early education in the schools of Tahlequah and Muskogee and in 1911 and 1912, attended the Richmond University in Virginia. Close application to his studies had impaired his health and as a consequence, he went to Billings, Montana, for one year of complete rest. At the termination of that...

Neeley, Francis M. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Frances M. Neeley, 83, of La Grande died Aug. 23 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at 9 this morning at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. A graveside service will begin at noon Monday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Mrs. Neeley was born June 11, 1923, to Frank Kovenz and Anna Schmidt in Billings, Mont. She attended St. Patrick’s Grade School and graduated from Commerce High School in 1941. She lived in northeast Portland until April 2002 when she moved to La Grande to be near her daughter. She was a secretary for Bonneville Power Administration. She has survived by her son Mark Neeley of Salem and John Kovenz; daughters Besty Neeley of La Grande and Anna Buckmeyer of Portland; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph W. Neeley. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 26, 2006, Published: August 28,...

Miller, Louise L. – Obituary

Miller, Louise L. Union County, Oregon Obituary La Grande. Oregon Louise L. Miller, 91, of La Grande, died May 2 at her home. At her request, no services will be held. Loveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Louise was born March 1, 1917, to Hans Albert Larsen and Anna Marie Hansen Larsen in Dwight, Ill. Raised in Montana, she graduated from Harlowton High School and Eastern Montana Normal School in Billings, Mont. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles and graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. During her long career in education she taught for more than six years in Montana, mainly in one-room country schools. She taught for two years in a one-room rural school in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California, where in addition to the usual three “R”s a fourth “R” was included once a week – rifle shooting. After moving to Northern California she taught for nearly a year in Pepperwood, and finally for 32 years in Rio Dell. Before her retirement in Rio Dell, she taught several successive generations of the families from the area and was proud of the accomplishments of her former students. Louise married Harold Magee in 1938, and they lived in Seeley Lake, Ashland and Red Lodge, Mont., where Harold was a road maintenance man for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads on the Cook Pass between Red Lodge and Yellowstone Park. They had two children, John and Karen, both born in Montana. Later Louise married Charles Miller and moved to Alton, Calif., in 1952. Louise lived in the heart of the redwoods...

Paul, Patye Jo Collins Hillmon Mrs. – Obituary

Patye Jo Hillmon Paul, 77, a former Richland resident, died Aug. 23, 2005, at the Kirkland Hospice Center in Kirkland, Wash. For nearly four years Patye had been fighting courageously and was very much determined to beat her advanced inflammatory breast cancer. She was very alert and involved with her caregivers and family to her death. She always held out hope from the day she was diagnosed, and continued to enjoy each day as much as possible. Visitations will be Friday from noon to 7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Recitation of the Rosary will be Friday at 7 p.m. at the chapel. Father Julian Cassar will be the celebrant. Her funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Gray’s West & Co., with Jack Pittman of Baker City Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Patye Jo was born March 13, 1928, in Helena, Mont., to Susie and John Collins. Patye lived in Billings, Mont., with her mother until they moved to Baker City when Patye was six. She graduated from Baker High School with the class of 1946. She remained close with many of her classmates, enjoying each and every reunion that was held. She attended Oregon State University for two years and was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She spoke of the Oregon State years quite often and really enjoyed her two years there. She worked for Lawrence Neault on her return to Baker City and at that time she met James Austin Hillmon. Jimmy and Patye were married at St. Francis Cathedral on Oct....

Dougherty, Elmer P. – Obituary

Elmer P. Dougherty, 89, of Billings, Mont., died June 14, 2005, at Eagle Manor in Billings. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. July 20 at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Elmer was born on Nov. 16, 1916, on a farm at Sutton Creek. After graduating from Baker Business College in 1937, he went to work for the U.S. Post Office in Baker City. He retired from the Postal Service after 35 years. He married Ethel Ebell of Baker City on Nov. 24, 1938. They had two daughters, LeAnn Guess, who lives at San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Bill, and Judith Rae Hammersmark, who live at Ballantine, Mont., with her husband, Marvin. After retiring from the post office, he drove school bus for five years. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a longtime member of the Baker Elks Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; his parents; and his sister, Veta Hovde. Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Berlena and Bob Broch of Seattle, Wash.; his daughters and their husbands; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 27, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

Hurd, Maurice Charles – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Maurice Charles Hurd, 86, of Lindsay, Texas, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 3, 2004, at his home. His graveside funeral with honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Pastor Billy Ledbetter of the First Baptist Church of Muenster, Texas, will officiate. Maurice was born on March 1, 1918, at Ekalaka, Mont., to Wallace and Hazel Kinsey Hurd. He married Marcella Mae Dotson on March 26, 1950, at Sidney, Mont. The couple had three daughters: Susan, Maureen and Laurie. In his youth, Maurice worked on his father’s ranch herding sheep and cattle, haying and performing other ranching duties. He would often be hired out to work on other ranches, performing similar tasks. Once in 1936, he was hired to put up Russian thistle for hay in North Dakota. It was also in 1936 that Maurice joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. Through the CCC he worked on road construction through Roosevelt State Park in North Dakota, and served as a hospital orderly and a radio operator. The last job carried over into his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enlisted in the Navy in December 1939 and served as radioman 3rd Class. He served aboard the USS Houston, which sank after being torpedoed in the Battle of the Java Sea on Feb. 28, 1942. Maurice and the other survivors were captured by the Japanese and spent 3 years as prisoners of war. During that time Maurice worked to build a railroad through the Burma jungle, replanted a rubber plantation, and later mined coal in Japan....

Yellowstone County, Montana Census Records

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Woods, G. Elaine Joslin Mrs. – Obituary

G. Elaine Woods, 80, of Baker City, a former longtime Richland resident, died Nov. 16, 2000, at Settler’s Park. Her memorial service was last Friday at the Richland Christian Church. Pastor Gordon Bond officiated. Interment of the ashes was later at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Mrs. Woods was born on Jan. 3, 1920, at Boise to John William and Maude Ellenor Boice Joslin. She was raised and educated at Billings, Mont. She met her future husband at a dance in Halfway. She married Orville C. Woods at Walla Walla, Wash., in 1938. The couple had a ranch at Richland for many years where she was a homemaker. After they sold the ranch, they lived on his father’s ranch. Mrs. Woods lived at Richland until moving to Baker City several years ago. Mrs. Woods enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, all types of pictures of owls and ceramic owls. She also enjoyed camping, picking huckleberries and mushrooms and visiting friends in Richland. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Mary Ann Woods and Dean and Julia Woods and daughter-in-law, Cathy Woods, all of Baker City; grandchildren, Lori and Jim Meeks of Culver, Darin and Stephanie Woods of Boise, Doyle Woods, Heather and Herschel Gould of Pendleton, Alice Elaine and Scott Bunch, Tim Peterson of Portland, and Robert and Brenda Hall of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a special friend, Terri Sargent of Globe, Ariz.; her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan and Lindsay Meeks of Culver, Shelby Ann and Haley Woods of Boise, Christina and Tyler Gould of Pendleton, Cheylynne and Andrew Hall of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Kyle and Toshia Bunch of Albany, Sierra Denton of...
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