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Early Residents of Great Falls, Montana

Paris Gibson came to Montana in 1879 to engage in sheep raising, and his consequent observations of the country led to his fortunate investment in land at the falls of the Missouri. I have no data concerning his previous life. Hon. H. P. Rolfe was born in Vermont in 1849, and educated there, choosing law for a profession. He came to Montana in 1876, and was for two years supt of public schools in Helena. During 1879 he was managing editor of the Butte Miner. He next removed to Fort Benton, where he practised law, but in 1884 located permanently in Great Falls. He was elected probate judge in 1880, serving one term, but prefers to keep out of politics. George W. Taylor was born on a farm near Lexington, Kentucky, in 1853, raised and educated in his native state, where he also taught school for several years. He came to Montana in 1883 and studied law with Hen. J. K. Toole, being admitted to the bar in 1884. Immediately he located at Great Falls, the first lawyer there. He was appointed county attorney on the organization of Cascade Company, and in 1888 elected to the same position. He was a candidate for reelection on the state ticket of 1889. E. G. Maclay was born in Pennsylvania in 1844, and removed with his parents to St Louis when a child. He came to Montana in 1863, and for twenty years was engaged in freighting, after which he entered mercantile life. He was the first merchant in Great Falls. Ira Myers, born in Ohio in 1839, went to Colorado in...

Biographical Sketch of Richard Child

(II) Richard (2), a son of Richard and Mary dinnett) Child, was born in Barnstable, in March, 1653; died January 15, 1716. He is mentioned in the records as an honored deacon of the Congregational church, About the year 1678 he married Elizabeth Crocker, born October 7, 1660, daughter of John Crocker. Children: Samuel, mentioned elsewhere; Elizabeth (died young) ; Thomas; Hannah; Timothy; Ebenezer; Elizabeth; James; Mercy; Joseph, and...

Stephen Child

This name was at first used as a prefix or title to other names, but finally became a surname throughout England. Several noteworthy families of this name are mentioned through the centuries following the Norman conquest, sketches and incidents of whom are of abundant record. They adopted armorial ensigns, or coat of arms, varying in significance and design. A leading one of these bore the motto: “Imitari quam invidere,” signifying, “I imitate those whom you envy.” The paternity of early emigrants is often veiled in a greater or less degree of uncertainty. So in this case, the parentage of Ephraim Child and Benjamin Child, his nephew, cannot be given. Together they came to America in 1630 and settled in Watertown, Mass. From Benjamin1, have sprung all of the name who have ever lived in Cornish. He, with Mary, his wife, became the parents of twelve children. Benjamin2, their second child, was born in Roxbury, Mass., in 1656. He m. Grace Morris, March 7, 1683. They also had twelve children. Ephraim3, their first child, was born in Roxbury, Mass.. Dec. 8, 1683; m. Priscilla Harris in 1710. He, with six of his brothers migrated to Woodstock. Conn., then called “New Roxbury.” Ephraim3 and Priscilla had ten children. Their second son, Daniel4, was b. in Woodstock, Jan., 1713; m. Jan.. 1747. Ruth Ammidown Curtis. They had six children. Stephen,, was their third child and third son. 1. STEPHEN5 CHILD (Daniel4, Ephraim3, Benjamin2-1) was b. Nov. 27, 1749. in Woodstock, Conn. Came to Cornish March 8, 1773. Bought and lived on the farm now occupied by his grandson, W. H. Child. Entered...

Stephen Child Jr.

2. STEPHEN6 CHILD, JR. (Stephen5, Daniel4, Ephraim3, Benjamin2-1) was b. Aug. 20, 1792. Being the youngest son, he was his parents choice to remain on the homestead and care for them in their declining years. Here he spent his life as a farmer. Was a member of the Baptist Church. As a politician, he was at first a Jeffersonian Democrat. Espousing the cause of the slaves, he, among others was dubbed an abolitionist, and later was a Republican. He m. March 20, 1822, Eliza Atwood of Cornish, dau. of William and Elizabeth (Hall) Atwood, b. in Pelham April 21, 1801. and d. Dec. 31, 1891, in Cornish. He d. Feb. 1, 1866. Children, all b, in Cornish: i. ELIZA JANE, b. June 13, 1823. Taught school several years; m. May 4, 1868, Freeman Woodard of Greenfield, ‘Mass. They lived in Greenfield, Everett, Pembroke and Stoneham, Mass. Mr. Woodard d. Feb- 1, 1900. They had no children: ii. PHILANDER CHASE, b. Sept. 30. 824; m. Sept. 20, 1846, Sarah Hodgdon. They had no children of their own, but they adopted one, Annie, who d. in May, 1905. They lived many years in Claremont and then rem. to Chelsea, Mass., where they kept a provision store a few years and afterwards rem. to Attleboro, Mass., where she d. Oct. 1, 1897. He d. in Boston Feb. 6, 1903. iii. GEORGE FRANKLIN, b. July 18, 1827; d. Aug. 22, 1834. 3. iv. WILLIAM HENRY, b. Dec. 22, 1832. v. MARION ELLA, b. Oct. 6, 1844. Educated in the schools of Cornish and Oberlin College; taught schools in N. H. and Ky.; was...

William Henry Child

3. WILLIAM HENRY7 CHILD (Stephen6-5, Daniel4, Ephraim3, Benjamin2-1) was b. Dec. 22, 1832. Has res. chiefly on the homestead farm. Graduated at Kimball Union Academy, class 1856; spent a few years teaching in N. H., Vt. and Ohio. Was superintendent of schools, 1886-97: devoted his time chiefly to farming until 1897. In March of this year the town of Cornish decided to have its history written. Dr. George W. Hunt was chosen historian with authority to appoint five aids. Mr. Child was one of the five selected who at once began the work. A love for the work has caused him to continue it. In 1901, Dr. Hunt resigned his position as historian and Mr. Child was chosen in his stead to carry on the work, and the town has since voted appropriations as needed for the purpose- He m. Jan. 1, 1857, Ellen Frances Leighton of Hartford. Vt., dau. of Isaac T. and Jemima (Wood) Leighton, b. Aug. 9, 1836. This couple celebrated their golden wedding Jan. 1, 1907. Their children were all b. in Cornish except the first. i. WILLIAM PALMER, b. in Hartford. Vt., Nov. 15, 1857. In 1877, before he became of age, he betook himself to a seafaring life. This he followed many years with Australia as his adopted country. In Aug., 1853, he m. Annie Scott of Kent Co., Eng., and by her had two daus.: 1. Annie Lillian. 2. Nellie . His wife, Annie, d. and he m. second, Laura Howland, and by her he had two more children: 1. William Henry. 2. Eileen. Mr. Child lived several years in Brisbane, but...

Edwin Leighton Child

4. EDWIN LEIGHTON8 CHILD (Wm. Henry7, Stephen6-5, Daniel4, Ephraim3, Benjamin2-1) was b. May 15, 1867; educated in the schools of Cornish and at the N. H. Agricultural College associated with Dartmouth College, then at Hanover. Soon after he became interested in dairy work especially in butter making and graduated from the Vermont Dairy School at Burlington, and afterwards became an instructor in the same institution; was employed by the Cornish Creamery Company from 1897 until 1909 as its superintendent-a period of twelve years. He devoted his time and energies towards rendering this plant a popular one abroad and a profitable one for its patrons. He successfully competed with 972 of the leading creameries and dairies of this country and Canada, and at the Pan-American Exhibition at Buffalo, winning first honors in every case except one. At the Paris World’s Exhibition his manufacture scored highest of all N. H. butter and was thus awarded the only gold medal coming to the state. He also twice captured the grand sweepstakes prize of the state, winning the silver trophy offered by the Granite State Dairymen’s Association, scoring on one exhibit 99%-100. He was also prominent in Grange work in the state. Beside being master of his own grange six years, was district deputy two years of his own district. He In. Feb. 15. 1894, Ida L. Ford of Danbury, dau. of Rev. Robert and Mary A. (Towle) Ford, b. April 16, 1867. Children, all b. in Cornish: i. FORD LEIGHTON. b. Feb. 22. 1895; d. Jan. 7, 1904. A child of great promise. ii. ROSWELL TOWLE, b. Mac 12, 1898. iii. EDNA...

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