Location: Beaverhead County MT

Beaverhead County, Montana 1870-1888

Beaverhead County, where the first town of eastern Montana was laid off in 1802, contains 4,2110 square miles. More than any other part of Montana, it reminds the traveler by its nomenclature of the journey of Lewis and Clarke in 1805, containing Horse Prairie, Willard Creek, Beaverhead Rock, and the pass by which these explorers crossed the Rocky Mountains. It is a mountainous district interspersed with a few fertile valleys, and furnishing excellent stock ranges on the bench lands between the valleys and the high ridges. Its population was less than 3,000 in 1880. In 1884, its taxable property was valued at $4,500,000. The number of farms in the county was small. Bannack, which was for a short time the capital and the metropolis of Montana, and the county seat of Beaverhead, was later but a small town containing 250 inhabitants. Glendale, the seat of a large mining interest, had in 1885 a population of 678, and Argenta also was a thriving mining town. The county seat was removed to Dillon, which as a business centre ranked next after Helena and Butte. The other settlements made in Beaverhead County were Allerdice, Apex, Barratts, Beaverhead Rock. Burnt Pine, Darling, Dell, Dewey’s Flat, Edgerton, Fairview, Glen, Glendale, Grayling. Hecla, Horse Prairie, Hot Spring, Lyon City, Mervenstoe, Montana, Pine Butte, Poindexter, Red Rock, Rock Creek, Ryan, Soap gulch, Spring Hill, Terminus Creek,...

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1863 Settlers to Beaverhead County, Montana

William B. Carter, born in Ohio April 23, 1840. At the age of 223 years he came to Montana with a horse-team, and established himself on Alder Creek, freighting goods from Salt Lake for 4 or 5 years, in company with E. C. Bennett, who came with him from Ohio. Bennett died. Carter married Anna B. Selway in 1868, and settled at Dillon. Frederick Temple, born in Germany Aug. 14, 1840, came to America an infant and lived in Ohio and Missouri until 20 years of age, then went to Colorado, following the rush to Montana in 1863. Mined in Alder gulch and Prickly Pear Valley until 1866, when he went to Indian Creek. In 1867 he took a farm near Radersburg, and married Sorate Richards in 1874. Archie Macumber, born in New York Dec. 1, 1838, removed to Mich, when a boy, and resided there till 1859. Went from Colorado to New Mexico, and returning, went to the Salmon River mines. Made some valuable discoveries, and spent the winter of 1862 in Salt Lake, retuning to Virginia City in 1863, and going into freighting for two years, then selling groceries. Went to the Lemhi mines when they were discovered, and finally settled at merchandising, but sold out and secured a farm of 320 acres near Radersburg. In 1870 he married Mrs Martha Kennon. John Brady, Bowlder Valley, born...

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Biographical Sketch of Willard Sitton

WILLARD SITTON. Although Oregon County, Missouri, is well known for the energy, enterprise and push of its farmers, Willard Sitton stands at the van in this industry, and has shown much wisdom and good judgment in the conduct of agricultural affairs, and, through his own endeavors, has won an enviable reputation. He is a prominent resident of Johnson Township, this county, and is deservedly ranked among its successful farmers and stockmen. Mr. Sitton was born in Washington County, Missouri, October 14, 1856, and received a fair education in the common schools of the same. His youthful days were spent in assisting his father on the home place and in the mines, and he remained with him until twenty-three years of age, after which he worked at the black-smith’s trade in The Dalles, State of Oregon, and Ventner, Idaho. He was also in Glendale, Mont., two years, engaged in the blacksmith’s trade, but he came East and located in Oregon County, where he embarked in merchandising, with his brother, Capt. J. J. Sitton. Three years later he commenced farming here, on the river, where he now owns 360 acres of land, 160 acres on the river. He also owns a farm on Frederick Creek, and is one of the most enterprising, industrious citizens of the section. In the year 1892 he led to the altar Miss Mittie George, daughter of...

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Biography of Joseph F. White

Among the public officials of Lincoln County is Joseph F. White, who is now serving as sheriff. A native of Iowa, he was born in Allamakee County, July 4, 1854, and traces his ancestry back to the Emerald Isle, whence his grandfather, Andrew White, emigrated with his family to New Orleans. For many years he was engaged in merchandising in the Crescent City, and at an early day in the history of Ohio removed to that state, where Joseph P. White, the father of our subject, was born and reared. He married Sarah Heffron, a native of Ireland, and later they removed to Allamakee county, Iowa, where the father engaged in farming and merchandising. He died in 1879, at the age of seventy-two years, and his wife departed this life in the forty-second year of her age. They were the parents of three children, all yet living. Joseph F. White, whose name introduces this review, was educated in the public schools of his native county and reared to manhood on the home farm, in the development and cultivation of which he assisted from the time he was old enough to handle the plow. In 1875 he went to Colorado, where he engaged in mining and prospecting. In 1880 he became a resident of Montana and engaged in the meat business in Dillon. He also spent some time in Deer...

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Biography of George H. Holmes

GEORGE H. HOLMES. – Among the prominent and successful agriculturists an stockmen of the county, there are none that take rank above the gentleman, whose name is at the head of this article, and whose enterprising and capable efforts in the lines that he pursues have resulted not only in success for himself in his ventures of business but have aided materially in the advancement of interests of the county and in augmenting its wealth, while also he has always displayed commendable principles of uprightness and sound discretion, as well as unswerving integrity and intrinsic moral worth. George H. Holmes was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 12, 1855, to L.R. and Jane (Gabriel) Holmes, the father being a leading merchant of that city. In 1862 the parents brought their family to Bannock City, Montana, where they remained for one year, being there at the time that the noted and desperate outlaw, Sheriff Henry Plummer, was hanged. From that place they came to Walla Walla and the father engaged in freighting to the Boise Basin mines until the fall of 1868, and then came to the Grande Ronde valley, where in 1870 he purchased a quarter section of land, and later added three-fourths of a section more, using one-half of the land for pasturage and one-half for crops. On June 8, 1901, the mother was called to the realities...

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Holmes, George H. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon George H. Holmes was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1855. In early childhood he crossed the plains with his parents to Bannock City, Montana. Later the family came to Walla Walla and in 1868 they located at Cove, which was his home until early manhood. Mr. Holmes was one of the earliest settlers of Wallowa County, residing here at a time when there were only thirteen families in the County. While still a young man, Mr. Holmes proved up on a homestead on Crow Creek, the same homestead being farmed by himself the summer previous to his death. At the time of the establishment of the Wallowa National Bank in 1889 he was associated with his brother in the bank. In 1891 he was united in marriage to Susie A. Zurcher and to this union was born four children, John L., Jean, Ruth and Charles. Besides the wife and children he is survived by three brothers, W.R. Holmes of Enterprise, T.J. Holmes of La Grande, E.A. Holmes of Portland, and one sister, Mrs. Adelaide McKennon of Clarksville, Arkansas. In 1892, on his father’s death the family moved to Cove, Oregon where he had charge of his father’s estate for a number of years. Returning to Enterprise in 1915 the family made their home in the city during the winter and on the ranch on Crow...

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Bailey, C. R. “Bill” – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon The Rev. Ron Kratzer of the Church of the Nazarene will officiate at the service for Cloyed Richard (Bill) Bailey, a long-time Baker resident to be held Friday at 2 p.m. in The Beatty Langrell Chapel of the Valleys. Private interment will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Bailey, who lived at 3589 Broadway St. died Monday, November 20, 1978, at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital after a long illness. He was 74. He was born Sept. 29, 1904 in Dell, Montana to Otis Palue and Elvina Patterson Bailey. He moved to Baker in 1947 where he lived until his death. He was a miner and employed in the logging industry and retired from Ellingson Lumber Company at age 62. He married Rosetta L. Nottage in Salmon, Idaho, on July 3, 1924. Survivors include his wife, Rosetta of Baker; three sons Cloyed Richard, Jr. of Auburn, Washington, Everett Joe of Baker, and Irvin Lewis of Many Farms, Arizona; four daughters Pearl R. Christensen, Elvina Huges and Virginia Carter, all of Baker and Sandra Lee Cartwright of Grants Pass; his step-mother Ethel Carter of Boise Idaho; three brothers, Jim of Salmon, Idaho, Thomas of Eagle, Idaho, and Otis of Boise, Idaho; sisters Sadie M. Brocker of Eagle, Idaho, Pearl Simmons, Hazel Anderson and Ann Chriswell of Boise, Idaho; a half-brother, Oathie of Coos Bay; three half-sisters...

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Moore, Leila Afton – Obituary

Leila Afton Moore, 79, a former Baker and La Grande resident die June 20 in Redlands, Calif. Mrs. Moore was born Dec.3, 1907 in Lima, Mont. She married William H. Moore on May 4, 1934. He died Nov. 12, 1971. They lived in Baker a number of years before moving to La Grande. She lived in Redlands the past two years. She was a member of the Unite Methodist Church of La Grande. Survivors include a daughter, Judy Pitsaros and a son-in-law Ted Pitsaros; a grandson, Chris and a granddaughter, Melinda, all of Redlands; a sister, Jean Harsin of LaGrande; four brother, August Haefer of Island City, Royal Haefer and Elvin Haefer of La Grande; and Don Haefer of Union. Memorial services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of La Grande with Revs. James and Rebecca Wenger-Monroe officiating. Private interment was held at the Union Cemetery. Payne Family Mortuary, 1508 Fourth St., is in charge of the local arrangements. La Grande Observer – – July 4,...

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True, Etta Severns Mrs. – Obituary

Etta Severns True, 87, a former Baker City resident, died April 1, 2002, at Hermiston. Her graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Susan Barnes of the Presbyterian Church will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mrs. True was born on July 20, 1914, at Dillon, Mont., to James Monroe Severns and Myrtle Olive Jones Severns. She was a 1933 graduate of La Grande High School and then attended Drapers School of Commerce in La Grande. She married Glen True on Aug. 16, 1941, at La Grande. Etta worked for the Mount Emily Lumber Co. in La Grande, then for the Baker Production Credit Association in Ontario. Etta and her husband, Glen, who died in 1995, maintained a residence at Ontario and a ranch at Baker City. Etta enjoyed the outdoors, horses, and the time she spent on the ranch with her husband, Glen. She will be missed by many. Survivors include her brothers, Dean Severns of Seattle, Wash., Jay Severns of Hermiston and Don Severns of Albany; her sister, M. Iris Bates of La Grande; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon,...

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Residents of Bannack City, Montana 1862

Besides the Fisk, Minesota Wagon Train, there were at Bannack City and that vicinity in the winter of 1862-3: John Ault Harry Arnett and brother James M. Arnoux William Babbett Ephraim Bostwick (killed by Crows on Bighorn River 1863), George S. Bachelder William H. Bell (died at Bannack Nov. 12, 1862, the first death in that camp), Henry A. Bell, Samuel W. Bachelder Joseph Bender David A. Bentley William Buchanan, Stewart Buchanan William Beeken Charles Benson John Bertwhistle R. M. Biggs Patrick Bray, Con. Bray George Brown Joseph A. Browne John Bothwell John Burnett (killed by Indians on Salmon River March 1863) George Beatty Mr Buttica Henry B. Bryan Felix Burton Richard Tinker Brown, Joseph Brown (killed by Indiana en Salmon River, March 1863), Ed. Brown William Buffington N. W. Burris (killed by Indians at the mouth of Maria River 1865) William Butz Henry R. Brooks Peter Butler Mr. Boyd William Cook John Campbell John Carrico Joseph Carrigan (killed by Indians on Salmon River 1863) J. M. Castner Albert G. Clarke Herman Clarke George Colburn Mr. Cole the two doctors Cox Henry Crawford Robert Homer Crawford George M. Carhart (killed by road agents in 1863) William Cole Peter Cardwell Josiah Chandler Jesse Crooks Thomas H. Clark William Cole George Copley (killed in attempting to arrest a road-agent 1864) H. Conover Thomas W. Clover E. Crawford J. W. Crow F....

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