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Location: Gallatin County MT

Gallatin County, Montana 1870-1888

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Gallatin County, containing 10,000 square miles, was divided between the two valleys of the Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers, and the Belt and Snowy ranges of mountains. The three forks of the Missouri met within its boundaries, making a remarkable and beautiful combination of river and meadow scenery with bench land and mountains. The basin formed by the Gallatin Valley, from the earliest settlement of eastern Montana, has been a favorite resort for home seekers with agricultural tastes. From its lesser altitude it is more generally productive than the country to the west, and became more thickly settled, having a population of 3,500 at the census of 1880. It produced 1,000,000 bushels of grain in a season, with other vegetable products in proportion. Farm machinery of the best models was employed. Six flouring-mill converted wheat into flour. The first flour made for market in eastern Montana was in 1866, at the Gallatin Mills of Cover & McAdow of Bozeman. Virginia and Helena Post, Oct. 23, 1866. Like every part of Montana, it was also a good grazing country, and supported large herd, upon its native grasses. In 1878 there were 45,000 cattle, 8,000 horses, and 10,000 sheep on the ranges. There were marketed 5,000 cattle, 100,000 pounds of butter and cheese, besides a large amount of wool....

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1863 Settlers of Gallatin County, Montana

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now George E. McKinsey, born in Indiana Aug. 22, 1822. In 1854 he removed to Nebraska, remaining there until 1863, when he went to Montana with an ox-team, and mined for three years at Alder gulch. In 1866 he removed to Madison Valley, and established a ferry, but went back to mining the following year, and in 1869 returned to Middle Creek, settling finally near Bozeman in 1871. He married Sarah Anna Wilson in 1850. Andrew Cowan, Hillsdale, born in Ky March 1834, and raised on a farm. Went to Salt Lake from Missouri by stage in 1863, and from there to Virginia City. Engaged in freighting for one year, after which took a farm of 480 acres in the Gallatin Valley, and raised cattle and horses. He married Rachel C. Tribble in 1872. Henry Heebe, Central Park, born in Pennsylvania Nov. 17, 1840, was bred a fanner. In 1856 went to Kansas, where he resided until 1863, when he proceeded to Montana. In 1864, together with William Coly, William Riley, and Clarke, he discovered the celebrated Pony mine, and the McDonald and Strawberry mines. Heebe sold his interest in the Pony for a trifle, and settled on a farm on the Gallatin River. C. Etherington was born in England June 25, 1831, and emigrated to the...

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Carter, Rita – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Elgin, Oregon Formerly of Elgin Rita Carter 80, of Kooskia, Idaho, and formerly of Elgin, died Oct. 20 at her nephew’s home in Boise. Cremation Society of Idaho is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 21, 2009 ___________________________________ Rita Ann H.S. Carter Formerly of Elgin 1929-2009 Rita Ann Heald Seiler Carter, 80, formerly of Kooskia, Idaho, and Elgin, died Oct. 20 at her nephew’s home in Boise, Idaho. Services will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Kamiah, Idaho, on Nov. 7. Time of service is pending. Cremation Society of Idaho is in charge of arrangements. Rita was born May 12, 1929, to Charles Heald and Grace Belle Dagneau Heald in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. After her parents’ death, she was adopted at age 5 by her sister, Arvilla. Henry and Arvilla Seiler raised Rita in Baily’s Harbor, Wis., where she attended school and graduated from Gibraltar High School. After graduation, she moved to West Yellowstone, Mont., to work for her uncle and aunt, Minor and Louise Dagneau, at their motel. It was about this time that she met Neil Stanley Carter at a local dance. They soon fell in love and were married at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in West Yellowstone. Rita and Neil were the first couple to...

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Humphries, Richard “Dick” – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Baker City, Oregon Richard, “Dick” Humphries, 71, of Baker city died on Monday, April 21, 2003, at his home. Memorial for Mr. Humphries will be held on Friday, April 25, at 2 p.m. at the Apostolic Lighthouse Church with Pastor Nathaniel Neff officiating. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory, and a Military graveside service will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. A potluck reception will be held at the Senior Center. Richard Alfred Humphries was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri Jan. 8, 1932. He resided in West Yellowstone, Montana from 1937 until 1942. In 1943 he and his family moved to Baker City where he resided for 62 years. Richard served in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Baltimore Cruiser from March 1951 through March 1955. In September 1955 he returned to Baker and wed Vickey M. Reeves. Dick was known and loved for his remarkable gift of carpentry and restoration throughout Oregon such as the Brownlee dam and various bridges on interstate-84. One of his last projects was the Geiser Grand Hotel which he postponed his retirement in order to be a part of. Dick was also well known for his love of country music and his mastery of the steel guitar For many years he enjoyed playing music with his many...

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Norton, John Patrick – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John Patrick Norton, 88, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 31, 2006, at his home. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mr. Jack Pittman will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by members of the Oregon Army National Guard. John was born on Dec. 13, 1917, to Almon and Lubelle Wilson Norton. He was one of five children. He lived at Cavalier, N.D., until his family moved to Bismarck. He attended North Dakota School of Forestry for two years before enlisting in the service. During World War II, he was a pharmacist’s mate in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific. In 1944, John met his future wife, Mildred Ryan. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in December of 1945 and returned to college at Montana State University in Missoula where he received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy in August of 1949. After a long-distance romance of five years, John and Mildred were married on June 12, 1949, at Seattle, Wash. Later that summer, John and Mildred and his new step-daughter, Ardis, moved to Bozeman, Mont. John worked as pharmacist at Roecher Drug Co. for eight years. John and his family moved to Boise in 1957, where he worked at Ballou-Latimer’s, a...

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Fagenstrom, Cregor Patrick – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Cregor Patrick Fagenstrom, 88, died Nov. 19, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Monday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 17th Street and Pocahontas Road. Cregor Fagenstrom was born at Great Falls, Mont., on March 17, 1914, to Hjalmar and Hilma Hammer Fagenstrom. After graduation from high school, Cregor attended Montana State University at Bozeman, majoring in architecture. In 1943, while a patient in a hospital, he met his future bride, Ottilie, who was a nursing student at the time. They were married in October of 1943. Cregor served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945 at Okinawa. After his stint in the service he worked as a building contractor and they lived at Santa Ana, Calif., for the next 30 years. While in California they bought their future retirement property, sight unseen, at Stices Gulch. After retirement they moved to Baker City. Cregor’s creativeness in building and his talent in rockwork was very much a part of his life and definitely showed in the building of their home. Cregor and Ottilie enjoyed traveling. They were able to see Europe and Israel. Survivors include his wife, Ottilie; children, Rory, Kerry, Joyce, Patrick and Jon; grandson, Steve; granddaughter, Leslie; and his identical twin brother, Berger. He...

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Matthews, Vivian “Ruby” – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Vivian “Ruby” Matthews, 80, died Dec. 4, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. A family gathering will be scheduled later. Ruby was born Sept. 28, 1922, at Three Forks, Mont., to Charles A. Matthews and Cora Jane Andrews. She grew up and went through school at Lonerock. Ruby lived most of her 80 years at Lonerock where she enjoyed the association with lifelong friends. She moved to Baker City in 1994 where she lived most of that time at Meadowbrook Assisted Living Center. Upon moving to Baker City, Ruby made friends with Shirley Johnson, who has remained her dearest and closest friend. Ruby never married. She was very close to her sister and brothers. She loved pictures of family and especially pictures of her nieces and their families. Ruby was adored by all her family and friends. Her sweet smile and loving personality will be deeply missed by all. Ruby was talented in needlework. She did beautiful embroidery and crochet. It was always a pleasure to receive handmade dish towels or pillowcases, on birthdays and at Christmas. She loved animals, particularly cats. Survivors include her sister, Mary E. Haynes of Settler’s Park; her brother, Allen Matthews of Portland; her closest and dearest friend, Shirley Johnson of Baker City; her niece and nephew, Marilyn and Keith Shollenberger...

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Chandler, Daniel Scott – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Daniel Scott Chandler, 71, of Bozeman, Mont., a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 28, 2006, at Bozeman after a long illness. His service will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Valley View Golf Club at Bozeman, Mont. Dokken Nelson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Dan was born on May 6, 1935, at Baker City to Orville and Bell Armstrong Chandler. He attended the Muddy Creek Grade School. He graduated from high school at North Powder where he played all-state football. He earned a degree in agricultural education from Oregon State University at Corvallis. He met and married Nancy Kirsch in 1957 and began teaching high school near Portland, where their first two children, Nola and Doug, were born. In 1960, the family moved to Bozeman where his daughters, Nyla and Nedra, were born. He received a master’s degree in mathematics from Montana State University at Bozeman and taught algebra, geometry and calculus at Bozeman Senior High. Dan and Nancy divorced in 1966. In 1974, Dan met and later married Mary Ken Wellcome, with whom he happily shared the rest of his life. Mary Ken’s three sons, Jim, Bill and John, became part of his family. During these years, Dan began programming computers and working at Montana State University where he...

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Jensen, Vern Reed “Bud”, Jr. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Vern Reed “Bud” Jensen Jr., 50, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 17, 2006, at his home in Bozeman, Mont. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Horseshoe Bend Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the Women’s Mutual Improvement Hall at Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. Bud was born on Oct. 27, 1955, at Bozeman. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Bud attended Baker High School in Baker City where he later returned to rear his sons, Travis and Kris. Bud spent his life in the forests of the Pacific Northwest where he owned a logging business with his father. He enjoyed spending his time with family and friends. His grandsons, Tyler and Aiden, were a great joy in his life. Survivors include his son, Travis; his son, Kris, and his wife, Kelly; grandsons, Tyler and Aiden; mother, Nilene; brother, Michael; sister, Denise; and many family and friends Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 31, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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