Location: Missoula County MT

Missoula County, Montana 1870-1888

Beginning with Missoula, the first settled and organized, and the most western, it contained about 30,000 square miles, distributed in forest crowned mountains and sunny valleys, affording a charming variety of scenery, and a fortunate arrangement of mineral, agricultural, and grazing lands. About 36,000 acres were occupied, and 5,196 cultivated. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Its principal valley, the Bitterroot, contained 500 farmers, and would support four times as many. It had 8,000 horses, 19,000 cattle, and 13,000 sheep. It produced in 1884 124,226 bushels of wheat, and 281,312 bushels of oats; made 30,000 pounds of butter, and raised large quantities of all the choicest garden vegetables, and 800 pounds of tobacco, besides making 40,000,000 feet of lumber. Its population in 1880 was 2,537, and its taxable property was valued at $647,189. Its valuation in 1885 was over $1,000,000. Missoula, the county seat, situated on the Northern Pacific railroad, near the junction of the Missoula and Bitterroot Rivers, had 2,000 inhabitants. Its public buildings were...

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1859 Petition for Bitterroot County, Montana

In the winter of 1859 a petition had been addressed to the legislature of Washington by the settlers of Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead agency, to have a county set off, to be called Bitterroot County. This petition had seventy-seven names attached, and chiefly these of the Mullan wagon-road company, who could hardly be called settlers, although a few names of actual pioneers are to be found among them. The petition does not appear to have been presented until the session of 1860-1, when two counties, called Shoshone and Missoula, were created out of the region east of the later boundary of Washington, the 117th meridian. The list is as follows: W. W. Johnson J. A. Mullan G. C. Taliaferro J. Sohon C. R. Howard James S. Townsend Theodore Kolccki W. W. De Lacy George H. Smith Cyrus Spengler A. J. Horton William Lowery A. E. D’Course J. Cashman William Plug Charles J. Clark Daniel F. Smith Robert P. Booth David Carroll James Conlan Isaac H. Rocap Frederick Sheridan W. L. Wheelock John C. Davis Thomas Hudson W. Burch D. Hays John Carr George Ruddock Patrick Graham Canhope Larard John Larard Joseph Tracy William O’Neil Patrick Mihan James N. Heron Edward Scully M. McLaughlin William Craig William Hickman J. C. Sawyer A. J. Batchelder A. L. Riddle James McMahon William Galigher L. Neis Zib. Teberlare George Young John Owens...

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Biography of Benjamin E. Bradley

Benjamin E. Bradley, general manager of the Star of St. Louis and widely known in newspaper circles throughout the country, was born in Lafayette county, Missouri, October 13, 1869, and is a son of Benjamin A. and Martha R. (Briggs) Bradley. The father died August 30, 1919, at the venerable age of eighty-seven years, being then the oldest living native-born resident of Johnson county, Missouri. The family has been represented on American soil through many generations and the forebears of Benjamin E. Bradley have fought in all the different wars from the Revolution, while his son Philip was a soldier in France in the World war. Benjamin E. Bradley completed his education in the University of Missouri. His life has been given to the newspaper business and steadily he has advanced to prominence in journalistic circles. He was manager at one time of the Western Democrat at Missoula, Montana, afterward city editor of the Times, the Post and the Republican at Denver, Colorado, later became legislative correspondent of the Chronicle of San Francisco and upon his return to the middle west accepted the position of managing editor of the Inter-Ocean of Chicago. Returning to his native state, he was assistant general manager of the Post-Dispatch until he became identified with the Star, of which he is now vice president and general manager. Mr. Bradley has been married twice. In...

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Biography of George D. Campbell

Much might be written of the substantial quality of the Canadian character and the progressive spirit which has been manifested by Canadians who have located in the United States, but examples which prove all that might be advanced in this direction are so numerous and conspicuous everywhere that comment along this line would appear to be almost superfluous. George D. Campbell, one of the most prominent citizens, land-owners and capitalists of Spaulding, Idaho, is a native of Grandville, Canada, and was born November 12, 1867. He is descended from Scotch ancestry of great historical note. His father, James Campbell, married Mary Bevin, a native of his own county. They had six children, all of whom are living in the United States. They were persons of high character and intelligence and were lifelong members of the Episcopal Church. James Campbell died February 21, 1899, aged eighty-five years, and his wife is living, in her seventy-sixth year. George D. Campbell was the fifth child of this worthy couple. He was educated in Canada and in Wisconsin and early turned his attention to hotel keeping. He was married January 3, 1894, at Missoula, Montana, to Miss Mary Christine Williams, a native of British Columbia, daughter of Edward Williams and granddaughter of Angus McDonald, post trader and shareholder of the Hudson’s Bay Company and one of the earliest settlers in Montana. Mr. and...

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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...

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Hancock, Robert – Obituary

Formerly of Cove 1921-2004 Robert Brooks Hancock, 82, of York, Mont., and formerly of Cove died June 1 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Mont. Burial was at Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison, Mont. Mr. Hancock was born Dec. 10, 1921, to Charles and Brooks George Hancock on the family farm near Cove. He graduated from Cove High School and served in the South Pacific for the Navy during World War II. In 1945 he married Jean Horner. The couple lived in Missoula, Mont., where he worked at Westmont Tractor and for Missoula Cartage. After his wife’s death, he married Lorraine Reese in 1985. They moved to York in 1998. He enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking, gardening, reading, especially about World War II, and being with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of York; his mother and father-in-law, Archie and Nola Smith of Helena; a sister, Phyllis Tarter of Cove; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Mary Yuricic of East Helena, Curt Reese of Bozeman, Karen Reese-Schwenk and Mark Reese, both of Helena; five stepgrandchildren, and Bill Dellinger, who was like a son. A son, Gary, and a brother-in-law, Vic Tarter, both died earlier. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to any charity. Observer – Obituaries May 31 – June 5, 2004 Published: July 1,...

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Morrison, Rose Dorothy Davis – Obituary

Rose Morrison, 86, longtime Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday August 28, 1985 at Royal Vista Care Center. She was born in Missoula, Mont., on Aug. 16, 1899, and moved to the Ellensburg area at age 8 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Quincy A. Davis. She attended local schools and started to work for the Ellensburg Telephone Co. when she was 15. She was a telephone operator during World War I and handled the emergency created by the flu epidemic then. Her telephone-operating career was interrupted by her marriage in 1919 to Abraham B. Morrison. They settled in the Badger Pocket area among first farmers and, from 1933 until his retirement in 1946; they continued to operate their farm. They moved to Ellensburg to make their home at 203 E. Sixth Ave. Mrs. Morrison returned to work as a telephone operator in 1950 and retired on May 19, 1967. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Mrs. Morrison was preceded in death by her husband in 1953 and by a son, Ed Morrison, in 1978. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Rudie (Mary) Barneycastle of Ellensburg; three sons, Ralph Morrison of Bothell, and Dave Morrison and Roy Morrison, both of Ellensburg; 13 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Cotton Chapel with burial following at the IOOF Cemetery. Family suggests...

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Clark, John Clifford – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon John Clifford Clark, 52, of Baker City died Dec. 24, 2002, at his home. There will be a celebration of John’s life at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2107 Third St. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the service. John Clark was born on Dec. 28, 1949, to David and Floy Clark at Clovis, N.M. His family moved to Baker City in 1965. During his high school years he worked for Ellingson Lumber in the Plywood Division, at Safeway and Ordway Evans Second Hand Store. John was a 1968 Baker High School graduate. He joined the U.S. Navy immediately after graduation. John and Neva Walter were high school sweethearts. They were married in 1970 at the Calvary Baptist Church. They had two children: Edward, born in 1975; and Jennifer in 1977. John enjoyed working, it was actually never work for him. He found it more of a hobby because he loved it so much. He worked for 17 years with Champion International Lumber Co. at Bonner, Mont., until the company was sold. While in Montana, John’s favorite sport was ice fishing. In 1990, they moved to Nevada, living and working as a welder mechanic at the BullFrog Mine in Beatty until 1999. In May of 2000 they moved to Tonapah where they spent 18 months until...

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Missoula County, Montana Census Records

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Norton, John Patrick – Obituary

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 large drug store. In November of 1961, John had the opportunity to purchase...

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Sheehy, Thomas Wellman – Obituary

Thomas Wellman Sheehy, 96, a former Baker County resident, died Jan. 8, 2007, at Riverside Nursing Home in Missoula, Mont. Funeral Mass took place this morning at St. Katherine’s Catholic Church in Enterprise. Interment followed at the Wallowa Cemetery. Tom was born Jan. 14, 1910, in Great Falls, Mont., the son of Hugh F. and Helen Holbrook Sheehy. He moved with his family in 1917 to Oregon, where they ranched at Durkee. Tom graduated in 1927 from McLoughlin High School in Milton-Freewater. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1932 to 1936, assigned to the battleship USS Nevada (BB-36). Returning to serve during World War II, Tom participated in the Alaska campaign at Kodiak and Attu islands, and during the Okinawa campaign he was an Advance Handling Party member. He attained the rate of Chief Storekeeper before being discharged in October 1945. Tom and Mary Margaret Black were married Aug. 19, 1941, in Baker City. They had five children. A lifelong rancher and stockman, Tom raised his family on ranches in the Baker City and Ontario areas. In 1974 he and Mary Margaret moved to Wallowa, where he continued to ranch. Upon Mary Margaret’s death in 2001, he moved to the Missoula area to reside with his son. A man with a deep love for language, Tom published a book of poetry at the age of 89 featuring his...

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