Location: Silver Bow County MT

Early Residents of Butte, Montana

Among the prominent citizens of Butte is Dr E. D. Leavitt, a native of New Hampshire. He is a graduate of the Wesleyan University of Middletown, Connecticut, and Harvard Medical College. After passing three years in Colorado, beginning with the Pike’s Peak excitement of 1859, in 1862 he removed to Montana, where he has ever since resided, being now a permanent resident of Butte, and giving his sole attention to his large and increasing practice. In 1888 he was nominated by the republicans as delegate to congress. In 1888 he was elected president of the Medical association of Montana. During 1888 and 1889 he has been and is at present health-officer of Butte. By Gov. Leshe he was lately appointed one of the board of territorial medical examiners. Few men in southern Montana are more widely respected either professionally or for their unselfish devotion to the interests of their adopted state. 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 John L. Murphy was born in Platte County, Missouri,...

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Silver Bow County, Montana 1870-1888

Silver Bow County, cut off from Deer Lodge in 1881, had a small area, but a population of 14,000, and is richer, in proportion to its size, than any county in Montana, its assessed valuation in 1884 being $7,240,000. It was first settled in June 1804 by placer miners. Ten years of digging and washing exhausted the deposits, or so nearly that only 300 inhabitants remained. Quart-mining was begun in 1875. The county contained in 1885 19 mills, concentrato’s, and furnaces, which give employment to 3,000 miners. Butte, the county seat, was the second town in Montana. It had an altitude of 5,800 feet, and is the center of one of the richest silver and copper districts in the world. Population in 1885 10,000, with 3 banks, the eldest being; that of Clarke & Larabie, the others Hege, Brownlee & Co., and the First National, their deposits aggregating $3,000,000. It had school property valued at $40,000, supporting a corps of 21 teachers; besides 7 churches, 4 hospitals, 2 fire companies, 2 newspapers, a courthouse which cost $150,000, an opera-house costing $50,000, water, gas, and electric light companies, and the usual number of secret societies. The receipts on freights, incoming and outgoing, were over $6,000,000 per annum, consisting chiefly of outgoing ore. Buxton, Divide, Feely, French gulch, Grace, Gunderson, Lavell, Melrose, Mount Horeb, Norwood, Red Mountain, Walkerville, and Silver Bow...

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Biographical Sketch of William Franklin Minton

It is with pleasure that we essay the task of epitomizing the salient points in the interesting career of the estimable and enterprising gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, and it is very fitting that such be granted space in the history of Malheur County, since he has labored here for the up building of the county and has wrought with wisdom and energy for this end, while also he has spent much time on the frontier and in other places, always, however, manifesting that same energy and capability in furthering the chariot of progress and building for the generations to come. Mr. Minton was born in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on November25, 1856, being the son of Willis J. and Martha S. (Coker) Minton. When he was a lad of seven he was taken by his parents to Cedar County, and in 1874 went with his parents to Pueblo, Colorado, and thence he went to Florence, Colorado, and there followed farming for a time. There also he was married on August 14, 1880, Miss Minerva Jackson becoming his wife on that occasion. In 1884 he removed with his family to New Mexico, securing a farm, which he tilled until 1889. In the last year mentioned he came via the Southern Pacific to San Francisco and thence on the steamer “State of California” to Portland....

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Biography of George J. Lewis

The life history of him whose name heads this sketch is closely identified with the annals of the northwest, and he is ex-secretary of the state of Idaho. An important department of the governmental service of the commonwealth has thus been entrusted to him, and in the discharge of his duties he manifested a loyalty to the public good that was above question and reflected credit upon the Party that called him to office. He is a western man and possesses the progressive spirit so characteristic of the region this side of the Mississippi. His birth occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the 28th of March, 1861. He is a representative of an old New England family that was established in Connecticut in early colonial days, and when the war of the Revolution was inaugurated bearers of the name joined the forces of General Washington and fought for the independence of the nation. The father of our subject, Isaac I. Lewis, was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1825, and is still living, in the seventy-fourth year of his age. He married Georgiana Christmas, a native of Wooster, Ohio, and removed to Illinois at an early period in the history of that state. He was also a pioneer of Minnesota, and in connection with his father aided in founding the city of Minneapolis. He was a druggist, surveyor and metallurgist, and...

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Biography of Clarence W. Brooks

A little thoughtful consideration of the career of Clarence W. Brooks, proprietor of the Brooks House, Idaho Falls, brings one to the conclusion that he has in most of his business operations been impelled by the spirit of the pioneer. He has sought out new plans and new conditions likely to favor his projects, and after he has made them available and profitable, he has sought out still others, and after those others. The wisdom of his selection has been proven by the success which has crowned his efforts. Not only is he one of the boldest, most venturesome and most successful hotel men in the west, but he is one of the best all-round hotel men “to the manner born” and experienced in the best houses in the country, with a comprehensive grasp on the hotel business, as such, and an intimate knowledge of all the details of good hotel-keeping. Clarence W. Brooks was born in Royalton, Vermont, June 22, 1848. His ancestors came from England and settled early in New Hampshire. His paternal grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier, and lived for some years after American independence, for which he had fought, was an established fact. Austin Brooks, his son and the father of Clarence W. Brooks, was born in Vermont, and there married Miss Susan Smith, and they lived and were farmers at Royalton for fifty years,...

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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 James O’Neill

James O’Neill came to the northwest from the far-off Atlantic coast: nor have his travels been limited by his journey across the continent, for he spent some time among the mountains in the distant south. He was born in Rondout, New York, May 6, 1861 his parents being Patrick and Hannah (Mullroy) O’Neill, natives of Ireland. Both crossed the Atlantic to the United States in childhood, and were reared, educated and married in the Empire state. The father, who was a tanner by trade, died when our subject was only about five years old leaving the mother to care for her five small children. She lived to be fifty-five years of age and departed this life in Jarmyn, Pennsylvania. When a mere lad of seven summers James O’Neill began to earn his own living in the coal breakers of Pennsylvania, receiving forty-two cents per day for his services. His youth was one of hard toil and his entire life has been one of diligence. In 1879 he left the east and went to the Black Hills, settling at Lead City, South Dakota, where he engaged in mining for a year. He then went to Tombstone, Arizona, where he followed mining for a short time, after which he made his way to the Coeur d’Alene country on the discovery of the rich mineral deposits there. Later he was identified with...

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Patterson, Otto F. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Otto F. Patterson, 75, of Laurin, Mont., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1984 at St. James Community Hospital in Butte. Mr. Patterson was born March 13, 1909 in Jerome, Idaho to Frank and Semia Abel Patterson. He was raised and attended school in Idaho. Following his marriage to Margaret E. Lewis in 1933, they lived in Flora for 20 years where he ranched and worked as a logger. He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Laurin; daughter, Alice Patterson of Laurin; sons, David of Yakima, Leslie of Larimore, N.D., Edwin and Stanley of Oldtown, Idaho; sister, Olive Clarno of Coulee Dam, Wash.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-granchildren. A daughter, Ruth Ackerman and five grandchildren died in 1977 in a fire at Oldtown, Idaho. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, September 6, 1984. Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Gary...

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Bonner, Joseph Henry – Obituary

Joseph H. Bonner was buried yesterday afternoon in Mount Moriah Cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. Z. Colon O’Farrell in Richards’ Chapel. [Died January 19, 1925; married Helma Helen Nellie Anderson] Butte Miner, January 22, 1925 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Clarence – Obituary

Clarence Champ, 89, of 127 S. Excelsior, retired manager of the Butte General Electric Co. office, died Wednesday [November 13, 1974] at a local hospital. Born Nov. 19, 1894, in Winlock, Wash., Mr. Champ attended Washington schools and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He later went to Schenectady, N.Y., where he took the GE test training course before entering the Navy during World War I. After the war, he spent a short time in the GE Chicago office before being transferred to Butte in 1919. He became manager of the office in 1924. Mr. Champ participated in many major electrification projects in Montana, including electrification of the Anaconda Co. mining, smelting, and refining operations, the BA&P and Milwaukee Road railways and the Montana Power Co. He retired in 1949. He was a past president of the Butte Country Club and a member of the Rotary Club, Summit Valley Masonic Lodge, Montana Commandery, Baghdad Temple of the Shrine, Montana Society of Engineers, American Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is survived by his wife, Ted of Butte; brother Ralph of Enumclaw, Wash.; sister Ruth Wallis of Bremerton, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Wayrynen – Richards Funeral Home with the Rev. John S. W. Fargher officiating. Entombment will be...

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Bailey, Elizabeth Kehler – Obituary

Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey, wife of Geo. A. Bailey, died at her residence in Clancy at six o’clock last Wednesday evening, December 8th [1897]. The funeral services were held at the residence at 10 o’clock Friday morning and the body taken to Jefferson (Jefferson City) for burial, followed by a large concourse of friends. Mrs. Bailey was a native of Pennsylvania and was fifty years of age. When she was only five or six years old her family removed to Nebraska, where she lived for quite a number of years. Afterwards she removed to Colorado, where, in 1886, she married to Mr. Geo. A. Bailey, and shortly afterwards they removed to Idaho, where they resided for two years, when they removed to Butte where they lived for four years, coming from that city to Clancy. Mrs. Bailey has been a resident of Clancy for the past five years and had here many warm and admiring friends. She has been a sufferer from cancer for a number of years past and while surgical operations succeeded in prolonging her life, the dread disease finally gained such headway that it was not thought wise to compel her to undergo further operations of this character, but all that medical skill or loving hands could do has been done during the past year to alleviate her sufferings, without avail. She leaves a husband and six...

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John William Stover Todd of Seattle WA

John William Stover, b. Aug. 8, 1901, he also has lived in a dozen of the states, but received his earlier school training in Alabama, Ncbraska and Virginia. He had a diploma from the Normal Grade or School of Pedagogy, at Central Academy and from the High School of Aplington, Iowa two months before he was fifteen years of age. He was then employed for two years part of the time in Iowa at garage and band work, then later with the office force of a great commercial and banking company at Butte, Montana, where sometimes with a reliable revolver in his pocket he would be sent through a crowded street, more or less alive with alert and powerful crooks to get a suit case full of money, frequently gold, but it might be either silver or currency. He did not always go alone, neither always on foot. But in a thronging and wicked city as Butte then was, where holdups were of daily occurence –two outlaws sometimes alone robbing as many as fifty people–the trip was always fraught with more or less thrill and danger. This city is 6000 feet up in the air (altitude) in Winter mighty frosty– forty below zero–and in Summer mighty hot. Life here is rich and tense and the people are often either mighty good or mighty bad. He was next engaged as...

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Long, Ernest “Red” – Obituary

“Red ” Long Was Decorated Veteran Ernest “Red” Long 56, passed away Saturday morning at St. Elizabeth Hosp. of Bronchial Pneumonia. Mr. Long was born June 30th 1911 at Muddy Creek the son of Amy Long and the late William Long, pioneers of Baker County and the grandson of the late Alonzo and Julia Long, also early pioneers. He was employed by the Baker Meat Packing Company for several years. And before entering the service was employed in the mines at Butte, Montana. He is survived by his mother, Amy Long of Baker, one son Donald Long of Sunland CA., one grandson Glenn and granddaughter Valerie Long also of Sunland; 5 sisters, Pearl Thrasher, Ruth Brown, Doris Colton, Daisey Elliott all of Baker and Opal Blank of Butte, Montana; 5 brothers Garnet, Glen, Harry, and Lewis all of Baker and Frank of Aberdeen, WA., also several nieces and nephews. Mr. Long was a seasoned army infantry sergeant, entered the service in 1942 and went overseas in 1943. He went into combat in Normandy, fought through the Hedgerow war, battled to help take St. Lo and took part in the 130 mile push from Paris to Belgium. After Luxenbourg was freed he saw action in the “Bulge Battle” the crossing of the Rhine and the capture of Coblenz. In addition to the Combat Infantryman’s badge for exemplary conduct in action...

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Christensen, Joyce Mary “Joy” Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Joyce “Joy” Mary Christensen, 62, of Baker City, died June 3, 2003. In lieu of a memorial service, a picnic will be held in her memory for friends and family sometime in July. For more information, please call Dan Christensen at 425/880-4949 or Wes Christensen at 523-5561. Joy was born on Oct. 24, 1941, in Butte, Mont. She spent her childhood moving around with her parents, working ranches all over the western United States and Canada, where she acquired her love of horses. She later married and settled in the Baker area where she raised a family. She spent that time training and raising horses and spent many years involved in the 4-H horse program, in addition to maintaining the family business. Joy also attended many riding schools, including the renowned Fulmer Riding Academy in Aiken, S.C. In 1980, she relocated to western Washington where she worked as head trainer and riding instructor at Barnaby Stables on Bainbridge Island. She later moved to Tucson, Ariz., where she worked as a ranch hand at a guest ranch outside of Tucson. Later her travels took her to western Kansas where she worked and managed a cattle ranch. Joy later returned to the Baker area, where she spent her last years as a musician, performer, entertainer and storyteller — preserving the early Western culture and heritage. Her...

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