This collection consists of reminiscences
(1884-1943) of Montana pioneers describing their travel to Montana Territory,
encounters with Indians, mining camp life, homesteading, etc. [Compiled by
Montana Historical Society.]
Funding for encoding this
finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for
Throughout its existence, the Montana
Historical Society has solicited from pioneers reminiscences about their
experiences. A collection of such writings was destroyed in the January 1874
fire that swept downtown Helena. the Society immediately resumed collecting
with the aim for replacing many of the destroyed reminiscences. By 1876 enough
writings had been collected to publish the first volume of Contributions to the
Historical Society of Montana. During the 1880s the Montana Territorial
Legislature appropriated money for the collection of memoirs.
This collection contains reminiscences of
pioneers collected by the Montana Historical Society over a period of many years.
The reminiscences describe travel across the plains, encounters with Indians, life
in the mining camps, homesteading, etc. The reminiscences were sent to the Society by the
Acquisition Information : Acquisition Information:
available upon request
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in
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Reminiscences: A (Gerhard
Albers, M.W. Alderson, Mrs. W.D. Alexander, John Allen, H.D. Arkwright)
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Reminiscences: B (H.H.
Barnes, Alice Cook Barrett, Martin Barrett, Rosa Barker Beall, William J.
Beall, George Beatty, Jordan Binza, John F. Bishop, John M. Bozeman, James S.
Brewer, Patrick Brogan, James J. Brown)
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Reminiscences: C (J.A.
Campbell, John B., Catlin, D.S. Chamberlain, Horatio L. Clark, Mrs. R.W.
Clarke, John E. Clutter, John Coburn, Robert Coburn, Wallace D. Coburn, John
Thomas Conner, Craig Cornell, Thomas Couch, Mrs. Frank N. Cowan, George W.
Cullison, Thomas Curry, John H. Curtis)
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Reminiscences: D (George R.
Davis, Frank Day, Walter W. DeLacy, George Detwiler, J.E. Dickey)
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Reminiscences: E (Anna
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Reminiscences: F (James D.
Farrow, L.A. Fenner, Charles French)
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Reminiscences: G (Michael
Lewis Geary, John R.C. Gerdts)
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Reminiscences: H (Howell
Harris, John A. Harris, Jake Hoover, James Hubbell, William B. Hundley, H.W.
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Reminiscences: J (Robert P.
Jackson, Richard S. Jones, Harrison Jordan)
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Reminiscences: K (Herman
Kaiser, John Kaiser, H.L. Keene)
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Reminiscences: L (John
Largent, Robert Lawrence, Peter Levengood, Edward A. Lewis, George W. Lovell,
James H. Lowell)
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Reminiscences: M (P.W.
McAdow, James P. McClosky, Thomas McGirl, Maranda McKoin, Thomas Eli McKoin,
William Isaac Marshall)
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Reminiscences: N (Washington
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Reminiscences: O (Ignatius
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Reminiscences: P (James
Madison Page, S.L. Peck, Philip H. Poindexter)
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Reminiscences: R (William
Chiles Riddle, S.I. Ritchey, Almon C. Robinson, William Roe, Merton L. Rowley,
Hannah Smith Underhill Rumsey, William Ashley Rumsey)
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Reminiscences: S (Reuben
Sabolsky, S.J. Sangwin, Jacob Schmidt, Jacob Sieben, Ella F. Levengood Smith,
Green Clay Smith, William W. Sowder, Cora Levengood Sparrow, Almon Spencer,
Morgan Spencer, Robert Nelson Sutherlin, John Swing)
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Reminiscences: T (George
Thexton, George H. Town, Phebe P. Train, John Minar Tubbs)
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Reminiscences: V (John
Vanderbilt, Timothy Vicars, G.C. Vinyard)
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Reminiscences: W (George
Wallwork, Christopher H. Waterman, D.B. Weaver, John Barrett Williams, Robert
T. Wing, John Wesley Winslett, Noah S. Wood)