Guide to the Seaton Ranch Company Records
1917-1970

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Seaton Ranch Company
Title: Seaton Ranch Company Records
Dates: 1917-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number: MC 157
Summary: The Seaton Ranch Company was organized in Cascade County, Montana, in 1922 by Frank W. Seaton and Theodora E. Seaton, and operated from 1945 to 1965 by their son Edward W. Seaton, and from 1965 to 1970 by his widow Dorothy M. Seaton. Records include financial records (1944-1968), minute and record books (1922, 1942-1968); subject files, primarily concerning the Production Credit Association from 1952 to 1968; and miscellany. There is a small subgroup of records (1939-1960) of The Sanitary Cleaners, in Great Falls.
Repository: Montana Historical Society Archives

225 N. Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT 59620-1201
(406) 444-4774
mhslibrary@mt.gov

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Frank W. Seaton and his family moved from McCune (Macoun), Saskatchewan, Canada, to the Cascade-Fort Shaw, Montana, area in 1910. The Seaton Ranch Company, originally organized as a sheep business, was incorporated on July 27, 1922, by F.W. Seaton, his wife Theodora Seaton, and Ralph E. Bancroft.

Following the death of F.W. Seaton in November 1945, his oldest son, Edward W. Seaton, was chosen as company president. In 1965 the firm owned a herd of more than 30,000 sheep and held interests in wheat and cattle. The company possessed property not only in Cascade County, but also in Browning, Montana. In the 1960s the company was involved in a court case with Browning over the proposed location of the municipal sewage system adjacent to Seaton Ranch Company land.

Ed Seaton, who resided with his family in Fort Shaw, served for several years as a school trustee for that town and for Simms and was a Republican candidate for the Montana House of Representatives in 1960. Seaton died of a heart attack on December 29, 1965.

Dorothy M. Seaton, Edward's wife, was also an officer of the Seaton Ranch Company, serving as vice president, secretary, and, in 1966, following her husband's death, president. At that time Harold A. Johnson, an accountant, became the company's secretary and Robert W. Gronberg was elected vice president. The Seaton Ranch Company remained in operation until 1968 when the ranch holdings were sold to the local Hutterite Colony.

Harold A. Johnson was also an accountant for The Sanitary Cleaners of Great Falls which was owned by William J. Burlingame.

Content Description

This collection contains financial records of the Seaton Ranch Company, including annual statements, ledgers, journals, timebooks, etc. Two volumes of organizational materials, including minutes, by-laws, and articles of incorporation, detail some of the company's operational activities. The subject files have been maintained in original order as received from the donor. These materials deal primarily with financial matters. The Miscellaneous subgroup in the collection contains two financial volumes for The Sanitary Cleaners and bank statements for the Simms Women's Society of Christian Service.

Administrative Information

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Seaton Ranch Company
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Court Papers
Box/Folder
1 / 1 Seaton Ranch Company v. Montana Vegetable Oil and Seed Company 1951
Financial Records
Box/Folder
1 / 2-4 Annual financial statements 1944-1968
1 / 5 Bank statements: Dorothy M. Seaton, Citizens State Bank (Choteau) 1967-1968
1 / 6 Bank statements: Ed and Dorothy M. Seaton, Montana Bank (Great Falls) 1965-1966
1 / 7 Bank statements: Seaton Ranch Company, Citizens State Bank (Choteau) 1967-1968
2 / 1-5 Bank statements: Seaton Ranch Company, Stockmans Bank (Cascade) 1963-1967
2 / 6 Bills, receipts, etc. 1952-1969
2 / 7 General ledger sheets: assets and liabilities 1944-1968
2 / 8 General ledger sheets: capital, sales, and purchases 1944-1968
2 / 9 General ledger sheets: expenses (1) 1944-1968
3 / 1 General ledger sheets: expenses (2) 1944-1968
Volume
Vol. 1 Journal 1949-1954
Volume
Vol. 2 Journal 1954-1962
Volume
Vol. 3 Journal 1962-1968
3 / 2-3 Time books 1950-1965
3 / 4 Wages, Social Security, labor supply expenses 1954-1968
Legal Documents
Box/Folder
3 / 5 Indentures with the Holter Company 1917, 1941
3 / 6 Sheep contract, farm rental contract, chattel mortgage 1954-1963
Organizational Records
Box/Folder
3 / 7 Record book (includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes of stockholder meetings) 1922, 1942-1962
4 / 1 Record book (includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes of stockholder meetings) 1963-1968
Subject Files
Box/Folder
4 / 2 Anthony-Conrad Land 1929, 1958-1963
4 / 3 Browning Lagoon (Browning v. Seaton Ranch Company) [additional material in OVERSIZE FOLDER] 1961-1965
4 / 4 Browning Sewage System - Frisbee and Moore (attorneys) 1963-1965
4 / 5 Graham Bertsche Contract 1958-1960
4 / 6 Phil Burgess 1958-1962
4 / 7 Estate letters, sales of land, Harold Johnson (CPA) 1963-1968
4 / 8 Federal Land Bank 1963-1969
4 / 9 Gasoline Refund Claim 1960-1968
4 / 10 Harold A. Johnson (CPA) 1945-1962
4 / 11 Old Land Bank papers 1943-1964
4 / 12 Lease bonds 1952-1966
4 / 13 State lease 1959-1964
4 / 14 Montana Mineral and Feed Corporation 1962-1964
5 / 1-16 Production Credit Association papers 1952-1968
6 / 1 Schenk Land papers 1942, 1961-1962
6 / 2 Seaton Ranch Company by-laws 1922, 1957
6 / 3 Ray Snider 1957
6 / 4 Social Security records 1951-1968
6 / 5 Taxes: Federal Use Tax for the Mack truck 1960-1966
6 / 6 Taxes: income taxes 1960-1968
6 / 7 Taxes: personal income taxes (Edward, Dorothy, and Tim Seaton) 1963-1970
6 / 8 Taxes: state corporation taxes 1960-1968
6 / 9 John Weathered 1957-1963
6 / 10 Accounting of livestock numbers 1959
6 / 11 Moving inventory, etc. 1973, n.d.
6 / 12 Seaton Ranch Company plat of ranch buildings n.d.

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Miscellaneous Subgroup
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Financial Records
Box/Folder
6 / 13 Sanitary Cleaners: general ledger 1939-1960
6 / 14 Sanitary Cleaners: journal 1954-1959
6 / 15 Simms Women's Society of Christian Service: bank statements, Montana Bank (Great Falls) 1968-1969

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Subjects

  • Browning (Mont.)
  • Cascade County (Mont.)
  • Great Falls (Mont.)-Commerce
  • Laundries
  • Ranches

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