Milton Simpson Collection, 1885-1942  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Simpson, Milton, 1899-1976
Title
Milton Simpson Collection
Dates
1885-1942
Quantity
1 folder
Collection Number
Collection 0035, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Milton Simpson Collection consists of eighteen photographs of the Simpson ranch and cattle, 1903-1942, two receipts for taxes and horse purchases by Charles Simpson, a 1941 letter from the Montana Stockgrowers Association to Milton Simpson, and an 1885 memoranda book kept by Arthur H. Sanborn.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Milton Simpson was born in Volborg, Montana on December 7, 1899. He was the son of Charles M. Simpson, a cattle rancher and former member of the Montana state legislature. Charles Simpson was born in Massachusetts and raised in Texas where he learned the cattle trade. In 1887 he arrived in Montana with a cattle drive and remained there the rest of his life. He filed on a homestead claim on Pumpkin Creek in Custer County and added to his holdings until reaching a combined size of over 10,000 acres. Charles and his wife, Maggie Shy Simpson, were married on November 16, 1898. Their son, Milton, also remained in the area, operating his family ranches, becoming active in the Montana Stockgrowers Association and taking an interest in local history. In 1963 he responded to a solicitation by the librarian at Montana State College for historical documents and provided the materials in this collection. He died in February 1976.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Milton Simpson collection consists of eighteen photographs of the Simpson ranch and cattle, 1903-1942, two receipts for taxes and horse purchases by Charles Simpson, a 1941 letter from the Montana Stockgrowers Association to Milton Simpson, and an 1885 memoranda book kept by Arthur H. Sanborn. Sanborn was a civil engineer from Massachusetts who worked as a ranch foreman for Charles Chandler Stephens and kept the memoranda book to record his expenses during trips into Miles City, Montana, for supplies between June 27, 1885 and September 16, 1886. In 1886, Sanborn filed for water rights on Pumpkin Creek in Custer County, but his holdings were likely absorbed by Charles Simpson before Sanborn moved on to Berkeley, California with his wife, Julia Stephens Sanborn and her children. The information Sanborn recorded in his memoranda book include items and services purchased, along with the price paid, in chronological order. The photographs each have some identification written on the verso, and actual titles of individual images have been put in quotation marks.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
Receipt, horse sale from J.A. Ramer to Charles Simpson December 21, 1892
Receipt, Custer County collector, for taxes paid by Charles Simpson, November 12, 1894
Letter, Montana Stockgrowers Association to Milton Simpson June 2, 1941
Memoranda book, Arthur H. Sanborn 1885-1886
Photograph #1. Cattle drive, crossing Missouri River September 1903
Photograph #2. Cattle drive, crossing Missouri River September 1903
Photograph #3. "Milton Simpson on "Mugs" in front of bunk house"
Photograph #4. Charles Simpson and Maggie Shy Simpson July 1921
Photograph #5. Charles Simpson and Maggie Shy Simpson 1929
Photograph #6. Charles Simpson on "Old Ribbon"
Photograph #7. Charles Simpson and Alice Simpson (sister)
Photograph #8. Roundup at branding time June 8, 1937
Photograph #9. Milton Simpson with cattle June 1925
Photograph #10. "Simpson ranch, 2 year old heifers and calves May 1925"
Photograph #11. "2 year old heifers with calves at branding time June 1937"
Photograph #12. "Simpson ranch, cows and calves October 1, 1938"
Photograph #13. "Calves being moved to winter quarters January 1, 1934"
Photograph #14. "Calves arriving at winter quarters January 1, 1934"
Photograph #15. "Simpson ranch, yearling heifers 1942"
Photograph #16. "Simpson ranch, cows and calves October 1, 1938"
Photograph #17. "Simpson ranch, top horse "Maginty" June 1940"
Photograph #18. "Simpson ranch, cows and calves 1940"

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cattle-Montana-Custer County-Photographs
  • Ranches-Montana-Custer County-Photographs
  • Ranching-Montana-Custer County
  • Family Names :
  • Simpson family-Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Custer County (Mont.)-Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Sanborn, Arthur H. (creator)
    • Simpson, Charles M.,-1867-1930 (creator)