Frederick W. Merigold Papers, 1857-1940  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Merigold, Frederick M., 1869-1930
Frederick W. Merigold Papers
1857-1940 (inclusive)
0.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 917
The Frederick W. Merigold Papers offer a look into the life of a non-native settler in the town of Kalispell, Montana in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Included is hand-written correspondence, photographs, legal documents, and ephemera related to Merigold's life and other individuals who settled in the region.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1868, Frederick W. Merigold was an early non-native settler in the town of Kalispell, Montana. He first arrived in Montana in 1891, and he purchased a 160 plot of public land near Kalispell in 1893. While living in Kalispell, Merigold worked first as a cashier at the Globe National bank before entering the clothing business as an independent hatter and men's furnisher. After that, Merigold worked as a fire insurance agent until his death. He was married twice, first to Anna Merigold who died in August 1910 and then to Lynne S. Merigold. He also had two children, Mary "March" Merigold and Florence Merigold. Apparent in his writings, Merigold enjoyed fishing in the creeks, rivers, and lakes in the area around Kalispell. Merigold died on December 27, 1930 in Spokane, Washington. He is buried at Conrad Memorial Cemetery in Kalispell, Montana.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Merigold collection contains correspondence, legal documents, letterhead, greeting card, certificates, and other ephemera. Included in this is a 14-page letter from F. W. Merigold to 'My Dear Father and Brothers" which details a trip by horseback in western Montana. In addition, the original deed to Merigold's homestead in the Flathead River Valley is present in the collection. While the majority of the materials housed in the collection directly relate to Merigold, some of the materials have no clear link other than the fact that they are related to early settlement in Kalispell, Montana.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not acquired by the University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

Frederick W. Merigold Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Clippings 1886 and 1900
1/2 Correspondence 1895, 1907, 1940 and Undated
1/3 Deed of Property 1893
1/4 Ephemera 1857, 1893, 1895, 1902, 1908, 1920 and 1929
1/5 Honorary membership to the Lincoln Farm Association 1907
1/6 Letterhead Undated
1/7 Merigold Fishing at Lake Ronan, Photograph
Photo by Harry Stanford. Written on photo: "Lake Ronan, Sep 30th 1919, large one, 7 1/4 lbs strong, FWM"
1/8 "My Dear Father and Brothers," Letter 1902
1/9 Official Bond 1903
1/10 Unidentified town (possibly Kalispell), photo negative Undated
1/11 Teachers Certificate 1888

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Montana--Kalispell
  • Personal Names :
  • Merigold, Frederick W. (1869-1930)--Archives
  • Family Names :
  • Merigold family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Flathead River Valley (B.C. and Mont.)
  • Kalispell (Mont.)