Autobiography of James David Wood, circa 1964  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Wood, James David, 1841-1909
Title
Autobiography of James David Wood
Dates
circa 1964
Quantity
1 item (8 pp.)
Collection Number
Collection 0244, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Autobiography of James David Wood was authored by Wood in 1902. Wood's story gives an outline of his trip to Montana in 1864, his early residence in Virginia City, his experiences in the Nez Perce and Bannock wars, and a brief outline of his business ventures.
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

Stanley Roland Davison was born May 6, 1911, in East Helena, Montana. He received a doctorate from the University of California and served in the Navy during World War II and Korea. Davison spent most of his academic career at Western Montana College in Dillon, Montana where he worked for thirty years. He wrote a number of articles on Montana history and received an award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for his contributions to Montana history, research, and study. He died on May 14, 1986.

James David Wood was born in 1841 at Mercer County, Missouri. In 1864 he traveled from Atchison, Kansas to Virginia City with a freight outfit, working his way as a mule herder. Once in Montana Territory, Wood tried his hand at mining and other jobs, eventually moving to Idaho to again engage in mining in the Leesburg area. During the Nez Perce war he was one of the first on the scene of the "Birch Creek Massacre," a freighting team that was killed by the Nez Perce in present day Clark County, Idaho. During the Bannock War of 1878 he was a participant in a fight involving a freight wagon team in the Lost River valley where a comrade, Jesse McCaleb, was killed. Wood became a successful businessman in Salt Lake City towards the end of his life, owning mining interests in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, along with a mercantile operation in Salt Lake City itself. He died on January 17, 1909.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

In 1902, James David Wood wrote a brief autobiographical sketch of his life. The document remained in the family and was eventually passed down to the D. V. Hagenbarth family of Dillon, Montana. In 1964 the manuscript was borrowed by Stanley Davison for transcription and editing, and then returned to the Hagenbarth family. Davison reviewed the sketch and found historical discrepancies which he noted. Wood's story gives an outline of his trip to Montana in 1864, his early residence in Virginia City, his experiences in the Nez Perce and Bannock wars, and a brief outline of his business ventures. Davison never published the manuscript, and the present location of the original is unknown.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bannock Indians-Wars, 1878
  • Freight and freightage-Idaho
  • Freight and freightage-Montana
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Idaho
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Virginia City
  • Nez Perc√© Indians-Wars, 1877
  • Overland journeys to Montana-Personal narratives
  • Pioneers-Idaho-Biography
  • Pioneers-Montana-Biography
  • Personal Names :
  • Wood, James David,-1841-1909
  • Geographical Names :
  • Idaho-History-19th century
  • Montana-History-19th century
  • Virginia City (Mont.)-History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Autobiographies
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Davison, Stanley Roland (creator)