Golden Valley Historical Society Organization Committee Records, 1966-1967  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Golden Valley Historical Society Organization Committee
Title
Golden Valley Historical Society Organization Committee Records
Dates
1966-1967
Quantity
1 folder
Collection Number
Collection 0570, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Golden Valley Historical Society organization committee records include positive photocopies of three essays. Essays include "William Otis Pound a," "Rygate of 1909," and a handwritten biographical statement by Eugene Wieber. The collection also includes a typewritten signed letter from Mary Morsanny to Paugh explaining the activities of the Golden Valley Historical Society organization committee and listing the names of several other county residents who had an interest in preserving local history.
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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The Golden Valley Historical Society organization committee of Rygate, Montana, was an informal group of women who initially met in 1966 to gather family histories of people associated with the founding and development of the county. Headed by Mrs. Evelyn Schanz, the group targeted a list of forty families who they intended to document, but by the end of 1967 they had only three responses. At that time they were contacted by MSU Special Collections librarian Minnie Paugh, and in response Mrs. Mary S. Morsanny (1909-2006) sent the three essays to Paugh for copying. The originals were returned afterwards, and the continuing activities of the committee are unknown. Another group headed by Ronald Belcher of Lavina, Montana called itself the "Golden Valley Historical Society, Inc." and registered the name with the Montana Secretary of State on July 20, 1984 and became inactive in 1999, but its relationship to the organization committee of 1966 is unclear. In 1971 a history book was produced by Morsanny, Margaret Lehfeldt, and Albie Gordon titled Dawn in Golden Valley. The book included heavily edited versions of at least two of the essays Morsanny sent to Paugh in 1967. Other than listing the authors, the book does not identify any publisher or connection with the Golden Valley Historical Society.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Golden Valley Historical Society organization committee records include positive photocopies of three essays. "William Otis Pound" is a brief biographical essay prepared by his son, Robert T. Pound, in 1967 that describes Pound's arrival in Montana and places of residence prior to his settlement on Current Creek between the Musselshell River and the Snowy Mountains. "Rygate of 1909" was prepared by Dave Rorabeck of College Place, Washington in 1966. This reminiscence describes Rorabeck's childhood memories of homesteading along the Musselshell River. A handwritten biographical statement by Eugene Wieber gives the background on his family of the Clara, Montana area and his subsequent residence in Laurel, Montana. The collection also includes a typewritten signed letter from Mary Morsanny to Paugh explaining the activities of the Golden Valley Historical Society organization committee and listing the names of several other county residents who had an interest in preserving local history.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Montana--Golden Valley County
  • Pioneers--Montana--Golden Valley County Biography
  • Personal Names :
  • Pound, William Otis, 1862-1951
  • Family Names :
  • Wieber family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Clara (Mont.)--History
  • Current Creek (Mont.)
  • Golden Valley County (Mont.) Biography
  • Golden Valley County (Mont.)--History
  • Golden Valley County (Mont.)--History--Societies, etc.
  • Laurel (Mont.)--History
  • Musselshell River Valley (Mont.)--History
  • Ryegate (Mont.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Pound, Robert T., 1898-1988. William Otis Pound
    • Rorabeck, Dave, 1888-1976. Rygate of 1909
    • Wieber, Eugene