Irene Thatcher Scrapbooks, 1948-1966  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Thatcher, Irene, 1880-1966
Title
Irene Thatcher Scrapbooks
Dates
1948-1966
Quantity
2 volumes
Collection Number
Collection 0882, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Thatcher scrapbooks consist of two volumes. The first, which covers the years 1963-1966, deals with the Montana Centennial train and contains newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and passenger lists all dealing with the train’s organization and journey to New York in 1964. The second scrapbook contains newspaper clippings dating from 1948 to 1955 about Madison and Gallatin County pioneers, including Lilla Bogert, Frieda Bull, Elmer Cass, Mary Hunter Doane, Caroline McGill, Pete Karst, Frank “Doc” Nelson, Lester Pierstorff, and Davis Willson.
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

Mary Irene Watkins was born in Harrison, Montana on September 17, 1880. She married Perry A. Thatcher in 1930 and thereafter routinely referred to herself as Irene Thatcher. She moved to Spokane, Washington around 1922 where she operated a hotel until 1947. That year she moved back to Bozeman, Montana where she was active in several heritage organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers, and the Montana Huguenots Society. She died on December 14, 1966.

The Montana Territorial Centennial Commission was created by the legislature in 1961 for "the sole purpose of providing a dignified, significant celebration during the full year of 1964 commemorating creation of the territory as well as honoring 75 years of statehood by and for the people of Montana." The Montana Centennial Train, organized by Howard Kelsey, was equipped with four exhibit cars, traveled through Montana in February 1964, and then in the spring journeyed to New York City where it was on display in the Montana Pavilion of the World's Fair for two years, providing Montana media exposure and publicity that would be felt for many years. Among the 300 people who signed up to ride the train was Irene Thatcher.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Thatcher scrapbooks consist of two volumes. The first, which covers the years 1963-1966, deals with the Montana Centennial train and contains newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and passenger lists all dealing with the train’s organization and journey to New York in 1964. The second scrapbook contains newspaper clippings dating from 1948 to 1955 about Madison and Gallatin County pioneers, including Lilla Bogert, Frieda Bull, Elmer Cass, Mary Hunter Doane, Caroline McGill, Pete Karst, Frank “Doc” Nelson, Lester Pierstorff, and Davis Willson.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Centennial celebrations, etc. -- Montana
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Gallatin County
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Madison County
  • Trains -- Montana -- History
  • Personal Names :
  • Bogert, Lilla, 1848-1951
  • Bull, Frieda
  • Cass, Elmer
  • Doane, Mary Hunter, 1859-1952
  • Karst, Peter, 1875-1966
  • McGill, Caroline, 1879-1959
  • Nelson, Frank, 1867-1964
  • Pierstoff, Lester
  • Willson, Davis, 1841-1915
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana Centennial Train and World's Fair Committee
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana -- Description and travel -- 20th century
  • Montana -- History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Memorabilia
  • Passenger lists
  • Scrapbooks