Louis "Montana Lou" Grill Papers, 1876-1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Grill, Louis, "Montana Lou," 1877-1953
Title
Louis "Montana Lou" Grill Papers
Dates
1876-1969 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.25 linear feet and 1 oversize box
Collection Number
Mss 150 (collection)
Summary
"Montana Lou" Grill was a Montana journalist. His collection contains general correspondence, writings, and photographs.
Repository
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
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
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.

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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Louis "Montana Lou" F. Grill was born on March 13, 1877, in Fort Clinton, Ohio. He graduated form Valparaiso University in Indiana with a commercial major, which led him to a teaching career. He taught in many schools and colleges during his career, including Southern Minnesota Normal College, School of Commerce at Austin, South Dakota Baptist College and Christopher Business College. While in Austin, Grill headed the Commercial Department at the School of Commerce from 1897 to 1900 and became the a Field Solicitor for the Moron County Herald. He began his editorial career as a telegraph editor for the Sioux Falls Press while teaching at the South Dakota Baptist College and Christopher Business College.

In 1919, Grill unofficially started to work for the Miles City Daily Star; he was not officially hired until 1952. In 1921, Grill became the unofficial editor of the newspaper. Grill wrote the column "Passing Parade" as well as historical articles, many of them about Montana. Grill was given many awards for his writing during his career, including an honorary membership in Sigma Delta Chi, a Montana State University (University of Montana) National Journalism Fraternity. He was also awarded many honorary Native American memberships. Grill died on August 6, 1953.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains general correspondence, which includes both professional and personal. Grill's writings, including a diary, poetry and original articles, are also in the collection. The collection contains a vast number of research material and clippings that Grill used in his articles. Many of Grill's personal clippings are also included.

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 transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Louis "Montana Lou" Grill 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

Series I:  General Correspondence , 1915-1967Return to Top

7 folders

The series consists of correspondence that Grill had with several people about whom he was writing. The persons involved were the actual subjects of Grill's articles, or experts on the subject. Correspondence that his son, Frederick, had that dealt with his father is also included. Sympathy cards that Grill's daughter, Dorothea, received upon the death of her father is in the series.

The series is arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
General Correspondence
1915-1963
1/2
To Mary, From Mary F. Shryoch
1934
1/3
Mrs. Allan MacKenzie
1953
1/4
Frederick Grill
1958-1959, 1965, 1967
1/5
Elizabeth Harris-Dahl
undated

Series II:  Writings , 1897, and 1931-1937, and undatedReturn to Top

0.5 linear feet

The series is divided into three sub-series, Diary, Poetry, and Articles, which were all written by Grill. The 1897 daily diary begins on January 1 and ends on Christmas day, December 25. A few articles and photograph copies were left within the pages. Grill was also a poet and the series contains many of his poems, including a scrapbook of his published pieces in the newspaper. Also in the series are original copies of Grill's articles that were written for many newspapers. The majority of the articles are from the Miles City Daily Star. Many of the copies are not dated.

The series is arranged alphabetically within three sub-series.
Container(s) Description Dates
Diary
Box/Folder
1/6
Daily Diary
1897
Poetry
Box/Folder
1/7
General Poetry
undated
1/8
Published Poetry
1902-1909, undated
Articles
Box/Folder
1/9
Abandonment of the Reservations
1937
1/10
American Horse
undated
1/11
Bannock Indians on way from
undated
1/12
Boards of Survey Frequently
undated
1/13
The Death of California Joe
undated
1/14
Cattle Killing Indians
undated
1/15
The Dynasty of the Cattle King
undated
1/16
Sidelights on the Cheyenne Indians
undated
1/17
A Northern Cheyenne Indian Treaty
1937
1/18
Cheyenne Indian Characterizations; White Bull, Red Robe, and Bobtail Horse
1937
1/19
A Classic of the Hills Country
undated
1/20
Cold Lead
undated
1/21
Cowboy Humor
undated
1/22
Creation of a Reservation
undated
1/23
Crossing Missouri River with
undated
1/24
The Moving of the Crow Agency
undated
1/25
General Custer Died as he Lived
undated
1/26
Dead Man's Butte
undated
1/27
Delays in Transit
undated
1/28
Encounter with Hostiles on
undated
1/29
Feeding the Indian Fighters
1937
1/30
Final Phases of Tragic Drama
undated
1/31
Chief Gall's Story of the Custer Battle
undated
1/32
General Articles
undated
1/33
The Capture of Chief Gall
undated
1/34
Glendive Creek Stores moved
undated
1/35
Grass Grown Trails
undated
1/36
Housekeeper for the Army
undated
1/37
Indian Depreciations
undated
1/38
Indian Police
undated
1/39
An Indian who tried to Bribe a Court
undated
1/40
Little Joe-The Boy Scout
undated
1/41
When Justice Triumphed
undated
1/42
John Laefarr, A Survivor of the Custer Fight
undated
1/43
01'Miz Lump, "Mon Tana Lou" & Jean A. Cordell
undated
1/44
Making a Treaty
undated
1/45
Marquis de Mores
undated
1/46
Colonel Miles meets the Bannock Indians
1937
1/47
Colonel Miles and Chief Lame Deer
1937
1/48
Colonel Miles and Crazy Horse
1937
1/49
Miles Defeats Crazy Horse in
undated
1/50
Colonel Miles and Sitting Bull
undated
1/51
Miles Receives the Surrender
undated
1/52
Montana Indians had a Fondness for Horses
undated
1/53
Nez Perces Indians Approach
undated
1/54
Boat load Nez Perce Indians
undated
1/55
Nez Perce Indians en route to
undated
1/56
Nez Perce Indian Prisoners of
undated
1/57
Ogalallas under Lame Deer's
undated
1/58
Organization of Milk River
undated
1/59
Pictures taken by Christian
undated
2/1
The Piegan Indians
undated
2/2
Population at Cantonment on
undated
2/3
Porcupine, Cheyenne Indian
undated
2/4
Prairie Chicken
1936
2/5
The Killing of James Pym
undated
2/6
Rain-in-the-Face Comes in
undated
2/7
Teton Jack
undated
2/8
Theodore Roosevelt
undated
2/9
Colonel H.C. Thompson
1937
2/10
Tobacco Jack
undated
2/11
Search for Hostiles in North
undated
2/12
Sitting Bull Sustains Second
undated
2/13
The Pursuit of Sitting Bull
1937
2/14
The Son of Ot-Se-Ah-Ma
undated
2/15
Surrender, or Fight
1937
2/16
Transporting War Materials
1937
2/17
Wake O'Hare, Vigilante
undated
2/18
The Wealthy Crows
1937
2/19
Little Whirlwind
1937
2/20
White Bull, Orator
2/21
Disappearance of Private Charles H. White
undated
2/22
Parts of Writings
undated

Series III:  Research Files , 1876-1948Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

The series consists of subject files that Grill used in researching his articles. Many of the files deal with Native Americans and the armies that pursued them in the late 19th century, such as General George Custer. Other topics that interested Grill dealt with Montana, with special attention to Miles City and surrounding areas. Grill researched other authors and their topics to help him in his articles. Grill also relied on original documents, such as a menu from an officers dinner at Fort Keogh in 1881, and documents from the United States War Department in 1876 for information on containment on the Tongue River.

The series is arranged alphabetically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/23
Mary Stuart Abbott
undated
2/24
"Thar's Gold in th' Hills," Kathleen Berry
undated
2/25
Poetry, John H. Bohling, Fort Keogh
1881
2/26
Menu at Fort Keogh
1881
2/27
"The Siege of Fort Dilts," Virgil Carroll
undated
2/28
Samuel Charger
1939
2/29
Correspondence from Tongue River
1898-1903
2/30
Correspondence from Tongue River
1903-1909
2/31
Cole's Long March
undated
2/32
Cowboy Terms/Cattle Brands
undated
2/33
"Herman, Frank," Leslie A. Cox
undated
2/34
"The Death of Custer," Mary L. Huir Collin, P.C. Reyth
undated
2/35
Custer's Battle Ground
undated
2/36
T.C. Elliott
1931, undated
2/37
Endurance Ride, June 18
1948
2/38
Endurance Ride, Map (oversized box-1)
June 18, 1948
2/39
Eulogy, G.S. Gupton
undated
2/40
"The New Stuward Loop Loco Mobile," Bill Hickcox
undated
2/41
"As I Saw Miles City," Russell Holt
undated
2/42
"Isle of Dreams," Local Poetess
undated
3/1
United States Subsitence Department, Fort Keogh, June 1
1883
3/2
General King Defends Buffalo Bill
3/3
"On the Ranch at Kinsey," Granddady Longlegs
1924
3/4
"H.L. Knight," C.O. Marcyes
undated
3/5
Grant P. Marsh
undated
3/6
Ernest McCollum, Ingomar, Montana
undated
3/7
"Cowboy Anne," Frank McManigal
undated
3/8
"Battle Butte," Col. Miles
undated
3/9
Miles City, Montana State Guide
undated
3/10
Poetry, Edward Murray
undated
3/11
"Wagon Trails to the West," National Republic
1932
3/12
Northern Pacific Railway-First Across State
undated
3/13
W.H. Peters
undated
3/14
A Black Sheep with a White Fleece," Philson
undated
3/15
Poetry
undated
3/16
Powder River Expedition of 1865
1928
3/17
Prescriptions, Miss MacKenzie
1940
3/18
"Proposed Range Riders Museum"
3/19
Rowland Willis
undated
3/20
Sheep herders Monuments
undated
3/21
Poetry, Bessie T. Smith
undated
3/22
"Cambria, Ghost Town," Thomas Edwin Smith
undated
3/23
To the Veterans of the Spanish American War
undated
3/24
Suggested Projects upon which Relief Funds may be Beneficially Expended
undated
3/25
John Gibbon," Edwin Swergal
undated
3/26
Telephone office
undated
3/27
They Shall Not Pass," undated
3/28
Eulogy, Col. H.C. Thompson
1936
3/29
Notes for Tourist Information Classes
undated
3/30
United States vs. Telokite
undated
3/31
United States War Department, Containment in the Tongue River
1876
3/32
W.N.R.
undated
3/33
Rufus Wallowing
undated
3/34
Alvin Warrior
undated
3/35
Whitman National Monument/St. Mary's Mission
undated

Series IV:  Clippings , ca. 1910-1953Return to Top

1.5 linear feet

The series is divided into two sub-series, Personal Clippings and Research Clippings. Most of the articles written by Grill are historical portraits of Native Americans, Army officers, and prominent figures from Montana. The research clippings contain the same topics as his personal articles.

The series is arranged alphabetically within two sub-series.
Container(s) Description Dates
Personal Clippings
Box/Folder
4/1
Abraham Wiley, Yellowstone Park
undated
4/2
General
undated
4/3
General
undated
4/4
General
undated
4/5
General
undated
4/6
General
undated
4/7
Bill Nye General
undated
4/8
Our Indian Question
undated
4.9/Willis Rowland
undated
5/1
Scrapbook
1950
5/2
Scrapbook
1951
Research Clippings
Box/Folder
6/1
After 40 Days in the Trenches at Caloocan, P.I.
undated
6/2
W.H. Banfill
undated
6/3
Jim Bridger
undated
6/4
The Cattle Industry
1919, undated
6/5
Circle, Montana, MaCone County Brief History
undated
6/6
Grace Stone Coats
undated
6/7
"Sign Talk," Dan Conway
undated
6/8
Miles City Courier
1896
6/9
Floyd A. "Cranny" Cranston
undated
6/10
"Life with Father," Jos Culbertson
undated
6/11
Custer
undated
6/12
Elks
undated
6/13
Elno
undated
6/14
General Scrapbook
undated
6/15
General
undated
6/16
General King Defends Buffalo Bill
undated
6/17
"Vigilante Days," Albert J. Gulan
undated
6/18
"Verendrye," David Hilger
undated
6/19
David Hilger
undated
6/20
"God's Test to Manhood," Dr. J.D. Hughes
undated
6/21
Indians
1938
6/22
"Porcupine, Cheyenne," Dr. Thomas B. Marguis
undated
6/23
Mary Abbott Matejeek
1955
6/24
Nelson A. Miles
undated
6/25
Montana Items
undated
6/26
Col. Joe Montgomery
1969
6/27
D.J. O'Malley
undated
6/28
Albert J. Partoll
undated
6/29
Mrs. M.E. Plassman
undated
6/30
"A Perilous Ride," William H. Randall
undated
6/31
Range Riders
1939
6/32
Gladys Robinson
undated
6/33
Jo Scanlan Obituary
1939
6/34
A.L. Stone, Dean of Journalism, Montana State University
6/35
Glendolin Damon Wagner
undated
6/36
Alvin Warrior, Assiniboine Sun Dance
undated
6/37
Elmo Scott Watson, Honoring "the Indian Napoleon," undated
6/38
"Big Nose George," A.K. Yerkes
undated

Series V:  Photographs , 1884-1977Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series consists of materials collected and produced by Grill, many in association with the newspaper. It includes several photos of small Montana towns, including Mildred, Ismay, Rosebud, Ekalaka, Broadus, that were taken in 1936. There are also photos of pioneer sites in Montana and notable early residents, including an undated photo of the dedication of a gold discovery monument that depicts E. S. Paxson, Tom McTague, Frank D. Brown, Granville Stuart, Robert Sutherlin. There are also photos of Grill and of family members. Two folders of photos are unidentified.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Dr. McKenzie
1953
1/2
Louis "Montana Lou" Grill
1/3
Sheepherders Monument, Pearl Dannie
1933
1/4
Fort Dilt grave markers
undated
1/5
Mary Stuart Abbott and Teddy Blue Abbott
undated
1/6
Dr. McKenzie at Fort McGinnis
1971
1/7
Louis and Mrs. Grill and friends, Fort Benton
ca. 1940s
1/8
By Montana Lou Grill
undated
1/9
Couer d'Alene Mission
undated
1/10
Whitman Mission
1959
1/11
Miles City, Star Silver Anniversary Edition
1936
1/12
Mildred, Montana
1936
1/13
Ismay, Montana
1936
1/14
Rosebud, Montana
1936
1/15
Ekalaka, Montana
1936
1/16
Broadus, Montana
1936
1/17
Baker, Montana
1936
1/18
Jack Hawkins and friend
undated
1/19
Harvey Fischer
undated
1/20
Happy New Year
1897
1/21
Pioneers at Dedication of Gold Discovery Monument. Left to right: E.S. Paxson, Tom McTague, Frank D. Brown, Granville Stuart, Robert Sutherlin
undated
1/22
E.H. Skew Johnson, Miles City's first mayer
1887
1/23
White Moon and friend (took part in Custer battle)
undated
1/24
Geo. K. and Miles City parade
1926
1/25
Pictures taken in North Dakota, Nyna's Aunt Belle
undated
1/26
Father Ravalli, prescription
undated
1/27
First ball team to arrive, Maiden, Montana
1884
1/28
Fire engine and squad
ca. 1910
1/29
Round the World Army fliers
19224
1/30
Businessmen of Miles City, Montana
1911
1/31
Cheyenne Indian Agency
undated
1/32
Miles City, Montana, main street
1953
1/33
Old Time Buffalo hunters
undated
1/34
Lou and friends
undated
1/35
Postcards of Montana
undated
1/36
Photos from Mrs. McDowell: Chic Ramey, Mr. Johnson, Mr. McAmys, Fred Milzfeldt (1899), Mr. Rhode of the Old 5th Infantry.
1/37
Miscellaneous
1/38
Miscellaneous

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Montana
  • Indians of North America--Montana--Biography
  • Indians of North America--Montana--History
  • Indians of North America--Montana--Photographs
  • Pioneers--Montana--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Army
  • United States. Army--Officers--Biography
  • Geographical Names :
  • Broadus (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Ekalaka (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Ismay (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Mildred (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Miles City (Mont.)--History
  • Miles City (Mont.)--Newspapers
  • Montana--Biography
  • Montana--History
  • Montana--History, Military
  • Rosebud (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Photographs--Montana
  • Poems
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Daily star (Miles City, Mont.)