Malphus A. Switzer Reminiscence, 1944  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Switzer, M. A. (Malphus A.), 1848-1947
Title
Malphus A. Switzer Reminiscence
Dates
1944 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 item
Collection Number
Collection 0075, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Malphus A. Switzer Reminiscence recalls the trip the Switzer family made from Michigan City, Indiana to Iowa in 1854, and then describes another trip, made in 1865, from Victor, Iowa to Virginia City, Montana Territory.
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

Malphus A. Switzer was born in Indiana on August 31, 1848, the son of Traver Branham and Susanah Walter Switzer. In 1865 the Switzer family traveled to Virginia City, Montana and established a ranching operation in the Ennis, Madison County, area. Switzer eventually took over the ranching operation and also operated a store in Jeffers starting in 1903. He died on February 1, 1947.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Switzer reminiscence, apparently dictated to his daughter, recalls the trip the Switzer family made from Michigan City, Indiana to Iowa in 1854, and then describes another trip, made in 1865, from Victor, Iowa to Virginia City, Montana Territory. On the latter journey, the family's route took them through Fort Laramie and Platte Bridge Station, Wyoming. Switzer recalls arriving at the later place just as the battle of July 26, 1865 occurred. The reminiscence describes other incidents along the trail involving Indian encounters and their results. The narrative ends with the arrival of the Switzer family at Alder Gulch on October 1, 1865.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Wyoming
  • Indians of North America-Wars-Wyoming
  • Overland journeys to Montana-Personal narratives
  • Pioneers-Montana-Biography
  • Platte Bridge, Battle of, Wyo., 1865-Personal narratives
  • Family Names :
  • Swisher family
  • Switzer, M. A.-(Malphus A.),-1848-1947-Family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Fort Laramie (Wyo. : Fort)
  • Great Plains-Description and travel
  • Michigan City (Ind.)
  • Montana-History-19th century
  • Victor (Iowa)
  • Virginia City (Mont.)
  • Wyoming-History-19th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Reminiscences