Ash Family Papers, circa 1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
McElfresh, Beth
Title
Ash Family Papers
Dates
circa 1971
Quantity
1 reel microfilm
Collection Number
Collection 0996, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Ash Family Papers consist of typed manuscripts created by Beth McElfresh and her sisters Joy and Jessie. They describe ranching experiences and life near Baker, Montana, along with memories of their father and mother, Frank and Mary Ash. Also included are a number of family photographs.
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


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Elisabeth "Beth" Ash McElfresh (1888-1982) was one of three daughters of Mary Hedgepeth Ash. Their stepfather, Frank L. Ash, moved the family to southwest North Dakota in 1902 where he operated a sheep ranch. Beth married Waitman Wiley "Scout" McElfresh in 1905, and served as a chuckwagon cook for cattle and sheep herds in Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas and the couple lived on a ranch near Baker Montana. When her husband died in 1948, Beth joined her sisters at her mother's home in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she published her Chuckwagon Cookbook (Denver: Sage Press, 1960). She, along with her sisters, Jessie Ash Shenenfelt and Joy Ash, wrote a number of reminiscences and newspaper articles regarding their family's history in North Dakota and eastern Montana around the turn of the nineteenth century.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The microfilmed Ash family papers consist of typed manuscripts created by Beth McElfresh and her sisters Joy and Jessie. They describe ranching experiences and life near Baker, Montana, along with memories of their father and mother, Frank and Mary Ash. Also included are a number of family photographs. Most of this material was subsequently published in O'Fallon Flashbacks (Baker, Montana: O'Fallon Historical Society, 1975), pp. 187-192.

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