Jeffers Family Collection, 1868-1975  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Jeffers family
Title
Jeffers Family Collection
Dates
1868-1975
Quantity
.6 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 1137, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Jeffers Family Collection includes transcriptions or photocopies of diaries, ledgers, correspondence, interviews, historical essays and reminiscences related to the Jeffers, Ennis and Chowning families of Madison County, Montana. Of particular interest for livestock and grazing history are the nomination documents and associated materials for Myron Jeffers membership in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, including a transcript of his 1871 cattle drive diary. Also contributing to this area of interest are the record books of Charles W. Chowning of the Montana Cattle Company. The balance of the collection includes: a history of the Madison Valley Women's Club; papers of the Fairweather Pioneer Society of Madison County with minutes, financial records and membership roles and several histories; some financial records and clippings about the Trinity Episcopal Church, Jeffers MT and Trinity Guild; and a ledger of the Ennis Storage and Freighting has been transcribed. A scrapbook of clippings of articles on Montana history and one typed article by Judge Lew L. Callaway written in 1923-34 and a booklet of a news series in the Butte Miner by Frank D. (Sand Bar) Brown in 1927 collected by Winifred Jeffers are present. There are also five photographs and negatives of family members.
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

Myron D. Jeffers was born in Hadley, New York in 1833. When he was 21 he headed west and after several endeavors in 1864 he began freighting merchandise from Corrine, Utah to Virginia City, MT. In 1869 he purchased cattle in Texas and drove the herd to Virginia City for sale. On a third trip in 1871, instead of selling the herd, he kept it and established a ranch near Ennis, MT. where the community of Jeffers was later established. In 1872 his younger brother Joshua Burton "Burt" Jeffers joined him and they formed a partnership which lasted until 1880. Later, they were major members of a cattle pool which grazed its herd near Park City, Montana on the Yellowstone River. The winter of 1886-1887 caused major loses and by 1893 the pool was dissolved and the herd was sold. Myron married Florence Switzer in 1878 and Burt married her sister Suzie Switzer in 1880. The girls had crossed from Iowa to the Madison Valley with their parents as children. Myron and Florence had 5 sons including Paul born in 1882 and Fayette "Fay" born in 1885. Burt and Suzie had a son Lawrence in 1889. "Fay" Jeffers and Winifred Chowning were married in 1918. Winifred was the daughter of Charles W. Chowning and Jennie Winifred Ennis Chowning of Ennis and the granddaughter of William Ennis the founder of Ennis, MT. William Ennis had a general store in Ennis until his death in 1898. With his death, C.W. Chowning and Jennie returned to Ennis to run the general store she inherited from her father. Paul Love was one of the clerks at the store and his memories of Ennis and musical events are in the collection. Mrs. Fay (Winifred Chowning) Jeffers was the principle collector of family and neighborhood history. Her mother Jennie and she were both Post Mistresses in Ennis and involved in the Trinity Church and its women's Guild, Madison Valley Woman's Club and the Fairweather Pioneer Society.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes transcriptions or photocopies of diaries, ledgers, correspondence, interviews, historical essays and reminiscences related to the Jeffers, Ennis and Chowning families of Madison County, Montana. Of particular interest for livestock and grazing history are the nomination documents and associated materials for Myron Jeffers membership in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, including a transcript of his 1871 cattle drive diary. Also contributing to this area of interest are the record books of Charles W. Chowning of the Montana Cattle Company. The balance of the collection includes: a history of the Madison Valley Women's Club; papers of the Fairweather Pioneer Society of Madison County with minutes, financial records and membership rolls and several histories; some financial records and clippings about the Trinity Episcopal Church, Jeffers MT and Trinity Guild; and a ledger of the Ennis Storage and Freighting has been transcribed. A scrapbook of clippings of articles on Montana history and one typed article by Judge Lew L. Callaway written in 1923-1934 and a booklet of a news series in the Butte Miner by Frank D. (Sand Bar) Brown in 1927 collected by Winifred Jeffers are present. There are also five photographs and negatives of family members.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Typescript of diary, Myron D. Jeffers' cattle drive 1871
1/2 Typescripts of Myron D. Jeffers correspondence 1871-1893
1/3 Photocopies of 2 letters to Myron D. Jeffers 1871, 1883
1/4 Nomination of Myron D. Jeffers to Cowboy Hall of Fame and photocopy of certificate 1961
1/5 Transcript of taped interview with Paul Jeffers about his father Myron D. Jeffers 1964
1/6 Typescripts of reminiscences of Susie L. Switzer Jeffers and a hand drawn map circa 1935
1/7 Photocopied correspondence of Jeffers family members 1871, 1879, 1897, 1900
1/8 Typed reminiscences of Katherine Ennis 1930
1/9 Transcribed entries of ledger book of William Ennis Storage and Freighting, Ft. Benton 1869-1877
1/10 Photocopied and original newspaper clippings about Ennis and Jeffers families 1931-1971
1/11 Photocopies of four pocket record books of C.W. Chowning, manager for the Montana Cattle Co. 1889, 1890, 1892
1/12 Audio tape - interviews of Mrs. Fay (Winifred Chowning) Jeffers and Paul Love 1975
1/13 Transcription: interviews of Mrs. Fay (Winifred Chowning) Jeffers and Paul Love 1975
1/14 Jennie Chowning- family history and historical essays on Madison County and Montana 1915-1951
1/15 Receipts and financial materials of Trinity Guild of the Trinity Church, Jeffers, MT 1915-1927
1/16 Histories of Trinity Mission Church, Jeffers MT and Trinity Guild 1879-1950
1/17 Newspaper clippings and newsletter articles about Trinity Guild and noted members 1941-1952
1/18 "History of the Madison Valley Woman's Club, 1920-1964" Pauline E. Clark and Jo Jeffers 1964
1/19 Journal - Fairweather Pioneer Society of Madison County: constitution, bylaws, minutes 1940-1951
1/20 Fairweather Pioneer Society membership cards, dues paid by members, correspondence 1940-1951
1/21 Photographs:1- aandb,2) Myron D. Jeffers;3) Katherine Ennis;4) Jennie Chowning and Susy Jeffers;5) Trinity Guild members at 60th anniversary meeting and all negatives (1-5)
2/1 Scrapbook - newspaper clippings of Judge Lew L. Callaway's Madison County articles 1923-1934
2/2 Typescript of "March 7, 1977" by Lew L. Callaway circa 1929
2/3 Butte Miner series "The Wolfers of the Yellowstone" by Frank D. (Sand Bar) Brown 1927

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cattle drives-United States
  • Cattle trade-Montana
  • Episcopalian women-Montana-Jeffers-Societies and clubs
  • Freight and freightage-Montana
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Madison County-Societies, etc
  • Ranchers-Montana-Madison County-Diaries
  • Ranching-Montana-Madison County
  • Women in church work-Montana-Jeffers
  • Women-Montana-Madison County-Societies and clubs
  • Women-Montana-Madison County-Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Jeffers, Myron D., 1833-1900
  • Jeffers, Paul, 1882-1971-Interviews
  • Jeffers, Winifred Chowning, 1895-1990-Interviews
  • Love, Paul, 1906-1984-Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Episcopal Church-Montana-Jeffers
  • Fairweather Pioneer Society-Archives
  • Madison Valley Women's Club-History
  • National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center
  • Family Names :
  • Chewning family
  • Chowning family
  • Ennis family
  • Jeffers family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Ennis (Mont.)-History
  • Jeffers (Mont.)-Religious life and customs
  • Madison County (Mont.)-History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records-Montana
  • Diaries
  • Essays
  • Family papers-Montana-Madison County
  • Interviews-Montana-Madison County
  • Photographs
  • Reminiscences-Montana-Madison County
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Brown, Frank D. (Frank Dean), 1845-1931 (creator)
    • Callaway, Llewellyn Link, 1868-1951 (creator)
    • Chowning, Charles W., 1860-1934 (creator)
    • Chowning, Jennie, 1863-1951 (creator)
    • Ennis, Katherine, 1835-1931 (creator)
    • Jeffers, Myron D., 1833-1900 (creator)
    • Jeffers, Susie L. Switzer, b. 1859 (creator)
    • Jeffers, Winifred Chowning, 1895-1990 (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Fairweather Pioneer Society (creator)
    • Montana Cattle Company (creator)
    • Trinity Episcopal Church (Jeffers, Mont.) (creator)
    • Trinity Episcopal Church (Jeffers, Mont.)-Trinity Guild (creator)
    • William Ennis Storage and Freighting (creator)
    • Family Names :
    • Chowning family (creator)
    • Ennis family (creator)