Duncan-Packer Family Papers, circa 1900-1948  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Duncan, Troy Wallace, 1881-1948
Title
Duncan-Packer Family Papers
Dates
circa 1900-1948
Quantity
.4 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 0860, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
Primarily business records, letters, receipts, gas and oil leases, and other legal documents created or collected by the Troy Duncan or Erwin Packer families. Subjects include homesteading, Liberty county and communities therein, oil and gas exploration and leasing, and sheep and cattle ranching.
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

Troy Wallace Duncan was born in Missouri on October 22, 1881 and arrived in northern Montana after 1900. He received his mail at Hill Post Office just south of the Sweet Grass Hills. He worked for Laird Brothers as a camp tender for their sheep herders and his first day book gives entries for personal supplies he bought for the people along the route he traveled to the camps. Duncan married Helen Keith, a daughter of Ina R. Keith, the post mistress at the Alma Post office located in the Alma Cash Store east of the Sweet Grass Hills. Ina Keith was Scotch and had worked as a stewardess on an ocean liner between Liverpool and Cape Town. Her husband Jack left Scotland for the United States sometime before 1900 and drove a herd of cattle to Montana. That year he sent for his wife and in 1903 Helen and her sister joined their parents in Montana. Troy Duncan died on November 3, 1948.

Erwin M. Packer came to Sage Montana from Iowa in 1897 as a ranch hand. He established a homestead claim in 1908 and two years later worked as a locator for other would-be homesteaders. Packer raised and trained work horses on the homestead.

Wilhelm and Matilda Suckow came to the Dakotas from Germany prior to 1884. In that year Wilhelm became a missionary and had extended absences from home thereafter. When the adult Suckow children arrived in Montana, they located their homestead claims with a common corner where they could live adjacent to one another. Martha Suckow married Erwin M. Packer. Their daughter, Dorothy, married John Wallace Duncan in 1946. John was the son of Troy and Helen Duncan.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Primarily business records, letters, receipts, gas and oil leases, and other legal documents created or collected by the Troy Duncan or Erwin Packer families. Subjects include homesteading, Liberty county and communities therein, oil and gas exploration and leasing, and sheep and cattle ranching. Minnie Paugh, the Special Collections Librarian in 1970, borrowed original family documents from Dorothy Packer Duncan and had them photocopied, and original photographs were used for the production of copy negatives. After she returned the documents, Paugh arranged them in folders that had no apparent sorting order other than family origin. The folders were then given a near complete item level listing. This order has been maintained and the folder contents below are listed as they were prepared by Paugh.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Packer Family Accountt Book, circa 1912, circa 1913Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/1

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/1
Packer
(Suckow Four Corners of homesteads adjoined)
Alfred's entries
Four Corners
(Cora, Martha and Alfred) Ruben’s household was separate
Mable’s personal account
Martha’s personal account
Rubin's personal account

Erwin M. PackerReturn to Top

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Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/2
Gildford Mercantile Company accounts
(2 items)
1909-1910
Andersch Brothers dealers in hides and furs
1913
Thos. O'Hanlon Company, Chinook, machine parts letter
1914
Fargo Seed House
(seed orders)
1911
Letter about an order from Sears, Roebuck and Company
1914

Erwin M. PackerReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/3

(Sage, Montana)

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/3
Letter for the family
round robin letter telling of the winter of 1912
1912
Letter from Chester Trading Company
1914
Bill from Great Northern
1913
Deposits Security State Bank, Havre
1908
Annual Report Security State Bank of Havre
1909
A.W. Sims offered work to E.M. Packer
(Oldham, Montana)
1908
Purchase of hay by F.A. Fifer
(Oldham, Montana)
December 1907
Letters from Elmer Skinner at Laird, Montana
1908
Letter from Mrs. Chas. Skinner trying to locate work as a cook
1909

Erwin M. PackerReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/4

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/4
Authorization from T.P. Strode to skin out dead cattle
(bad winter)
1907
Authorization from C. R. Keller to skin out dead cattle
(bad winter)
1907
Strands Nursery
(tree order)
1913
3 letters and 2 envelopes from First Bank of Chester
also notes
1911
Checks from First Bank of Chester
Deposit slips Security State Bank of Havre
Letter to locate a homesteader by E.M. Packer
Order to Piper Lumber Company of Joplin for supplies used as Hill County Road Supervisor
Letter from A.J. Jordan, Columbia Falls about lumber for church pews north of Rudyard
E.M. Packer's letter from Sage, Montana, to locate the owner of a brand
Alma is designated as a post office

Erwin M. PackerReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/5

Container(s) Description
box-folder
1/5
Episode in his life in the writing of Martha Suckow Packer

Erwin M. PackerReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/6

(Homestead Locator)

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/6
Order to David C. Cook Publishing Company for Sunday school supplies
1913
Hy Christansen payment of Packer bill at Gildford mercantile
1909
Letter to Packer from Conrad Schimopf about the theft of a horse
1910
Letter from H.L. Larson about a filing receipt on a homestead
1910

Wilhelm SuckowReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/7

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/7
Letter in German from Wilhelm to wife Matilda
February 1884
Account in Martha Suckow Packer’s handwriting about Wilhelm Suckow’s life
Letter from Wm. Suckow
Letter from Cora
1917

Troy DuncanReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/8

Container(s) Description
box-folder
1/8
Daybook kept while he was a camp tender for Laird Brothers
It shows the prices of supplies he bought for the people who lived along his route. The entry of September 1906 lists his assets and those of L.M. Sargent when they started their partnership venture raising sheep.

Alma Post OfficeReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/9

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/9
Register of Advances received on domestic money orders
1912-1924

Troy DuncanReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/10

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/10
Letter from J.B. Newman of Shelby
about the sale of sheep
October 4, 1934
Letter from a O.E. Lehmes about purchase of feeder cattle
1934
Birth and history of the Kevin oil field by Gordon Campbell
circa 1924
Brochures of the Gordon Campbell Kevin Syndicate
Annual Reports 1926 and 1927
1921
Oil and Gas Lease
signed by Troy and Helen Duncan with F.T. Ferdig (form is incomplete), other leases for 1930
1926

Troy DuncanReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/11

Container(s) Description
box-folder
1/11
Personal account book of Troy Duncan.
The township plats were for his work as a locator, 1912-1914.

Troy DuncanReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/12

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/12
Seed Liens
1922
Letter from A. Ladenburg
1928
Papers from the Sinclair Holding Company, specializing in Montana Loans
papers locate and give the financial status of homesteads owned by Lynhague, Kreighbaum, Lattimer
Loan from the NY Life Insurance Company
1932
Tax Assessment
Liberty County against John Duncan of Alma for sheep
1925
Oil and Gas Lease Troy Duncan to J.P. Hanson
(incomplete)
1914
Troy Duncan
Credit slip giving prices
1933
Credit slips Chester Trading Company
1937
Ina Keith obituary in the Liberty Company Newspaper
1944

2 letters from the Investor's Service Corporation about the Barzie and Maddock Leases for which he could not pay, 1928Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/13

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/13
Peoples Oil Company articles of incorporation
1930
LMR Oil Company of Shelby
1928
S.J. Res. 20 766 Congress
1st Sec. 1934 with a letter from Burton K. Wheeler concerning legislation to cancel seed loans for crop yields of less than 5 bu an acre
Troy Duncan first mortgage by Johnson Van Sant Company of Minneapolis
1912
Troy W. Duncan in acct. with Alma Cash Store
1915-1916

Troy DuncanReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/14

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/14
Handwritten contract lease between Troy Duncan and Karl Rund
Drilling well map of the Sweet Grass and Liberty Counties, Montana
circa 1928
Last will and testament of Troy Wallace Duncan and Helen Rose Duncan, Alma Post Office, Montana
November 28, 1933
Information for prospective homesteaders
March 3, 1932
Letter to Thomas F. Corbally to try to acquire oil rights under the stock-raising homestead law
1936

Copy photographic negativesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/15

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/15
#1. Suckow Family
#2. Alma Cash Store showing Mrs. Laird (mail carrier) Ina Keith, Helen Duncan, Tom and Troy Duncan
#3. Same as above from different view
#4. Mr. Keith and his stone boat to haul water—granddaughter at Alma
#5. E.M. Packer hauling wheat to Inverness
#6. E.M. Packer and Izra Suckow snubbing a horse
#7. N. Rudyard Evangelical Church
#8. N. Rudyard Evangelical Church
#9. Suckow family Christmas
#10. Hart-Parr Tractor used by Mr. Suckow for custom threshing and ground breaking, binding and plowing being done in one operation
#11. Hart-Parr Tractor
#12. Swimming picture—Sage Creek near Packer's Ranch
1930
#13. Rome Farm home of Keith's in Scotland
#14. Jack Keith on horseback
#15. Keith home at Alma with little wash house
#16. Jack and Alma Keith in buggy, Helen Duncan on horse at Keith house
#17. Wedding picture - Troy and Helen Duncan
#18. Troy Duncan's sheep in Jack Keith's shed at Alma
#19. Successful winter wheat crop
about 1938
#20. Lexington car Troy Duncan bought when he sold his sheep
#21. Hay stack at Browning
#22. E.M. Packer pictures—Horse ranch homestead
#23. E.M. Packer pictures—Horse ranch homestead
#24. E.M. Packer pictures—Horse ranch homestead
#25. E.M. Packer pictures—Horse ranch homestead
#26. E.M. Packer pictures—Horse ranch homestead
#27. E.M. Packer pictures—Horse ranch homestead

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Liberty County
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting
  • Ranching -- Montana
  • Sheep farming -- Montana
  • Personal Names :
  • Duncan, Troy W.
  • Packer, Erwin M.
  • Family Names :
  • Duncan family -- Archives
  • Packer family -- Archives
  • Suckow family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana -- History -- 20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records
  • Correspondenc
  • Daybooks
  • Family papers
  • Legal documents