Thomas Brothers Day Book, 1881-1889  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Thomas Brothers (Madison County, Mont.)
Title
Thomas Brothers Day Book
Dates
1881-1889
Quantity
1 volume
Collection Number
Collection 766, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Thomas Brothers Day Book contains financial entries from August 21, 1881 to January 11, 1889. The transactions, listed chronologically, document purchases by the brothers from merchants in Sheridan, Virginia City, and Butte, Montana, and also show sales income from items the brothers sold to others, such as hay, produce, and lumber. Other information recorded in the day book are the names of employees retained by the brothers, stud service fees for livestock, and tax payments. The ethnicity and work habits of the Thomas brothers employees is sometimes recorded as well.
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

William, Evan, and Ellis Thomas were born in Wales and settled in the Ruby Valley area of Madison County, Montana sometime prior to 1880. Their ranching and farm operation was located near the town of Sheridan, Montana, and may have included a commercial sawmill. The brothers apparently operated the ranch together as a partnership, and there is no indication that any of them ever married.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Thomas brothers day book contains financial entries from August 21, 1881 to January 11, 1889. The transactions, listed chronologically, document purchases by the brothers from merchants in Sheridan, Virginia City, and Butte, Montana, and also show sales income from items the brothers sold to others, such as hay, produce, and lumber. Other information recorded in the day book are the names of employees retained by the brothers, stud service fees for livestock, and tax payments. The ethnicity and work habits of the Thomas brothers employees is sometimes recorded as well. Among the frequently posted names of Madison County, Montana, business firms are Fred Schultz (hotel owner), R. P. Bateman (general mercantile), Hall and Hardesty or Hall and Rossiter (general mercantile), Gilbert Freighters, and the Pomona Cooperative Exchange.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Agriculture-Montana-Madison County
  • Business enterprises-Montana-Madison County
  • Ranching-Montana-Madison County
  • Welsh Americans-Montana-Madison County
  • Family Names :
  • Thomas family
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records-Montana-Madison County
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Thomas, Ellis, b. 1849 (creator)
    • Thomas, Evan E., b. 1847 (creator)
    • Thomas, William E., b. 1840 (creator)