Strode Family Papers, 1896-1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Strode family
Title
Strode Family Papers
Dates
1896-1969
Quantity
1.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 932, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Stone Family Papers consists of : family papers, manuscripts, Stirrup Ranch records, and legal documents collected or created by Eva I. Melvin. The contents of these materials pertain to Thomas P. Strode, Eva I. Melvin, the Stirrup Ranch, Whitlash, Montana, homesteading, and ranch and country living in Montana after the turn to the 20th century.
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

Eva I. Strode Melvin, born in Havre, Montana on September 20, 1896 to Thomas P. and Edla Julia Johnson Strode. She was raised on the Stirrup Ranch near Whitlash, Montana. She married Fred O. Melvin, and resided in Great Falls, Montana raising one child, George. Eva's father, Thomas P. Strode (1862--1943) was born in Louisburg, Mason County, Kentucky. He headed west after the age of 15, did various jobs until he settled in the Upper Sun Valley to raising horses. In late 1887, he moved his livestock to the Sweet Grass Hills region. Strode settled on Sage Creek and later on Bear Gulch, establishing the Stirrup Ranch.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection is organized into four series: Literary Productions, Maps and Charts, Legal Documents, and Financial Documents. The contents of these materials pertain to Thomas P. Strode, Eva I. Melvin, the Stirrup Ranch, Whitlash, Montana, homesteading, and ranch and country living in Montana after the turn to the 20th century.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Literary ProductionsReturn to Top

Manuscripts and essays pertaining to life in the Sweet Grass Hills and the north central region of Montana. All items are written by Eva Strode Melvin, expect letters in Box 1, Folder 27. Topics covered by the essays include family members' histories, nursing, automobiles, ranch life, and murder and death on the prairie. Box 1, Folder 26 includes photocopies of clippings from the Shelby Promoter. These newspaper articles cover a wide range of topics such as but not limited to: homesteading, crime, George Jackson, Harrison C. Moore, and Long George Francis.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Thomas P. Strode biography and family history
1/2
Strode genealogy
1/3
Edla Julia Johnson Strode biography and family history
1/4
Eva I. Strode Melvin's autobiography and opinions of the
1920s
1/5
Eva I. Strode Melvin's autobiography and opinions of the
1930s
1/6
Nursing and medical ethics
1918-1921
1/7
Murder of Mrs. Annie (Mary) Armstrong and Joe Morgan
1/8
Life around Hill, Montana
1/9
Automobiles and Montana living
1/10
Christmas celebrations
1/11
One day in Eva's life
1904 April 16
1/12
Ranch chores
1/13
Dances and romances
1/14
Tail flies: truisms of modern thinking
1/15
The West
1/16
Politics of the
1970s
1/17
Family and homes
1/18
The First Commandments
1/19
The wise learn young, fools too late
1/20
Thanksgiving and dark fruit cake
1/21
Old crimes and hanky-panky
1/22
Inauguration Day
1969
1/23
Church-State relations
1/24
Forgotten man
1/25
Harrison C. Moore
1/26
Shelby Promotor newspaper articles
1969
1/27
Correspondence between various members of the Strode family and associates

Series 2:  Maps and ChartsReturn to Top

Maps of the property owned by the Strode family members and Harrison C. Moore. Oversize materials are in Box 5, Folder 1. Folders from which oversize materials have been removed are marked with an asterisk (*).

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
2/1
Stirrup Ranch map by township and range, and Harrison C. Moore's ranch map*

Series 3:  Legal DocumentsReturn to Top

Deeds, wills, and other legal documents related to Thomas P. Strode, other Strode family members, and Strode's friends and associates. Also contained here are various legal documents related to the operation of the Stirrup Ranch, including water rights and grazing leases. Oversize materials are in Box 5, Folder 2. Folders from which oversize materials have been removed are marked with an asterisk (*).

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/2
Thomas P. Strode's will and court petitions related to the estate
2/3
Whitlash, Montana incorporation and related papers
2/4
Various legal documents of Strode family members and friends
2/5
Land deeds and desert claims transferred to or from T.P. Strode and/or his wife
1904-1915
2/6
Land deeds and desert claims transferred to or from T.P. Strode and/or his wife
1916-1919
2/7
Land deeds and desert claims transferred to or from T.P. Strode and/or his wife
1920-1938
2/8
Land deeds and desert claims transferred to or from T.P. Strode and/or his wife
1939-1941
2/9
Oil and gas leases for property owned by T.P. Strode and correspondence related to the leases
1917-1926
2/10
Oil and gas leases for property owned by T.P. Strode and correspondence related to the leases
1927-1932
2/11
Deeds for railroad land purchased by T.P. Strode
2/12
Water rights' documents
1899-1906
2/13
Grazing leases and fees paid

Series 4:  Financial DocumentsReturn to Top

Ledgers, bank statements, loans, bills, receipts, and correspondence related to Thomas P. Strode, his estate, and the Stirrup Ranch. The ranch financial documents include official breed pedigrees, bills of sale, and registered brands. There is a tally book used for a shopping list in Box 3, Folder 1; a ledger for the Stirrup Ranch covering 1899-1939 in Box 3, Folder 2; and cattle bills of sale from 1906-1943 in Box 3, Folders 5-8. Oversize materials are in Box 5, Folder 3. Folders from which oversize materials have been removed are marked with an asterisk (*).

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/14
T.P. Strode Estate financial materials
1943
2/15
T.P. Strode Estate financial materials
1944
2/16
T.P. Strode Estate financial materials
1945
2/17
T.P. Strode Estate financial materials
1946-1947
2/18
Federal tax returns and related correspondence
1926-1943
2/19
Montana tax returns and related correspondence
2/20
Property tax bill, Liberty County, Montana
1935; 1936; 1939
2/21
Property tax bill, Liberty County, Montana
1940-1941
3/1
Miscellaneous financial papers of T.P. Strode
1913-1943
3/2
Ledger
1899-1939
3/3
Brand and mark registrations
1904-1943
3/4
Horse bills of sale, livestock pedigrees, and feeding livestock correspondence*
3/5
Cattle bills of sale, receipts, and related correspondence
1906; 1909
3/6
Cattle bills of sale, receipts, and related correspondence
1915-1926
3/7
Cattle bills of sale, receipts, and related correspondence
1931-1939
3/8
Cattle bills of sale, receipts, and related correspondence
1940-1943
3/9
Mortgages, loans, notes, and payments
1901-1929 *
3/10
Mortgages, loans, notes, and payments
1930-1942
3/11
Windmills
3/12
Rangeland improvements
4/1
Bank statements
1923-1927
4/2
Bank statements
1928-1929
4/3
Bank statements
1930-1931
4/4
Bank statements
1932-1934
4/5
Bank statements
1935-1937
4/6
Bank statements
1938-1940
4/7
Bank statements, and check register
1941-1943
4/8
Canceled checks
1896-1942
5/1
Maps (Oversize)
5/2
Land deeds (Oversize)
5/3
Mortgage deed and livestock pedigrees (Oversize)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Liberty County
  • Ranches-Montana-Liberty County
  • Real property-Montana-Liberty County
  • Personal Names :
  • Moore, Harrison C.
  • Strode, Thomas P., 1862-1943-Estate
  • Family Names :
  • Stroud family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Stirrup Ranch (Mont.)
  • Sweet Grass Hills (Mont.)
  • Whitlash (Mont.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Estate records-Montana-Liberty County
  • Family papers-Montana-Liberty County
  • Maps-Montana-Liberty County
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Melvin, Eva I. Strode, b. 1896 (creator)
    • Strode, Thomas P., 1862-1943 (creator)