Orchard Homes Country Life Club records, 1906-1994  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Orchard Homes Country Life Club (Missoula, Mont.)
Title
Orchard Homes Country Life Club records
Dates
1906-1994 (inclusive)
Quantity
8.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 801
Summary
The Orchard Homes Country Life Club in Missoula, Montana was founded in 1911 as a social outlet for residents and as an advocacy group for a better rural community. This collection consists of the club’s records that include financial ledgers and meeting minutes, as well as scrapbooks of activities and programs.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1900, Samuel Dinsmore and R.M. Cobbin purchased 640 acres of what is now the area near 3rd Street and Reserve Street in Missoula, Montana. They subdivided this area, known as Orchard Homes, into five to ten acre properties. Then they sold the properties for one hundred to three hundred dollars.

In 1906, volunteer labor using donated materials constructed a public building on land owned by W.H. Warren in the Orchard Homes area. Church services were held in the building from 1906-1910. The youth of Orchard Homes formed the Orchard Liberty Society to function as a form of entertainment. The Orchard Liberty Society’s meetings were held in an old log cabin owned by Edward Miller. This cabin was called the Onion House.

In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt was worried that rural life was at risk and formed the Commission on Country Life. This commission started the Country Life Movement which encouraged efforts to make country life more attractive. In 1910, religious services were no longer held at the public building erected in 1906. Also, the Onion House was now too small to hold the Liberty Society meetings. John P. Irving of the Liberty Society petitioned for the public building to become the new meeting house, and to join Roosevelt’s Country Life Movement.

In 1911, the Liberty Society was incorporated as the Orchard Homes Country Life Club with the purposes of providing a community center, mutual welfare, and a better rural environment for its members. The Club is divided into auxiliary groups: the Men’s Club, the Women’s Club, the Social Circle (no longer active), and the Junior Club. Each of these divisions took on various community improvement projects. For example, the Men’s Club started the volunteer fire department. The Women’s club was founded on January 17, 1912 to assist the club financially, socially, intellectually, and culturally. They participated in many charitable events and made appearances in the Montana Legislature advocating for Women’s Suffrage and other issues. The Social Circle was made up of women. They assisted the Orchard Homes Country Life Club in whatever ways were needed. Their duties included providing hostesses and meals for the Orchard Homes Country Life meetings, raising money for the club, assisting with the preparation of Market Day, sending cards and gifts to the club members that were ill, and putting on various dinners and luncheons. The Junior Club offered opportunities for the youth of Orchard Homes to get involved in community service projects. Through these many divisions, the Orchard Homes Country Life Club participated in a wide variety of community improvement projects. The club celebrated its centennial in 2011.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes financial records, meeting minutes, maps, scrapbooks, constitutions, and a few other miscellaneous documents. Materials relate to the Orchard Homes Country Life Club, Men’s Club, Social Circle, and Women’s Club business, and include organizational records, clippings and photos, and history. The bulk of the collection includes materials regarding the Orchard Homes Country Life Club and the Orchard Homes Country Life Women’s Club; materials regarding the Orchard Homes Country Life Men’s Club and Orchard Homes Country Life Social Circle are limited.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright transferred to The University of Montana

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Orchard Homes Country Life Club Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Orchard Homes Country Life Club, circa 1906-1994Return to Top

2.6 linear feet

This series contains records for the Orchard Homes Country Life Club including their constitution, financial records, meeting minutes, membership ledgers, and a promotional pamphlet.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-volume
1/Vol. 1
Cash Book
1920-1940
1/Vol. 2
History of Orchard Homes Life Club scrapbook
1906-1990
Box/Folder
13/1
Letter from the Spurgins Reminiscing about Orchard Homes
undated
13/2
List of purchases of Orchard Homes
undated
box-volume
1/Vol. 3
Market Day financial record
1959-1974
1/Vol. 4
Meeting minutes and membership list
1911-1915
1/Vol. 5
Meeting minutes
1915-1920
2/Vol. 6
Meeting minutes
1920-1930
2/Vol. 7
Meeting minutes
1930-1939
2/Vol. 8
Meeting minutes
1939-1945
3/Vol. 9
Meeting minutes
1945-1955
3/Vol. 10
Meeting minutes
1956-1964
3/Vol. 11
Meeting minutes
1964-1984
4/Vol. 12
Meeting minutes
1972-1981
4/Vol. 13
Meeting minutes
1981-1994
4/Vol. 14
Membership dues
1911-1915
4/Vol. 15
Membership dues
1915-1919
4/Vol. 16
Membership dues
1920-1931
5/Vol. 17
Membership dues
1927-1939
5/Vol. 18.
Membership dues
1931-1935
5/Vol. 19
Membership dues
1953-1963
5/Vol. 20
Membership dues
1991-1994
Box/Folder
13/3
Miscellaneous documents
1932-1945
13/4
Miscellaneous financial documents
1932-1946
drawer
Map Drawer
Orchard Homes Fire District Maps
1940 and 1942
Box/Folder
13/5
Pamphlet promoting Orchard Homes Life
undated
13/6
Revised Club constitution and bylaws
1962

Series II:  Orchard Homes Country Life Women’s Club, , 1922-1994Return to Top

5.1 linear feet

This series contains records from the Orchard Homes Country Life Women’s club which includes ceremonial practices, a revised club constitution, club facts, scrapbooks containing clippings and photos and the Community Improvement Projects of 1970- 1982, a draft for a paper on the history of the women’s club, financial documents, meeting minutes, member attendance, and proposed bylaws from 1935-1994. This series also includes a miscellaneous folder dated 1981-1983 that includes two letters of resignations, a letter from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs/Federation of Women’s Clubs of Montana District Board Meetings, and a “Remember When” pamphlet.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
13/7
Ceremonial practices
undated
box-volume
6/Vol. 21
Scrapbook
1935-1945
6/Vol. 22
Scrapbook
1946-1951
6/Vol. 23
Scrapbook
1950-1963
OS 8/Vol. 24
Scrapbook
1958-1963
7/Vol. 25
Scrapbook
1958-1967
OS 8/Vol. 26
Scrapbook
1963-1968
OS 9/Vol.27
Scrapbook
1968-1969
OS 9/Vol.28
Scrapbook
1970-1972
OS 10/Vol.29
Scrapbook
1970-1984
Box/Folder
13/8
Club facts
undated
box-volume
OS 10/Vol.30
Community Improvement Project
1970-1972
OS 10/Vol.31
Community Improvement Project
1972-1974
OS 11/Vol.32
Community Improvement Project
1975-1976
OS 11/Vol.33
Community Improvement Project
1976-1978
OS 11/Vol.34
Community Improvement Project
1978-1980
OS 11/Vol.35
Community Improvement Project
1981-1982
Box/Folder
13/9
Financial documents
1988-1994
13/10
Draft for Women's Club History
1963
box-volume
7/Vol. 36
Meeting minutes
1975-1977
7/Vol. 37
Meeting minutes
1977-1982
Box/Folder
13/11
Member Attendance
1922-1931
13/12
Miscellaneous Documents
1981-1983
13/13
Proposed bylaws
1994
13/14
Revised club constitution
1974

Series III:  Orchard Homes Country Life Social Circle, 1934-1971Return to Top

0.4 linear feet

This series contains the meeting minutes of the Orchard Homes Country Life Social Circle from 1934-1971. The Social Circle assisted the Orchard Homes County Club in many ways including putting on dinners and luncheons, providing hostesses and meals for meetings, and sending cards and gifts for club members who were ill.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-volume
12/Vol. 38
Meeting minutes
1934-1943
12/Vol.39
Meeting minutes
1943-1951
12/Vol. 40
Meeting minutes
1951-1959
12/Vol. 41
Meeting minutes
1959-1966
12/Vol. 42
Meeting minutes
1966-1971

Series IV:  Orchard Homes Country Life Men’s Club, 1943-1954Return to Top

0.1 linear feet

This series contains records for the Orchard Homes Country Life Club including their constitution, financial records, meeting minutes, membership ledgers, and a promotional pamphlet.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-volume
12/Vol. 43
Meeting minutes
1943-1954

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Clubs--Montana--Missoula
  • Community centers--Montana--Missoula
  • Community life--Montana--Missoula
  • Country life--Societies, etc.
  • Men--Montana--Missoula--Societies and clubs
  • Women in community development--Montana--Missoula--Societies, etc.
  • Women--Montana--Missoula--Societies and clubs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Orchard Homes Country Life Club (Missoula, Mont.)--Archives
  • Orchard Homes Country Life Club Men's Club
  • Orchard Homes Country Life Club Social Circle
  • Orchard Homes Country Life Club Women's Club
  • Geographical Names :
  • Orchard Homes (Missoula, Mont.)--History
  • Orchard Homes (Missoula, Mont.)--Social life and customs--20th century