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Seaton Ranch Company Records, 1917-1970

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seaton Ranch Company
Title
Seaton Ranch Company Records
Dates
1917-1970 (inclusive)
Quantity
4 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number
MC 157
Summary
The Seaton Ranch Company was organized in Cascade County, Montana, in 1922 by Frank W. Seaton and Theodora E. Seaton, and operated from 1945 to 1965 by their son Edward W. Seaton, and from 1965 to 1970 by his widow Dorothy M. Seaton. Records include financial records (1944-1968), minute and record books (1922, 1942-1968); subject files, primarily concerning the Production Credit Association from 1952 to 1968; and miscellany. There is a small subgroup of records (1939-1960) of The Sanitary Cleaners, in Great Falls.
Repository
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
59620-1201
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
mhslibrary@mt.gov

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Frank W. Seaton and his family moved from McCune (Macoun), Saskatchewan, Canada, to the Cascade-Fort Shaw, Montana, area in 1910. The Seaton Ranch Company, originally organized as a sheep business, was incorporated on July 27, 1922, by F.W. Seaton, his wife Theodora Seaton, and Ralph E. Bancroft.

Following the death of F.W. Seaton in November 1945, his oldest son, Edward W. Seaton, was chosen as company president. In 1965 the firm owned a herd of more than 30,000 sheep and held interests in wheat and cattle. The company possessed property not only in Cascade County, but also in Browning, Montana. In the 1960s the company was involved in a court case with Browning over the proposed location of the municipal sewage system adjacent to Seaton Ranch Company land.

Ed Seaton, who resided with his family in Fort Shaw, served for several years as a school trustee for that town and for Simms and was a Republican candidate for the Montana House of Representatives in 1960. Seaton died of a heart attack on December 29, 1965.

Dorothy M. Seaton, Edward's wife, was also an officer of the Seaton Ranch Company, serving as vice president, secretary, and, in 1966, following her husband's death, president. At that time Harold A. Johnson, an accountant, became the company's secretary and Robert W. Gronberg was elected vice president. The Seaton Ranch Company remained in operation until 1968 when the ranch holdings were sold to the local Hutterite Colony.

Harold A. Johnson was also an accountant for The Sanitary Cleaners of Great Falls which was owned by William J. Burlingame.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains financial records of the Seaton Ranch Company, including annual statements, ledgers, journals, timebooks, etc. Two volumes of organizational materials, including minutes, by-laws, and articles of incorporation, detail some of the company's operational activities. The subject files have been maintained in original order as received from the donor. These materials deal primarily with financial matters. The Miscellaneous subgroup in the collection contains two financial volumes for The Sanitary Cleaners and bank statements for the Simms Women's Society of Christian Service.

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The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

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Container(s) Description Dates
Court Papers
Box/Folder
1 / 1
Seaton Ranch Company v. Montana Vegetable Oil and Seed Company
1951
Financial Records
Box/Folder
1 / 2-4
Annual financial statements
1944-1968
1 / 5
Bank statements: Dorothy M. Seaton, Citizens State Bank (Choteau)
1967-1968
1 / 6
Bank statements: Ed and Dorothy M. Seaton, Montana Bank (Great Falls)
1965-1966
1 / 7
Bank statements: Seaton Ranch Company, Citizens State Bank (Choteau)
1967-1968
2 / 1-5
Bank statements: Seaton Ranch Company, Stockmans Bank (Cascade)
1963-1967
2 / 6
Bills, receipts, etc.
1952-1969
2 / 7
General ledger sheets: assets and liabilities
1944-1968
2 / 8
General ledger sheets: capital, sales, and purchases
1944-1968
2 / 9
General ledger sheets: expenses (1)
1944-1968
3 / 1
General ledger sheets: expenses (2)
1944-1968
Volume
Vol. 1
Journal
1949-1954
Vol. 2
Journal
1954-1962
Vol. 3
Journal
1962-1968
Box/Folder
3 / 2-3
Time books
1950-1965
3 / 4
Wages, Social Security, labor supply expenses
1954-1968
Legal Documents
Box/Folder
3 / 5
Indentures with the Holter Company
1917, 1941
3 / 6
Sheep contract, farm rental contract, chattel mortgage
1954-1963
Organizational Records
Box/Folder
3 / 7
Record book (includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes of stockholder meetings)
1922, 1942-1962
4 / 1
Record book (includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes of stockholder meetings)
1963-1968
Subject Files
Box/Folder
4 / 2
Anthony-Conrad Land
1929, 1958-1963
4 / 3
Browning Lagoon (Browning v. Seaton Ranch Company) [additional material in OVERSIZE FOLDER]
1961-1965
4 / 4
Browning Sewage System - Frisbee and Moore (attorneys)
1963-1965
4 / 5
Graham Bertsche Contract
1958-1960
4 / 6
Phil Burgess
1958-1962
4 / 7
Estate letters, sales of land, Harold Johnson (CPA)
1963-1968
4 / 8
Federal Land Bank
1963-1969
4 / 9
Gasoline Refund Claim
1960-1968
4 / 10
Harold A. Johnson (CPA)
1945-1962
4 / 11
Old Land Bank papers
1943-1964
4 / 12
Lease bonds
1952-1966
4 / 13
State lease
1959-1964
4 / 14
Montana Mineral and Feed Corporation
1962-1964
5 / 1-16
Production Credit Association papers
1952-1968
6 / 1
Schenk Land papers
1942, 1961-1962
6 / 2
Seaton Ranch Company by-laws
1922, 1957
6 / 3
Ray Snider
1957
6 / 4
Social Security records
1951-1968
6 / 5
Taxes: Federal Use Tax for the Mack truck
1960-1966
6 / 6
Taxes: income taxes
1960-1968
6 / 7
Taxes: personal income taxes (Edward, Dorothy, and Tim Seaton)
1963-1970
6 / 8
Taxes: state corporation taxes
1960-1968
6 / 9
John Weathered
1957-1963
6 / 10
Accounting of livestock numbers
1959
6 / 11
Moving inventory, etc.
1973, n.d.
6 / 12
Seaton Ranch Company plat of ranch buildings
n.d.

Miscellaneous Subgroup Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Financial Records
Box/Folder
6 / 13
Sanitary Cleaners: general ledger
1939-1960
6 / 14
Sanitary Cleaners: journal
1954-1959
6 / 15
Simms Women's Society of Christian Service: bank statements, Montana Bank (Great Falls)
1968-1969