Elizabeth E. Busick O'Neil Reminiscence and Photographs, 1907-1939  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
O'Neil, Elizabeth E., 1859-1909
Title
Elizabeth E. Busick O'Neil Reminiscence and Photographs
Dates
1907-1939
Quantity
1 folder
Collection Number
Collection 0170, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
This Elizabeth E Busick O'Neil Reminiscence and Photographs consists of one typewritten transcription of an original reminiscence composed by O'Neil shortly before her death in 1907. The document describes her wagon journey from Omaha, Nebraska, to Virginia City, Montana Territory, in 1863, and her experiences in Virginia City and Diamond City from 1864 to 1877. The collection also includes twelve copy photographs of the O'Neil family, the family burial plot at Diamond City, and Diamond City as it appeared in 1924.
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

Elizabeth Busick was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 27, 1859. She traveled to Virginia City, Montana Territory, with her widowed mother Mary Ann Moorehead Busick and sister Emma in 1863. The family later moved to Diamond City where Elizabeth Busick married John W. O'Neil in Helena in 1877, and they settled on a farm near East Helena. Mrs. O'Neil died in 1909.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of one typewritten transcription of an original reminiscence apparently composed by O'Neil shortly before her death in 1907. The document describes her wagon journey from Omaha, Nebraska, to Virginia City, Montana Territory, in 1863, and her experiences in Virginia City and Diamond City from 1864 to 1877. O'Neil describes several incidents which occurred during the journey, including encounters with Indians. The collection also includes twelve copy photographs of the O'Neil family, the family burial plot at Diamond City, and Diamond City as it appeared in 1924. Captions for all photographs were provided by the donor.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Reminiscence and photographs #1-12Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description Dates
folder
1
#1: Mrs. [Mary Ann Moorehead] Busick taken before she left on the Western journey, which is a reproduction of an old ambrotype
#2: Elizabeth O'Neil, the author, taken on her wedding day
September 8, 1877
#3: Elizabeth Ellen Spiegel while she was a student at St. Vincent's Academy, Helena, Montana, age about 15, taken
about 1874
#4: A group of girls taken during convent days. Emma Spiegel is sitting in the middle of the group and Elizabeth has her hand on her sister's left shoulder. The others are classmates
#5: A picture of the grave at Diamond City, taken
about 1926
#6: One of the graves taken after repairs were made, in
1939
#7: Picture of Deette Elizabeth O'Neil, the first-born daughter, costume of
about 1882
#8: One of the two oldest girls, Deette Elizabeth and Emma Frances, costume of
about 1886
#9: Picture of Diamond City taken
The cabin at the far left was the last remaining cabin where an old miner lived until several years ago
about 1924
#10: Youngest daughter, Rachel Eny O'Neil, graduate, class of
Broadwater County, Townsend, Montana, age 18. Completed Scientific Course
1918
#11: Picture of playhouse on the O'Neil ranch
#12: Montana scenery

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Diamond City
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Virginia City
  • Indians of North America
  • Overland journeys to Montana-Personal narratives
  • Women pioneers-Montana
  • Personal Names :
  • O'Neil, Elizabeth E.,-1859-1909
  • Family Names :
  • O'Neill family-Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Diamond City (Mont.)-History
  • Diamond City (Mont.)-Photographs
  • Omaha (Neb.)
  • Virginia City (Mont.)-History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs-Montana-Diamond City
  • Reminiscences-Montana