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Wyllys A. Hedges Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Wyllys A. Hedges Papers consist of essays he wrote on a variety of historical topics which were intended for eventual publication, miscellaneous documents including copied letters from Cornelius Hedges and his son, Cornelius "Toby" Hedges, newspaper clippings of obituaries and other events pertaining to the Hedges family, and photographs. Topics include: sheep herding; pioneer encounters with bears, rattlesnakes, and coyotes; Montana Native Americans; extreme weather conditions; religion; Montana politics.
 
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Jeffers Family Collection

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Jeffers Family Collection includes transcriptions or photocopies of diaries, ledgers, correspondence, interviews, historical essays and reminiscences related to the Jeffers, Ennis and Chowning families of Madison County, Montana. Of particular interest for livestock and grazing history are the nomination documents and associated materials for Myron Jeffers membership in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, including a transcript of his 1871 cattle drive diary. Also contributing to this area of interest are the record books of Charles W. Chowning of the Montana Cattle Company. The balance of the collection includes: a history of the Madison Valley Women's Club; papers of the Fairweather Pioneer Society of Madison County with minutes, financial records and membership roles and several histories; some financial records and clippings about the Trinity Episcopal Church, Jeffers MT and Trinity Guild; and a ledger of the Ennis Storage and Freighting has been transcribed. A scrapbook of clippings of articles on Montana history and one typed article by Judge Lew L. Callaway written in 1923-34 and a booklet of a news series in the Butte Miner by Frank D. (Sand Bar) Brown in 1927 collected by Winifred Jeffers are present. There are also five photographs and negatives of family members.
 
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Rodger G. Kent, Ike Irish, the Placer Miner

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Rodger G. Kent, Ike Irish, the Placer Miner essay in describes Kent relatives and their encounters with Irish, a description of Irish’s mining techniques, and a vivid retelling of a hand-to-hand fight with a black bear that Irish survived.
 
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Carl M. Yerrington, How Shall Montana Counties Handle Their Tax Deed Land?

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Carl M. Yerrington, How Shall Montana Counties Handle Their Tax Deed Land? essay concerns the disposition of land whose ownership reverted to county governments as a result of the previous owner’s failure to pay property taxes. As a result of the “bust” of homesteading claims in eastern Montana starting around 1918, significant acreage had become abandoned when farmers could no longer afford to either pay their taxes or even stay on the land. The management of these parcels fell to the county governments, and Yerrington’s essay proposes solutions to the problem as well as its detailed description.

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