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Kessler family photograph collection

Repository:Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Summary:In 1863, Nickolas Kessler followed the gold rush to Montana. He moved from Bannack to Last Chance Gulch (Helena) in 1865, where he purchased a brewery located on Ten Mile Creek. Kessler's eldest son, Charles N. Kessler, began working at the brewery in 1891 and assumed the presidency of the Kessler Brewing Company in 1901. In 1905 Charles N. Kessler married Sarah Hewett, daughter of Basin banker Marcus L. Hewett. The collection includes photographs of the Kessler and Hewett families and the Kessler Brewery near Helena, Montana.
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Lee Metcalf Photograph Collection

Repository:Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Summary:Lee W. Metcalf (1911-1978) served as a Montana state congressman, state assistant attorney general, World War II soldier and military prosecutor, and a Montana Supreme Court Associate Justice between 1937 and 1952. From 1952 to 1961, he held Montana’s First District U.S. Representatives seat. In 1961, he became a U.S. Senator, serving until his death on January 12, 1978. The photographs in this collection depict all aspects of Metcalf’s life and service in public office, including images of his time in various Montana government offices, as a U.S. Congressman, and as a U.S. Senator. Images from Metcalf’s personal life are included, showing Metcalf’s ancestors from Maine and Massachusetts; his early life and school days; his wife Donna and their son Jerry; Metcalf’s parents and their family; and scenes from his regular life outside of public office. The bulk of the collection is focused on the later part of his term as a U.S. Congressman, through his many years in the U.S. Senate, from 1958 to 1977. Originally housed within Metcalf’s congressional offices, many of these images were used by Metcalf and his office staff from 1953 to 1978 for various publications, television and film recordings, congressional hearing exhibits, newspaper articles, and election and publicity materials.
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Power family photograph collection.

Repository:Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Summary:Thomas C. Power (1829-1923) came to Montana Territory in 1866 and established a successful mercantile and transportation network in and around Fort Benton serving miners, military posts, Indian tribes of the region, and local residents. In partnership with others he developed a transportation network of steamboats along the Upper Missouri as well as overland stage and freight routes. He moved his corporate headquarters to Helena in 1878 and had an interest in politics that paralleled his diverse business career. He was elected Montana's first senator, and during his six-year stay from 1890-1895 in Washington D.C., collected portraits of colleagues and officials with whom he worked "on the Hill." His only son, Charles Benton Power, Sr. (1868-1953) inherited his father's interests and pursued a variety of business enterprises including real estate, mining, ranching, logging, oil exploration, and mercantile operations throughout the state and region. The collection includes photographs of many of the business interests, including steamboats on the Missouri, as well as portraits of family, friends and social events enjoyed by extended family.

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