Fisher Family Record, circa 1964

Overview of the Collection

Fisher, Katherine, 1908-1970
Fisher Family Record
circa 1964
1 item
Collection Number
Collection 0287, MtBC, us (collection)
The Fisher Family Record consists of a combination transcription and genealogy essay. Included in the essay are transcriptions of several family letters written in 1863, 1867, and 1869. Genealogical charts of the Baker, Gardner, and Fisher families and a history of the Bozeman Presbyterian Church complete the document.
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
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Katherine Fisher was the eldest daughter of Mattie Gardner Fisher, a Montana pioneer who arrived by a Missouri River steamboat in 1879 when she was four years old. Her mother married Roy Washburn Fisher in Bozeman, Montana on September 3, 1907, and Katherine was born there on August 30 the following year. Katherine attended local schools and graduated from Montana State College in 1930. She worked as a schoolteacher and a librarian, and was the member of a number of environmental and professional organizations. She retired from the Bozeman Public Library in 1969, and died on March 7, 1970.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

About 1964, Katherine Fisher took a number of documents she had inherited from her mother and typed a lengthy combination transcription and genealogy essay. Included in the essay is a transcription of an 1863 letter written during the siege of Vicksburg from her grandmother's first husband, John E. Baker, an ordnance sergeant with the Third Battalion Missouri Cavalry, CSA. Fisher also transcribed a lengthy letter written by her grandmother, Flora Baker Gardner, to D.M. Vinsonhaler describing in meticulous detail the Gardner family's trip to Montana. They left Missouri in the spring of 1879 and traveled by steamboat, the Red Cloud, up the Missouri River to Fort Benton. From that point they took to wagon teams to Sun River, through the Prickly Pear Valley, to the Gallatin Valley and Bozeman where they settled. A very terse diary kept during the same trip by Katherine's grandfather, Edwin Morgan Gardner forms part of the typescript as well. Another transcribed letter in the document is a condolence written from Bozeman, Montana in 1867 by J. M. Baker to his sister-in-law, Flora, on the death of her first husband. Genealogical charts of the Baker, Gardner, and Fisher families and a history of the Bozeman Presbyterian Church complete the document. The present location of all originals is unknown.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

A typed transcription and genealogy essay created by Katherine Fisher of Bozeman, Montana was loaned to Montana State University for copying on January 21, 1965. The document was reported to the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections in 1979 and assigned control number 79-654.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2010 May 7

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Bozeman
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana
  • Presbyterian Church-Montana-Bozeman-History
  • Soldiers-Confederate States of America-Correspondence
  • Steamboats-Missouri River
  • Women pioneers-Montana-Bozeman-Correspondence

Personal Names

  • Baker, J. M.,-fl. 1867-Correspondence
  • Baker, John E.-(John Emerson),-ca. 1831-1867
  • Gardner, Flora Baker,-1839-1910-Correspondence
  • Vinsonhaler, D. M.-Correspondence

Corporate Names

  • Bozeman Presbyterian Church (Bozeman, Mont.)
  • Red Cloud (Steamboat)

Family Names

  • Baker family
  • Fisher family
  • Gardner family

Geographical Names

  • Bozeman (Mont.)-History
  • Bozeman (Mont.)-Church history
  • Missouri River-Description and travel
  • Missouri-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Montana-History-19th century
  • United States-History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Personal narratives, Confederate
  • Vicksburg (Miss.)-History-Siege, 1863

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Gardner, Edwin Morgan,-1842-1910 (creator)