George R. Safley Papers, 1895-1915  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Safley, George R.
Title
George R. Safley Papers
Dates
1895-1915
Quantity
.8 linear feet and 1 volume
Collection Number
Collection 2004, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The George R. Safley Papers consist mainly of canceled checks and check registers from his numerous business endeavors, but the bulk deals with his undertaking business. One unique item included in his undertaking papers is his cause of death book from 1904-1906. Other papers include his ledger from the furniture store and undertaking business, his farm lease and corresponding papers, a fire insurance policy for the Globe Theatre, a letter from his brother-in-law, Charles T. Shearer, regarding the farmland, and a letter from King Motor Car Company.
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
https://www.lib.montana.edu/archives/contact-form/
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

George R. Safley (1855-circa 1923) was born in Iowa to a native Scottish father. Safley journeyed to Montana in 1890 on his honeymoon and liked it so much he decided to stay. A man of great ambition, Safley often ran several businesses at one time. His longest running career was that of undertaker and licensed embalmer which also included custom picture framing. In addition to his undertaking business, Safley ran a furniture store, which he operated until 1907. He was also interested in farming and ranching, owning 660 acres in Gallatin Country which he devoted to growing grain. Safley also help establish and was vice-president and later president of the Manhattan Home State Bank. One of his shorter lived business ventures was the Globe Theatre, which was located in the same building as his undertaking business. Safley was also an organizer of the Gallatin Valley Electric Railroad and was a member of several Bozeman organizations. As a staunch Republican, he was elected to the eleventh state legislature that is noted for contributing to the creation of Glacier National Park. Safley sold his undertaking business in 1915, but continued on as president of the Home State Bank. His date of death is unknown.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Safley papers consist mainly of canceled checks and check registers from his numerous business endeavors, but the bulk deals with his undertaking business. One unique item included in his undertaking papers is his cause of death book from 1904-1906. In it, he lists not only the cause of death, but also the age, gender, occupation, and place of birth of the deceased. Other papers include his ledger from the furniture store and undertaking business, his farm lease and corresponding papers, a fire insurance policy for the Globe Theatre, a letter from his brother-in-law, Charles T. Shearer, regarding the farmland, and a letter from King Motor Car Company. The collection has been arranged in topically labeled folders.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Business papers created or collected by George R. Safley were donated to Special Collections by in October 1973.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2009 March 17


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Business Correspondence 1913-1915
1/2 Embalming business papers and cause of death book 1904-1915
1/3 Miscellaneous Bozeman business receipts
1/4 Commercial Bank statements 1905-1914
1/5 Home State Bank statements 1912-1913
1/6 Deeds and insurance contracts
1/7 Blank business forms
Box
2 Check book stubs from Home State and Commercial Bank accounts 1895-1915
2 Ledger 1910-1915
Volume
1 Daily cash journal March 1, 1906-March 31, 1915

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Businessmen-Montana-Bozeman
  • Furniture industry and trade-Montana-Bozeman
  • Theaters-Montana-Bozeman
  • Undertakers and undertaking-Montana-Bozeman

Personal Names

  • Shearer, Charles T. -Correspondence

Corporate Names

  • Globe Theatre (Bozeman, Mont.)
  • King Motor Car Company (Detroit, Mich.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Business records-Montana-Bozeman
  • Death records-Montana-Bozeman
  • Financial records-Montana-Bozeman
  • Registers of births, etc. -Montana-Bozeman