Story-Work Sheep Company Records, 1916-1919

Overview of the Collection

Story-Work Sheep Company
Story-Work Sheep Company Records
1 folder
Collection Number
Collection 0669, MtBC, us (collection)
The Story-Work Sheep Company Records pertain to T. B. (Thomas Byron) Story and Lester Park Work’s activities with the Story-Work Sheep Company. The records discuss stock sales, a military draft exemption request, and annual stockholder reports.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

T. B. (Thomas Byron) Story, 1876-1954, was born in Bozeman, Montana, the second eldest son of Montana pioneer Nelson Story. He had many business interests in the Bozeman area including the operation of a prosperous flour mill. On November 27, 1916 Story applied for incorporation with the state of Montana for the Story-Work Sheep Company, an enterprise he founded with Lester Park Work (1889-1956). The firm ran at least 53,000 head on over 70,000 acres in Park, Sweet Grass and Gallatin counties by 1918 and profited greatly by the sale of wool to contractors producing uniforms for United States troops during World War I. Following the armistice, the price of wool declined, and the firm dissolved sometime in the early 1920s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Story-Work Sheep Company records consist of: a 1916 prospectus for the sale of stock in the corporation with a signed cover letter by T. B. Story addressed to Professor Alfred Atkinson in Bozeman, Montana; a lengthy letter and attachments from T. B. Story to the secretary of the Montana Livestock Commission requesting a military draft exemption for Lester P. Work by citing the importance of wool production for the war effort; an annual report to the stockholders of the company dated December 31, 1920.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Original documents created by the Story-Work Sheep Company were deposited in Special Collections sometime in the late 1960s. They were likely removed from the papers of Montana State University president Alfred Atkinson by Merrill G. Burlingame, but there is no documentation on the donation.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2012 September 11

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Sheep industry -- Montana
  • Wool industry -- Montana
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Economic aspects -- United States

Personal Names

  • Atkinson, Alfred, 1879-1958
  • Story, T. B. (Thomas Byron), 1876-
  • Work, Lester P. (Lester Park), 1889-1956

Corporate Names

  • Montana. Livestock Commission.