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Autobiography of James David Wood, circa 1964
Overview of the Collection
- Wood, James David, 1841-1909
- Autobiography of James David Wood
- circa 196419641964
- 1 item (8 pp.)
- Collection Number
- Collection 0244, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Autobiography of James David Wood was authored by Wood in 1902. Wood's story gives an outline of his trip to Montana in 1864, his early residence in Virginia City, his experiences in the Nez Perce and Bannock wars, and a brief outline of his business ventures.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- 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
Stanley Roland Davison was born May 6, 1911, in East Helena, Montana. He received a doctorate from the University of California and served in the Navy during World War II and Korea. Davison spent most of his academic career at Western Montana College in Dillon, Montana where he worked for thirty years. He wrote a number of articles on Montana history and received an award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for his contributions to Montana history, research, and study. He died on May 14, 1986.
James David Wood was born in 1841 at Mercer County, Missouri. In 1864 he traveled from Atchison, Kansas to Virginia City with a freight outfit, working his way as a mule herder. Once in Montana Territory, Wood tried his hand at mining and other jobs, eventually moving to Idaho to again engage in mining in the Leesburg area. During the Nez Perce war he was one of the first on the scene of the "Birch Creek Massacre," a freighting team that was killed by the Nez Perce in present day Clark County, Idaho. During the Bannock War of 1878 he was a participant in a fight involving a freight wagon team in the Lost River valley where a comrade, Jesse McCaleb, was killed. Wood became a successful businessman in Salt Lake City towards the end of his life, owning mining interests in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, along with a mercantile operation in Salt Lake City itself. He died on January 17, 1909.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
In 1902, James David Wood wrote a brief autobiographical sketch of his life. The document remained in the family and was eventually passed down to the D. V. Hagenbarth family of Dillon, Montana. In 1964 the manuscript was borrowed by Stanley Davison for transcription and editing, and then returned to the Hagenbarth family. Davison reviewed the sketch and found historical discrepancies which he noted. Wood's story gives an outline of his trip to Montana in 1864, his early residence in Virginia City, his experiences in the Nez Perce and Bannock wars, and a brief outline of his business ventures. Davison never published the manuscript, and the present location of the original is unknown.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Bannock Indians-Wars, 1878
- Freight and freightage-Idaho
- Freight and freightage-Montana
- Frontier and pioneer life-Idaho
- Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Virginia City
- Nez Percé Indians-Wars, 1877
- Overland journeys to Montana-Personal narratives
- Wood, James David,-1841-1909
- Idaho-History-19th century
- Montana-History-19th century
- Virginia City (Mont.)-History
Form or Genre Terms
- Davison, Stanley Roland (creator)