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Virginia W. Thompson Scrapbook, 1959-1960
- Thompson, Virginia Walker, 1899-
- Virginia W. Thompson Scrapbook
- 1 volume
- Collection Number
- Collection 1088, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Virginia W. Thompson Scrapbook contains primarily newspaper and magazine clippings from a number of publications all pertaining to the August 17, 1959 earthquake which occurred on the Madison River in the Hegben Lake area.
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.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Mary Virginia Walker was born in Crawfordsville, Iowa on April 5, 1899, the daughter of William and Viola May Walker. The family moved to Bozeman, Montana in 1912 where Mary attended the local schools and graduated from the Gallatin County High School in 1918. She married Herbert Ellis Thompson in 1921, and worked as a post office clerk and baker. She was living in Bozeman during the 1959 Madison River earthquake and took a keen interest in the topic, collecting a number of items relating to the disaster. She died in Bozeman on August 23, 1988.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Virginia W. Thompson scrapbook contains primarily newspaper and magazine clippings from a number of publications all pertaining to the August 17, 1959 earthquake which occurred on the Madison River in the Hegben Lake area. A number of laid-in items, including whole issues of the Boezman Daily Chronicle, the Billings Gazette, and the Great Falls Tribune are also in the collection.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
An original scrapbook containing newspaper and magazine clippings pertaining to the 1959 Madison River earthquake in Montana created by Virginia W. Thompson was donated to Montana State University by her on September 5, 1973.
This collection was processed 2017 February 8