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Mary Binoniemi Papers, 1909-1912
Overview of the Collection
- Binoniemi, Mary
- Mary Binoniemi Papers
- 1 folder
- Collection Number
- Collection 2404, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Mary Binoniemi Papers consist of ten letters. Most of the letters are written to Mary from John Mattie. The letters are mostly personal although some fellow workers and their activities are discussed.
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
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Mary Binoniemi, who lived in Minnesota and Oregon, worked in Yellowstone National Park in 1910s at Mammoth Hot Springs. During that time, she became romantically involved with John H. Mattie, who was working at the Norris Hotel in the summer of 1910. They probably later married and moved to Oregon.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Mary Binoniemi papers consist of ten letters. Most of the letters are written to Mary from John Mattie. The letters are mostly personal although some fellow workers and their activities are discussed. He mainly tells of his feelings for her, and in the last letter written from Oregon, addresses her as "my dear wife." One letter is written in an unidentified foreign language. One additional letter addressed to Mary from the Cottage Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, is from her friend Mrs. Wilfred Brunell and contains news about the staff working there in the summer of 1910. The only letter written by Mary is to John, September 2, 1910, written from Bozeman, Montana. The letter describes the hotel and preparations for the Sweet Pea carnival in the town. One other letter, dated Hibbling, Minnesota, December 14, 1909 is from a friend of Mary's named "Zwick" and discusses only personal news. The last letter in the collection was written to John from Everett S. Hatcher, Company E, 21st United States Infantry who wrote from Manilla, Philippine Islands, on May 22, 1911. Hatcher apparently also worked in the park and mostly discusses his current service duties, including "trouble with the Natives" in the Philippines.
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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Hotels-Yellowstone National Park
- Soldiers-United States-Correspondence
- Brunell, Wilfred, Mrs-Correspondence
- Hatcher, Everett S-Correspondence
- Mattie, John H-Correspondence
- Sweet Pea Carnival (Bozeman, Mont.)
- United States-Army-Infantry Regiment, 21st
- Bozeman (Mont.)-Description and travel
- Yellowstone National Park
- Yellowstone National Park-Officials and employees-Correspondence