Mamie Ader Johnson Letter, 1925 November 25

Overview of the Collection

Johnson, Mamie Ader, d. 1967
Mamie Ader Johnson Letter
1925 November 25
1 item
Collection Number
Collection 2487, MtBC, us (collection)
The Mamie Ader Johnson Letter relates the life she is leading on the homestead. Topics include rending lard, butchering hogs, the crops, activities, visits, having a radio, and local gossip.
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.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Elmer Johnson moved to Benchland (Judith Basin County) Montana from Maitland, Missouri in 1910 to establish a homestead with his sons Floyd, 16, and his brother Author. Another son, Earl, and a daughter, Ethel Metcalfe, followed later. Mamie Ader married Floyd M. Johnson in Iowa in 1918. The couple made their home and farmed in the Benchland area until 1948 when they moved to Lewistown, Montana.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Mamie's letter to a relative or friend George Bender in Missouri at Thanksgiving time relates the life she is leading on the homestead. It includes mention of rending lard, butchering hogs, the crops and Floyd's activities. She describes visits from neighbors and relatives which she attributes to the fact that they have a radio. Mamie also indulges in local gossip about the activities of people of the neighborhood - who is in the hospital, who is traveling on Christmas, who has changed jobs or bought a new business. She also describes items that are not available in Benchland to George and requests a style of hat for Floyd.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The Mamie Ader Johnson letter was purchased from Fred Flesher of Bethany, Missouri by the Montana State University Library on June 15, 2006.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2008 August 4

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Farm life-Montana-Benchland
  • Farmers' spouses-Montana-Benchland-Correspondence
  • Women-Montana-Benchland-Social conditions
  • Women-Montana-Benchland-Social life and customs

Personal Names

  • Bender, George-Correspondence
  • Johnson, Floyd M., d. 1964

Geographical Names

  • Benchland (Mont.)