Montana Pioneer Memorial Essay Contest Entries, 1964

Overview of the Collection

Montana Pioneer Memorial Essay Contest
Montana Pioneer Memorial Essay Contest Entries
1964 (inclusive)
.4 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 1127, MtBC, us (collection)
The Montana Pioneer Memorial Essay Contest Entries cover a wide variety of Montana historical topics including biography, historic building description, family histories, and general Montana community history.
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

On September 10, 1884, the Society of Montana Pioneers was founded in Helena, Montana. Formed as a separate (but closely related) organization, the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers was established on August 18, 1892. Stating their objectives as an organization to "perpetuate the sacrifices and heroic virtues of our parents who blazed the trail into this country," the Sons and Daughters chose the date of December 31, 1868 to determine eligibility for people to become members, the same date of qualification for the parent society. This meant that only those who could trace their lineage to a person who arrived in the territory prior to 1869 could join. Over the years the organization has participated in a wide variety of activities to promote Montana's historical heritage, including the purchase of land near the Capitol building in Helena on which the present building of the Montana Historical Society is located. The organization continues to use space in this building to house their historical records. In 1964, the Sons and Daughters sponsored a statewide essay writing competition for junior high school students. Winners of the contest in several different categories were determined by a committee of members from the organization and a printed edition of those essays was produced.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The contest entries of this collection cover a wide variety of Montana historical topics including biography, historic building description, family histories, and general Montana community history. During the time the essays were being examined by the contest committee, subject headings and geographic coverage annotations were added to assist in assigning proper categorization sorting for eventual judging. Each essay was required to include the student's name, school, teacher, and place of residence. The essays also include bibliographies of sources cited. The essays have been arranged in alphabetical order by author's name, with the subject and geographic coverage information on the second line of the folder heading.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Historical essays submitted by Montana schoolchildren to a 1964 competition held by the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers were first deposited in two separate donations to Special Collections in the mid-1960s and assigned accession numbers 1127 and 2005. They were formally donated by the society on July 31, 2007.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2007 November 29

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
1/1 Anderson, Becky
Harbert, James (Flathead Lake Area - Flathead County)
1/2 Apple, Jim
An American Pioneer (Helena)
1/3 Applegate, Joan
Keene, Harriet Davis (Canton Valley - Broadwater County)
1/4 Arthun, Margit
Dell, William (Luther, Montana - Carbon County)
1/5 Bailey, Lynn
Matthews, Judge John Aaron (Helena - Lewis and Clark County)
1/6 Barker, Janet
Vigilante Parade (Helena - Lewis and Clark County)
1/7 Barret, Mary
Horse Prairie (Beaverhead County)
1/8 Behimer, Linda
Kendall, Montana (Fergus Co.)
1/9 Berg, Steve
Yates, Mary "Granny" (Gallatin County)
1/10 Bonine, Marcia
Johnson, George Adams (Hysham - Treasure County)
1/11 Brown, Gary
Groff, Mrs. Julia V. Smith (Victor, Montana - Missoula County)
1/12 Chalot, Rose Marie
Martin, Gasper (Martin City, Montana - Flathead County)
1/13 Clawson, Richard
Clawson, Oren (Park City, Montana - Stillwater County
1/14 Conn, Barbara
Henderson Gulch (Granite County)
1/15 Cooley, Candy
Philbrick, Mary Howard (Rosebud County)
1/16 Curtis, Judy
Daily, Weldon E. (Power, Montana - Teton County)
1/17 Davis, Leora K.
Moore, John C. (Helmville, Montana - Powell County)
1/18 Denzer, Bebra Ann
Belgium Hill (Pondera County)
1/19 Dover, Deanna
Castle (Meagher County)
1/20 Dufour, Peter
Granite, Montana (Granite County)
1/21 Dunning, Debbie
Dunning, Leota Kime (Powder River County)
1/22 Dyrland, Janis A.
Dyrland, Sivert Magnus (Big Sandy - Choteau County)
1/23 Eagle, Joan
Eagle, Samuel Peter (West Yellowstone - Gallatin County)
1/24 Easter, Pam
Charlot, Chief (Bitteroot Valley region)
1/25 Egan, Cindy
Owens, Charles "Rattlesnake Jake" (Lewistown - Fergus County)
1/26 Farrington, Reese
Leonard, Nathen, R. (Butte - Silver Bow County)
1/27 Giono, Susie
Brandon, Montana (Madison County)
1/28 Haase, Ronald Anthony
Hollam, Mrs. Andrew (Glendive - Dawson County)
1/29 Hallowell, Leslie
Cogswell, Dr. William F. (Hamilton- Ravalli County
1/30 Hansen, Brent
Kibbey, Montana (Meagher County)
1/31 He-Does-It, Raphaelle
Crow Indians (Montana)
1/32 Heliker, Cindy
Greenogh Mansion (Missoula County)
1/33 Hoining, Karen
Virginia City, Montana (Madison County)
1/34 Hoover, Carolyn
Hartford, Mrs. (Lewistown - Fergus County)
1/35 Jacobs, Marilyn
Johnson, Mrs. Sue (Giltedge - Fergus County)
1/36 Kauffman, Carol
Demersvilie (Flathead County)
1/37 Kelley, Jim
McGowan, James (Drummond - Powell County)
1/38 Korting, Marc
Marysville, Montana (Lewis and Clark County)
1/39 Lockhart, Revan
Taelman, Father Louis (St. Ignatius - Lake County)
1/40 Mahugh, Gina
Cline, J.H. (Polson - Lake County)
1/41 Matovich, Carey E.
Fort Mussleshell, Montana
1/42 Matt, Marlene
Sisters of Providence at St. Ignatius, Montana (Lake County)
1/43 Monasmith, Donna Rae
Cartwriqht, Lee E. (Rosebud County)
1/44 Mular, Jan
Orr Mansion (Dillon - Beaverhead County)
1/45 Murnion, Terry
Stuart, Charles (Jordan - Garfield County)
1/46 Nelson, Mary
Frenchtown, Montana (Missoula County)
1/47 Nelson, Patrice
Gordon, James (Helmville - Powell County)
1/48 Pattyn, Linda Joy
Wyola, Montana (Big Horn County)
1/49 Petesch, Greg
Geyser, Montana (Judith Basin County)
1/50 Ralston, Mary Alice
Paddock, John Charles (Big Hole Valley, Wisdom - Beaverhead County)
1/51 Raths, Jane
Elso, Montana (Musselshell County)
1/52 Salminen, Kay
Switzer, Malphus Artillus (Madison County)
1/53 Shook, Bonnie
Rombo Flats (Ravalli County)
1/54 Sichveland, Kathy
Phillipsburq, Montana Area Ghost Towns (Granite County)
1/55 Simenson, Deborah
Geary, Hilarie and Kate (Helmville - Powell County)
1/56 Spidel, William
Spidel (Schmidlapp), William (Roundup - Musselshell County)
1/57 Sterling, Gail
Libby, Montana (Lincoln County)
1/58 Stevenson, Mary
Stevenson, Allie, Crow Indians (Montana)
1/59 Thelen, David
Thelen, J. P. (Cascade County)
1/60 Thoads, William J.
Comstock, Mrs. Anna (Hathaway - Rosebud County)
1/61 Tobin, Mary
Trask, Mrs. Augusta Eliason (Deer Lodge - Powell County)
1/62 Triplett, Charles
Mansfield, Mrs. Katie Connelly (Judith Basin County)
1/63 Utick, Peggy
East Helena (Lewis and Clark County)
1/64 Vignali, Cindy
Peeso, Fred (Flathead Area)
1/65 Vlastelis, Rose
Foran, Charles Joseph. (Grass Range - Fergus County)
1/66 Voigt, Steve
Conrad, Charles Edward (Kalispell - Flathead County)
1/67 Walker, John
Nelson, Frank L. (Doc) (Bozeman - Gallatin County)
1/68 Ware, Kathleene
Davis, Floyd (Gabbler) (Vida - McCone County)
1/69 Weitz, Dick
Cook, A.B. (White Sulphur Springs - Meagher County)
1/70 Wendt, Diane
Jessup, Harry (Creston - Flathead County)
1/71 Wild, John
Warton, Jesse R. (Butte - Silver Bow County)
1/72 Wilke, Ann
Russell, Charles M. (Flathead Valley - Flathead County)
1/73 Published booklet

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Contests-Montana
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana
  • Historic buildings-Montana
  • Pioneers-Montana-Biography

Geographical Names

  • Montana-Biography
  • Montana-Genealogy
  • Montana-History

Form or Genre Terms

  • Essays-Montana

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Society of Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers (creator)