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Thursday, August 09, 2018
"PONDERA" AND "WILLIAMS, GEM OF THE PROJECT"
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Overview of the Collection
Pondera History Association
Pondera History Association Files
.3 linear feet
Collection 0650, MtBC, us (collection)
The Pondera History Association files consist of material gathered by the organization and not included in their 1968 book, Pondera. Subjects include: homesteading reminiscences; the Marias River massacre of 1870 (also known as the "Baker Massacre"), the Blackfeet, Cree and Metis people; and other topics specifically relating to Pondera County or the surrounding region.
The Pondera History Association was founded in Conrad, Montana sometime before 1968, initially for the purpose of gathering information to include in a county history book. Among the founding officers were President Veta Marsh, Secretary R. M. Emery, Treasurer A. J. Kovatch and members Dorothy Floerchinger and Marian Kovatch. After soliciting material from various Pondera County residents and reviewing history papers that had been written for an adult history class taught in Conrad in 1955, the committee found it had more information than they could fit into their proposed publication. Pondera was published in Great Falls, Montana by the Blueprint and Letter Company in 1968, and the additional unpublished material was made available for copying by the Montana State College library.
The Pondera History Association files consist of photocopies and duplicate photographs primarily of material gathered by the organization and not included in their 1968 book, Pondera. Subjects include: homesteading reminiscences; the Marias River massacre of 1870 (also known as the "Baker Massacre"), the Blackfeet, Cree and Metis people; and other topics specifically relating to Pondera County or the surrounding region. With two notable exceptions (Folders 6 and 14) the material appears to have been placed in no logical order and put into folders as they were photocopied. This random order has been retained in the present inventory. A series of meticulously typed catalog cards were produced that attempted to itemize the contents of the original folders. After checking for accuracy, most of the information from the original cards has been retained in the following inventory.
179 pages. Chapters include Fort Conrad and the Whoop-Up Trail; Willow Rounds; Robare; Dupuyer; The Conrads; The Seven Block; Pondera County Canal and Reservoir Company; The First Dutch Settlers; The Belgian Colony; Pondera; Conrad; Valier; Williams; Williams School; Manson; Brady; Midway Community; East Community; Bootlegger Trail; Ledger-Fowler; Sollid; Pondera Basin; Hutterite Colonies; Spring Creek; Teaching in the Twenties. Many black and white photographs. Artwork by Bill Gebhart. Bookseller Inventory # 016067
76 pages. Chapters include Background of the Valier/ Williams Irrigation Project; H. L. Barber; Williams Post Office; Businesses in Williams; Creamery; Equity Coop; First State Bank; Montana Western Railway; Williams School; George E. Sullivan; L. F. Powers. Aiken; Vera Crawford; Ern Gofs; McFarland Family; Ted R. Crawford; Hofland Heritage; Brophy; L. E. Bliss Family; The Mellotts and Baseball in Williams; Harry Hermanson; Letters that portray the difficult times of the 1930's. Illustrated with many photographs. Bookseller Inventory # 015698