Montana Genealogy

Gallatin County Organized

Phillip Thorpe, A. F. Nichols and D. H. Ketchum were appointed by Governor Edgerton as County Commissioners of Gallatin County. The county was organized by these men at the Nichols’ ranch near Gallatin City on March 11, 1865. W. M. Wright was appointed clerk. The commissioners were sworn in by Thomas Dunbar, probate judge, and the bond of the clerk was approved. The commissioners appointed C. D. Loutzenheiser as Sheriff to serve until the election. J. B. Campbell, County Treasurer, and George D. Thomas, County Assessor, were appointed by the governor, and the bonds of all were approved. First Officers …

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Gallatin County Online Resource

There are many Gallatin County offices and business that have online services that you will be able to use from your own home for planning a trip to the area. We will be adding more links to this page as we have time, if you have a site you would like to submit, just click!! Thanks Gallatin County Montana Gallatin County MTGenWeb Project Gallatin County, Montana Gallatin County History Interactive Mappers Service Directory Online Biographies Gallatin County Biographies from Montana Archives Gallatin County Biographies Online Cemetery Resources Gallatin County Cemeteries from Montana Archives Gallatin County from Political Graveyard Gallatin County …

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Gallatin County Census Records

Gallatin County Census Records It seems hard to imagine today, that our ancestors made the long, hard journey from their comfortable homes in the East to the wilds of Montana. Census Records are a wonderful resource for following your Ancestor across the country. Sometimes hard to read, often hard to find them where you thought they would be, always the joy of finally making a connection. In your census journey, pay close attention to your ancestors neighbor, often you will find them living close together in another part of the country. Gallatin County MTGenWeb Archives 1870 Census Index Pages 106a-110b …

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Gallatin City, Montana

Gallatin City, located near the three forks of the Missouri River, a town not now in existence, was the first county seat of Gallatin County, being so named by the legislative assembly when the county was created. An act authorizing the people of the county to vote at the general election in 1867 to locate the county seat was approved by the territorial legislature on December 14, 1866. The election was held on Christmas day, 1867, when Bozeman was chosen as the county seat by 475 votes, nearly 200 majority over Farmington, the other principal candidate, with a few votes …

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First White Visitors

The first white man known to have explored this region is Sieur de la Varendry, who made his way up the Missouri River during the years 1730 to 1744, and reached the Rocky Mountains in January 1743. He did not remain, and did not contribute any valuable historical information about the country. The journals of Lewis and Clark, recording their explorations in 1804 and 1805, are full of interesting and valuable information. With their interpreter, Charbonneau, a French Canadian, and his wife, Sacajawea, known as the bird woman, and members of the party, they reached the head of the Missouri …

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First Wheat Growers

One of the first pioneers to raise wheat in the Gallatin Valley was the late John Thomas, stepfather of Henry Davis, now living in Bozeman. He had a bushel of wheat, which he brought with him from Utah, planted it in the spring of 1864 on land about 12 miles north of Bozeman, and in the fall he reaped 50 bushels from his crop, threshing it, Mr. Davis says, by putting it on a floor with the heads out, leading horses over it to trod the grain out. The wheat and chaff were then raised to a platform and thrown …

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First Schools

The first school in Gallatin County was taught by Samuel Anderson, in the winter of 1865 and ’66, in the back room of a log store in Bozeman, the store built and owned by Squire Fitz, being on ground where the Fechter building was erected a few years ago. The second school was taught by Miss Florence Royce in part of a log house where the Commercial National Bank building stands. This school was in the winter of 1866 and ’67. These two teachers were paid by subscription. The following year, Miss Royce taught the first school outside of Bozeman …

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Gallatin County – First Library

The first library in Gallatin County was started in Bozeman in 1872, by the Young Men’s Library Association, in a room over Alward’s Drug Store. Later, it was in the office of Judge A. D. McPherson, then in the office of J. V. Bogert, and in 1885, the books were given to the Bozeman schools. The following year, the Young Men’s Christian Association started a library, and books were collected by a group of women, who took turns in serving as librarian. In 1890, the library was taken over by the city, and a librarian was employed part time, with …

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First Flour Mill

The first flour mill in Gallatin County, and said to be the first in the territory to make flour for commercial purposes, was built by Cover and McAdow, in the fall of 1864 and the spring of 1865, on ground a short distance northeast of the present city limits of Bozeman. It was ready for business in the fall of 1865. P. W. and W. B. McAdow later bought the interest of Thomas Cover, and the McAdow brothers continued the mill until 1879, when P. W. McAdow went down on the Yellowstone and located on a ranch, establishing the town …

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Early Gallatin County Towns

Early Gallatin County Towns Gallatin City Gallatin City, sometimes called East Gallatin, was the first town located in Gallatin County, through the efforts of pioneers organizing in the winter of 1862 and 1863, and a charter was granted for the city by the first legislature in February 1865, and this was the first county seat. A lodge of the Independent Order of Good Templars was organized there in 1871, and Keystone Grange was organized in 1874, granges at Farmington and Elk Grove being organized about the same time. This town ceased to exist many years ago. Hamilton started in 1865 …

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