• 1917 Homesteaders Picnic and Fish

    Schnitzmeyer, Herman

    Sunday picnics after church were popular in the Polson area. This group, still dressed in their church clothes, was enjoying the North Crow Creek area.

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  • 1919 The Alfalfa Club

    Schnitzmeyer, Herman

    The Alfalfa Club was comprised of homesteaders and their sons who were given advice on raising alfalfa. Quite a collectiion of hats men and boys wore in those days.

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  • 1911 Homestead Shower Facility

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    While not the fanciest plumbing fixture, this shower built over a flowing spring on the Bjorge homestead in Garcon Gulch got the job done.

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  • McCarthy Homestead

    Glacier National Park (Mont.) National Register of Historic Places registration form Glacier National Park Building

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  • 1911 Horse-drawn Harvesting

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    Horse-drawn harvesting was par for the course during the early Homestead Era near Polson.

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  • 1915 Herman Schnitzmeyer, Homesteader-Photographer

    Schnitzmeyer, Herman, self-portrait

    Polson's famous Homestead Era photographer made this self-portrait near the end of a winter on his Wild Horse Island homestead. He told friends he almost starved to death. He later proved up on the ho…

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  • 1910 Pre-dinner Washup Time

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    A typical homestead pre-dinner washup area is shown here. The water pitcher and wash basin were located just outside the kitchen door on the Lula Mae Mansur homestead near Polson, Montana.

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  • 1914 Threshing Preparations

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    Threshing operations during the Homestead Era involved the entire family plus horses, machinery, hired hands and neighbors.

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  • 1914 It Must be Sunday

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    No work today. These family members were decked out in their Sunday clothes as they posed for Dad to take their photo in the Mountain View area south of Polson.

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  • 1911 Teaming the Bull West

    Thiri, Al

    Wagons were pulled by various animals during the Homestead Era in Polson, Montana. Al Thiri labeled this photo "Teaming the Bull West."

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  • 1911 Turkey Herder

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    Morris Bjorge had a lot of turkeys to keep track of on the family's Garcon Gulch homestead.

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  • 1913 Irvine Flats School Social Gathering

    Thiri, Al

    The Irvine Flats area had a lot of people in the early Homestead Era. This picture shows a social gathering at the school. The teacher there was Winifred Henderson.

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  • 1908 Roundup of the Pablo-Allard Buffalo Herd

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    Michel Pablo looks over some of his bison, which were rounded up, sold, and shipped to the Canadian government between 1907 and 1912. Pablo and Charles Allard purchased ten bison. By 1907, the herd nu…

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  • 1909 Polson's Main Street

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    When the Flathead Indian Reservation was open to homesteading in 1910, the townsite of Polson already had been platted and a number of commercial buildings were built.

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  • 1920 Flathead Lake Steamer "Montana"

    Schnitzmeyer, Herman

    The lake steamer "Montana" approaches The Narrows on Flathead Lake en route from Somers to Polson. The "Montana" was a popular freight/passenger stern-wheeler that operated during the Homestead Era on…

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  • 1909 Allard Stage Line Coach

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    Driver Joe Allard stops his stagecoach run near Polson for the photograper. The Allard Stage ran between Ravalli and Polson the first few years of the Homestead Era.

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  • 1912 The Popular Steamer Klondike

    Thiri, Al

    During the Homestead Era, the popular lake steamboat "Klondike" provided the connecting link between Polson and the railroad at Somers. It was also chartered for special occasions. It could carry 425…

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  • 1910 Flathead Lake Steamboat Freight and Passenger Station

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    The Flathead Lake steamer "Montana" carried freight and passengers to Somers, Dayton, and Rollins during the Homestead Era. This photo shows the steamer's dock area at Polson.

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  • 1910 The Mansur Brothers

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    The Mansur Brothers - from left, Guy, Charlie and Henry - came to Polson from Chillicothe, Missouri, in 1910. Charlie became Polson's first elected mayor. Guy served in the state legislature, and Henr…

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