Collection 1011 - William J. Foreman Diary, 1897
Creator: Foreman, William J.
Provenance Note: Two pages of an original diary kept by William J. Foreman and owned by Mrs. Adah Thexton
of Ennis, Montana were photocopied by her and donated to Montana State University
in April, 1972. The present location of the original is unknown.
Historical Note: William John Foreman was born in Dover, England on May 30, 1852. Around 1869, Foreman immigrated to the United States and settled in Madison County, Montana Territory. He married Mary Isabella Halse on June 27, 1879 and the couple had at least seven children. Foreman was an active Freemason and served at least two terms as the Madison County assessor during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He died from a fall at the Virginia City Masonic Temple on March 21, 1919.
Content Description Note: The William J. Foreman diary is a positive photocopy of two pages from a diary kept by Foreman that record a trip he took to Yellowstone National Park on August 12 through 14, 1897. The description of the journey and countryside is sparse and the only mention of wildlife is an encounter with a skunk at a camp on the Gibbon River.