Collection 1249 - A Pioneer Tale, January 1954
Creator: Walrath, Adeline J. B. (Adeline Jerusha Brandenburg), 1874-1960
Provenance Note: A typed reminiscence written by Adeline Walrath was donated to Montana State University by Jean Robertson of Bozeman, Montana on October 16, 1978.
Historical Note: Adeline Jerusha Brandenburg Walrath was born in Benton City, Missouri in 1874. She came to Montana with her parents, William T. and Mary Howard Brandenburg, in 1881. After attending local schools, Adeline graduated from high school as valedictorian of the class of 1891. She then embarked on a career as a school teacher and, on June 27, 1900 married Andrew J Walrath, former Gallatin County superintendent of schools and a practicing attorney. The couple had no children. Following Andrew's death in 1929, Adeline lived briefly in Los Angeles, but returned to Bozeman where she worked as a nurse. She died in Bozeman in 1960.
Content Description Note: "A Pioneer Tale, January 1954" is a brief typewritten reminiscence recounting Adeline's journey to Bozeman, Montana in 1881 with her parents and their first residence in a log cabin north of Main Street. She mentions Gallatin County treasurer Washington Franklin Sloan and his kindness to the Brandenburg family, and the birth of her youngest sister Mattie on Christmas day 1882.