Creator: Cole family

Provenance Note: The Cole Family photograph album was purchased from Sally MacNamara of Sheridan, Oregon by the Montana State University Library on September 27, 2003.

Historical Note: Albert S. Cole, his wife Rilla and children Cora, Essa and Roy were a farm family living along Dry Creek, a few miles north of Belgrade, Montana. They arrived at this location sometime before 1900 (listed in 1900 census), and farmed considerable acreage as shown by early Gallatin County property owners maps.

Content Description Note: The Cole Family photograph album was assembled by an unknown member of the family and includes pictures of the Albert, Rilla, Cora, Essa, Roy, relatives, and friends posing on the Cole farm and neighboring farms in the Dry Creek Area. A few images are of farming activities and rural school children. Other identifiable locations of the snapshots include Bozeman, Montana at Gallatin County High School and Montana Hall on the campus of Montana State College; Belgrade, Montana; and Yellowstone National Park. Dated photographs are between 1915 and 1930. One 1930 photograph is possibly of Ruth and Emmett Breeden, early residents of Bozeman, Montana.

Updated: 4/28/09