Creator: Wheeler, John L. "Lou"


Provenance Note: Ranch papers created or collected by John L. "Lou" Wheeler were donated to Montana State University by Mrs. Lou Wheeler of Forsyth, Montana on November 18, 1964.


Historical Note: John L. "Lou" Wheeler was born in Sherman, Texas on October 23, 1884. He came to Forsyth (Rosebud County) Montana in 1907 as a railroad contractor and filed for a homestead claim in the area the following year. Wheeler raised horses and cattle, forming brief partnerships with neighbors Fred William Zempel and Oscar Bernard Jackson during the 1920s and 1930s. Lou Wheeler died on January 13, 1983.


Content Description Note: The Wheeler papers consist of receipts for horse and cattle sales made by him or in connection with his partners Fred Zempel and Oscar Jackson, along with a bank contract and a business letter, all dated from 1920 to 1930. Information includes number of horses or cattle sold, their brands, weight, and price.

Updated: 4/14/22