Creator: Anceney, Charles L. (Charles Leon), 1826-1895

Provenance Note: Two original letters written by Charles Anceney were donated to Montana State University by Merrill G. Burlingame, Bozeman, Montana, in the summer of 1970.

Historical Note: Charles Leon Anxionnaz was born in Paris, France on August 5, 1826. He came to the United States in 1856 and in 1859 married Maried Angelique Frezat (1829-1882) in Kansas City, Missouri. The couple moved to Colorado where their first child, Charles, Jr., was born on April 17, 1863 and moved on to Montana Territory the following year. They first settled in the Gallatin Valley where their second child, Louise, was born in 1865. About this time Charles Leon Anxionnaz legally changed his family name to "Anceney.." Anceny and his son established a cattle ranch they named "Meadow Brook" near the Gallatin County community of Hamilton, but after it failed the family moved on to land closer to the Madison River in 1893. This ranch eventually became known as the Flying D. Charles L. Anceney died on October 17, 1895 following an accident with his horse.

Content Description Note: The Charles L. Anceney letters consist of two messages sent by Anceney to Edward John Carter in Helena, Montana. The first, from Hamilton, May 20, 1888, concerns the trip of Charles L. Anceney, Jr. to meet with Carter and Helena banker Thomas Cruse regarding mortgage notes and the health of a relative named "Aline." The second letter, dated Moreland, January 12, 1890, reports on the condition of cattle at the Anceney holdings and the availability of feed for their maintenance.

Updated: 12/28/09