Creator: McCrackin, William Wallace, d. 1913


Provenance Note: Diary of William Wallace McCrackin was purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, New Jersey, on June 29, 2005.


Historical Note: William Wallace McCrackin came to Sand Coulee, Montana with his wife Gertrude in 1877 to raise sheep. Two years later he would begin his banking career in Butte working for William A. Clark. Soon, McCrackin would move up the corporate ladder, becoming President of the Silver Bow National Bank, established in 1890. In 1894, McCrackin moved his family to Hamilton to take a position as director of Marcus Dalys Ravalli County bank. William would eventually become mayor of this city, where he lived until his death in 1913. Due to his importance in the history of Montana, he was honored in 1943 with the naming of a Liberty ship.


Content Description Note: The W. W. McCrackin diary consists of handwritten text describing a trip taken by the author and his wife beginning on their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary January 8, 1903. Their travels took them from Hamilton to Chicago following a circular route around America. The itinerary included Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Richmond, Washington, D. C., New York, Pittsburg, Chicago, Lincoln, Billings, and Missoula. The McCrackin family vacation was briefly interrupted by the death of Gertrude's father in February. The diary has daily entries by William describing their activities, the people they interact with, and the weather in each location.

Updated: 4/28/09