Collection 411 - Ethel V. Storm Narrative, ca. 1964
Creator: Storm, Ethel V. (Ethel Victoria), 1890-1980
Provenance Note: An incomplete typewritten narrative created by Ethel V. Storm of Billings, Montana, was loaned to Montana State University for photocopying on March 5, 1966. The present location of the original typescript is unknown.
Historical Note: Ethel Victoria Bean was born in Forsyth, Montana on April 25, 1890, the third of seven children born to Maynard "Dobbs" Solomon Bean Sr. She attended high school in Bridger and Polytechnic Institute, and taught in rural school. She married John Loy Storm in 1915 and they had two children. She died in Polson, Montana on April 19, 1980. Her father, Maynard S. Bean, was born in Gonzales County, Texas on September 11, 1865 and came to eastern Montana in 1884, working as a ranch hand along the Tongue River near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. He eventually established his own ranch in Carbon County where he died on February 28, 1942.
Content Description Note: Photocopy of a partial typewritten narrative written by Ethel V. Storm based on a conversation with her father, Maynard S. Bean, concerning the Cheyenne Indian "uprising" of 1897. In the document, Bean is paraphrased in describing the discovery of a murdered sheepherder named Hoover whose body was found near the Northern Cheyenne Indian reservation in early May, 1897 (Bean gives the date of June, 1897). The search for the body was undertaken by ranch hands led by Bean, and the subsequent confrontation between civilian and military authorities and the Cheyenne Indians is described. Bean's narrative identifies key figures in the events, which differs somewhat from official accounts recorded elsewhere. According to Ethel Storm, an edited version of the narrative appeared in the Billings Gazette on August 23, 1964.