My name is Nelson Story. I was born in 1838 in Ohio. I left Ohio in 1863 and married Ellen Trent. I had four kids, one girl and three boys. I used to have four girls but three of them died young. I mined for gold but never found any. Except one day I found $30,000 in gold dust near Virginia City! I knew gold wouldn’t last forever, so I went to Texas to buy 3,000 longhorn steers. I went to Bozeman to make a new industry. This was one of the first cattle drives across 1,000 miles. I hired twenty-five men and bought them each a rifle. We went to Montana riding 1,000 mustang horses. Once I got to Bozeman I bought hundreds of acres of land and farmed cattle and grew wheat. In 1883 I started a successful mill. I died in 1926. This was my life.
Johnny ” Tex ” Moore was a Texas born cowboy. He was a Indian scout, trail rider, Texas ranger, and an author. He preferred to be called ”Tex” but his real name was John Marcellus ”Tex” Moore. Johnny lived in Livingstone on East park street and in his room was a large display of his paintings and visited for the first time in September 1924. Lots of people think that Johnny is a scenic western painter and tries to get every detail of western sections. He also drew portraits of presidents but don’t leave with out asking about the chest in the corner his wife will pull out canvas after canvas.
Johnny was a cattle puncher in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Montana. Being a cattle puncher can leave marks. Just like being a cattle puncher Johnny had marks all over his body and an ugly wound from a Mexican knife fighter. Johnny ”Rex” Moore was also an artist like ”Tex”. Mr. and Mrs. Moore came to Livingstone in the 1920s and Mrs. Moore’s death was a big profound effect on Mr. Moore. In the end you can see he was an amazing artist.
Mary McDonald, a freed African American, was born in 1841 and was taken from her parents when she was only a child. Mary had a picture of her mother for remembrance. In 1863, she and her husband, Richard McDonald, headed west after the Civil War had ended. The McDonalds had a four ox-team wagon and with their six- month old son, Robert, the trip began. Soon after he died. They buried him along the trail. It took most of a year to arrive in Virginia City, MT. There, a second son, Eddy, was born. The family didn’t stay, but moved on to Bozeman, Montana. They arrived in the Gallatin Valley where they built a one-room cabin. In 1873, they had a daughter, Mollie, who was the first African American child to be born in Gallatin County. Then, the McDonalds built the first two-story home in Bozeman. They had children Lewis, Aurther, Belle, and Melissa. Unfortunately, both sons died as young boys.
Richard McDonald operated a freight-line between Bozeman and Virginia City. Soon, Richard began working odd jobs to spend more time with his family. One of the jobs was to lay clean straw under carpets as padding. Clothes were scarce but always clean. Sometimes, food, too, was short, but Mary always made sure that the children had enough before she ate. As you can see, this family played a huge role in Bozeman History.
Franklin F. Fridley was born in 1824 in Virginia died in 1892. Franklin had two brothers. He arrived in Bozeman with his brother in law. Franklin F. Fridley built the third house in town the first one to have a wooden floor. Later America joined him. Fridley a Republican and John Bozeman a Democrat got in a fight at Nelson Story. When Bozeman made an insulting remark about Republicans. Bozeman’s friend Mckenzie picked up some scales weights to assist, Story picked up an ax handle to dissuade him. Someone ran to get America who came and stopped the fight. Fridley moved to Emigrant to ranch. He built a railroad and the first bridge across the upper Yellowstone.
My name is Lu Sing. I came from San Francisco and I was Asian. I had tracked my wife’s lover all the way to Montana where I shot and killed him, the man’s name was Tom Sing. After I shot him the police found me and put me in prison for a few months and sent out invitations that said:
“You are hereby invited to attend the legal execution of Lu Sing for the murder of Tom Sing on the third day of October, 1905.The execution will take place in the jail yard in the city of Bozeman, Montana, on Friday the twentieth day of April 1906, between the hours of 1 am and 10 am.”
It took me 15 minutes to die and 150 people came to watch. My last words were “I would like to inform everyone that I kill no one” I died on the 20th of April, 1906. No one knows if I killed him and it still remains a mystery.
The Langors were pioneer florists in Bozeman. They started a floral business that is still around today. Also, by doing that, they contributed culturaly to our community. Their floral buiness is now 100 years old. Many people buy flowers there.
Michael Langor was born in Adrian Michigan in 1816 on April 14. When he was 18 he came to make his home in the west. Margret “Maggie” Miller was born in Butlersville Indiana in 1870 Maggie came to Montana when she was less than 2 years old.
A couple years later in 1896, they opened a grocery store. A sign read “FRESH LETTUCE, Raised in Bozeman. None of your imported stuff. NEXT SATURDAY AT LANGORS.” The store closed a couple years later.
The Langors contributed a ton of things to our community. Their flower shop is still part of our community. Don M. Langor died on October 29,2013. His family has been a huge part of our community. The Langor’s flower land is still a fabulous business in this community.
Mt. Blackmore was named after ”Lady” Mary Blackmore who came from England to visit the west. She was born in London, England and married William Blackmore. William was quite wealthy working as a middleman between English investors and promoters in the American west. They lived on extensive estate and usually entertained many guests such as Charlotte Bronte, Alfred Lord Tenneyson and more. Mary was a London social leader and was an associate of Queen Victoria. William had made several trips to the U.S. And seemed to enjoy the west, he had provided generous financial assistance to photographer William Jackson, artist Thomas Moren and explorer Dr. Fernandad Hayden. He had a interest in anthropology and in Native American life and customs.
On his fourth trip to America was quite tragic, he had bought Mary and his nephew to go with him to see Yellowstone in 1872. Only a couple days into the trip, Mary gets very sick and dies of peritonitis at General Lester Willson’s home. She was buried on five acres bought by William Blackmore that is now called Sunset Hills. Later Dr. Hayden discovers a mountain and names it Mt. Blackmore in Mary’s honor.
in 1878, William Blackmore American investments brought him to financial ruin which led to him shooting himself in the head with a pistol.