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Scattered papers of Spear family -- Collection contains a typescript photocopy of a letter (1845) from Willis Bradford Spear to his father; a typescript copy of Willis Moses Spear's diary (1883), describing the family move from New Chicago to Wyoming; a one-page typed biography (n.d.) of Willis Bradford Spear by Jessamine Spear Johnson; six reminiscences (n.d.) by Willis M. Spear, discussing life in Montana and Wyoming; and several reminiscences (n.d.) and a family history (1972) by Willis Benton Spear.
New Chicago, Mont., and Big Horn, Wyo., mining and ranching family -- In 1874, Willis Bradford Spear and his wife, Jane Ferguson Wood, travelled by wagon train to New Chicago, Montana Territory. Spear helped build a silver mill at Philipsburg and then homesteaded until 1883, when the Spear family moved to Big Horn, Wyoming Territory, to start a cattle ranch. In 1897, Spear retired to Billings, Mont., and left the Wyoming ranch in the hands of his son, Willis Moses Spear, and grandson, Willis Benton Spear.
This record replaces NUCMC entry MS 79-573.