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Mr. Ed’s Great-Grandparents, Moses and Susan Sherman lived in Montana for many years during his employment with the Northern Pacific Railroad.  Drummond was their home when Moses retired November 8, 1938.

We thought it would be fun to map the Sherman’s movement in Montana and to do so we dug out a stack of old Post Cards (yes, penny post cards) sent to them by their son Murry, daughter Martha and various friends.  Because we were only able to track according to the mailing dates there’s some overlap in the years they received mail at a given location, but those cards told a story of their movement that we wanted to share. So here’s the  map we put together… we hope you enjoy it.  Oh, I should note that this graphic is one little section of a 1900 Northern Pacific Railroad map.

It was fun to note that one card was addressed to “Mrs. Sherman, 2 1/2 miles south of Drummond.”


Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA. November 23, 2011

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The Hartwells filed Homestead application on October 16, 1871 and started working the land to “prove it up” as the saying went. Charles paid the sum of eighteen dollars to start the homestead process.

One of the first things the settler must do build is a house… the Hartwell’s house was described as “of logs, story & half, board floor & shingle roof.  One door & one window.” Improvements to the property were described: “20 Rasberry (sic) bushes and 5000 Strawberry plants.”

This description was given on September 18, 1875 by Calista Hartwell, widow of Charles W. Hartwell.  But wait!  A widow?  No…according to Grace Hooper’s “Pioneer Notes”, Charles left the family shortly after their arrival at South Arm in 1870.  And it’s documented that Charles married Susan Winkworth August 2, 1874. Here’s the text from “Pioneer Notes” as written:

“In 1870 a boat drew in to the dock at the end of South Arm bringing Charles and Calista Hartwell and two children to land.  They had taken up a soldier’s homestead nine miles south and west in Antrim County.  In a short time, Mr. Hartwell left home and soon married another woman.  Shocked and grieved, Mrs. Hartwell was confronted with the necessity of providing a living for her children, but she was a plucky woman and had a fair education so rose to meet the occasion.  She worked at dressmaking and millinery and was appointed postmistress at South Arm and carried on for three years.  Learning that she could prove up the homestead, she undertook the project and received the deed in her own name.  It was required that she occupy the land a certain number of days each month, so she walked seven miles to the Kinney’s and they went with her ahead to break a trail through the deep snow.  The women followed, each carrying necessary things…….she had made her way alone for eight years.”

Homestead application dated October 16, 1871, signed by Charles Hartwell.


Final papers granting the homestead to Calista Hartwell, dated January 20, 1876.


Plat of Echo Twp, Hartwell homestead highlighted and named “W.H. McAllister.”  Calista married Wilson McAllister subsequent to receiving the homestead.


SOURCES: “Pioneer Notes” by Grace Hooper, Fen’s Rim Publications, Elk Rapids, Michigan, 1993

NARA Form 86 Military Service Record for Charles Warren Hartwell

NARA Form 85A Full Pension File #324743 for Charles Warren Hartwell

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Edminster, Kansas

Good Evening,

Here’s an early map of Leavenworth County, Kansas showing the town of “Edminster” which according to the book “The Edminster Family in America” was named for Herbert Loyal Edminster. The small railroad town was about 2 1/2 miles from Tonganoxie. Although the town no longer exists it’s fun to see a map showing its one time location.

SOURCE: “History of Kansas,” Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1889)

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