We get research requests from close to home in Butte and as far away as Finland, Ireland, and Italy. Many have to do with family history. Local people like to research their homes and others request photographs from our collection. Writers and historians use our facility for academic research, and students draw upon our collections … More Who Was Rick Jones?
Following the end of World War II, with the return of servicemen now looking for work, Butte underwent a shift in population from the Uptown to the Flats. In 1946, the Butte Development Association formed as a spontaneous idea to bring three community interests together – labor, business, and the public – to look at Butte’s … More Butte Housing Day, 1947
Recently, we were touring the Lexington Mine Hoist House when someone looking at a control panel asked, “What is a Lilly?” I was happy to say that I knew exactly what it was thanks to Dorothy McBride, William J. Lilly’s great-niece. They were referring to the Lilly Controller that was still in the hoist house. … More What Is A Lilly?
On November 28, 1918, the Health Board again made an order to close all theaters, pool halls, dance halls, and places of entertainment. The schools were scheduled to open on Monday, December 2, but by law, they would not be allowed to open if it was declared there was an epidemic in Silver Bow County. … More Spanish Influenza Epidemic: The Final Weeks
Week 7 November 17 – November 23, 1918 Sunday, November 17, 1918 – Tuesday, November 19, 1918 It was reported that there were 113 new cases of influenza and 16 deaths from November 16 to 17th. There had been 416 new cases of the flu this week compared to 219 for the previous week. To … More Spanish Influenza Epidemic: Week 7
Week 6 November 10 – November 16, 1918 Sunday, November 10, 1918 – Wednesday, November 13, 1918 Possibly due to the perceived improvement of the influenza condition in Butte, only one meeting was held from November 10 to November 13. On November 11, 1918, the Board of Health held a short meeting. Secretary Freund reported … More Spanish Influenza Epidemic: Week 6
Week 5 November 3 – November 9, 1918 Sunday, November 3, 1918 Conditions of the influenza outbreak continued to improve. Twenty-eight new cases of the flu were reported from 5 doctors and 11 deaths were reported the day prior. Due to an earlier flu outbreak in the County Jail and County Hospital, the Health Board … More Spanish Influenza Epidemic: Week 5
Week 4 October 27 – November 2, 1918 Sunday, October 27, 1918 – Tuesday, October 29, 1918 There are no recorded Board of Health minutes for October 27 through the 29th, but the newspapers reported heavily on the outbreak. The Butte Miner reported the flu may have reached its height. Although there was a slight increase … More Spanish Influenza Epidemic: Week 4
Week 3 October 20 – October 26, 1918 Sunday, October 20, 1918 Dr. Matthews reported 363 new cases and 20 deaths from Spanish influenza as of October 20. Secretary Freund noted cooperation from nurses to assist the board was not as it should be during an epidemic because of dissension within the ranks of the … More Spanish Influenza Epidemic: Week 3
Week 2 October 13 – October 19, 1918 Sunday, October 13, 1918 – Monday, October 14, 1918 The Board of Health did not meet on Sunday and Monday owing to a holiday and meetings not being held on Sunday, a practice that would quickly change as the severity of the epidemic grew. More than 300 … More Spanish Influenza Epidemic: Week 2