Milk River Genealogical Society
Thank you for your interest in this society. For more
information, contact the address and/or people listed below.
Mailing Address: Milk
Society, Box 1000, Chinook, MT 59523
People to Contact:
Newsletter: None at this time.
Meeting Times: 4th Monday of the month during September through May at
1:30 pm at the Triple E Room of the Courthouse Annex.
More Information and Ongoing Projects:
- The Society takes an
annual field trip to locate old cemeteries and unmarked graves. This
year we took both a spring and fall field trip. We have just completed a
project which involved hiring pipe fences ( 2 7/8 pipe posts with four
rails of sucker rod) built and installed around two sites in north Blaine County. One site is the
cemetery for the defunct settlement of Hydro, Montana, and the other is for two
Dalke graves, Ruben (1893 - 1918) and Maria (1869 - 1917). Both sites
are in land that is grazed and the Hydro graves are suffering from
cattle damage to the markers and cement rectangles outlining the plots.
The fences will not require maintenance. There are several Mennonite
cemeteries which need attention. One contains 25-30 burials, and we only
know the name of one person in the cemetery. The flu epidemic and the
drought ended many of the settlements in the north country.
- We are also beginning
work on the state project of indexing the local paper, The Chinook
Opinion. If and when we get finished with that, we will be able to
answer research questions quickly. There is no county history as such.
The Harlem area published a good one
that is indexed and covers the eastern part of the county. It is out of
print. Our society published a book about the fire in 1991 which
consumed 187,000 acres. We included land histories with the stories and
a feature page on the schools and the church that burned. So it contains
quite a bit of history including the Bear's Paw Battleground. Homes that
burned contain a picture of the original home with some history. Fire in
the Wind: An Account of the 1991 Blaine County Fire immediately sold
out. Our Society has prepared a bibliography of books and materials in
the Blaine County Library which can be used for research. (All local
histories are out-of-print except for a book about the town of Chinook called
Chinook: The First 100 Years. It is basically a pictorial, but it is
indexed and there are a number of names although little or no history
with the name. It is on sale at the Blaine County
- We do limited
research, but there is not time to search newspapers unless the time is
pinpointed. When we get the papers indexed, it will make research
a snap. We're willing to check courthouse records and land records
if basic information is provided. Indexed local histories can be
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