Henry Dunschen, a successful farmer of the Bitter
Root Valley was born in Germany, June 11, 1827. In 1854 he left his native
land for America and for the following ten years was engaged in farming in
Illinois. He then made the long and hazardous journey with horses and mules
across the plains to Montana where he followed mining at Alder Gulch about
one year, and then in 1865, secured 240 acres of Government land at his present
location in the Bitter Root Valley.
He built a small cabin and began the improvement of
his place, which he has since converted into one of the finest farms in the
family. He has now a good bearing orchard, a comfortable dwelling, where once
stood his little cabin and has made many other improvements.
In 1871 Mr. Dunschen was united in marriage to
Mrs. Mary Ford. By her former marriage Mrs. Dunschen had one daughter, now
Mrs. Andrew Logan.
History of Montana, by Joaquin Miller, 1894