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Richard Ashworth: The Cattleman Who Barely Left a Trace

Richard Ashworth: The Cattleman Who Barely Left a Trace By Alexandra Deselms, Interim Director & Director of Collections Meeteetseans know the story of Richard Ashworth, his unique house, and the jealousy of his foreman, Wilfred Jevons. But do you know the full story? Richard Ashworth was born between 1853 and 1856 in England (sources vary). […]

Angus James McDonald

By Alexandra Deselms, Interim Director & Director of Collections Angus James McDonald pursued a variety of careers and work during his life, and because of this, he was one of the foremost early citizens of Meeteetse. Angus McDonald was born in June 1853 in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada to Alexander Angus McDonald and Flora Fraser as […]

Fall from Grace: Dr. William Sabin Bennett

By Amy Phillips, Director of Education and Programs Dr. William Sabin Bennett was Meeteetse’s town doctor from 1899 until moving to Cody in 1909. Aside from being a well-respected physician, Bennett also served as mayor numerous times. William Sabin Bennett was born in Lawrence, Kansas on July 1, 1870, to Joseph Dexter Bennett and Carrie […]

John Franklin Corbett

By Amy Phillips John Franklin Corbett was a founding member of both Arland and Meeteetse. Corbett was born in Massachusetts to Matthias and Johanna Corbett soon after the couple immigrated to the United States from Ireland. Genealogy records of Corbett are rare until he settled in Meeteetse, but a biography published by A.W. Bowen in […]

Women Proprietors of Early Meeteetse Part I: Sylvia Mikkelson

Women Proprietors of Early Meeteetse Part I: Sylvia Mikkelson By Amy Phillips Women in the 19th century are typically not thought of in the world of business. Despite that way of thinking, Meeteetse has been home to many women-owned businesses from the start. Focusing on early Meeteetse, we are limiting the focus to two women […]

Women Proprietors of Early Meeteetse Part II: Mary J. Corbett

Women Proprietors of Early Meeteetse Part II: Mary J. Corbett By Amy Phillips Mary Josephine Corbett led a fascinating life, and not only because of her numerous divorces. She was born in Brome, Quebec, Canada in 1854 as Mary Josephine Wing. Mary came to the United States in 1871, a date listed on the census […]

The Mystery of the Iron Creek Brickworks

The Mystery of the Iron Creek Brickworks By Amy Phillips The First National Bank and Weller Hotel are both built from local brick. The question is, how local is that brick? The First National Bank was built in 1901. Unfortunately, the newspapers from Meeteetse at that time period are not digitized or are completely missing. […]

Early History of the Meeteetse Blacksmith Shop 

Early History of the Meeteetse Blacksmith Shop  By Amy Phillips, Director of Education and Programs William McNally earns the distinction of owning the Meeteetse townsite before it was a town. McNally was born in New Jersey in 1853 to Irish immigrants. At age 22, in May of 1875 McNally enlisted with the U.S. Army 5th […]

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