Inez Mary Grover
- Born: 25 Sep 1886, Big Pine, Inyo, California, USA 73,74
- Marriage: Charles Augusta Waddell on 7 Jan 1908 in Hamilton, Ravalli, Montana, USA 44,73
- Died: 29 Jun 1964, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA at age 77
- Buried: 2 Jul 1964, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA
Ancestral File Number: 18CC-R8T.
Related to Charlotte Waddell by her mother Inez Grover Waddell
Father [Henry Grover 0141] came from California with mother [Mary Elizabeth McMurray 0140] and two little girls in 1881 – to Bitteroot – wilderness. No railroad – no bridges across the streams and but few settlers. Bridge to be built across the Bitter Root River near where Hamilton now is. Father hauled logs for bridge – and Mother to cook for bridge crew. No concrete or steel – bridge to be built of logs and boards. Lumber was cut for the camp in fall – green – ice on walls all winter. Wild animals came very close at night. Bridge finished, father built log cabin on homestead and began to clear and cultivate the land and obtained some cattle. Cabins had almost a flat roof covered with sod. Usually one large room – added to as needed. Furniture home made except few pieces that had been brought with them. No mattresses – feather beds – straw ticks. Made wax candles – made soap and all clothing for the family – knit stockings, socks and mittens. Water was carried from spring or stream – washing by tub and board. In fall supply of groceries was brought to last through winter. Father ordered from San Francisco – dried fruit and other staple groceries including 100 lb. sack green coffee beans – roasted in pans in oven – ground each day as needed. Buy beans – churning and roasting coffee. Sickness.
Small flour mill built on one of streams – water wheel turned mill – take wheat and corn for flour. As lumber became more plentiful houses built of lumber – no plastering – sealed with lumber or lined and papered. Larger and better houses built – proverbial parlor came into being.
Schoolhouse – L – room – large stove center, seats on each side – platform for teacher in front of room – desk, chair. Schoolhouse was social center for community. Dances, literary society, debating society, Sunday school on Sunday. Box social was best way to raise money. All family went to party. One of landmarks St. Mary's Mission founded 1841 – well preserved – furniture hand made. Fort at Stevensville. Medicine tree – medicine wheel – Indians held ceremonies. Flathead Indians came through going hunting – beg. Father planted first fruit trees
These are reminiscences Mother wrote down for me when she was here visiting in about 1962. Hardly what I wanted. They are more the things Grandma Grover told. But her memory just didn't respond to my questions. So I'll pass it on anyway for whatever interest it may hold.
Noted events in her life were:
• Census: Age 33, birth CA 1887, 9 Jan 1920, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA. 66 Waddell, Charles A, age 38, Salesman, Hardware store
Waddell, Inez M, age 33
Waddell, Stanley, age 10
Waddell, Charlotte, age 7
Waddell, Charles, age 6
Waddell, Inez, age 5
Waddell, Loretta, age 3
• Census: Age 44, birth CA, 2 Apr 1930, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA. 67
Inez married Charles Augusta Waddell, son of Alfred Waddell and Sarah A. Lowe, on 7 Jan 1908 in Hamilton, Ravalli, Montana, USA 44.,73 (Charles Augusta Waddell was born on 1 May 1881 in Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas, USA,73 died on 31 Oct 1961 in Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA and was buried on 2 Nov 1961 in Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA.)