Welcome to the Official Site of the:

      Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers 


Big Sky Country!  

Greetings from the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers

A Short Introduction of our Historical Beginning

We hope to make this a public stopping place for our members and all interested people. Events, meetings, and news stories concerning the Sons and Daughters can be found here, along with other information of historical significance, a link to our quarterly newsletter -- The Pick and Shovel, application forms to join the Sons and Daughters, the new Pioneer Heritage Book, and information about our board of directors. We hope you benefit from our website and accept our invitation to enjoy the history of the great State of Montana -

Feel free to drop a line and let us know what you would like to see here. Michael (Cowboy) Russell is your Webmaster here, and if any of you have historical pictures to incorporate on this site, please send them. If you email Mike, he will send you a mailing address. His email is located at the logo below.

This picture was taken in Helena in 1892, when the first
chapter of Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers was
founded during a meeting of the Society of Montana Pioneers

The first group assembled on the steps of the county
courthouse with the founders, Mrs. T. H. Kleinschmidt,
standing left third row, and Mrs. P. B. Clarke, who stands
next to her.

Seated in the first row, left to right, are
Will Curtiss, Albert Loeb and Lewis Penwell; second row,
Charles Dahler, Ada Deegan, Mae Curtiss Cone, unidentified,
Dr. Charles Reinig, Gertie Hickman Thompson, Frances
Jurgens Toby, Theodore E. Kleinschmidt, Marie
Kleinschmidt Southworth, Alma Sanford,
Frances Esker Woodman, Bessie M. Whitcomb,
a Merrill boy, Jacob Lissner, Bessie Kirdendall,
Mrs. P. B. Sanford, Edward Horsky, Dr. Ben Brooke,
a Merrill boy, unidentified, Toby Hedges, and unidentified.

Third row, standing left to right, Mrs. T. H. Kleinschmidt,
Mrs. P. B. Clarke, Tot Millegan, unidentified,
Albert Quirk Dygert, Reta Clarke Hauser,
Kady Kirkendall Shepard, Nona N. Brown, a Stewart,
Nettie Redding Little and Mary L. Burns.

Last row, Aurile Keeler, Charles English, unidentified,
a Merrill boy and the last man is unidentified.

2017 History Teacher of the Year Award
went to Jody Delaney
of Broadwater Montessori School East Helena, Montana this year

Jody teaches her class about History in the clothes of the times depending on what part of history she is teaching that day.  Jody came to the Annual Montana Statehood Bell Ringers Award Ceremony dressed as Jeanette Rankin, a prominent lady in the history of Montana.  Her class also dressed up as figures in history.
The Annual Montana Statehood Bell Ringers Award is presented to the History Teacher of the Year Awardee on November 8th of each year to commemorate the actual date and time of the signing of Statehood for our Great State of Montana.  At exactly 10:40 am the children of the class ring the statehood bell for one minute to celebrate the signing of our Statehood into the Union, which happened in 1889 on November 8th at 10:40 am. 
Picture below is of Jody during the celebration and we were also entertained with a Native American song of Thanks, also pictured.


We just concluded our General Meeting October 7th and decided on our Convention Sites for 2019 and 2020.  They are: drum roll please...... 2019 Miles City - 2020 Hamilton
We are really looking forward to put these two sites together for our upcoming conventions. If you can help in anyway please send us an email and help us organize these events, like, places you might want to see, restaurants of interest and maybe your favorite hotel for the location.

Click on this link to send us an email

2017 Convention Aug 11-12 Great Falls, Montana

The convention was GREAT in GREAT FALLS. We had the largest attendance there than most conventions, over 80 attendees.  We all decided to focus on how we can get the importance of preserving this society to our younger generations.  We did have 2, 17 year olds there that helped with the registration desk and we let them talk about what they thought we could do to reach out to the younger members.  This kind of put them on the spot and they thought along the lines of trying to put something in the program (besides History) that would spark their interest. 

The new officers and Board were elected and we have lots of plans to help put the SDMP into the 21st Century by updating our data information through the social media and updated computers for putting more information about who and what we are via the internet. 
A good time was had by all, the Fort Shaw trip was great, the accomodations were excellent and the food was pretty good also.  Thanks to all of you that attended and thanks for all your input at this convention.  See ya next year in POLSON, MT.


Top left picture is of all the Attendees that were in Great Falls, Top right is Members of the SDMP, bottom picture is the outgoing 2017 Officers and Board

Society of Montana Pioneers – 130th Anniversary Pin 

As can be seen on the pin mock-up above, the oval top (magnet attachment) has the Sons and Daughters Logo with the wording “The Society of Montana Pioneers” (antiqued copper).  The linked charm has three parts:  The left is the 38 star U. S. flag of 1884 (in color), the middle circle is the Society of Montana Pioneers Seal with an eagle holding a shield (antiqued copper), and the right circle is The Seal of The Territory of Montana that was in use in 1884 (in color).  The Montana Historical Society and the Montana Secretary of State’s offices graciously gave us permission to use The Seal of The Territory of Montana.  The wording on the white ribbon: “130 Years 1884 – 2014”.

 The price of the pin is $20.00.   Anniversary Pin Order Form above (click on Anniversary Pin).   The cost for mailed pins will be $25.00 each ($20 for the pin and $5.00 for shipping and handling). Don’t miss the opportunity to own one of these limited-edition, one-of-a-kind pins for you and your family members. 

https://www.facebook.com/SonsAndDaughtersOfMontanaPioneers/  Join us on Facebook


James has established along with the University of Montana Western a "HISTORY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP"  This Scholarship is only available at the UMW to all qualified and enrolled SENIOR History Majors planning a career in teaching history or GRADUATE Students already employed in History Education.
We will be awarding our first scholarship for the academic year of 2016-2017, and we welcome all eligible students to apply before January 2, 2016.  Applicants will be evaluated on foinancial need, community, school, and church activities, grade point average (4.0-2.49), and (but not required) military service, and a SDMP member.
You may not have participated in all of the above activities, but dont hesitate to apply for our scholarship.
If your family came to Montana before December 31, 1868 and you are a direct descendant of a Montana Pioneer, you are eligible to join the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers Society. For an application write to:
SDMP Scholarship
PO Box 8964
Missoula, MT 59807
or check out this website below for an application.
For a scholarship application please contact:
UMW Foundation ATTN: Roxanne Engellant
710 S. Atlantic
Dillon, MT 59725 (406) 683-7305
Thanks for your participation in the James P Kovatch and SDMP scholarship

We are trying to get ALL MEMBERS to supply us with their email addresses.  Please click
on this link and print out the release form and supply us with your email address. Or
just email us your email address and we will update our records.
We hope to be able to send out the Pick and Shovel via email in the future and keep
our members informed of important updates.  Have a great day.

Thanks for sending us your emails to update and improve the distribution of messages and newsletters to you.  This in turn saves the organization lots of money.
The following person's emails are being returned and are not deliverable.  Please email me back to correct the email address we have on file.  I am not going to post those email addresses but will post your name.  Please click on the the victorian pen and paper above to send me those email addresses.... Thanks Mike

Links to Applications and information

in order to read the Pick and Shovel you must have Adobe PDF Reader, click here to download it.  Its free and easy

New Pick and Shovel coming next week (16 October 2017)

Pick and Shovel - Fall 2017 - As of October 20, 2017

Membership Application

Membership Dues

Board Members Contact Page 2018- 2020

  Montana Nick Names and Motto's

            Dreams Across the Divide Stories of the Montana Pioneers
         Linda Wostrel, Editor - A new Book with the stories of our
ancestors that settled this great state. $25.00
email: mrussell@sonsanddaughtersmontanapioneers.com or
Send check and order to:
Dreams Across the Divide Book
PO Box 8964
Missoula, MT 59807



All new..... Static Cling Window Decals and our new Denim Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve Logo'd Shirts, Polo Shirts and
NOW NEW T-Shirts
click here to go to Sons and Daughters items for sale page

We are now making available video's and slide show presentations that were made during the 1942 thru 1963 Conventions, slide show DVD's range from 1965 thru 1973, also, Video's of 1987, 2000, 2001, TV coverage of 2001 Book Signing and 2010 video titled "Montana Poor Farm".

If you are interested in purchasing any of these please email us using the link above or below

Free Guestbook
Our Guestbook 

If you have inquiries about your ancestry, please do not ask about them in the
guestbook, please email us with your questions and we will get them answered that way.

click pen well to email inquiries

This page copyrighted 2-98
by Michael Russell..aka Cowboy

Page updated August 19, 2017

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