Gladys M. Pearce Papers, 1936, 1956-1957
Pearce, Gladys M.
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Her manuscript "Claimed by the Prairies" (187 p.) covers the life of her grandmother Winnie Winston Nicholls (1830-1914) dealing particularly with her life after 1873 as a Bismarck pioneer. Among people mentioned are Alexander McKenzie, Dennis Hannifin, Calamity Jane, General Custer, the horse, Comanche, William Latimer, Dr. E.P. Quain, Linda Slaughter, and the Marquis de Mores. Described are travel by covered wagon, Fort Seward (Jamestown), gambling halls, the removal of the capital to Bismarck, the 1898 fire, Negro settlements, statehood, Camp Hancock, early schools, social life of Bismarck, scenes in early Montana and many other subjects.