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Katherine Helena Mahoney Buffington
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Birth: Oct. 13, 1891
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1976
Red Lodge
Carbon County
Montana, USA

Obituary from newspapers:

From the clipping collection of Bryan Tucker - no date/no source - format appears similar to Forsyth paper - copy held by C. Byron

Rosebud Creek pioneer rites held in Red Lodge

Katherine "Buffy" Buffington, 84 died June 24 at the Carbon County Health Care Center in Red Lodge following an extended illness.

She was born October 13, 1891, in Butte, the daughter of John and Mary Mahoney. When she was about a year old the family moved to the Lame Deer area.

She attended schools in that area and later completed her education at the Urseline (sic) Convent in Miles City.

She married Fay O. Buffington in Billings, July 22, 1915. [See note below for a correction of this date. C. Byron]

They made their home in the Jordan vicinity near the present site of the Hell Creek Recreation Area. In 1939 they moved to Edgar where they ranched until 1957 when her husband died.

She lived for a short time in Fromberg later moving to Red Lodge.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and Altar Society, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include three daughters, Amy Crane of Forsyth, Mrs. Marie Beall and Mrs. Helen Hudak, both of the Red Lodge area; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Daily of Billings and Mrs. Rose Thompson of Detroit, Michigan; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Monday in Red Lodge with Father Patrick Morgan officiating. Graveside rites by the American Legion Auxiliary followed in the Rockvale Cemetery.


C. Byron note: the marriage date given above is incorrect. They were married December 22, 1915.


Katie wrote this letter to the editor of the Billings Gazette:


I lived on a homestead ranch for many years and have had experience with 1080, strychnine, and trapping. I am 84. I agree, by all means, 1080 be put out in large chunks and staked down for bait. It should be at least a mile from farms where dogs are. Ranchers should be informed of location and ranches posted "1080 Bait."

When weather turns cold, set bait and leave out until winter ends, at that time, remove and dispose of it. During this time the hides are prime and sell higher.

In using strychnine, make small baits about the size of an egg, slit a hole in bait and put in 1/4 teaspoon strychnine. Pour melted tallow over slit to seal. Count them and put them near a dead animal. Poisoned coyotes do not go far and are found near bait. Humans do not get poisoned from the 1080 or strychnine unless they put fingers near mouth.

Best coyote trapping is on trails where you see their foot tracks. Dig a hole and set trap in it, cover plate and jaws with paper and springle fine sand gently over it. Use a piece of sagebrush to brush out human scent around the trap. Ride trap lines daily. A coyote's bones are never broken. The coyote is alive in the trap and must be killed.

When stretching hides, put case inside out. When dry, turn with fur outside.

Where large bands of sheep are run, sheep wagons, herders and dogs are used. Sheep are bedded down on side hills on large ranches owned or leased for grazing. Sheep are usually killed at night in these areas. Coyotes kill lambs and big sheep that are healthy. They eat their fill, kill and mutilate others.

Katherine Buffington
Red Lodge

(She was living in a nursing home when this was written.)

Katie's Recipe for Corned Beef

Make a curing brine by mixing 2# Tender Quick per gallon of water. Stir until dissolved. Put the meat in an earthen jar (crock) and pour brine mix over it. Be sure to cut in sizable chunks so that it cure through. Fully cover with brine and weight down to hold it under the brine. Leave in the brine 2 weeks - or longer depending upon the sizes of the chunks.

Morton's Tender Quick mix salt - This already has the salt peter, but you can run a smear on each chuck - it gives it the nice red colors.

I used this recipe after I cam to Edgar and it is very good.
Family links: 
  John Mahoney (1859 - 1899)
  Mary Ellen Lynch Mahoney (1868 - 1920)
  Fay Ollie (Olin) Buffington (1885 - 1957)*
  Ruth Buffington (1916 - 1918)*
  Amy Rose Buffington Crane (1918 - 1993)*
  Wilbur Fay Buffington (1921 - 1942)*
  Marie Buffington Beall (1923 - 1993)*
  Helen Theresa Buffington Hudak (1924 - 1987)*
  Margaret Mary Mahoney Daily (1890 - 1978)*
  Katherine Helena Mahoney Buffington (1891 - 1976)
  John E. Mahoney (1893 - 1966)*
  Thomas Francis Mahoney (1895 - 1895)*
  Maurice Emmett Mahoney (1897 - 1909)*
  Hugh Patrick Valentine Mahoney (1900 - 1973)*
*Calculated relationship
Rockvale Cemetery
Carbon County
Montana, USA
Created by: Catherine Byron
Record added: Jun 03, 2007
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