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Joseph Henry Bonner
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1873
Cass County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1925
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA

Joseph Henry Bonner was born on April 1, 1873 in Nebraska, the son of James Hicks and Elizabeth (Kehler) Bonar (later spelled Bonner). In 1880, Joseph was living in Mosquito Mountain, Park County, Colorado with his family. By 1896, Joseph was living in Butte, Montana and working in the mines. Before he married in 1900, Joseph was living at the hotel, 118 South Ohio, Butte.

On February 6, 1900 he married Helma (or Helen/Helena Nellie) Anderson in Butte. In 1901, they were living at 118 South Ohio. Joseph was continuing to work in various mines: Clear Grit Mine and E.G.R. Mine from 1909 through 1911.

Joseph and Helen were living at 367 East Mercury in Butte. The 1910 census notes that his nieces, Freda and Ada Bonner were living in the same home. Joseph states he was working as a copper miner. A 1916 map of 367 East Mercury shows a dwelling like a duplex and the next dwelling is 405 East Mercury which is a Catholic Sisters Home.

On September 12, 1918, the Butte/Silver Bow Archives notes the following: Joseph H. Bonner, tall, blue eyes, brown hair, 313 S. Idaho, Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, age 45, born April 1, 1873, white, miner, Butte Superior Mining Co., Black Rock Mine, Helen C. Bonner, wife.

By 1920, Joseph and Helen were living at 313 Idaho in the back, Butte, Montana; he was working in the copper mines.

His death certificate records the following with several errors: State of Montana, no. 30972, place of death, Silver Bow County, Butte, Montana, 314 Idaho Alley St., Joseph H. Bonner, male, white, married, wife of Helen Bonner, date of birth April 1, 1872, age 51 years 9 months, 19 days, occupation miner, birthplace Colorado, name of father "don't know", birthplace "don't know", maiden name of mother Elizabeth Keller, born Pennsylvania, informant Mrs. Helen Bonner, 314 Idaho Alley, J. B. Freund, M.D., date of death 1/19/25, died of pulmonary tuberculosis, duration 5 years, no autopsy, burial Mount Moriah Cemetery 1/21/25, undertaker Richards, Butte.

"Bonner -- The funeral of the late Joseph Bonner, will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock from Richards' chapel, Rev. Z. C. O'Farrel officiating. Interment at Mount Moriah cemetery." Butte Miner, 1/20/1925

"Bonner - Rev. Z. Colon O'Farrell this afternoon conducted services in memory of Joseph H. Bonner in the Richards chapel. Many friends attended. Interment was in Mount Moriah cemetery." Butte Post, 1/21/1925

Helen, his wife, purchased the grave plot on January 12, 1925, just days before his death, as Joseph was not expected to live. He has a nice headstone "Joseph Bonner, 1873-1925" and is buried in Section P, Row 6, fourth grave.
Family links: 
  James Hicks Bonner (1847 - 1929)
  Elizabeth Kehler Bailey (1847 - 1897)
  Joseph Henry Bonner (1873 - 1925)
  Harvey Eugene Bonner (1877 - 1949)*
  Hattie Bonner Tiernan (1880 - 1956)*
  George Ellis Bailey (1888 - 1965)**
  Mary Ann Bailey Wilson (1889 - 1974)**
  William Henry Bailey (1892 - 1931)**
*Calculated relationship
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA
Plot: Section P, Row 6, fourth grave
Maintained by: Charleen Spalding
Originally Created by: Bill Bonner
Record added: Jan 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46900751
Joseph Henry Bonner
Added by: Charleen Spalding
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