The Spokesman-Review (WA), 17 July 1921
Holter, Pioneer Merchant, Dead. Montana Hardware Man, Banker and Lumberman, Succumbs at Age 90
Helena, Mont. July 16--A.M. Holter, prominent merchant and pioneer, died at his home here late today of ailments consequent upon extreme age. He was 90 years old.
He was born in Norway and came to the United States at the age of 23. He worked for a time in Iowa and later in St. Louis and in 1860 was in Colorado. He journeyed on to Montana in 1863, arriving at Alder Gulch December 1. Mr. Holter and associates at once opened a mill near Virginia City and later one near Helena. It was the era of vigilantes, with whom Mr. Holter had several thrilling encounters.
During a visit in Chicago in 1867 Mr. Holter married Miss Mary Pluberg. On his return here he opened a store with his brother, Martin, as partner. From this he branched out until at the time of his death he was one of the leading hardware merchants of the northwest.
Mr. Holter was also interested in mining, lumbering and banking. He was a republican and served in the territorial legislature and later in the Montana house.
Mr. Holter had been in failing health for the last several years and the management of his interests has been entirely in the hands of his sons. Of these, Norman B. Holter has been the virtual head of the Holter interests for many years past. Aubrey M. Holter pays particular attention to the hardware business. The other brother, J. Edward Holter is a successful lawyer in New York.
Surviving children are Norman B. and Aubrey M. of Helena, J. Edward of New York, and Mrs. James Grey of Los Angeles.
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