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 Mortimer Hewlett Lott

Mortimer Hewlett Lott

Birth
Lottsville, Warren County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 4 Oct 1920 (aged 92)
Twin Bridges, Madison County, Montana, USA
Burial Twin Bridges, Madison County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 19285166 · View Source
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Son of Hewlett Lott and Maria Ditmars. Married Melvina Jane "Mallie" Carson on May 20, 1880 in Twin Bridges, Montana.

He settled in Montana in 1862 and helped develop the Twin Bridges area. The town was originally called Lott Bridges, as it was he and his brother, John, who built the two bridges in the area. He was a member of the Vigilance Committee, a mason, and also served as a judge for many years.

He homesteaded a ranch that is still in operation and in the Lott family today.

The Anaconda Standard -- October 5, 1920 MORTIMER H. LOTT PIONEER OF STATE DIES AT AGE OF 92 Former President of Society of Montana Pioneers Came to Montana in 1862-- Was Early Settler on Present Site of City. Funeral Will Be Wednesday. -- Mortimer H. Lott, widely known as the father of Twin Bridges, and prominently identified with the activities of the pioneers of Montana, died at his home in that city yesterday morning at 9 o'clock. He would have been 93 yeas old next Christmas, and while he was remarkably well preserved for his years, he had shown signs of failing recently and the natural decline of old age is given as the cause of death. Funeral services will be held in Twin Bridges on Wednesday and will be under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, of which the pioneer was a member. He also was a member of the Eastern Star and had held the highest office in both lodges in Twin Bridges. Surviving him are his wife Melvina J. Lott, a son, Mortimer J. Lott, and a daughter, Marie L. Comfort, all living in Twin Bridges. Mortimer H. Lott arrived in Montana July 10, 1862. He followed mining for a while in Bannock and then went to Virginia City,where he started a store. This he abandoned after two years for a farm, which later became the site of Twin Bridges--and when the little city grew up about his homestead he remained, with his family. He was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Lottsville, Warren county, Pennsylvania,completed his schooling at Fredonia, an academic college at Fredonia,New York, and when he was 30 years old came west. He first settled in Kansas, later moving to Colorado, where he engaged in mining in California gulch. Then he went to New Mexico and finally with a party of travelers made his way to Montana. The party was beset by Indian bands and for three days and nights were unable to sleep, continuing their journey until they arrived at Fort Bridger, where federal troops were garrisoned. Under escort the party continued its journey,arriving finally in Bannock. "Judge" Lott, as he is commonly known among his acquaintances since he served as probate judge in Madison county, was honored with a number of public trusts. He was the first mayor of Twin Bridges and for years took an active interest in the development of the public schools, serving several terms on the Twin Bridges school board. In 1911 he resigned from the board, stating that he did not care to share the responsibility, but later became a member of the city council. In September, 1912, "Judge" Lott was elected president of the Society of Montana Pioneers, an organization in which he took the keenest interest, having attended a great many of the annual conventions. In August, 1919, he was present at the convention held in Butte, and although one of the three oldest delegates present, his appearance and mental activity belied his years, beset as they were with the hardships of the pioneer.


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  • Created by: A Marine's Daughter
  • Added: 7 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19285166
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mortimer Hewlett Lott (25 Dec 1827–4 Oct 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19285166, citing Twin Bridges Cemetery, Twin Bridges, Madison County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by A Marine's Daughter (contributor 46506165) .