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 Charles Henry Austin

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Charles Henry Austin

Birth
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Death
22 May 1920 (aged 76)
Cascade County, Montana, USA
Burial
Cascade County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID
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Great Falls Daily Tribune (MT), 23 May 1920

C.H. Austin, Pioneer, Falls Dead On His Ranch on Hound Creek. Stockman and Banker, Resident of Montana since 1865, Passes to Reward, Age 76

Charles Henry Austin, stockman and banker, dropped dead Saturday morning at his ranch on Hound creek, about 20 miles out of Cascade, where he was watching his employees brand cattle. Mr. Austin had been in his usual health and had not been complaining. He was seen to fall to the ground and died without uttering a sound. He was in his 76th year. The body will be held at the W.H. George Company chapel pending the arrival from California of Mrs. Austin and their one child, Mrs. Earl Johnson.

The passing of Mr. Austin takes from Cascade another of its prominent pioneers who have achieved large success in the last half century. Mr. Austin had lived in Montana since 1865 and had resided in Chestnut valley and at the ranch where his death occurred since 1882. During the last 40 years he had been one of the active leaders in the building up of the town of Cascade and the development of Chestnut valley, not only in its stock but in its farming interests and no enterprise that promised advancement to that section, or for any section of Montana, which did not have the active support and approval of Charles Henry Austin.

Native of Vermont--On Feb. 6, 1844, Charles Henry Austin was born at Burlington, Vermont. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. William Austin, his father dying when Henry was only a few months old. Educated in the schools of Burlington, young Austin imbibed the lessons of thrift and frugality that have been the characteristic of the New Englanders, and he also acquired the spirit of loyalty for which New England early became famous. When the civil war broke out Charles Henry Austin enlisted to fight for his country's flag and among other trying campaigns in which he participated with the union army was the one which was marked by the battle of Gettysburg. He also fought in a number of other important battles. Throughout his life he always wore the Grand Army button with pride and took a keen interest in the welfare of his comrades of the '60s. When Mr. Austin left the east, after the civil war, he went to San Francisco where he remained but a short while before going to Austin, Nevada, to engage in mining, where he mined for two years and started for Montana, reaching Virginia City on May 5, 1865. Shortly after he went to Silver Bow and Helena and engaged in mining. In 1867 he turned his attention to ranching and stock raising 18 miles out of Helena, later Craig and then four miles west of Cascade, and in 1882 he secured the well known ranch on Hound creek which ever afterwards was the spot dearest to the heart of the owner. Mr. Austin organized the First State Bank of Cascade in 1909, becoming its president and he was also president of the Cascade Land and Livestock Co., and had interest in the Cascade Mercantile Co., Cascade Milling Co., the Home Lumber Co., and practically every successful corporation in Cascade, as well as many other corporations having heaquarters in Helena and Great Falls.

Mr. Austin was married to Miss Sarah E. Hough, Feb. 10, 1876, who survives him. To them were born four children all of whom are dead except Mrs. Earl Johnson.

Great Falls Daily Tribune (MT), 23 May 1920

C.H. Austin, Pioneer, Falls Dead On His Ranch on Hound Creek. Stockman and Banker, Resident of Montana since 1865, Passes to Reward, Age 76

Charles Henry Austin, stockman and banker, dropped dead Saturday morning at his ranch on Hound creek, about 20 miles out of Cascade, where he was watching his employees brand cattle. Mr. Austin had been in his usual health and had not been complaining. He was seen to fall to the ground and died without uttering a sound. He was in his 76th year. The body will be held at the W.H. George Company chapel pending the arrival from California of Mrs. Austin and their one child, Mrs. Earl Johnson.

The passing of Mr. Austin takes from Cascade another of its prominent pioneers who have achieved large success in the last half century. Mr. Austin had lived in Montana since 1865 and had resided in Chestnut valley and at the ranch where his death occurred since 1882. During the last 40 years he had been one of the active leaders in the building up of the town of Cascade and the development of Chestnut valley, not only in its stock but in its farming interests and no enterprise that promised advancement to that section, or for any section of Montana, which did not have the active support and approval of Charles Henry Austin.

Native of Vermont--On Feb. 6, 1844, Charles Henry Austin was born at Burlington, Vermont. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. William Austin, his father dying when Henry was only a few months old. Educated in the schools of Burlington, young Austin imbibed the lessons of thrift and frugality that have been the characteristic of the New Englanders, and he also acquired the spirit of loyalty for which New England early became famous. When the civil war broke out Charles Henry Austin enlisted to fight for his country's flag and among other trying campaigns in which he participated with the union army was the one which was marked by the battle of Gettysburg. He also fought in a number of other important battles. Throughout his life he always wore the Grand Army button with pride and took a keen interest in the welfare of his comrades of the '60s. When Mr. Austin left the east, after the civil war, he went to San Francisco where he remained but a short while before going to Austin, Nevada, to engage in mining, where he mined for two years and started for Montana, reaching Virginia City on May 5, 1865. Shortly after he went to Silver Bow and Helena and engaged in mining. In 1867 he turned his attention to ranching and stock raising 18 miles out of Helena, later Craig and then four miles west of Cascade, and in 1882 he secured the well known ranch on Hound creek which ever afterwards was the spot dearest to the heart of the owner. Mr. Austin organized the First State Bank of Cascade in 1909, becoming its president and he was also president of the Cascade Land and Livestock Co., and had interest in the Cascade Mercantile Co., Cascade Milling Co., the Home Lumber Co., and practically every successful corporation in Cascade, as well as many other corporations having heaquarters in Helena and Great Falls.

Mr. Austin was married to Miss Sarah E. Hough, Feb. 10, 1876, who survives him. To them were born four children all of whom are dead except Mrs. Earl Johnson.


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