Elizabeth “Lizzie” Preston

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Preston

Birth
Death 10 Oct 1919 (aged 99–100)
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Burial Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Plot Grave 2, Block 51, Lot 76
Memorial ID 64384503 · View Source
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The Butte Miner (MT), 12 Oct 1919

'Black Liz" Dies at County Hospital. Former Queen of Pleasant Alley Passes Away at Poor Farm

Elizabeth Preston, a negress, who has resided in Butte for more than 30 years, died Friday at the poor farm hospital. For many years while the restricted district was in operation she was known as "Queen of Pleasant Alley", one of the sections of the redlight district where men and women of her color held forth.
She told on many occasions that she had been a slave befor the civil war, and that she came west with General Custer as a cook. No one seems to know just how old the woman was, but several old timers state that she was a feeble old woman more than thirty years ago. Some of her closest friends believe that she must have been close to 100 years of age.
When Liz came to Butte she apparently had plenty of money and had lived comfortably, but in a few short years she was an object of charity. For the past two years, since the passing of the restricted district, she has lived alone in a cabin with two crippled dogs as her only companions.
About a year ago she was forced to move from a shack in the rear of the People's theater building, as the city authorities ordered all the old buildings known as fire traps torn down. Since then, until about six months ago, she has been taken care of by friends of her race. She became ill last May and was taken to the hospital at the poor farm where she died.
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Great Falls Tribune (MT), 14 Oct 1919

Woman Who Was Slave Before Rebellion Dies at Age 100

Butte, Oct. 13.—Claiming she was a slave before the Civil war and that she came west with General George A. Custer as a cook, Elizabeth Preston, a negress, died here at the county poor farm. She had lived in Butte more than 30 years and in age had reached the 100 mark. Since the closing of the restricted district of which she was an inhabitant, she had lived several years in a shack with only two crippled dogs until taken to the county hospital. She had plenty of means when she came to Butte but soon became an object of charity.



Gravesite Details It is possible she was buried in Fort Benton.

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  • Created by: cara
  • Added: 18 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64384503
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth “Lizzie” Preston (1819–10 Oct 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64384503, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by cara (contributor 47072115) .