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gs3 ■*> 1 - 13 ■ 55^ ■S—— X.W » MPfowiHRMl!1 1* I p\' '. iil. HIM •«* mmm-. wllliil - UH »ri UtHfl INI M im IÏÏTH H* .-L Hi I ill-' : RESIDENCE OF W. E. THOMPSON. M S. H. CROOKES. S. H. CROOKES—County Surveyor. We now have before us one of Montana's promi nent civil engineers, who received his education in the schools of merry old England. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, born in May, 1868, and when only seven years of age went to London, England, with his parents. Up to his fifteenth year he was under private tutorage, then until 21 he passed through the regular course at Minthole college. He next passed through the special course in civil en gineering at the London Polytechnic, completing the course with one year in school and one year in the field. After working a short time on the Man chester ship canal he set sail for his native country. Immediately after landing he joined the engineering department of the Northern Pacific railway, and for five years was employed on the various branches that were being constructed throughout the moun tainous country. For two years he was given con trol by the government of work in the Crow reserva tion, superintending the erection of Fort Harrison at Helena. In the fall of 1896 Mr. Crookes was elected to the office of surveyor of Park county and re elected in the fall of 1898. During his term of office he lias drawn all the accurate maps of the county that exist today; has also laid out many of the prin cipal county roads. During the year of 1898, while serving as road superintendent, the expenses for such purposes w r ere decreased forty per cent of any prev ious year, although any one in passing over them would think that a much greater amount had been used, so judicious has been his judgment in the economical use of the county's funds. It was also through Mr. Crookes' efforts and energy that the city of Livingston possesses the best sewerage sys tem of any city of its size in the state of Montana. Since 1895 he lias been deputy mineral surveyor of Montana, having been appointed to this position by the state surveyor general. Mr. Crookes is also a member of the Montana Society of Engineers. .At WALTER V. GRANNIS-Deputy Clerk. Walter V. Grannis, the present deputy clerk of Park county, w r as born in Lagrange county, Indiana, August 20, 1855. Leaving there when quite young he started on his trip to the west and northwest, lo cating at Atchison, Kansas, and in a few years re moving to Pikes Peak, Colorado. In tkejt'all of 1865 he went to Virginia City, Montana, by the overland route across the Great Plains, at which time he en countered the first hostilities of his life with Indians. Since this time Mr. Grannis has made Montana his home, the earlier years being in Jefferson county and V» ' WALTER V. GRANNIS. the latter twenty-one years in Gallatin and Park counties. For several years he was a resilient of Bozeman and that vicinity, where he did clerical work. In the spring of 1878, he fixated in the Shields river valley and was engaged in stock ranching until February, 1897, when he was appointed deputy clerk under Charles Angus. His education was obtained in the public schools in ed at Helena and Bozeman, Montana, terminating in a business course at the latter place. Mr. Grannis is a member of the Ancient Or der of United Workmen, being the present ]>ast master of the home lodge. He is, also, at present filling the second chair in the local camp of the Woodmen of the World. ■J* Geo. W. Potter, Photographer. Whatever great ability, long experience, ripe judgment, accumulated public honors and a spot less private character can do to render anyone an object of interest, respect and admiration they have done for Livingston's popular photographer, G. W. Potter. He was born in Albany, New York, January 21, 1858, but at an early age removed with his par ents to Madison, Wisconsin. Here his education was obtained in the public schools, graduating from the high school, and terminating in a course at the Business college. When only twelve years old he took up the study of photography with H. N. Roberts of that city, going to Chicago in 1875, where he remained for a time under the tutorage of T. H. Whiting. Early in his life Mr. Potter came to the wise conclusion that in order to better understand the art of his profession he must acquaint himself with the work in promi nent sections of the country, consequently, his attention w T as now directed to San Francisco, 'V I TV H GEORGE W. POTTER. where he became associated with the work of I. W. Tabor & Comjjany, the leading art gallery there, re maining until the summer of 1878, when he again made a change of fixation with Salt Lake City as his destination. Here he was a student with C. R. Savage, the noted traveling photograher and collec tor of views for the Union and Central Pacific rail wa}«s. In 1881 he came to Helena, Montana, and was engaged in the work with O. H. Bundy for a time, late in the summer of this year removing to Bozeman, Montana. For about a year he was manager of J. J. Bennett's gallery, but in the fall of 1882, when the tide of emigration was flowing toward Clark City, he, too, was numbered with the founders of the fu ture city. Owing to the inability of securing suita ble ajiartments he did not embark in his profession until May 10, 1883. In 1890, Mr. Potter associated himself with Gor don Brothers in their lumber establishment, continu ing in this capacity until 1896, when he re-establish ed himself in his present quarters in the Hefferlin block. He is an active member in the I. O. O. F. Lodge of Livingston, the Encampment of this lodge, and the Rebecca Order. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of Unite«! Workmen, and Knights of Maccabees. His gallery is large and commodious, with up to-date settings and furnishings, while he lias the ex clusive privilege in this locality for taking statuary.