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The Livingston enterprise. [volume] (Livingston, Mont.) 1883-1914, January 01, 1900, Image 39

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Hefferlin Mercantile Company.
Of the business men of eastern Montana none
are better known than the three gentlemen who
comprise the above firm.
Orlando M. Hefferlin, the senior member, is a
native of Weston, Missouri, born April 24, 1855. He
was married to Miss Madge Elliott, of Livingston,
Montana, March 15, 1896. They have had two chil
dren, a boy and a girl, the former still living.
William N. Hefferlin was born in Leavenworth,
Kansas, March 4, 1862. Up to the time of his mer
cantile'adventures at Livingston he was an expert
macliinest, doing service at the Union Pacific shops
in his native city, and subsequently in the Northern
Pacific shops at Livingston. He was married to
Miss Kate Crane, of St. Louis, Missouri, June 6,
1895. They have one child, a boy.
John W. Hefferlin hails from Kansas City, Kan
sas, born November 7, 1866. He was united in mar
riage with Miss Nellie Holliday, May 10, 1894. The
union has been since blest with one daughter.
Of this trio of brothers John W., the youngest,
was the first to venture into the then supposed wilds
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of Livingston, Mont. In the summer of 1886 he a cl ed
in the capacity of agent and operator of the Northern
Pacific railway, until the spring of 1888, when he
was joined by his two elder brothers, and together
they started their present mercantile enterprise un
der the firm name of Hefferlin Brothers. They ^be
long to the list of self-made men, as by their dili
gence and frugality they have crept from a starting
capital of $1,500 to a present standing of $45,000,
with yearly sales running up to $100,000. Novem
ber 1, 1898, they established a branch store at Frid
ley, Montana, and in January, 1899, one at Trail
Creek, Montana.
Sometime in February, 1899, the firm was or
ganized as the Hefferlin Mercantile company, with a
paid capital of $45,000, and recognizing O. M. Hef
ferlin, president; J. W. Hefferlin, vice president,
and W. N. Hefferlin, secretary and treasurer. Their
large and commodious store building is situated at
the corner of Main and Callendar streets and presents
a full stock of the various articles that are collec
tively spoken of as general merchandise. In grocer
ies and provisions their stock is immense. In dry
goods, clothing, hats, caps, boots and shoes their
lines are so carefully selected and fully assorted that
the purchaser has a wide range of choice. They
make a specialty of their mail order department,
and once a year issue a catalogue and price list.
Beginning with the year 1900 this firm intends hand
ling a line of first-class, high-grade goods through
Since the permanent establishment of this firm
hefe they have undertook the. development of the
mining districts of the Boulder, while Orlando M.
has been interested in the mineral wealth at Castle.
O. M. and W. N. are active members of the Modern
Woodmen, and J. W. is recorder with the Woodmen
of the World. All three are working members of
the Congregational church.
H. G. Elliott.
H. G. Elliott, book-keeper for the Hefferlin Mer
cantile company, is a native of the Gopher state,
born at Wilmer, September 20, 1879. His youth was
spent principally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with
his parents, his father being a prominent locomotive
engineer. In the fall of 1894 he located at Livings-

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