Located southwest of Marysville, the Bald Butte Mill processed ore beginning from the nearby Devon/Sterling and Albion Mines, commonly referred to as the “Bald Butte Mines”. 
A wonderful photo of Marysville students in front of the school, probably dated about 1885. Mary herself is in the photo. She is the little girl standing farthest to the left directly in front of the doorway. She appears to be about 8 or 9 years old. This is one of – if not the – oldest photo in her collection.
The front reads:
Finished in 1886-12-11 by Albert Price. Mrs. Annie Shea, Patsy Sullivan and Mrs. Mamie Shea, Jim O’Brien were the first graduates, 1891.
Here is the photo back:
The note at the top of the back is:
White Lace is dear baby Valentine Schenck‘s – 1914-3-21.
And the names on the photo back are as follows:
3 Laura Budd
4 Lena Staples
5 Mary Ellen O’Connell (Mrs. Hollie Harring
6 Libbie O’Connell
8 Lottie Staples
13 Agnes Miskell (hdk [handkerchief] in hand
14 Lillie Conrad Lanstrom – light hair
15 Jno. Rumping
16 Jno. Slater
17 Mary Rumping Schenk Schaffer – pointed collar
18 Katie Schaffer
19 Dora Gecobie
20 Riga Barley
21 Frances Schaffer – Mason
22 Mary Plauzer – Mayo
23 Hattie Hebert
24 Phema Hebert – Derosier in front of Lou Ralston and Walters teachers. They married later.
25 Mollie Hogan
26 Riga Barley – white collar [Riga Barley is also listed at #20 above]
28 Maggie Robertson
30 Lizzie Ralston – white collar
32 boy – hands folded
33 Lizzie Wilkensons Forlander
34 Jake Binn [?]
35 John (Tug) Sullivan
36 Geo. Barley
38 Steven Sullivan
39 Sam O’Connell – hands in his pocket
40 Joe Hable
41 Oscar Zemboch – dead
42 Wm Conrad – died 1929
44 Frank Plauzer
46 Mrs. Airy – dead
A note at the bottom of the photo back reads as follows:
Marysville’s first school house. Montana.
This school was enlarged to 6 rooms by Jim McCarty, Jim McKillican and finished by Alb. Price in 1898.
11914-3-2. I’m confused about this date, since Valentine – Mary’s youngest daughter – was born on February 14, 1915 – and died on April 2, 1915. Perhaps it was the date of her baptism?
Hey everyone! I’ve been busy the past few days working on a new post that involves translating a 1905 letter – from German to English – using Google Translate – a really wonderful tool, but it’s taking much longer than I thought. But trust me – it will be worth it! I hope to have it ready for posting in the next few days.
In the meantime, here’s a great photo of Marysville from about 1888. And according to the photo back (see transcription below), Mary’s father John H. Rumping, was an engineer in one of the mills.
This is an interesting photo of the men who worked at the Drumlummon Mine in Marysville in 1894. The photo is not indexed on the back but Mary’s daughter, my grandmother Georgiana Frances Schenk Dalin, did identify her father, “George Schenck“, on the front. He would have only been 16 or 17 years old at the time this photo was taken and had already worked in mines since he was 13 or 14 years old.The photo back reads: