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William C. Rae


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Date: 11/9/2008 at 09:40:49

William C. Rae
Carbon County, MT
History of Montana, Sanders, 1913

Mr. Rae was born at Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, and is a son of John and Margaret Carroll Rae, natives of Scotland, the former born January 19, 1842 and the latter ten years later. John Rae came to the U.S. at the age of twenty on a sailing vessel and after landing in New York
City, made his way to Ohio and subsequently to Webster County Iowa. He was employed as a stationary engineer and mining foreman and moved to Red Lodge, September 22, 1887, here being engaged in developing coal mines for the Rocky
Ford Coal Company. In 1911 he retired from active business cares and at this time is making his home with his children at Gebo, Wyoming. In his native country he was initiated into Masonry and here became a member of Star of the West
Lodge, No. 40, A.F. & A.M. In Iowa he was married to Margaret Carroll, who died in 1902, having been the mother of seven sons and seven daughters, thirteen of these children still surviving and William C. being the seventh in order of birth.

William C. Rae was educated in he public schools of Red Lodge, Montana and his first employment was a clerk for Col. L. Whiteney of Carbanido, in whose employ he continued for about six years. At the end of that time he returned to Red Lodge where he was employed as a clerk and also spent some time in the same occupation at Butte and Billings. In the latter city he was associated with Col. A.L. Babcock in the hardware business until 1905 when he became manager for the Bear Creek Mercantile Company at Bear Creek and was connected with that concern until March 1, 1906. At that time he took up the duties of county treasurer to which office he had been elected, and continued to serve until 1910 when he was elected county clerk.

On May 7, 1905 Mr. Rae was united in marriage with Miss Eleanor Lennon, who was born at St. Paul, Minnesota and they have one daughter, Ruth Eleanor. The family home is situated at No. 19 West Third Street, Red Lodge.


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