Posted by Jim Birkholz (+196) 8 years ago
I found a great deal on a copy of Hoope's book, but had to go to London to get it. I should have my own copy in a couple of weeks.

But, this other book that I received today is via Inter Library Loan, so I have to read fast. As a teaser, to what do people who lived on Strevell St. owe typhoid?







Answer: Jason Strevelle dropped the final "e" on his name when he came out west from Illinois, which was partially due to his son Charles' need for a different climate to finish recuperating from a bout with typhoid. So if you lived on Strevell, typhoid is what gave your street address its name.

The book that I will be curled up with for the next 36 hours is: "As I Recall Them" by Charles Nettleton Strevell. Has anyone else in this group ever read it or heard of it?

After glancing through it, I find it curious that he doesn't seem to mention the events when he was 11 years old that almost cost him his scalp and his life on a surveying crew.
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Posted by Jim Birkholz (+196) 8 years ago
Well into the Strevell book and it's a gold mine of insight and details of early Miles City.

Interesting that when he relates how people from his previous hometown of Pontiac, Illinois were massacred in a surveying expedition in Nebraska territory, with only two surviving, he doesn't bother to mention that one of the survivors was his older brother John Nettleton. Perhaps he was still bitter that John sued and won the property from Jason Strevell that Strevell had taken ownership of when he married their widowed mother? He also hasn't mentioned his older sister, but does talk about his younger sister. Nor does he talk about being adopted by Strevell at age 10, when they were both in Springfield, he a page and his stepfather a legislator.
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