HENRY F. HENNING
From 'Echoing Footsteps', published 1967, Powder River County Extension Homemakers Council
By Andrus Tyler
Henry F. Henning was born in Germany on August 26, 1829. After military service there, he decided to come to the United States and crossed the Atlantic in a sailboat, which was a long and hazardous journey. Upon arriving in the states, he settled near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was married there to Doreta Manzing. While in Minnesota, he was occupied in merchandising and agriculture. During this time he assisted in quieting an Indian uprising. In 1869 Mr. Henning came to the region around Helena, Montana, and was engaged in prospecting, locating the Durm Lomand, a quartz mine. He didn't follow the development of the mine, and after two years returned to Minnesota, becoming engaged in his previous occupations. After the death of his wife in Minnesota, he decided to come to Montana the second time. This time he was accompanied by his cousin and children. The railroad at that time terminated at Bismarck, North Dakota. The remainder of the trip was made on a river steamboat, the Eclipse, arriving at Miles City, Montana, on June 8, 1880. Soon after, he acquired land on the Tongue River, about five miles above town. The year 1882 he started a store in the new town of Forsyth, Montana, and was the first postmaster. Before the appointment was confirmed he decided on selling the store and giving his attention to the ranch near Miles City. In 1883 he purchased a band of sheep near Bozeman, Montana. The sheep were trailed from there to the ranch near Miles City, taking all summer to make the trip. They were grazed south of town until 1886 when the range became crowded and they were moved to the head of Liscomb Creek, a tributary of Tongue River. The buildings there were previously occupied by a company having a contract to furnish ties for the building of the Northern Pacific Railroad. About 1890 he decided to build a more comfortable home which was about seven rooms and two stories. Transportation was slow and costly. He used the materials at hand, so the structure was of logs, which were obtained from timber near the building site. The finishing material came from a nearby sawmill. Mr. Henning planed the woodwork by hand from the native lumber. For the shingles, trees were cut, then sawed into correct lengths and split into the desired thickness with a broad axe. This was one of the largest hand-hewed houses in southeastern Montana. The house was razed in 1936. Mr. Henning became ill at his Liscomb Creek ranch in November, 1892, and passed away in his home near Miles City on January, 1893.