McTucker Pioneer Family

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This is a series of newspaper articles about the various members of the McTucker family, some are obituaries, others are just general announcement.
(Contributed by Margaret Rutledge)

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Anaconda Standard, 26 April 1898 (born about 1871)
Death of Nathaniel McTucker
Nathaniel McTucker, another employee of the street car company, died last evening under circumstances much similar to those which carried off Duncan Graham, another employee of the company a week ago. Both formerly worked on the cable route, both died from pneumonia after a brief illness, and both died at the Williard block. Nathahiel McTucker was 27 years old, He was recently married and leaves a wife and a five months old child. He was a member of Ivanhoe Lodge, K of P. He was well known to all running on the ore line since the cable line closed. The body will be shipped Wednesday to Barry, Pike County, Ill.

Anaconda Standard, 27 April 1898
The funeral of Natahniel McTucker will take place this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Bennett block East park street, whre the service will be conducted. The funeral train and cars attached will be at the disoposal of all friends and acquaintances who are respectfully invited to attend.

Anaconda Standard, 12 January 1904, page 8
Funeral of Mrs. Mary McTucker-Grammer Will Be Held This Afternoon at the Lisa Block
Mrs.Mary McTucker-Grammer died Monday morning at the age of 76 years at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elisa McDonald, 401 Colorado street. Mrs. McTucker-Grammer was the mother of 10 children, seven of whom survive her. These are Mrs. E. Dodge, Mrs. Elisa McDonald, Mrs. J. Davis and Miss Frances McTucker of this city, and Mrs. J. R. Rowland of San Antonio, Tex., and James and John McTucker of Barry, Ill. Her youngest son, Nat McTucker, a well known street railway employee, died in this city in April 1998. Mrs. McTucker-Grammer was born in Johnston, Vt., May 29, 1827, moving with her brother to Illinois in the early '40's. She was married to John McTucker at Barry, Ill., and there all her children were born. Her husband was killed in a railway accident in 1869. In 1875 she was married to William Grammer, who died in 1891, leaving her a widow the second time. Since the death of her second husband Mrs. McTucker-Grammer had lived with her daughters and for the past three years had been a resident of Butte. She was a lady of estimable qualities, of quiet and retiring disposition and was beloved by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 4 o'clock this afternoon at the Lisa block. The body will be taken to Barry, Ill. for burial.

Grand Forks Herald, 20 January 1909 page 8
Weds Old Sweetheart. Romance Which Began 35 Years Ago Ends with Wedding
Minot Independent:
The culmination of a very pretty romance, extending over a period of thirty-five years, was the marriage of J D Gordon, one of Ward county's prominent farmers and Mrs. Jessie Davis, a charming lady of Butte, Mont. The wedding occurred on Jan 2 at Butte, where prior to visit the sweetheart of his youth. Thirty-five years ago, when Mr. Gordon was a youth, he courted Mrs. Davis, then a slender brunette whose maiden name was Jessie McTucher. Miss McTucker lived on an adjoining farm and the two were lovers from their youth. They plighted their vows and intended soon to wed. One night they attended a dance, and over some slight disagreement, they quarreled. It proved to be one little act that changed their entire lives. At the same dance was Miss Mary Wike, a close friend to Jessie McTucker, a pretty blonde, and after their quarrel, Mr. Gordon began paying attentions to Miss Wike. The couple were engaged in a short time, and soon afterwards wed. This al took place back in Barry, Ill. The two women never "fell out" over the affair and have remained fast friends all of their lives. Miss McTucker soon afterwards married a Mr. Davis and they left Illinois, locating in the west. Twenty years ago, Mr. Davis died, leaving a wife and a daughter who since has grown up and married. For the last nine years Mrs. Davis has been a resident of Butte, where she owns a large amount of valuable property. Mrs. Gordon was of a very unselfish nature and shortly before she died she told her husband that if anything ever happened to her that he should hunt up the sweetheart of his youth and mary her if she was still waiting. Mr. Gordon carried out the wishes of his former wife, and although he had not met Mrs. Davis for fifteen years, he knew where she lived and along towards the holiday season he stole away from his friends and was married. Living in Butte are five McTucker sisters, all in good circumstances and the four accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Gordon to Seattle and Spokane, where they spent a week or more on their honeymoon. Mrs. Gordon will not arrive in Minot until March. She has business interests that will demand her attention at Butte for some weeks yet. Mr. Gordon arrived home the other day and is receiving the congratulations of his many friends. Mrs. Gordon is a bookekper and stenographer, having taken up the work after the death of her husband, and with her business ability she will prove a valuable assistant to her husband, who is manager of the 2,000 acre Scofield farm. The years have dealt kindly with her and she still retains much of the beauty that characterized her in her youth.

Anaconda Standard, 25 November 1914
Daniel Ryne of the sophomore class of the Butte high school left yesterday for Boseman to spend his Thanksgiving vocation with Nat McTucke of the agricultural college.

27 December 1917, Anaconda Standard
Miss McTucker Receivew Word of Death of Sister
Miss Frances McTucker, a well-known Butte school teacher, yesterday received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. N. Rowand, in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 24. Mrs. Rowand had lived in Butte for years previous to going to Texas in the hope that the lower altitude would improve her health. Mrs. Effie Dodge, a sister who live sin Dixon, had just reached Butte to spend Christmas day with Miss McTucker before going to San Antonio to spend the winter with Mrs. Rowand. Survinvg Mrs. Rowand are four sister, Mrs. D. McDonald, Butte, Miss Frances McTucker, Butte; Mrs.Effie Dodge, Dixon; Mrs. Jessie Fowler, Gordon; a daughter, Miss ellie Rowand of San Antonio, and two nephews, Frank and Nat McTucker of Butte. The funeral will be held in Barry, Ill.

Montana Standard, Butte, Montana, 24 July 1934 page 2
DODGE - Mrs. Effie McTucker Dodge died yesterday noon at the home of her sister, Mrs. Eliza MacDonald, 1740 Wall street, following a lingering illness. The body is at White's funeral home and this Tuesday evening will be shipped to Barry, Ill., where services will be held and internment made.

Montana Standard, Butte, Montana 24 July 1934 page 3
Effie M'Tucker Dodge, Long-Time Montana Resident, Succumbs
Mrs. Effie McTucker Dodge, long-time Montana resident, died yesterday at the home of a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth MacDonald, 1749 Wall street. She was known by many Butte people. She came to Butte on the first narrow gauge railroad to be built into the city. Her birthplace was in Barry, Ill. Mrs. Dodge moved from Butte in 1910 for Dixon, Mont. where she homesteaded. Mrs. Dodge was noted for acts of charity and was familiarly known by manyu as "Aunt F." Surviving in addition to Mrs. MacDonald are another sister, Miss Frances McTucker, who for many years has taught in the Butte public schools; Nate McTucker of Dixon, a nephew; Mrs. Carl Fowler, a niece; Mrs. Mary McTucker, a sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hazen of Butte and Mr. and Mrs. John Hazen of Spokane, cousins. The body will be taken to Barry, Ill. for burial. It was taken to White's funeral home yesterday.

(No Date or Newspaper) Frances McTucker, Nathaniel McTucker became a garage owner in Butte and in 1937 moved a little brown house to commemorate the opening of the Flathead reservation to settlement in 1910. The first homesteaders were Mrs. E. Dodge, Miss Frances McTucker and their nephew, Nat McTucker, who mad his home with them (he was orphaned before he was 2). Their land was 160 acres each. located 3 miles north of Dixon. The law required a 3 year residence with a habitable house upon the land, and they built the house he later moved to Butte.