Swindlehursts in Montana
(The following quotation is taken from "PROGRESSIVE MEN OF MONTANA", authored and published by A W Bowen & Co of Chicago, exact date unknown but early 1900s. The words are as originally printed - the only changes are presentational).
JOSEPH E. SWINDLEHURST.
- Identified J with lines of industrial enterprise which have important bearing on the business advancement of any community - insurance and real estate - Joseph E. Swindlehurst is a young man who has been prominent in the official life of Park county, Mont.
- Mr. Swindlehurst was born in the town of Richmond, Sherbrooke county, Quebec, Canada, on July 5, 1864. He comes of stanch old English stock, his father, Joseph Swindlehurst, having been born in the town of Preston, Lancashire, England, and having come to America about 1851, locating first in New York, where he remained for some time and where his marriage was solemnized. About 1862 he removed to Canada and engaged in agriculture and in blacksmithing, and where he resided until 1867, when he moved to Iowa, and later to Minnesota, where he still resides. The maiden name of his wife was Maria O'Connor. She was born at Kinderhook, N. Y., and is now dead. Of their six children, Joseph was the second.
- Joseph E. Swindlehurst received his early education in the public schools of Iowa and Minnesota and supplemented this by a course in a business college in Minneapolis. In 1887 he located at Fargo, N. D., where he held a reportorial position on the Daily Democrat. Two years later Mr. Swindlehurst was a resident of Miles City, Mont., when he remained for a time and then removed to Helena. He devoted his attention to mining in McClelland gulch for one year and then returned to Minnesota, and after another year he passed one season in the Yellowstone National Park, after which he entered the employ of the Carver Mercantile Company in Livingston. Here he became prominent in local political affairs and an active worker in the cause of the Democratic party. In 1882 he was elected to the office of city treasurer, retaining the incumbency thereof for a term of two years. His also was the distinction of being a chairman of the Democratic central committee of Park county. In the last administration of President Cleveland Mr. Swindlehurst held, by appointment, the office of postmaster at Livingston, and gave efficient service. He was also prominently concerned in the business life of that city, where he was engaged in the real estate business and where he organized and became manager of a telephone company, whose interests were eventually sold to the Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone Company, with which he remained for some time as manager at Livingston. He was also interested in mining enterprises in that section of the state, where he made his home until 1899, when he located in Butte, as manager for the Realty Company, of Boston, which position he has since retained, controlling a business of wide scope in the handling of real estate, the extending of financial loans and in acting as agent for a number of the leading insurance companies.
- Fraternally Mr. Swindlehurst is identified with the Masonic order, as a member of Livingston Lodge No. 32, A. F. & A. M. ; Livingston Chapter No. 7, R. A. M. ; and St. Bernard Commandery No. 6, K. T., while he also has membership in Algeria Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., at Helena. He is a member likewise of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and while a resident of Fargo was a member of the National Guard of North Dakota. His religious faith is that of the Protestant Episcopal church, of which he is a communicant. In 1883 Mr. Swindlehurst was united in marriage to Miss Augusta Tandberg, who was born in Minnesota and whose untimely death occurred on May 5, 1901, at Livingston, this state. Of this union two children were born, Joseph E., Jr., who was born in 1886 and who died, at Livingston, in 1891; and Katharine, who was born in 1888, and who is now attending school in Minnesota.
THOMAS M. SWINDLEHURST.
- Among the representative young business men of Montana is the subject of this review, who is prominently identified with the real estate and insurance business in the city of Livingston, and to whom has been the distinction of serving two terms in the lower house of the legislature as the representative of Park county.
- He was born in Richmond, Carlton county, Canada, on June 17, 1869, being the son of Joseph and Maria (O'Connor) Swindlehurst, the former of whom was born in Lancastershire, England, and the latter in the north of Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Swindlehurst were married in Trinity church, New York, and in 1865 removed to Richmond, Canada. Later, 1872, the family removed to Wadena, Minn., where Thomas M. attended the high school and continued his studies in the Minnesota University; in 1888 he entered the Curtis Business College, in Minneapolis, where he completed a thorough course and graduated in 1890.
- After leaving business college Mr. Swindlehurst was for a time identified with newspaper work in Minneapolis, and in 1892 he came to Livingston, Mont., where he was employed for four or five years in the shops of the Northern Pacific Railroad. His brother, Joseph E., was appointed postmaster in Livingston in 1894, and our subject thereupon became assistant postmaster, retaining this position for a period of four years. He then established himself in the real estate and insurance business, to which he has since given his atten- tion, transacting a very satisfactory business in each department of the enterprise and proving himself a capable busmess man. He has at all times represented on his books the most desirable of investments in the line of Montana realty, while as an underwriter he is the local agent for several of the most reliable insurance companies in the world.
- Fraternally Mr. Swindlehurst is a member of Livingston Lodge No. 246, B. P. O. E., in which he has passed all the ofificial chairs, being one of the enthusiastic members of this popular fraternity ; and he is also identified with the Woodmen of the World, being a member of Zephyr Lodge No. 151. He is a man of marked individuality and genial presence, and these attributes have conserved the popularity which he enjoys in the business and social circles of Livingston.
- In politics Mr. Swindlehurst is an ardent supporter of the Democratic party, and has been an active worker in its cause in the local field. In 1898 he was the candidate of his party for the office of representative in the legislature, serving with marked ability during the Sixth general assembly and being elected as his own successor in 1890. In the Seventh assembly he was speaker pro tem., and served many times as chairman of the committee of the whole, while in both sessions he was assigned to a number of the most important house committees. He proved a capable legislator and was an active working member, doing all in his power to forward the interests of the commonwealth and to effectively serve his constituents. On October 23, 1901, Mr. Swindlehurst yielded to the flowery yoke and was married to Miss Mary Wilson, one of the most attractive, accomplished and popular young ladies of Helena. The ceremony was performed in the First Presbyterian church in the presence of a throng of friends of the contracting parties, who had assembled to witness the sacred rite which matured feeling into destiny and converted a sentiment into a sacrament, and to express the ardent hope that calm sunshine would hallow these joined hands.