Join the Butte Archives at noon on Wednesday, January 11, as Julie Bushmaker talks about William Farlin — Butte’s Silver King — his brothers, and their legacy in Butte. William Farlin (1834-1901) was one of Butte’s early pioneers. He was born in Cambridge, Pennsylvania. At 19, he left Iowa for Idaho, and in 1863 he followed the metal ore rushes north to Virginia City, Montana. In 1864, he located the Asteroid Claim in Butte, which later became a lucrative silver mine he called the Travonia. Farlin founded the Dexter Stamp mill to process silver ore. William’s brothers George and Joseph joined him in Montana. They located the Emma Mine in February 1880 and named it for George’s wife, Emma Neighbor.
A retired nurse, Julie Bushmaker is a local genealogist and Master Gardener, president of the Silver Bow Genealogical Society, and research volunteer at the Butte Archives. She conducted the research for this presentation in answer to a research to request.
The Brown Bag Lunch will begin at noon and run about an hour at the Archives, 17 W. Quartz Street. Coffee and water will be served and guests may bring a sack lunch. For more information, please call the Archives at 406-782-3280.