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HARRY E. PERKINS, of Billings, MT, is a veteran lumber merchant and has been in that business for thirty years. He started as a yardman, and is now president of the Perkins Savage Lumber Company. Mr. Perkins was born at Flora, Illinois, May 2nd, 1864, and represents old New England ancestors, his people being among the early pioneers of Vermont. His father, Henry P. Perkins, was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1825, grew up there, was married in his native state, and shortly afterward moved to Flora, Illinois, where he was a teacher. In 1866, at the close of the Civil War, he established a home well out on the frontier of Kansas, near Emporia, and was a farmer and where he died in 1883. He then moved to Carlisle, Arkansas, where he continued farming and where he died in 1889. He was a staunch republican and a very active member of the Methodist Church. HENRY P. PERKINS married MARTHA A. BRAINARD who was born at Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1835 and is still living in her eighty-fifth year at Carlisle, Arkansas. She was the mother of a large family of thirteen children, the first, a son, dying in infancy, and the second, Mattie Perkins, dying at the age of three years. George I. Perkins, who died at Billings, Montana, at the age of fifty-seven, resided at Springdale, Montana, where he was a manager of a lumber yard. David B. Perkins, is a lumberman, banker and farmer at Carlisle, Arkansas. Harry E. Perkins is fifth in age. Maggie Perkins is the wife of Henry J. Lewis, a farmer at Daphne, Alabama. John Perkins died in infancy. Annie Perkins is the wife of C. A. Rosenbaum, a railroad agent at Little Rock, Arkansas. Clara Perkins married Alexander McRae, superintendent of an oil mill at Argenta, Arkansas. Robert A. Perkins is a farmer at Carlisle, Arkansas. Rosie Perkins is the wife of William Branch, a produce commission merchant at Little Rock, Arkansas. Daisy Perkins is the wife of Mr. Crips, a farmer in Missouri. Charles C. Perkins, the youngest, is a farmer and dairyman at Carlisle, Arkansas. Harry E. Perkins was two years old when the family moved to Lyon County, KS, he grew up on his father's farm there, attended rural schools, and commercial college at Little Rock, Arkansas, and at the age of twenty-five, left home to make is independent start in the world. He spent one years on a ranch in South Dakota. Mr. Perkins had a brief military experience on the northwestern frontier during the Sitting Bull outbreak of 1890-91. He was in the service of the organized militia for eighteen months during the period of Indian hostilities. Ever since that time he has been connected with some phase of the lumber business. He went to work for C. H. Chase at Willow Lake, South Dakota, as a yard man, and eventually was made manager of the local yards and co-partner of Mr. Chase. The business was subsequently incorporated as the C. H. Chase Lumber Company, with Mr. Perkins as secretary and manager. In 1916 the business was sold, and at that time Mr. Perkins and Michael Savage joined forces and in February, 1918, incorporated the Perkins-Savage Lumber Company, with Mr. Perkins as president and Mr. Savage as secretary and manager. This is a Montana corporation, the home offices being in the Babcock building at Billings, MT. They handle retail lumber and hardware and have a trade in and around Billings, also have a yard at Lovell, Wyoming, and are interested in lumber yards at Acton, Molt, Gray Cliff, Springdale and Belfry, Montana. Mr. Perkins is also a ranch-owner, having one farm of 160 acres north of Billings, and another of 640 acres at Pompeys Pillar. He owns a modern home at 1240 North Thirtieth Street in Billings. Mr. Perkins is a trustee of the Congregational Church, and is affiliated with the Ashlar Lodge No. 29, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Billings Consistory of the Scotish Rites, Parker Lodge of Knights of Pythias of South Dakota, Billings Camp, Modern Woodmen of America, Billings Chapter of the Eastern Star, and the Royal Neighbors of Parker, South Dakota. September 19,1893, at Willow Lake, South Dakota, he married Miss ADDIE McMULLIN, daughter of William and Mary (Pettit) McMullin. Her mother lives at Clarkston, Washington, where her father, a vetern of the Civil War and a retired farmer, died March 27, 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have three children - Hazel Perkins, who died at Huntley, Montana, aged fourteen years, Bernice F. Perkins, born April 29, 1896, a graduate of Oberlin College at Oberlin, Ohio, and a kinder-garden teacher at Billings, and Muriel J. Perkins, born August 9, 1900 who attended Oberlin College and is preparing to finish her education in the University of Minnesota.

Source: Montana, its story and biography: a history of a original and territorial Montana and three decades of statehood. Volume 2 . 1921

BLIN F. PERKINS -- Back to the far distant Pine Tree state must we revert in designating the place of nativity of this well known and prosperous stockman of Cascade county, for we find that he was born at Unity, Waldo county, Me., July 30th, 1851, the son of Ansel and Eleanor Perkins, natives of the same state, where the father was a prosperous farmer. He and his estimable wife were worthy representatives of that stanch New England stock which has lent vitality to the citizenship of the entire nation. They were devoted members of the Methodist church; the father died on November 24th, 1884, and his widow still maintains her home in Maine. Blin F. Perkins was afforded excellent educational advantages and in his youth assisted his father in the work of the old homestead farm until attaining his majority. In 1871-2 he devoted his attention to cutting ship timber; in July, 1873, he removed to Rutland, La Salle county, Ill., where he rented 160 acres of land, upon which he engaged in general farming with excellent success. In the fall of 1874 he went to Stuart, Guthrie county, Iowa, where he associated himself with Hale B. Jackson in renting 500 acres of land upon which they engaged in farming and raising hogs upon an extensive scale. Cholera caused a great fatality among their herd of swine, entailing a loss of fully $6,000. In the spring of 1877 Mr. Perkins came to Montana, making the trip from Bismarck, N.D., up the Missouri river by boat to Fort Benton. He secured work five miles south of Fort Shaw, where he devoted his attention to ranching and dairying until the fall of 1881. In the autumn of the preceding year he had purchased 100 head of cattle, losing seventy-five of the number by reason of the hard winter. In 1883 he sold his cattle and purchased sheep to the number of 2,700 head, having entered into partnership with Mrs. May Brown. At the dissolution of the partnership, in 1886, the band of sheep had increased to 5,000 head, and our subject sold his interest in the same. He rode the range during the season of 1886, after which he took 150 head of cattle on shares, having chare of the same until the fall of 1889. He then took 2,500 sheep on shares and kept them until the spring of 1892, when he disposed of his interests, together with his own private ranch property and stock, realizing from these transactions the sum of $7,000. He thereafter rode the Chestnut valley range until the spring of 1896, when he took up a homestead claim of 160 acres, to which he has since added until the area of his estate now aggregates 1,600 acres, his ranch being located thirty-two miles south of Cascade. Here he has since been successfully engaged in raising sheep and cattle, and also conducted a sawmill business for the past two years. In his political adherences Mr. Perkins is identified with the Democratic party; fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has been signally successful in his operations, and enjoys a marked personal popularity.

Source: Progressive men of the state of Montana v. 2

ROBERT L. PERKINS - An unassuming yet unmistakably representative citizen of the thriving little city of Hamilton, MT, is Mr. Perkins, who is incumbent of the dual position of vice-president and manager of the Ravalli County Mercantile Company, which he conducts one of the most important enterprises in this section of Montana. Mr. Perkins was born at White Oak Springs, Barbour county, Alabama, on Feb. 4th, 1866, the sixth of the seven children of John and Sarah A. Perkins, the former of whom, is now deceased, was born in Georgia, and the latter, who is yet living in Alabama. Mr. Perkins was graduated from the high school when seventeen and took a business course in order to reinforce himself for the practical duties of life. Coming to Montana in 1885, Mr. Perkins passed one year at the Stevensville, and then went to Helens, MT, where he completed a six-month course in a local business college and was then employed for six months in a clerical capacity in the Montana National Bank, in the capital city. Returning to Stevensville, MT, he engaged in the meat and produce business for four years, then, entering the employ of J. M. Johnson, of Hamilton, he remained in a clerical position for three years, at the expiration of which time he, with Thomas M. Doran, formed the firm of Perkins & Doran, and opened a grocery as the initial business enterprise, later a select stock of dry goods was added, and in 1899, Mr. Doran having with-drawn from the business, hardware was also added. Finding that the industry demanded greater facilities as it increased in scope and importance, on July 1, 1901, the Ravalli County Mercantile Company was duly incorporated, with a capital stock of $30,000, fully paid in, and with his official corps: T. A. Chaffin, president, and Frank E. Gage, secretary and treasurer, and Robert L. Perkins, vice-president and manager. The company's fine store is modern in equipment and secures a representative support throughout the country normally tributary to Hamilton, and the interested principals are men of prominence and recognized personal and business integrity. In his political proclivities, Mr. Perkins is a stanch supporter of the Democratic party, holding to the Jeffersonian principals, and has never coincided with the views of Mr. Bryan as a representative of the Democracy. Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order, being a member of Ionie Lodge No. 38, A.F. & A.M., at Hamilton. On June 16th, 1898, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Perkins to Miss KATE L. DORAN, the daughter of Thomas M. and Annie (Summers) Doran, natives of Virginia and Missouri, and who are now prominent and popular residents of Ravalli county, where they have maintained their home for four years, and Mr. Doran was at one time associated with Mr. Perkins, and has been already noted. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have the most attractive residence of modern architectural design, and in its precincts obtains a generous and gracious hospitality, while the home circle is completed by their sturdy little son, John Doran Perkins, born on February 24th, 1900.

Source: Progressive men of the state of Montana v. 2

CHARLES PERKINS - Among the successful and enterprising sheep growers of Choteau county, MT is numbered Mr. Perkins, who was born in Clarinda, Iowa, on Oct. 12th, 1859, the son of George and Rebecca (Compton) Perkins. His father was born in Frankfort, KY, and in that state and in Iowa devoted his attention to farming for many years, becoming one of the pioneers of Iowa, where he retained his residence until 1899, when he moved to San Jose, Calf., where he and his wife, a native of Indiana, have since made their home, retired from active business. Charles Perkins received his education in the public schools of Clarinda, Iowa, and assisted in the work of the partental homestead until 1875, when he came to the Black Hills, S.D., there with a partner conducting sheep-raising for one and one-half years, after which he was for several years in the employ of the Northern Pacific, at Glendive and Billings, Montana. In 1882 he went to the Judith basin, where he entered the employ of Frank Bain and worked on the range for six years. In 1892, he became a resident of Choteau county, Montana, locating in the district of the Sweet Grass hills, where he took up two squatters' claims in the vicinity of West Butte, his post office address being Gold Butte. He eventually entered into partnership with Messrs. Wareham and Evans, and they have fine grazing facilities of  their own and also utilize the surrounding free range, many miles in extent, running an average of about 5,000 head of sheep and recognized as energetic and progressive ranchmen. At Fort Benton, on Jan. 25th, 1897, Mr. Perkins was united in marriage to Miss ROSA WAGNER, born at Yankton, S.D., on Dec. 4th, 1876. They have a daughter, Maud Perkins.

Source: Progressive men of the state of Montana v. 2

CLARENCE B. PERKINS, who has the distinction of being president of the board of county commissioners of Teton county, Montana, is recognized as one of the progressive farmers and stock-growers of his section and as a representative man of his county. Mr. Perkins was born in South Valle, Oswego county, N.Y., on July 15th, 1855, the son of Rufus and Clarissa (Rice) Perkins, the former of whom was born in Vermont in 1807 of French lineage. Mr. Perkins supplemented his early public school training by a course of study in the normal school at Darlington, Wisconsin, and at the age of sixteen came to the Black Hills, S.D., where he arrived in 1875. and was there engaged in prospecting and mining for three years. In Jan., 1878, Mr. Perkins went to the Cheyenne reservation in Dakota for one year, after which he came to Montana, arriving in Fort Benton in May, 1879, and thence making his way to the Tree Forks district of the Gallatin valley, and was there employed in a general store. In June, 1882, Mr. Perkins came to Teton county, MT, then a part of the Choteau county, MT, and located three claims of government land on Dupuyer and Deep Creeks, five miles northeast of the present village of Dupuyer, MT. He has since purchased land until his estate now aggregates 500 acres. Here he has been very successfully engaged in the raising of cattle, and also secures excellent yields of hay from his ranch, which is provided with effective irrigation. He also owns a seventeen acre addition to the town site of Dupuyer, having purchased this in 1899, and it is being improved with numerous residences. Mr. Perkins gives un-answering allegiance to the Republican party and he has been prominent in public affairs of a local nature. In 1898 he was elected one of the county commissioners of Teton county, MT and is the president of the board. Fraternally he is identified with Mountain Meadow Lodge No. 234, Woodmen of the World, at Dupuyer, MT. At Holy Family Mission, NT, in April 1892, Mr. Perkins was united in marriage to Miss SARAH A. DEAN, who was born in Lancashire, England, Aug. 17th, 1857, and they have three children; Clara Perkins, Everett Perkins and Curtis J. Perkins.

Source: Progressive men of the state of Montana v. 2

GROVER CLEVELAND PERKINS, funeral director of Harlowtown, is a man whose reliability in sympathetic service, moderation in charges in the hour of bereavement and thorough knowledge of his profession have recommended him to the general public. In addition to his undertaking business, Mr. Perkins is a traction specialist and handles the new Hart-Parr Studebaker cars, Diamond trucks and accessories, Oliver plows and tractors. The birth of Mr. Perkins took place on his father's farm in Jefferson county, Missouri, on July 26th, 1885. He is a son of David A. and Kansas Virginia (Frost) Perkins, both natives of Missouri, he born on Oct. 15th, 1856, and she on December 28th, 1858. They had nine children, of whom three sons and four daughters survive; Grover Cleveland Perkins, being the fifth child in order of birth. Early in life David A. Perkins was engaged in farming and stock-raising, and then went into the mercantile field and for more than thirty-five years has been engaged in this line with profitable result. He is an Odd Fellow and Modern Woodman. In politics he is a strong democrat. The Baptist Church holds his membership. After completing his public school courses, Grover Cleveland Perkins took the teacher's examination and passed it, and then took a course at the St. Louis School of Embalming from which he was graduated in 1910, and later was graduated from the Eckels School of Embalming, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, following which he returned to Harlowton and engaged in a general merchandise business and undertaking, continuing until 1913 as manager of the Fair Store, and when he sold his interest in the Uruer Merchandise Company he went into the garage and automobile business, continuing as a funeral director, however. In 1915, Mr. Perkins was appointed to fill the office of county commissioner, and was elected chairman of the board and in November, 1918, he was elected a member of the county board of Wheatland County, and has been its chairman ever since. Fraternally he belongs to the Musselshell Lodge No. 69, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Helena Consistory, in which he has reached the thirty-second degree, and Algeria Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of the Odd Fellows of which he is past noble grand, and since 1908 he has served on the finance committee of the Grand Lodge of that order. Like his father, he is an ardent democrat. For several years he has been a member of the city council of Harlowton. In addition to his other interests, Mr. Perkins is a director of the Wheatland County Bank. On February 12th, 1908, Mr. Perkins was united in marriage with Miss NELLIE MAY TOWNSEND, a daughter of William H. Townsend, and second child in a family of three children born to her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have three children living and two dead, namely; Grover H. Perkins, Delmon D. Perkins; Clyde Perkins, who died when six and one-half years old; Glenn Wilson Perkins, who died in infancy; and Lois Mae Perkins. Both Mr. and Mrs. Perkins are held in high esteem by all who know them.

Source: Montana, its story and biography: a history of a original and territorial Montana and three decades of statehood. Volume 2 . 1921

JAMES R. PERKINS, M. D., began his Montana career at Fairview, Montana in April, 1913. He came to this locality with a knowledge of his profession gained in college, in hospital work and three years of actual practice in North Dakota, and was therefore amply qualified to assume his professional duties in this then new and undeveloped region. Fairview, Montana was at that time a village of but a few buildings and the Great Northern Railroad had just been built to this point and he was made its first local surgeon here. Doctor Perkins is a member of an old New York family. There his grandfather, James H. Perkins, was born, and there he spent his life and passed to his final reward. In his family were two sons, Fred L. Perkins and Robert A. Perkins. Robert A. Perkins served his country as a Union soldier during the war between the North and South, a member of the Third Minnesota Infantry, and was attached to Grant's army. He was several times wounded, and as a result of these injuries he passed away during the residence of the family in Alabama.  Fred L. Perkins was born in the State of New York, devoted his life to agricultural pursuits, and died at Long Prairie, Minnesota, in 1906, at the age of fifty-six. He married at Farmington, MN; MATTIE L. HARRISON, and she passed away February 12th, 1889, leaving two children, a son and daughter, but the later, Lila A. Perkins, died in 1899, when but twenty years of age. The only surviving member of this family, James R. Perkins, was born in Decatur, Alabama, August 24th, 1884, but his childhood's earliest recollections are of Minnesota. He was but six years of age when his parents moved North and established their home at Glencoe in that state, where the mother died, and the remainder of the family later moved to Farmington, Minnesota, and ultimately settled at Long Prairie, MN. It was at the last named place that the son grew from boyhood into man's estate. He acquired his higher education training in Hamlin University, where he completed two years of literary work, and then took up the study of medicine in Marquette University at Milwaukee, WI, completing his course in the spring of 1910. But before entering college for professional work he had studied with Doctor Christie of Long Prairie, and he worked his way through medical school. For two years during vacation periods he had charge of the Soldier's Home Hospital at Minneapolis, and while in college served as an interne at Trinity Hospital, so that when he took up the regular practice of his profession he had established a solid foundation for a future successful career. Doctor Perkins married at Long Prairie, MN, in October, 1912, Miss BLANCHE BARBER, who was born in that city July 4th, 1891, a daughter of William M. and Margaret (Cooper) Barber, who also claimed Minnesota as the state of their nativity. The father is engaged in the abstract business in Long Prairie. A son has been born to the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Perkins, Robert Dean Perkins, who was born July 14th, 1913. The Perkins home is of their planning and construction and is a bungalow of six rooms. Mrs. Perkins was interested in woman's war work movements and in club work, and has served as a delegate to the state meeting of the Woman's Federation. In the line of his profession Doctor Perkins is a member of the Northwestern Medical Association of North Dakota, of the Montana State Medical Association and of the American Medical Association. He has served two terms as the physician of Richland County and for a similar period as county health officer, being the incumbent of the latter office at the present time. He was the selective service auxiliary examiner for Richland County during the period of the World war, has served three years as a member of the School Board of  Fairview, and is now serving his first term as mayor of the town. During his tenure in office, sidewalk buildings has been the matter of chief concern before the Council. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party, and his first presidential vote was cast for Bryan in 1908. He has been a member of the State Central Committee for Richland County since its organization. In his fraternal relations, Doctor Perkins is a Master Mason, is a past master of the Ancient Order of the United Workmen and is a member of the Elk's Lodge at Williston. During the recent epidemic of the influenza Doctor Perkins presided over the destinies of the people tributary to Fairview, managed the campaign and ministered to the many hundreds who succumbed to its visitation and lay prostate victims of its attack until his medical skill intervened. The initial cases of the epidemic appeared at Fairview in October, and seem to have emanated from Scobey. The rapidity with which the disease spread early indicated to Doctor Perkins that every home tributary to Fairview might be visited, and in that case, the old method of making a personal call to patients as often as medical attention would be needed would be impossible. Accordingly he organized a staff of assistants and nurses, took over a large part of the Albert Hotel, the largest and most available building in the town, and converted it into a hospital for the treatment of all the afflicted within reach. Ambulances were improvised by sand-bagging automobile trucks, and with the report of a case in or out of town the afflicted ones were brought in upon these improvised ambulances and deposited in a good bed in a sanitary room and given "first aid" treatment until Doctor Perkins could minister to them. Mrs. Maxson was placed in charge of the hospital, and her experience and former training rendered her even superior to the demands upon her, and a large part of the success attained in the management and conduct of the temporary infirmary is due to her. When patients were discharged and cured they were directed to the office of the hospital, where they settled the charges for their treatment with cash or by note, and when the epidemic had passed, the hospital closed and the business finally wound up, the unpaid notes were taken over by the county commissioner as county obligations in case default in payment of any of the note is made. This method of handing the situation throughout the epidemic saved the lives of hundreds of Richland County people and provided against a heavy expense account against the county. Much credit is given Doctor Perkins for the wonderful work he performed during this period.

Source: Montana, its story and biography; a history of aboriginal and territorial Montana and three decades of Statehood  (Volume III) - Tom Stout - (1921)

[*Note]: In 1850 this family was of Caroga, Fulton Co., NY and in 1860 Census at Crystal Lake, Hennepin Co., MN. The father of "Robert A. Perkins" & "Frederick L. Perkins" is listed as being a "Robert Perkins" b. ca. 1810 New Hampshire and his wife Mariah and not a "James H. Perkins". If I am following his linage correct, Robert Perkins b. ca.1810 NH and a James H. Perkins were the grandson's of John Perkins of New Market, Rockingham Co., NH



















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