The following email is posted here with the permission of Gloria Gove Barnes. Gloria is a descendant of Emery P. STOWELL and Ethel L. DRINKARD who resided in the Lewiston, Mt. area for over 50 yrs. If you'd like to contact Gloria please click on the highlighted email link provided below.

Date: Thu, 4 Feb 1999 22:04:38 EST

Hi Roxann,

I saw your 'Fergus County, Montana Census For School Children' on the Fergus County Rootsweb Page. You advised that information about correct spellings is desired.

In School District No. 35, those three DRUNKARD children should read DRINKARD. I think Vero should read Vyro too. His name is spelled Vyro on the State Death Index record (place where he died). Their father, Charles Arthur DRINKARD, was a 1st cousin of my great grandma.

In School District No. 19, that Morene SHORTLEY should read Maurine. Her mother, Estella Bertha May DRINKARD, was another 1st cousin of my great grandma. Maurine's father was Charles 'Edward' SHORTLEY. He was the son of Benjamin SHORTLEY and Susan HATFIELD. The names of Edward's parents were found on a record of his marriage.

Most of this information can also be found in a book I have called 'THE DRINKARDS IN THE US' by Charles Arthur DRINKARD. I just found Ed and Estella SHORTLEY in the 1910 and 1920 US Census at School District 19 too.

What SHORTLEYS are you researching?

Gloria Gove Barnes Federal Way, WA

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