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LiteratureTraces on the Landscape

In 2017, I attended UM Homecoming in Missoula and met Beta Delta brother Doug Midgett ’61. Doug attended the traditional homecoming luncheon on Friday at the Press Box Sports Bar and was distributing copies of a book titled "Traces on the Landscape" written by his father Kent. It traces the history of the Midgett family which immigrated from Illinois to the town of Sumatra, Rosebud County, Montana in 1914. It is very personal in its description of family life and challenges and details the period when the Milwaukie Railroad induced thousands to homestead Montana by marketing it as a rural paradise with free homestead land available for the taking. Many thousands, including the Midgetts, moved there lock, stock and barrel.

Their story is compelling in its description of hopes, dreams and failures. Ultimately, Sumatra, and thousands of similar towns, was not sustainable. One by one, families left to more prosperous areas. While Traces on the Landscape is Montana specific, the boom and bust story happened in numerous locations. This book tells the tale artfully. Brother Midgett is offering this book to Beta Deltas for $5 to cover handling and postage. Mail a check to him at 4743 Sloway Frontage Rd E, St Regis MT 59866.

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– By Rich Thompson Beta Delta ’70 - Montana ’73

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