Down The Drain
Charles E. Conrad blew into Fort Benton Territory when he was 18 years old & had half interest in a silver dollar. His brother, William, owned the other half of the dollar. The brothers started to work for I.G. Baker & Company in Fort Benton. Within 4 years, they controlled the company & built it into the largest & most profitable fur trading, mercantile & transportation business in Montana & adjoining Canada. It took Charles 34 years to build his empire & his fortune, but in less than 20 years it was GONE! The book I'm currently reading on Tuesday evenings at the Marias Heritage Center here in Shelby tells the saga of the rise AND fall of Charles E. Conrad, his family & his fortune. Looking forward to seeing you tonight (Tuesday) at 6 for more Montana History at the Heritage when we'll continue enjoying "Half Interest in a Silver Dollar: The Saga of Charles E. Conrad" written by former Kalispell attorney James E. Murphy. See you tonight at the Heritage.