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Missoula in Missoula County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

439 Connell Avenue

University Area Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
1. 439 Connell Avenue Marker
Inscription.  Low-pitched gables, large sheltering eaves with decorative braces, and an inviting front porch supported by “battered” piers mark this circa 1916 residence as a Craftsman style home. Irene Risley, married to railroad supply salesman Dalton Risley, is the first known owner. While Irene was one of many women who owned property in Montana in the early twentieth century, female property ownership was not a straightforward reflection of women’s economic power. Under certain circumstances, married women’s property was protected from their husbands’ creditors, and families used this fact to protect their assets. When the Ripleys moved into this substantial, corner residence, they joined an elite, well-situated suburb. Three blocks to their west was the neighborhood's centerpiece, the luxurious Bonner Mansion (since demolished). Two blocks to their east was the university. By 1930, the Risleys had moved on. The house, then valued at $6,200 (approximately $81,000 in 2010 dollars) became home to train master Jacob Smith, his wife Ida, and their two children: Herbert and Rhea. Twenty-two-year-old Herbert worked installing telephones, while twenty-eight-year-old
439 Connell Avenue Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
2. 439 Connell Avenue Residence and Marker
Rhea was a comptometer operator (a comptometer was an early type of business calculator).
 
Erected by Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 46° 51.714′ N, 113° 59.466′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is on Connell Avenue near Helen Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 439 Connell Avenue, Missoula MT 59801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 425 Connell (within shouting distance of this marker); 415 Connell Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank A. Roberts Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John J. Lucy Home (about 500 feet away); 315 Daly (about 700 feet away); Corbin Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); 521 University Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Missoula.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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