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Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Tetrault House

West Side Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Tetrault House Marker
Inscription.  Belsami Tetrault was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1852 and came with her family by covered wagon to the Flathead Valley in the mid-1880s. Her husband Joseph, also a native of Montreal, left his family in 1881 to work on the railroad in the United States. Reunited at Fort Missoula in 1885, the Tetraults settled along Whitefish Creek, nine miles north of the present site of Kalispell. There Belsami and Joseph raised their six children and ranched until 1910, when Joseph’s failing health precipitated the move to Kalispell. Widowed in 1916, Belsami remained in town. In 1930, at the age of seventy-eight, the spunky pioneer purchased this lot and built herself a new home, where she lived comfortably with her daughter, Leah Boyd. Belsami died in 1939 at the age of eighty-six. The front-gabled Craftsman style residence has exposed rafter ends and wide eaves supported by brackets, which are hallmarks of this style. The beautifully maintained home remained in the Tetrault family until 1946.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
Tetrault House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Tetrault House and Marker
ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.337′ N, 114° 18.813′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue West near 9th Street West, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 928 2nd Avenue West, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hegranes House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arthur L. Johnson Residence (about 500 feet away); Ripke House (about 500 feet away); Pearce House (about 600 feet away); Yanicke House (about 700 feet away); Jones House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sundelius House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rostad House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Tetrault House -- Flathead Beacon. The home was built in 1930, less than a year after “Black Tuesday” when Wall Street crashed...Indeed, the home was built during the worst of economic times, which makes this home somehow more remarkable. And even more remarkable, the home was built
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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