“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Lee/O'Neil House

West Side Historic District

Lee/O'Neil House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Lee/O'Neil House Marker
Inscription.  Rural families who valued education faced a dilemma when their children graduated from the local one-room school. Many students simply ended their studies after eighth grade. A lucky few, like Mercedes Lee, moved into town for the winter to attend high school. Some came alone and boarded with Kalispell families; Mercedes came with her parents, Hamilton and Martha Lee, whose older children cared for their Milk River ranch during the winter. In 1906, the Lees completed this seven-room home, conveniently located two blocks from the new county high school, which graduated its first class in 1902. Wide eave returns, a full-length front porch, a pedimented entry, and clapboard siding add character to the Colonial Revival style residence. Because of its location, the house retained its connection to education long after Mercedes graduated from high school. In 1930, printer Ernest O’Neil lived here with his wife, Frieda, their four children, and two female boarders, both of whom were teachers.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
Lee/O'Neil House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Lee/O'Neil House and Marker
The marker is to the right of the stairs, behind the bush.
ArchitectureEducation. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.508′ N, 114° 18.951′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 3rd Avenue West near 6th Street West, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 617 3rd 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. Metcalf House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sundelius House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elmer Sonstelie Residence (about 300 feet away); West Side Historic District (about 400 feet away); McAllester House (about 400 feet away); Walker Residence (about 400 feet away); Yanicke House (about 500 feet away); Pierce Residence (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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