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Miles City in Custer County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Thomas and Beulah Shore Residence

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. Thomas and Beulah Shore Residence Marker
Inscription.  Armed with a degree from the Ontario Business College, Canadian-born Thomas Shore arrived in Miles City in 1896. He and former cowboy Wirt Newcom formed a partnership and opened a department store on Main Street in 1900. The store flourished, selling everything from men’s clothing, phonographs, washing machines, and even hay to ranchers, homesteaders, and city dwellers alike. Shore hired Beulah Chartrand as a store clerk in 1910. She must have made a good impression since the couple married in 1914. Shore purchased this property, in what was then a sparsely populated neighborhood, as a wedding gift. Soon after their marriage, Beulah and Miles City contractor Fred Clearman collaborated to design and construct this beautiful Bungalow style home. Bungalows gained popularity in the early twentieth century based on the idea that “simplicity and artistry could harmonize in one affordable house.” Features such as a simple floor plan without hallways, interior built-in cabinetry and bookcases, and a natural exterior made bungalows affordable and appealing to middle-class home buyers. Stylistic details include clipped gable dormers, ribbons
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
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of windows with multi-light upper panes, and flared eaves and exposed rafters with scrolled ends. Landscaping with trees and shrubs reinforced the “back-to-nature” dictum of the Bungalow style. The house was an appropriate symbol of Shore’s continued status and success. In 1923, he bought out Newcom’s interest, reorganized the store to sell clothing, and renamed it Shore’s. This residence remained in the Shore family until 1972.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.16′ N, 105° 49.977′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is at the intersection of South Strevell Avenue and Stower Street, on the right when traveling north on South Strevell Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 602 South Strevell Avenue, Miles City MT 59301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walrond and Elizabeth Snell House (approx. Ľ mile away); Stacy Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Coleman Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lukes/Love House (approx.
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0.4 miles away); 2008 Main Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Anderson Bungalow (approx. 0.4 miles away); Harry J. Horton Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Gray Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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