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Forsyth in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Meredith Residence

Forsyth Residential Historic District

 
 
Meredith Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Meredith Residence Marker
Inscription.  Carpenter Gustav Hoff purchased this lot in 1900, and sometime before 1920 he built this one-story, hipped roof house, likely as an investment. Robert “Shorty” Meredith and his wife Mary bought the residence in 1920 for $2,500. The couple had moved to Forsyth four years earlier; shortly thereafter, Shorty found work at Sickler’s Garage as a mechanic. He is credited with assembling the first twenty-five Ford cars to enter Rosebud County. As was typical for the time, the Merediths paid half the cost of the house up front. Large down payments and five- year mortgages were standard before 1934. That year, the government created the Federal Housing Administration, a New Deal agency that tried to stimulate the economy by aiding potential homebuyers. In 1931, the Merediths hired two men to hand dig a basement and install a rock foundation for $500. Sometime after 1941, they enclosed the front porch to provide much needed room for their large family. Mary raised eight children before her death in 1967. Shorty lived here into the 1980s.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This
Meredith Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. Meredith Residence and Marker
historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 16.194′ N, 106° 40.692′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is on North 12th Avenue near Park Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 440 North 12th Avenue, Forsyth MT 59327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 411 North Twelfth Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); E.A. Cornwell Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Sorenson Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); F.V.H. Collins Residence (about 400 feet away); 542 North Twelfth Avenue (about 400 feet away); 474 North Thirteenth Avenue (about 400 feet away); Edwards Residence (about 400 feet away); Lida Parker Residence (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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