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

Lida Parker Residence

Forsyth Residential Historic District

 
 
Lida Parker Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Lida Parker Residence Marker
Inscription.  Cattleman Lafayette H. Parker and his wife, Lida, purchased a small home on this lot in 1910. Lafayette died two years later of tuberculosis, but Lida continued to live here, and in 1917, she obtained a mortgage to replace her home with a two-story clapboard residence with a full basement, which she opened as a boarding house. Both Forsyth newspapers commented on the new construction. The Democrat called the building “among the best and most expensive residences being constructed in the city this year,” while the Times-Journal noted that “the house will be thoroughly modern in every respect” with steam heat and “hot and cold running water.” For the lodgers’ convenience the upstairs bathroom did not have a washstand; instead each bedroom had its own sink. In 1920 Parker lived here with her divorced daughter and two-year-old granddaughter, three single male lodgers (an engineer, railroad fireman, and bookkeeper), and a married couple and their ten-month-old baby. She sold the building in 1928, but it continued to serve as a boarding house until 1966, after which it became a private residence.
 
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Lida Parker Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. Lida Parker Residence and Marker
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This 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° 16.141′ N, 106° 40.62′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is on North 12th Avenue near River Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 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. E.A. Richardson Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); E.A. Cornwell Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); 411 North Twelfth Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harry and Frances Cornwall Residence (about 300 feet away); Meyerhoff Residence (about 300 feet away); Taber Residence (about 400 feet away); Beeman Residence (about 400 feet away); Edwards Residence (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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