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Billings in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

1109 North 31 Street

North Elevation Historic District

 
 
1109 North 31 Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. 1109 North 31 Street Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1915 at the height of Craftsman style popularity, this two-story home features the style’s characteristic exposed rafter tails and inviting front porch. Less typical is the way the porch extended over the driveway to create a sheltered place to park. The home also had a one-car garage facing the alley, a common amenity in Billings’ first automobile suburb. William and Olive Ladd and their two children lived here by 1917. A grain broker who advertised that he would “pay the high dollar” for carload lots of “wheat, beans, and hay,” William participated in Billings’ booming commodities market. In the 1920s, building and loan manager Joseph McMahon and his wife Catherine purchased the home, where they lived with their seven children. The McMahons were committed and active Catholics. Catherine helped organize fundraisers for Catholic orphanages and St. Vincent’s Orthopedic Hospital, while Joseph was a state-wide leader with the Knights of Columbus. Their fashionable home bustled with social activities—from bridge parties to progressive dinners. In the early 1940s, this was the childhood home of John Bohlinger,
1109 North 31 Street Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
2. 1109 North 31 Street Residence and Marker
Montana’s twenty-ninth lieutenant governor.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureGovernment & PoliticsNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 45° 47.347′ N, 108° 31.071′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on North 31st Street near 11th Avenue North, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1109 North 31st Street, Billings MT 59101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tenth Avenue Grocery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1040 North 31 Street (about 400 feet away); North Elevation Historic District (about 600 feet away); 1102 North 31 Street (about 600 feet away); 1110 North 31 Street (about 700 feet away); 1111 North 31 Street (about 700 feet away); Robert (Bob) Martin (about 700 feet away); 1115 North 31 Street (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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