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

1143 North 31 Street

North Elevation Historic District

 
 
1143 North 31 Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. 1143 North 31 Street Marker
Inscription.  pedimented entryway and multi-pane transom window are among the Greek Revival style elements that decorate this side-gable brick home, built c. 1932 for Julius and Anna Clavadetscher. A talented cellist, Julius played with the Minneapolis Symphony before moving to Billings in 1917, where he joined a musical ensemble that accompanied silent pictures at the Strand Theater. In addition to working as a union musician, he founded and directed the Ladies Ensemble in 1926 and taught thousands of Billings students as the longtime junior high and high school music teacher. Starting in 1929, he also directed the Rotary Boys Band, without whom, a 1940 newspaper article declared, “no public parade in Billings is complete.” Anna, who lived here until her death in 1954, was prominent in Yellowstone County Democratic circles. She served as vice chair of the county central committee, congressional committeewoman from the second district, president of the Democratic Women’s Club, and delegate to the 1949 presidential inauguration of Harry Truman. All of the Clavadetscher children played music; Carl followed his mother into politics, serving as Billings
1143 North 31 Street Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
2. 1143 North 31 Street Residence and Marker
mayor from 1959 to 1962.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 45° 47.494′ N, 108° 31.214′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on North 31st Street near 12th Avenue North, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1143 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. 1147 North 31 Street (a few steps from this marker); 1125 North 31 Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 1123 North 31 Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 1119 North 31 Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 1115 North 31 Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robert (Bob) Martin (about 300 feet away); 1111 North 31 Street (about 400 feet away); 1145 North 32 Street (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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