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Fromberg in Carbon County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Samuel and Jennie Greenblatt Residence

 
 
Samuel and Jennie Greenblatt Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2020
1. Samuel and Jennie Greenblatt Residence Marker
Inscription.  Jewish merchant Samuel Greenblatt moved to Fromberg from Gebo in 1900. An immigrant from Russia, Greenblatt built the town’s first commercial building. Two years later he married Jennie Hetch of Chicago at Temple Emanu-El in Helena. Greenblatt built his “cash only” mercantile at a time when store credit was the norm. Although the couple and their two daughters moved to Denver in 1909, they returned to Fromberg at the peak of its prosperity in 1911 and built this Colonial Revival home. Local carpenter W. C. Parker constructed the “modern” residence, promising it “would be one of the best buildings in town.” A skilled craftsman, Parker distinguished the home with a half-story “great room” and ornamental woodwork; the gambrel roof, a hallmark of Parker’s, featured a tri-foil window in the front gambrel. The home was built in front of a 1905 two-story wooden barn that Greenblatt used to store hay for his horse. As a pioneering businessman, Samuel considered himself a “square dealing merchant” who operated “with justice to all; special favors to none.” His store offered clothing,
Samuel and Jennie Greenblatt Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2020
2. Samuel and Jennie Greenblatt Residence and Marker
The marker is on the right, next to the tree.
fabric, and furniture; he also sold sugar, lard, and other groceries. Grenblatt bought hides and pelts as well as old rubber, copper, and brass. Despite his enterprising nature, the mercantile failed in 1913 and the family moved to Billings. Coal company owner W. E. Pinkney purchased the home in 1914, but then sold it in the 1920s to Martin and Bertha Halpin of Fromberg Pressed Brick and Tile.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 45° 23.514′ N, 108° 54.593′ W. Marker is in Fromberg, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker is on West River Street near Montana Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 West River Street, Fromberg MT 59029, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Gibson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Theodore J. Benson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fromberg Methodist-Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away); Northern Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Monument to Carbon County: The Fromberg Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away);
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The Pryor Mountains (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Pryor Mountains and Raptor Country (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Corey House (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fromberg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 15, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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