In 2004 my brother and I restored the house Charles Passmore built in 1900 for his nephew, Ellis, at 827 W. Mercury St. (829 and 831 are also Passmore family homes). For 12 years I have had the privilege to live in it and enjoy all its many features, from Queen Anne elements to way-ahead-of-its-time forced air heat.
Ellis left the home after a few years, went downhill, and later died of dipsomania at Warm Springs. In 1909 came the Walter Muellers. He went every day to work at Centennial Brewing at 116 N. Hamilton St. In the late teens came Eva and Nathan Netzer, leaders of the Jewish community here. They built a prohibition closet in the basement (now a wine cellar).
For years now I too have gone to work every day at 113 N. Hamilton, at Julian’s Piano Bar. Small world. Our first big fundraiser at Julian’s was also one of the first ones for the sled dogs (in 2008 for Camp Husky, see story on the rescue in Aug. 22 Montana Standard). We did a live broadcast, got the word out, and raised $1,200 for desperately needed supplies. Many fundraisers and hard work later, the last big fundraiser for the sled dogs was a “Drag Bowling” party by Butte’s LGBTQ community. It was reported by all as quite fun and a success, and it too raised about $1,200. After that, the last dogs were adopted and the crisis was over.
Isn’t it fun to hear of current day “history” still happening in Butte -- and still being written about?
-- Jim Kephart, Butte