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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Montana School Trustees: Settlers of Sanders County Montana: Vignette Vol.1 No. 10.

Vignette Vol.1 No.10
1889 - Heron--Excerpt: Heron was the westernmost hamlet of Missoula County, far removed from county commissioner's meetings. Montana School Trustees determined the selection of the teacher, and the rules to be abided by.

In April 1890, Edward Knott, NPRR division section man, Levi Dingley and Jacob "Kinney" Honberger, saloon keeper, were elected school trustees at Heron. Honberger was also the School Clerk, responsible for paying bills and keeping the school board's records.

This photo of one brother is captioned "William Frank Honberger"
in Eva Honberger's family album, but other members of the family
believe it may be Jacob "Kinney" Honberger, owner of the saloon
in Heron, Montana.

[Clara "Eva" Morse Honberger, the wife of Kinney's brother, William “Frank”, kept a wonderful photo album in which she recorded the names of each family member. They never lived in Heron and have no direct ties to Heron or to Montana.]

According to The Sanders County Ledger, July 7, 1919,
"The general store of Kinney Honberger, at Heron ...was robbed of goods and money valued at $3,150 by two men shortly before midnight Friday night ... the proprietor and one customer were held up, tied up, and put in the cellar where they finally worked themselves loose and notified Sheriff Hartman... "Goods stolen consisted of $1,500 in Liberty bonds, $700 in thrift stamps, $750 in cash and three cases of whiskey, valued at $80 each." The robbers used revolvers.
It later developed there were three men in the party and they walked to Heron and escaped the same way, going to Clarks Fork and Hope, Idaho. 
On Sunday morning Ray Murray, a Milwaukee fireman address unknown and Tom Mays, of Paradise were arrested at Hope and brought to jail ... Murray pleaded guilty.
The other holdup man is Raymond Spoor, of Sand Point, who got away from Murray and Mays. Spoor had the cash, bonds, and thrift stamps. Spoor was clever enough to get Mays and Murray drunk so he could leave them.
Roy Hart and Jack Prouty are on the trail of Spoor and it is likely that he will soon be in custody."
Armed robbery was practically unheard of in the valley, however, the residents, whether indignant at, or laughing over, the culpability of their sheriff's deputies, were confident the remaining outlaw still on the loose would be jailed in short order.

In 1856, Louisa Ann Stone married Jacob L. Honberger, who died in June 1863 at the Battle of Milliken’s Bend, fighting for the Union in the Civil War. They had three children: William Francis “Frank”, Flora “Emma”, and Jacob “Kinney”, who was just an infant less than a year in age when his father died.

Flora “Emma” married Levi Dingley in 1876 in Iowa, and they had a healthy family of 8 or more children. Jacob “Kinney” Honberger settled in Heron, Montana after the Civil War, between 1885-1900, along with his mother and his sister and her family.
Flora "Emma" Honberger Dingley

The Dingleys came from South Dakota where they were living in1885. The mother, Louisa Ann Stone Honberger, was living with the Dingleys when they settled in Heron. According to unsourced information, Louisa died in 1889 in Spokane.
Louisa Ann Stone Honberger

Because Jacob senior was away at war when Jacob “Kinney” was born, his father and he never met.

According to family lore, around 1935, Kinney encountered some unknown trouble and fled Heron, Montana for Long Beach, Southern California where he lived at the Savoy Hotel under the name George G. Grey until his death in 1941, when he died of a massive stroke.

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