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Title Arthur E. McFatridge
Span Dates 1890-1940
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1890-1917)
Quantity .25 linear ft.
Photographs The photographs are locatd in Box 1.
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

 Arthur E. McFatridge was born to John and Nancy Wyatt McFatridge on May 9, 1867 in Ripley County, Indiana.  He grew up in the Holton, Indiana where his father was a blacksmith.  McFatridge graduated from Holton High School and then went on to study at Southern Indian Normal College in Mitchell, Indiana.  After graduation, he taught at Holton and eventually was promoted to principal of schools.  In 1890, he married Clara Cox and they had one son, Leslie who was born July 9, 1891. 

In 1898, McFatridge resigned his post to accept a position to teach on the Rosebud Indian Reservation at He Dog’s Camp Day School.  His wife Clara became the housekeeper for the school, which also included teaching the girls homemaking skills.  McFatridge taught for three years and was then promoted to Rosebud Day School Inspector.

In 1905, McFatridge left Rosebud to become Superintendent at the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska.  He also served at the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon and the Blackfoot Reservation in Montana.  While in Montana, McFatridge founded and edited the newspaper Browning Review in 1915.  In 1917, he quit his job at the reservation and became a Clerk of the Board of Examiners.  In 1927, McFatridge and his family moved to Portland, Oregon and then later to Seattle, Washington.  After his wife Clara died in 1935, McFatridge moved back to Billings, Montana and served two terms in the Montana State House of Representatives.

Arthur E. McFatridge died in Billings, Montana on December 25, 1943.

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