West Valley Pioneer: Myron Miles Nicholson

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by Jeanine Buettner

Myron Nicholson was born in Port Byron, Illinois on July 29, 1873. Mr. Nicholson spent his early years farming in Illinois. On November 25, 1900 he married Miss Emma Osborn. That same year he moved to Chicago and engaged in the manufacture of brooms.  He then entered the Moody Bible Institute and became a Baptist minister. He served the church at Hubbard, Minnesota in 1903 and at Sherburn, Minnesota from 1904 until 1909 when he moved to Belt, Montana. A year later he moved to the Flathead and bought a farm five miles northwest of Kalispell. He retired from farming in 1937 and moved to Kalispell. He was a deacon of the local Baptist church and substituted as minister on many occasions.  

Above: Two views of the Nicholson home. I remember playing in this house as a small child and was so impressed. You ran down hill to get from the kitchen to the living room.

Above: The Nicholson Barn. See also Barns, Part 3 on this site for a current photo of the barn and silo.

Above: Mr. Nicholson with his self-tie binder. The first patent was issued on a self-tie binder in 1850. The horse-drawn twine binder, first marketed in 1880, remained the chief method of harvesting small grain during the early decades of the 20th century. The mechanical twine knotter was patented in 1892 in the U.S.

Mr Nicholson passed away May 13, 1942 in Kalispell and Mrs. Nicholson followed him in July of 1952. They were survived by a son, Harold H. Nicholson. 

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