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Lazare "Curley" Ereaux, b. 1841, Wolf River, Que.> MN > 1863 MT - Bio
Posted by: Carole (ID *****4261) Date: September 27, 2008 at 17:12:28
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An interesting biography/portrait/family history of Lazare "Curley" Ereaux is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3, pages 936 & 937.

Lazare was born, 8 Jul 1841, son of Michael and Mary (La Verne) Ereaux. Their children: Judy (son, who spent his life in Canada); Mitchell (Morrison County, MN), Lazare (MT), Joseph (MN), Mrs. Mary Valle (MN), Mrs. Arguette Vartinear (MN), Julia (Mrs. Jo Ducette).

When he was eleven years old, Lazare came to the US with his parents and located near Little Falls, MN. Later, the father, Micheal Ereaux, lost his wife, returned to Canada, was again married, and lived to be over ninety years old.

Lazare was farming near Little Falls, MN, when he joined an expedition taking emigrants to Montana, reaching Fort Benton three months later. He reached Bannock, MT, in the fall of 1863 and tried gold mining, with little success. It was in Bannock he was given the name, "Curley". He worked at various jobs and then began freighting between Fort Benton and Virginia City, hauling goods and passengers for three years. By 1870, he became the first white settler on the Salt Fork of the Sun River. For fifteen years he engaged in farming, raising grain, and selling his produce at the government post at Fort Shaw. He accumulated a herd of cattle and took them with him to the Fort Belknap Reservation when he moved there in 1885. A dishonest Indian agent charged him $400 to graze his cattle on the reservation so he took up ranching on the Bear Paw, and eventually moved to People's Creek where he had his final ranch home and raised stock on an extensive scale. He was the first white man to locate on that creek and was a pioneer in building an irrigation project.

Curley Ereaux married his first wife while living on the Sun River. She was a full-blood Grosventre. They had six children, three surviving: Mrs. Julia Schultz (Phillips County, MT), Mrs. Rosa Stevens (Dodson, MT), Frank (People's Creek).

On 1 Sep 1917, in North Dakota, Curley married Mrs. Mary (Johnson) Maxwell, born 11 Apr 1857, Cleveland, OH, daughter of Benjamin and Rachel (Shannon) Johnson. Mary was raised in Harrison County, OH. (A short history of her family is included in this biography.) From her first marriage Mrs. Mary Ereaux had the following children: Lucretia (Mrs. Ernest Thompson, died in Cleveland, OH), Milford G. (Cleveland, OH), Herbert C. (Akron, OH).

From 1917-1919, the Curley and Mary Ereaux lived in Zelzah, CA, having gone there for the winter. They returned to Dodson, MT, in March 1920.

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