A biography of Rufus Marks is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3, page 1094. Parents: James and Harriet (Hill) Marks, Huntley, IL.
Rufus attended country schools at Elgin, IL, and in 1864 enlisted in Company K of the 95th Illinois Infantry as quartermaster's clerk. He joined the regiment at Springfield, thence to Memphis and Nashville, then to New Orleans, and finally Chicago where he was honorably discharged in Oct 1865. In 1866, Rufus came to Montana carrying merchandise to sell to miners. The merchandise was lost due to swollen rivers. He went on to be a miner, had a flourishing business as a baker in Diamond City, MT; in 1870 bought a ranch in the Missouri River Valley; 1871 had six ten-mule teams running from Batten & Corinne to Helena; 1874 bought a stage line and carried mail between Helena and White Sulpher Springs, and between White Sulpher Springs and Townsend until 1899. At the time of his death, Rufus owned eight ranches (one a 2,000 acre property 7-1/2 miles east of Townsend) and had large mining interests.
Rufus married Mrs Mary (Maples) Frost. Marks children: Vera (died at age 4), James Parberry (Townsend, MT), Mrs. Veva Smith; Harold (died at age 7); Hattie (died in infancy).
Mrs. Mary Frost's children by a previous marriage: Mark L. (Townsend, MT); Vernie A. (Helena, MT).
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