I have a subscription to "Newspaper Archives," and found an article you might be interested in although it doesn't answer any of the queestions you have.
From "The Anaconda Standard," published at Anaconda, Montana on Sunday, March 31, 1907:
BOZEMAN LADIES PAY IN BAND (underneath this caption is a picture of the ladies)
LADIES' BAND OF BOZEMAN
BOZEMAN has a unique musical organization, a ladies' band, which has already made several public appearances, and promises to be a permanent and useful organization. It was organized last September by Jesse Thompson, a local musician, who has had much to do with band and orchestra organizations in Bozeman for many years. At that time none of the ladies had ever played any band instrument. A few instruments ere secured from the old Bozeman band, but most of the ladies purchased their own instruments. They practiced faithfully under Mr. Thompson's direction, and on Thursday evening, Jan. 31, they gave their first public concert and ball at Elks' hall and scored a complete success. On Saturday evening, Feb. 2, when visiting members of the legislature were entertained at the rooms of the Gallatin Valley club, the ladies' band was invited by President Casey of the club to aid in the intertainment of the guests, and did so most acceptably, playing several numbers. How satisfactory their public apparance was may be judged from the fact that Speaker E.W. King called aside Mr. Thompson after the concert and authorized him to draw on him for the $300 necessary to provide the band with uniforms. These will be at once provided by Mr. King's generosity, and the band thus enabled to appear still more attractively.
Mr. Thompson plays the clarinet and his son, Master Claire, is the drum major; Charles Markenste handles the bass drum. The ladies who appear in the picture above are Mesdames Mayme Russell, George Corder, Will Majors, Albert Schlechten, Alfred Schlechten, Maggie Davis, Carrie Thompson and Minnie Brammer, and Misses May Walton, Edna Rhodes, Annie Hoffman, Rose Speth, Millie Chavey, Lorelie Odell, Sylvia Anderson, Minnie Arthur, Jennie Flint, Myrtle Odell, Alma Smith and Frankie McLeod.
This article mentions Jesse Thompson's son, Master Claire, and Carrie Thompson.
I hope you find the above article interesting. In one other article (too lengthy to publish here), it mentions the name Professor Jesse Thompson. So, he may have taught music at the Montana State College in Bozeman, Montana.
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