Named in honor Gen. Philip Sheridan of Civil War fame, Sheridan County was carved out of the much larger Valley County in 1913. Originally the hunting grounds for Assiniboine, Sioux, and members of other Native American tribes, the county boomed during the homesteading era from 1900 to 1920. Sheridan County's storied past includes being a hideout for horse thieves and outlaws and, later, home to a renowned Communist movement that reached its apex in the 1920s. Since that bygone era, Sheridan County has enjoyed an often-thriving agricultural economy, oil booms, and the type of community spirit that knits people together, whether they are newcomers or the descendants of its first inhabitants.
Author Bio: The daughter of homesteaders, Helen Wagnild Stoner is a lifelong Sheridan County resident; was a section editor of two local history books, Sheridan's Daybreak I and II; and has compiled other local histories. Her daughter Verlaine Stoner McDonald is a professor at Berea College in Kentucky and the author of The Red Corner: The Rise and Fall of Communism in Northeastern Montana. Using vintage photographs from local families, the Sheridan County Museum, and their family collection, Stoner and McDonald offer this volume in celebration of Sheridan County's centennial.
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