I find Jennie seven months later on 19 Nov 1891 marrying John William "Billy" Oswald of Cascade County, Montana. How did they meet? How did she end up in Montana from Texas?
Cooper, Jennie, and Oswald, J. W. Marriage announcement. The Helena Independent. 22 Nov.1891. p. 3, col. 3. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. Accessed 16 Oct. 2017.
I have a copy of a detailed letter (with notes), written by Austin Henry Oswald to the author, Don L. Thrapp, in 1960, who was asking questions about Austin's father and maternal grandfather, Al Sieber. Thrapp was in the process of writing his book Al Sieber: Chief of Scouts which was published in 1964.
Austin mentioned that his father was a close friend of Charles M. Russell, the "Western Artist," who worked for his father on his sheep ranch. Austin writes,
"my father's sheep ranch was in Little Bend, 30 miles from Cascade. Chas. Russell was his Buck Herder. Till he got married [1896 to Nancy Cooper - no relation], used to sell all of his paintings to the Silver Dollars Saloon in Great Falls for a few bucks. His widow lives in Carmel. Fame in wealth came to him in later life." 1
Another eye-opener was this news article of 1898 that mentions Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Oswald arriving in Great Falls, Montana. With the couple is their son and “Mrs. Cooper,” Jennie’s mother!
“Hotel Arrivals,” Anaconda Standard, (Anaconda, Montana), Friday, 22 April 1898, page 9, column 2, Chronicling America : accessed 11 Oct 2015).
“Great Falls Notes,” Anaconda Standard, (Anaconda, Montana), Friday, 29 April 1898, page 9, column 3, Chronicling America: accessed 16 Oct 2017).
|"Macaroni Wheat - Sully County Man Raises Big Crop of that Cereal." Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen South Dakota), Tuesday, August 9, 1904. page 6, column 1, GenealogyBank.com : accessed 11 Oct. 2015.|
1 Dan L. Thrapp Collection, Heley Memorial Library and History Center. Midland, Texas.