Chris Marie Forest

Chris Marie Forest is the great-great-granddaughter of William and Ellen Arnold. She was born and raised in Southern California, listening to bits and pieces of her Arnold family stories. She has now spent almost fifty years researching and weaving them all together.

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Gallatin Valley Pioneer: Jerome Waterman

Chris Marie Forest

Jerome Byron Waterman, my great-great-uncle, led a very full, prosperous and somewhat tragic life in his short 48 years. He was born during the American Civil War on December 17, 1862 in Saginaw, Michigan to Christopher and Catherine Boyle…

Bozeman Pioneers: William and Ellen Flannery Arnold

Chris Marie Forest

My maternal great-great-grandparents, William and Ellen Flannery Arnold, were some of the earliest settlers of Bozeman, Montana.   Both of them came separately in the 1860s and were from hearty farm families.William, the oldest son, was…

Bozeman Pioneers: Christopher & Catherine Waterman

Chris Marie Forest

My great-great-grandparents, Christopher Hilliard Waterman and Catherine Boyle Waterman, were two of the founding pioneers of Bozeman, Montana. Their amazing pioneer stories were preserved and told to their children and grandchildren. Much of the…