The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Arlene Weber
Contributing Writer 

The epic life of John Wellcome


A young man heads west from New York, intent on settling in the Montana Territory. A law degree in hand, he has a desire to help bring law and order to the wild west city of Butte. He meets a beautiful woman, has a family; but, runs headlong into dirty politics, clandestine meetings, front page news stories, and a lengthy trial. It could be the foundation for a Hollywood drama. The tale of John Wellcome; however, is not fiction. It happened right here in Montana and the Whitehall valley was part of the story. The following information is taken from the 1914 "History of Montana" by San...

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