I don't know?Maybe he went bust? It would be interesting to find out if he actually owned or lost land in MT?But I would not know where to begin searching for that info.
I am thinking the death of John Caldwell on 25 Nov 1918 has to be the same one I am looking for.Birth year is off but I am sure that was common in those days.Maybe the informant guessed the age?
I contacted the Vital Statistics of MT today and was told they could not give the county the death was recorded over the phone.What they suggest is to order a copy for informational purposes.So I will get that application with money order in the mail tomorrow and hopefully within 10-14 days I will know more info.
I did come across a photo that was in the possesion of an Aunt (my fathers sister).When my aunt passed away she had several old photos that belonged to their mother, Kate Caldwell Owens.One was of a cowboy that no one had any idea of who he was.The photo was almost thrown away but a cousin of mine saved it in hopes of finding who the person might be.She brought the photo to me and said look at the back, in the left hand corner in faded writing it said, "Caldwell."It just so happened I had an article dated, Thursday, October 24, 1895 that mentions, "John Caldwell was a victim of one of those detestable kodacs." It's a long story but it mentions how he came into town after completing his seasons work for N-N.Now why would our grandmother have a pic of a cowboy amongst her photos?I like to think he gave it to her as little girl.
My father never got to see this photo.He passed away a few weeks before this photo was brought to me.That too I think came to me for a reason.My dad was showing me a pic of our great grandfather.
So if you come across any more info it will always be greatly appreciated.Thank you.