A biography/family history of William Milton Combes, Sydney, MT, is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3, page 820.
William was born, 21 May 1878, son of Francis and Elizabeth (Hayes) Combes.Francis was born in Vermillion County, IN, and spent all his life there as a farmer. He died at age 46. Elizabeth was born in Indiana, her parents pioneers to that state from Kentucky. Children of Francis and Elizabeth Combes: Elmer (Vigo Co., IN); Jennie (Mrs. L.A. Clevenger, died in 1918 at Lambert, MT); Myrtle (Mrs. V.C. Saxton, Hood River, OR); William M. (Sydney, MT); Bonnie P. (Mrs. Fred Elzicar, Sydney, MT); Harry (Sydney, MT).
Before leaving Clinton, IN, William M. Combes was apprenticed as a carpenter.At age 21, he started out as a mechanic and continued it until he abandoned it at Sydney many years later.From his home in IN, he made his way to Denver, CO, where he spent a few months as a carpenter.In May 1904, he arrived in Montana and became a carpenter and builder in Sydney, MT.From contracting he went into the electrical business, organizing the Water Users Electric Company.He was a manager in the telephone business, constructing and operating long distance lines in the valley and connecting the territory from Mondak to Intake.About this time he took up undertaking and added a furniture line to this business.He owned two undertaking establishments, one in Savage and the other in Lambert, MT. Later Mr. Combes was in the automobile business.In 1916, in association with John P. Meadows, he built a pontoon bridge across the Yellowstone River, and was president of the bridge company.He was a stockholder, member of the building board, and for a time served as trustee of the Deaconess Hospital in Sydney, MT. He was appointed, then elected to the office of coroner of Richland Co., MT.
In Jun 1901, Johnsville, IL, William married Miss Dicey D. Pastre, b. 20 Jun 1883. Combes children: Geneva and Esther.
Dicey D. Combes died 24 Aug 1949, age 66, Richland Co., MT
Geneva J. Combes died 3 Nov 1993, age 91, Richland Co., MT
Esther Combes Vance died 15 May 1983, age 79, Missoula, MT
William M. Combes died 24 Jan 1954, age 75, Sydney, Richland Co, MT
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