11.ESTELLE ARMADELIA6 BUKER (ANDERSONSTEPHEN5, JOHNBLACK4, ISRAELHILTON3, HILTONDECATUR2, DECATUR1) was born April 21, 1871 in Stevensville, Ravalli Co, Montana, and died November 15, 1945 in Superior, Montana.She married LEVI ALLEN ELLER November 19, 1890 in Missoula, Montana Co, Montana(see comments), son of JACOB ELLER and MALINDA RASH. Notes for ESTELLE ARMADELIA BUKER: The second child and the oldest daughter of Anderson Stephen Buker and Solitude Mary (Lebeau) Buker, Estelle Armadelia Buker was born April 21, 1871, at Stevensville, Montana. Estelle was raised on the Buker ranch near Stevensville. She told that when she was still a child, she fell from a horse and, as a result, lost part of her hearing, which she never recovered. (One family story says that she became deaf when her ear drum was accidently pierced by a straw. Perhaps both events occurred at the same time.) However it seems likely that she had an auditory weakness to begin with, perhaps hereditary, for one of her sons and two of his children seem to have inherited the weakness. Estelle was married to Levi Allen Eller in Missoula, Montana on November 19, 1890, by a minister of the Presbyterian Church, with Estelle's sister, Olga Buker, and brother Warren Buker, as witnesses. The wedding was at the old Rodgers House in Missoula. They were married again January 23, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota, by a justice of the peace. A third marriage occurred on December 14, 1903, in Winfield, Kansas. This marriage was by a minister of the Gospel with, among the three witnesses, a Miss Violet Buker, who perhaps was the daughter of Edward T. Buker of Winfield. Their relationships to Estelle are not known. There were no divorces between these marriages nor legal separations. As a result of her deafness, Estelle in her later life spoke in a nasal monotone. This was undoubtedly compounded by the fact that she learned to talk at the knee of her French mother, who herself was difficult to understand. "Estelle was not only a wonderful cook, but a marvelous seamstress as well. She made many of her own clothes and was forever making things like aprons and mittens, and doilies to give away as gifts. She had the patience to take beautiful, extremely tiny, even stitches by hand. Robert Cadwell Eller remembers that Estelle (his great grandmother) never used the word "no" when she caught her great grandchildren doing something they ought not to, her admonition was "ah-ah," or, "ah-ah-ah." Reasons for these marriages are only speculated and out of kindness and respect are not mentioned. However they did take place as Robert Cadwell Eller has certificates that prove so. Two sons were born to the Ellers: Robert Lee Eller, and Lloyd Lamont Eller, both were born in Missoula, Montana. More About ESTELLE ARMADELIA BUKER: Comment 1: Levi & Estelle were married three times Notes for LEVI ALLEN ELLER: The Ellers lived in Missoula, Montana until about 1902, when they moved to St. Regis, Montana. In 1905, they filed for homestead rights to a 155 acre parcel at the mouth of Little St. Joe Creek about a mile west of St. Regis. at about that time they moved into a small cabin on the property. this first house was on the bench west of the creek. They lived there until the cabin burned down. Probably in the 1910 fire, which went through the property, They immediately began building another house on lower ground closer to the creek, (for better fire protection?). With the two boys, then in their upper teens, doing most of the work under their fathers direction. Levi was at this time working at the big saw mill just north of town along the Clark Fork River (or Missoula River, as it was known then and for many years locally known). This second house, to which was attached a large wood shed, with a pass through to the wood box in the kitchen, was located just a few steps from a spring, the underground flow to which passed directly under the house. Two big spruce trees stood beside the house, so it became to be referred to as, jokingly and lovingly, by Robert Lee Eller as Two Trees, Montana. Final papers on the homestead were filed in 1910. About 1915 Levi went to work for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (always referred to as the Milwaukee) as a freight brakeman. Levi and Estelle moved to Alberton, Montana, in 1915, leaving the homestead to their oldest son, Lee, who by then was married and had one child (Robert Cadwell Eller).In Alberton, they first lived in a large house on the main street (which was also U.S. Highway 10) west of the center of town. Later, they bought a house at the edge of the bench which the town sits, east of the center of town. (When Interstate 90 was built in the late 1960s it ran just below the south of this house. The house was moved in the late 1970s "down onto the flats" as the neighbors described it, (but Robert Cadwell Eller (the primary researcher) has never been able to find it.) The Ellers lived in this house the rest of their lives. Levi and Estelle are buried side - by - side at Missoula City Cemetery. Levi worked for six different railroads during his lifetime as follows:Northern Pacific Railroad Co. Missoula, Montana, as a fireman on the Rocky Mountain Division, July 1894 to February 1896. Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway System (Katy), Denison, Texas as a locomotive fireman, January 1897 to March 1897, and October 1897 to May 1898. Kansas City, Pittsburgh & Gulf Railroad Co. , Mena, Arkansas, as a freight brakeman, March 1899 to November 1900. International and Great Northern Railroad Co., Palestine, Texas, as a locomotive fireman, July 1901 to August 1901. Arkansas Southern Railroad Co., Ruston, Louisana, as a switchman, 1902 Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad. Dates are not known, but are believed to be about 1904 to the time of his accident in 1927. He was a brakeman. He worked for the Missoula General Electric Co., as a fireman and engineer for two years prior to taking the position with the Northern Pacific, ie., during 1892 and 1893. Levi resigned from his position at the Katy line to serve in the Spanish American War. He enlisted in troop L of the first regiment of the Texas Cavalry, U. S. Volunteers, May 8, 1898, at Fort Sam Houston. He was honorably discharged, with the rank of corporal, when the regiment was mustered out, November 14, 1898, at Fort Sam Houston. He did not participate in any campaigns. After retiring from the Milwaukee, in 1927(?), Levi operated the Montana State Liquor Store in Alberton for a few years. Levi dabbled in a small way in oil and gas stocks and leases in gold mining ventures over a period of nearly 20 years, beginning in 1922. Altogether, existing certificates show that about $600 was invested in 20 oil and gas ventures, mostly in Texas, and Oklahoma, and about four gold mining properties in various states of the northwest. So far as known, he only received 90 cents out of all of these investments. At one point (dates are unknown but it may have been in 1927, he became an active partner in a fishing boat, operating off the California coast.) Robert Cadwell Eller remembers when Levi and Estelle would come to visit, Estelle would always surreptitiously slip a Silver dollar into his pocket, then hold her finger in front of her lips as a sign not to tell anyone. What she probably never knew is that Levi often did the same thing ! More About LEVI ALLEN ELLER: Comment 1: Levi & Estelle were married Three times Comment 2: November 19, 1890 (wedding #1) Comment 3: Jan. 23, 1896 St. Paul, Minnesota (wedd.2) Comment 4: Dec. 14, 1903 Winfield, Kansas (wedd. #3) Occupation: Railroad worker, soldier, investor, Residence: Kansas, Montana, Arkansas, Children of ESTELLE BUKER and LEVI ELLER are:
ROBERT LEE7 ELLER, b. October 02, 1892, Missoula , Missoula Co, Montana; d. May 01, 1967, Spokane, Spokane Co,Washington.
LLOYD LAMONT ELLER, b. October 28, 1894, Mossoula, Montana.
Notes for LLOYD LAMONT ELLER: Ran away for a year because he didn't like his 7th grade teacher. Part of which time Lloyd Eller was in Mexico
12.CLARA E.6 BUKER (ANDERSONSTEPHEN5, JOHNBLACK4, ISRAELHILTON3, HILTONDECATUR2, DECATUR1) was born January 01, 1873 in Stevensville, Montana.She married EDMOND RIBERDY. Notes for CLARA E. BUKER: Children of CLARA BUKER and EDMOND RIBERDY are:
MINNIE7 RIBERDY, b. June 26, 1893; m. CECIL BETTS.
More About CECIL BETTS: Occupation: One time Sheriff of Mineral Co. Montana
BELLE RIBERDY, b. Abt. 1895; m. ARTHUR MALONE.
OLGA RIBERDY, b. January 23, 1895.
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13.OLGA E.6 BUKER (ANDERSONSTEPHEN5, JOHNBLACK4, ISRAELHILTON3, HILTONDECATUR2, DECATUR1) was born November 30, 1874 in Stevensville, Montana, and died June 29, 1900 in St. Regis, Montana.She married MIKE RODDY. Children of OLGA BUKER and MIKE RODDY are:
SOLITUDE7 RODDY, b. September 01, 1892.
GLADYS RODDY, b. July 28, 1894.
MARTIN RODDY, b. December 11, 1897.
JAMES RODDY, b. October 28, 1899.
14.JOSIE BELLE6 BUKER (ANDERSONSTEPHEN5, JOHNBLACK4, ISRAELHILTON3, HILTONDECATUR2, DECATUR1) was born December 10, 1882 in Stevensville, Montana, and died in Oakland, California.She married CHARLES HENRY KIESLING. Children of JOSIE BUKER and CHARLES KIESLING are:
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15.GRACE B.6 BUKER (ANDERSONSTEPHEN5, JOHNBLACK4, ISRAELHILTON3, HILTONDECATUR2, DECATUR1) was born October 10, 1884 in Stevensville, Montana, and died March 24, 1958 in San Diego, California.She married OSCAR F. WALLACE April 22, 1904 in UNKNOWN. Children of GRACE BUKER and OSCAR WALLACE are:
ARTHUR7 WALLACE, b. Private.
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RICHARD BEVERLY WALLACE, b. Private.
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