|Owen Jerome McDonnell -standing center|
My Uncle Ambrose McDonnell was born in Iowa in 1900. As a baby he was taken to the Black Hills in South Dakota by his mother and father.
Owen Jerome McDonnell knew there was gold in the Hills and with four other partners, he had purchased land in the old Cook City site. After my uncle was born, he brought his wife, Elizabeth Burnette Allen and baby to a land where he was sure to make his fortune.
|Owen Jerome McDonnell and wife|
Elizabeth Burnett Allen
with their childrem
|Crook City home|
When Owen returned home and heard the story he told his wife that he thought it was an old friend, Jane. Later that week, they learned that Calamity Jane had gone to Lead and died. This story was told to me by my father, Ambrose’s younger brother, Owen James, many times and is a family legend
The photo at the beginning of this post is presumed to be Owen Jerome and his four partners. I would love to be able to identify the other men in this photo. If you can help identify them, please contact me.