Ovando history book shows early family life


April 27, 2023

A photo of the Sperry family used on the cover of Angela Townsend's book "The Pathway of Life" about the earl homesteader family in the Blackfoot River Valley.

"The Pathway of Life" is a Montana story of the Sperry family and life in the Blackfoot Valley in the late 1800's and early 1900's. C.B. Sperry and his wife Nell left Michigan for California and then traveled to Montana in search of a better life. From Helena they homesteaded along the Blackfoot River east of Clearwater Junction. Their homesite area is now called Sperry Grade, near Russell Gates Campground and fishing access.

"It is a story of an early homesteader determined to survive the harsh life that so many like him attempted," said Angela Townsend, author and great granddaughter of C...

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