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Headstone dedication ceremony honors local matriarch

Sophia Ann Folsom Padden (December 17, 1846 – February 14, 1935), matriarch of the Montana Padden families, was remembered with a new headstone dedication on Saturday, June 5. Sophia Ann homesteaded in the Tie Creek area of Montana in 1886 with her husband Thomas Jimmison Padden and their children: Willard Bernard, Nellie Charlotte and Electa Ann. Sophia Ann had a garden, milked cows, made butter and 15-pound blocks of cheese, fed the Padden Sawmill crews, and rode side saddle as she broke horses, which were sold by Willard to settlers and the French army.

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