This article was written by Margaret Hawkes Lindsley and appeared in the Fremont County Chronicle-News Historical Edition Aug. 8,1963. It later appeared in the Fremont County Centennial Edition published March 4, 1993 by The Fremont County Herald-Chronicle.
Pisces, the sign of the fish, is the appropriate and
astrological sign that rules the birth date, March 4, 1893, of Fremont County,
the sportsmen's delight.
Youthful St. Anthony was the successful angler that landed the catch of the fall general election of 1894, the county seat.
Through its growing pains, the vigor and zest associated with western boom towns speak in this doggerel featured in an old St. Anthony newspaper:
"To chuckle and giggle is funny, to cry and shed tears is sad. But to live in St. Anthony and be good, is to be solitary, lonesome and sad. "
There were people here when the first white man, John Colter, moccasined softly into the Conant Trail in 1808, headed for the Yellowstone and immortality. The white man found these Americans, predominantly Shoshone-Bannock people, making a beginning, with the honor-in-raid, the little wars of the hunters, tribes and clan chieftains. There were white men who liked the Indians better than their own people, took up their beliefs, ornaments, language and love of children. The Indian scheme of life worked, but time had run out on them. They were broken for their good land. And who knows that cities, nations and fame might have been theirs?