The History of the John L Clarke Gallery and Family
This history section contains a collection of articles written by Joyce Clarke Turvey, the original owner of The Clarke Gallery, and John Clarke’s daughter. Written in the late 1970s to mid-1980s, several of the histories were printed locally in the Glacier Reporter. My mother went to great lengths to research family genealogy and local history; in an effort that these details aren’t forever lost, they are posted here…Enjoy!
By Joyce Clarke Turvey 1984
The historical background of East Glacier Park revolved around the Blackfeet Indians, plus the western advance of white civilization, the railroad and Glacier National Park. Nomadic bands of Piegan Indians roamed the plains east of the mountains some 300 years before.
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By Joyce Clarke Turvey
February 27, 1986
The new $9.2 million Blackfeet Community Hospital opened its doors on February 3, 1986, which was the result of an 18 year effort to improve medical facilities on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. With dedication ceremonies slated for February 28th, there was an open house at the facility, as well as speeches by Congressman Pat Williams, Senator John Melcher, Deputy Director Office of Tribal Activities, James Smith and Tribal Council Chairman, Chief Earl Old Person. Speeches began at 1 PM followed by a buffalo feed sponsored by the tribe at 3:00pm.
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