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The Birth of the Town on the Hill above Dog Creek
Winifred has existed as a community and Post Office since 1913.  The National
Archives and Records Service show the Winifred Post Office was established
September 26, 1913.

The first Postmaster was Lawrence C. Porter.  In order to get a mail route (or a "star
route" as they were  called) the neighbors had to carry the mail free

Where did Winifred get its name?  There are two stories, neither of which has been
Where did Winifred get its name?  There are two stories, neither of which has been
proven to be undeniably true.  A letter from the Montana Historical Society reads,
"According to our records, Winifred was named after the daughter of E.D. Sewall,
an official of the Milwaukee Railroad when it was constructing through Montana.
Many other references and oldtimers believe Winifred was named after Miss
Winifred Rockefeller, daughter of Percy A. Rockefeller, a heavy stockholder of the
Milwaukee Railroad.  Miss Winifred Rockefeller is credited with designing the
Winifred depot that later burned.

THIS SECTION GOT ALL MESSED UP -- RE-TYPE IT ALL.  STUPID
SOFTWARE...
as compared to what we see in town today.  At its peak, the town had a newspapers,
two livery barns, a pool hall, a drugstore, a doctor, three hardware stores, and at
least one grocery

Interestingly, however, there was never more than two bars, the same as today.