West to Montana

by Christine Wortman-Engren

published by Farcountry Press

  • On a homestead in the rugged Missouri River Breaks of Montana, the Wortmans carve a brittle existence out of the sagebrush and gumbo, enduring the brutal weather, a harsh land, and dark family tragedies. This sweeping saga of homesteaders captures all the grit and determination of generations of the Wortman, Godsey, Gilmore, and Ness families as they move west from the Atlantic colonies to post-Civil War Missouri farms and on to the Montana Territory. Based on richly detailed family diaries and letters, West to Montana brings our American story to life in this classic family epic from author Christine Wortman-Engren.

496 pages, 31 b/w photos, index, appendix, 20 softcovers per case

ISBN 10: 156037697X
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-697-2

May 2018

  • Features 4 family trees and 31 black-and-white photographs
  • Book signings and presentations with author Christine Wortman-Engre
  • The classic American saga as told through a well-documented family history
Montana Women Homesteaders A Hard Won Life Evelyn Cameron





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Christine Wortman-Engren was born on July 21, 1948 in Havre, Montana.  Eulela and Dick Wortman took their baby girl home to the south side of the Bear Paw Mountains where her grandparents had homesteaded since 1916.  Chris graduated from Big Sandy High in 1966 and earned a B.A. in English, followed by an M.A. in education and an ED.D. in Educational Ledership from the University of Montana. 

Along the way, Chris had two sons, Kole and Lacy, both of whom graduated from C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls, where Chris taugh English and coached Speech and Debate.  Now retired, Chris enjoys waterskiing, snowmobiling, off-road exploring, chasing cattle from the back of a good horse, and dancing.  She also enjoys listening to her sons and granddaughters sing and play music.  She and her husband Chuck spend winters in Arizona and summers on Seeley Lake, Montana.  Her sons still stay close to the homestead and rais cattle there.

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