Filed Under Helena

John and Jennie Atchison House

Helena South-Central Historic District

In 1879, Jennie Atchison (sister of Montana’s first governor, Joseph Toole) moved from Missouri to Helena with her husband Dr. J. B. Atchison. Dr. Atchison became a prominent Helena physician, active in state medical affairs and in Democratic and Populist politics. In addition to bearing nine children, Jennie speculated in real estate. In 1882, she bought this property just south of her brother's and father’s homes. A two-story frame house stood here, which the Atchisons remodeled before taking up residence in 1889. To match the neighborhood’s growing stature, they covered the front façade with brick and added a one-story addition to the back of the house and a second bay window on the north façade. In 1904 druggist and entrepreneur Henry Parchen, who had moved into a (since destroyed) mansion next door, purchased the residence as a rental. His tenants included George and Stella Hindley, who lived here from 1908 to 1910 with their eight children (ages twenty-six to ten), a servant, and a boarder. George was a Congregational pastor devoted to ministering to men in prison and their families and advocating for prison reform.

Images

John and Jennie Atchison House John and Jennie Atchison House. Front to side view of the house, facing east at the intersection of South Rodney Street and Cutler Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
John and Jennie Atchison House John and Jennie Atchison House. Front to side view of the house, facing east on South Rodney Street near the intersection of South Rodney and Cutler Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
John and Jennie Atchison House John and Jennie Atchison House. Front to side view of the house, facing southeast on South Rodney Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020

Location

223 South Rodney Street, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

Montana National Register Sign Program, “John and Jennie Atchison House,” Historic Montana, accessed December 3, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2721.