Filed Under Walkerville

Gainor House

Butte Historic District

Rows of wood-frame houses lined West Daly Street by 1884 when it was still part of Chickentown, a Walkerville suburb. By 1891, Walkerville had absorbed Chickentown, and this house was the only brick-clad home on West Daly. Butcher Louis T. Gainor and wife Julia purchased the home in 1898, later adding a two-story rear addition by 1916 and stucco cladding after 1930. Louis, a successful meat market owner, served one term as Walkerville mayor in 1902-03. He owned one of Butte’s first cars, and his custom-made White Steamer runabout nearly won the Montana State Fair’s first-ever auto race in 1906. He narrowly lost when it burst into flames. In 1914, Julia joined one hundred local women campaigning against women’s suffrage. The group declared that giving women the right to vote was “progressive only in name” because of the “great responsibilities which it would add to the already manifold duties and responsibilities in woman’s life.” Louis and Julia shared the home with their daughter Virginia and son-in-law William Hunter until they died in the 1940s. Virginia and William remained in residence until 1959.

Images

Gainor House
Gainor House Google Maps Photo of front of Gainor House. Source: Google Maps Link Creator: Google Date: 2021
Butte 1891 Map
Butte 1891 Map Map of Walkerville in 1891. Creator: Owner Date: 1891
Butte Map 1916
Butte Map 1916 Map of Butte in 1916. Creator: Owner Date: 1916
"Democrats Lose in Walkerville"
"Democrats Lose in Walkerville" Article in The Butte Miner Source: Access the Article Through the MTHS Newspapers.com Portal Creator: The Butte Miner Date: 8 April, 1902
"Spectators Go Wild"
"Spectators Go Wild" Article from The Independent Record. Source: Access the Article Through the MTHS Newspapers.com Portal Creator: The Independent Record Date: 6 October, 1906
"Van Lune Finishes Race Wrapped in Sea of Flame"
"Van Lune Finishes Race Wrapped in Sea of Flame" Article in The Independent Record. Source: Access the Article Through the MTHS Newspapers.com Portal Creator: The Independent Record Date: 6 October, 1906
"New Steamers are Handsome"
"New Steamers are Handsome" Article in The Butte Miner. Source: Access the Article Through the MTHS Newspapers.com Portal Creator: The Butte Miner Date: 18 June 1906
"Taking Steps to Oppose Suffrage"
"Taking Steps to Oppose Suffrage" Article in The Butte Daily Post Source: Access the Article Through the MTHS Newspapers.com Portal Creator: The Butte Daily Post Date: 15 May, 1914
"Facing the Challenge"
"Facing the Challenge" Article in The Montana Standard. Source: Access newspapers.com through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Montana Standard Date: 6 January, 1957

Location

127 West Daly Street, Walkerville, MT | private

Metadata

Montana Historical Society , “Gainor House,” Historic Montana, accessed June 18, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/3541.