Mattie Bell Castner: “The Mother of Belt, Montana”

0 Posted by - January 14, 2022 - BLACK WOMEN, LATEST POSTS
Mattie Bell Castner  was  called “The Mother of  Belt,  Montana.”  She was born into slavery  in Newton, NC in 1848. She and her family moved to St. Louis after the Emancipation Proclamation for a fresh start.
Castner worked as a nanny, domestic servant, and a hotel maid. Eager to expand her horizons, she moved to Fort Benton, MT and opened a laundry. Her business did quite well. She earned the right to be called a successful, independent businesswoman on her own. However, it was not long before her success and business skills caught the eye of  her soon to be husband John Castner. Castner was a white man, who worked and was an entrepreneur who ran his own freight business. He had scouted much of the territory and had a particular fascination with Belt Creek.
Mattie  worked with her bare hands to help her husband build the first cabin in town. Their cabin became the stop for the stage, then flourished into a hotel and restaurant. Castner  grew her own vegetables and even worked in her husband’s coal mines. As the coal-mining town of belt grew, she  helped many families get established and survive during hard times. Over the years, Castner made two trips to North Carolina to try and find her relatives who hadn’t been sold. She found a sister and brought her and her family back to Montana. On the second trip back the elder brought back her 13 year-old niece and namesake Mattie Byers.
Castner’s selfless donations to civic causes were notorious. John Castner died in 1915 leaving Mattie to run the business. She died five years later leaving $30,000 to friends and charity.


  • gamefly free trial May 4, 2019 - 6:28 am

    Hello it’s me, I am also visiting this site daily, this website is actually fastidious and the visitors are actually sharing pleasant

  • minecraft download free May 14, 2019 - 8:46 am

    Howdy! This post could not be written any better!
    Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He constantly kept preaching about this. I’ll
    forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read.

    Many thanks for sharing!

  • free minecraft May 15, 2019 - 5:47 pm

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this blog post. It was
    inspiring. Keep on posting!

  • gamefly free trial May 29, 2019 - 8:21 pm

    I will immediately grasp your rss feed as I can not to find your
    email subscription link or e-newsletter service.
    Do you have any? Please allow me know in order that I may subscribe.


  • how to get help in windows 10 May 30, 2019 - 7:42 am

    I used to be suggested this website through my cousin. I am now not positive whether this post is written by
    means of him as nobody else recognize such special about my
    problem. You’re amazing! Thank you!

  • gamefly free trial June 6, 2019 - 4:10 am

    An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I think that
    you need to write more about this topic, it
    may not be a taboo subject but generally folks don’t speak about these subjects.
    To the next! Kind regards!!

  • son dakika yalova haberleri June 7, 2019 - 8:05 pm

    The Zune concentrates on being a Portable Media Player. Not a web browser. Not a game machine. Maybe in the future it’ll do even better in those areas, but for now it’s a fantastic way to organize and listen to your music and videos, and is without peer in that regard. The iPod’s strengths are its web browsing and apps. If those sound more compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.

  • Lesroyaps June 11, 2019 - 9:36 am

    Ed Cures achat viagra sans ordonnance pharmacie en venissieux Bactroban Viagra 25mg Cost Comprar Cialis On Line En Espana