Biennial Meeting -- 2021

September 16-19, 2021 (Thursday - Sunday)
Ninepines Lodge, Charlo, Montana

Ninepipes Lodge

The 2021 Cory Family Society Meeting was held at the Ninepipes Lodge in Carlo, Montana.

Ninepipes Lodge - Charlo, Montana is within a wildlife refuge overlooking the Rocky Mountains on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. They have a restaurant, conference room, bar, and rooms all under one roof.

2021 Attending Members
Sister, Sue & John Corey, Carolyn Corey, Marge Finili, Chris Cory, Ray Corey,
Earl Cory, Robert & Phyllis Fisher (not shown, Cara Corey and Preston Miller)

Cory Fam Soc Meeting - 2021, Mission Buildings

Cory Fam Soc Meeting - 2021, Ft. Connah

The Museum next door has American Indian displays and a gift shop.  In addition there are eight other museums in the area:

All of these sites are within 10-20 minutes apart from each other!!

Things did in the area:

  • Miracle of America Museum - 20 minute drive – Ever seen a sheep powered treadmill? How about a motorcycle designed to be parachuted in behind enemy lines? Remember the old drug store soda fountain? The Miracle of America has absolutely something that will be of interest to everyone. To see even half of the exhibits will take a couple of hours.


Thursday Evening, September 16, 2021: Arrival and Check in

  • Meet and greet around 7:00 pm in the hotel’s restaurant.
    Introduced ourselves, talked about your Cory/Corey line, and our favorite story about one of your relatives: i.e. “My Uncle George Corey was an “adventurer” according to a L.A.Times article.”
    Dinner on your own.

Friday, September 17, 2021:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 Ninepipes Museum
    Walk next door from the lodge to this museum!Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana

    Tour of Ninepipes Indian Museum

    The museum is named after a highly respected Bitterroot Salish leader, Chief Joseph (Nganta) Ninepipes (1820-1871). The museum contains a wealth of early photos, artifacts and antiques representing more than a century of life on the Flathead Indian Reservation and in Montana. The Museum is one of western Montana’s finest treasures.

    The nearby Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge is also named after Joseph Ninepipes. Some early historical documents show the English version of his name pluralized with an ‘s’, but in later years the family dropped the ‘s’ and went by “Ninepipe.” Joseph was a war pipe holder, a prestigious honor, and the probable story behind the name Nine (X’nut) Pipe (Senme), is that he was part of nine successful war parties or horse-stealing parties. A pipe belonging to the Ninepipe family, along with other artifacts, can be seen in the first hall of the museum.

  • 12:00 am - Lunch at Ninepipes restaurant

  • 1:30 pm - Depart for St. Ignatius Catholic Church

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm St. Ignatius Catholic Church S. Ignatius Mission

    Tour of St. Ignatius Mission and Museum-this is an old Jesuit mission founded in 1854

    The St. Ignatius Mission is a landmark Roman Catholic mission founded at its present location, St. Ignatius, Montana, in 1854 by Father Pierre-Jean De Smet and Father Adrian Hoecken. The current mission church was built between 1891 and 1893, and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

    This Catholic Church is unique because its walls and ceilings have 58 original paintings by Brother Joseph Carignano on them. The Mission Mountain Range is a beautiful backdrop of scenery behind the Mission Church. The church is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation. We have two very special paintings of the Salish Lord and Lord's mother (in Native American form) that are located in the back of the Mission.

    Next to the Mission, is a museum and gift shop that displays Mission and Indian artifacts and sells religious items. There is also the log home which was the original Sisters' residence when they first arrived.

  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm carpool to Fort Connah

    3:30 pm - Fort Connah (HBC) Trading PostFort Connah, Montana courtesy Fort Wiki

    Tour of Fort Connah (HBC) Trading Post A Hudson Bay Company Trading Post 1846 - 1871.  (Not open to the public but we got get a private tour and received a brief history.)

    Fort Connah, located in the Mission Valley of Western Montana, was the last Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post built in what is now the United States. The post, which was previously known as the Salish House and started by David Thompson, was constructed by Angus McDonald in 1847 at its current location. The southernmost post of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Fort Connah, Montana was established in the summer of 1846 by Neil McArthur as the Flathead Indian post. It was named after the Scottish River, Connen. The trading post, which consisted of three buildings, was built by Angus McDonald and his assistant George Simpson Jr. in 1847.

    Angus McDonald’s Nez Perce wife Catherine joined him that fall with her newborn daughter Christina. They remained at the fort until he was promoted and transferred to Fort Colvile, Washington in 1852.

    The fort was then taken over by his son, Duncan McDonald. By 1871, the fur trade era had ended and Fort Connah was closed by Angus' son Duncan in 1872, marking the end of the fur trade in the United States.

    Today, there is one remaining original building from the original trading post that continues to stand. It is believed to be the oldest standing building in Montana and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Fort Connah Historic Site also includes two historic log cabins that were moved to the site which replicate the buildings that once made-up the original trading post. it is located between St. Ignatius and Charlo, Montana on US Highway 93.

  • Four Winds Trading Post7:00 pm Friday - Pizza at Four Winds Trading Post.

    All Historical buildings, store and collections were open for viewing.

    Four Winds is the longest operating trading post as well as the oldest in Montana! Shop where the local Indians buy their supplies!! A visit to our old-time store is a trip back in history. Beads, face paint, deer & moose hides, dance bells, real sinew, & porcupine hair roaches (headdresses) are among the authentic goods found at Four Winds. The original log store was built in 1870 by Duncan McDonald & moved from nearby Ravalli to it's present location by Preston Miller almost 40 years ago.

    Find old and new books here about local Indian history as well as about Duncan and his father, Angus, famous local Hudson's Bay trader who built nearby Fort Connah. Today, many of their relatives still trade in the store. Other Indian customers include Flathead, Kutenai, Pend Oreille, Blackfeet, Rocky Boy Cree, Shoshone, and Canadian tribes ie; Cree, Blackfoot, and Sarsi. Your purchases help us encourage & preserve their traditional arts & crafts. The spectacular view of the Mission Range of the Rocky Mountains which the Indians call the "Backbone of the World".

2021 Attending Members
Robert Fisher, Chris & Earl Cory, John Corey, Greg, Cara Corey, Phyllis Fisher,
Carolyn Corey, Ray Corey, Marge Finili, Sue Corey (not shown Preston Miller photographer)

Saturday, September 18, 2021:

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • 9:00 am – Depart hotel lobby and carpool to Polson

    9:30 am - 12:00 Miracle of America Museum

  • 12:00 am - Carpool to St. Ignatius

  • 1:00 pm - Lunch at Amish Store & Deli (Pickup snacks for afternoon)

  • 2:00 pm - Carpool to National Bison Range and Visitor Center  A young bison calf, only a few days old, stands in front of its mother, its rusty red baby coat contrasting with the female’s dark brown hide. Photo taken on April 18, 2014 by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer, NBR/USFWSNational Bison Range

  • 2:30 pm - National Bison Range Tour

    ½ hour away we could see elk, deer, bison, antelope, bears

    President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Bison Range on May 23, 1908 when he signed legislation authorizing funds to purchase suitable land for the conservation of bison. It was the first time that Congress appropriated tax dollars to buy land specifically to conserve wildlife. The overall mission of the National Bison Range is to maintain a representative herd of bison, under reasonably natural conditions, to ensure the preservation of the species.

    The original herd of bison released in 1909 was purchased with private money raised by the American Bison Society and then donated to the Refuge. Today, 250-300 bison call this refuge home. To keep track of herd health, the Refuge conducts an annual Bison capture. And to ensure the herd is in balance with their habitat, surplus bison are donated and/or sold live.

  • 7:00 pm – Group Dinner at Ninepipes

Sunday, September 19, 2021; Annual Meeting

  • 10:00 am - Breakfast in the hotel Restaurant

    12:00 Check Out

    Cory Fam Soc Meeting - 2021, Zoom Attendees12:00 pm – Annual Meeting in Conference Room at the hotel, in person and Zoom

    2:30 pm - Adjourn and say goodbyes

Biennial Meeting Agenda
September 19, 2021

  1. Introduction of attendees and Zoom participants - John Corey
  2. Thank You to our host - Carolyn Corey
  3. Reading of Minutes - Carolyn Corey
  4. Treasurer's Report - Christina Cory
  5. Genealogy Report - Dr. David Cory
  6. DNA Research Report - Dr. David Cory
  7. Website and Database Report - Earl Cory
  8. Future of Society
  9. New newsletter editor.
  10. Location and date for next Cory Family Reunion, Pacific Grove, California, Summer 2023
  11. Approval for expensing of the meeting
  12. Adjournment