The story behind Honest John's Farmacy
was my Great, Great, Grand uncle, who came west in 1880. His given name was W.H. Lockhart, born near Winchester, Virginia,
May 26, 1844, and is the son of Josiah and Eliza Lockhart. Josiah, his father, and my Great, Great, Great, Grand father
served in the War of 1812, where he won the title of "General". When he came west, "Honest John"
engaged extensively in the cordwood business in the vicinity of Elk Park and Bernice. In 1890 he became associated with
Angus Clunie, P.J. Brophy and George Casey in the operation of a ranch known as the Groves Ranch at Little Boulder.
At that time the three men constructed a flume, 15 miles long, from the ranch to Bernice, through which thousands of feet
of lumber were transported.
A Civil War Verteran, W. H. "Honest John" Lockhart served
in the Confederate forces under General Stonewall Jackson, as a nurse (as he had just entered into medical school at
the breakout of the Civil War), during the last three years of the conflict. He took immense pride in the part that
he played in the great struggle, and wore constantly on the lapel of this coat the stars and bars of the Confederacy.
During his years in Montana, he was a member and served in the Montana Legislature, representing Jefferson County in the 3rd
& 6th Legislative sessions (1890's). He was well known in Butte and at one time filled the office of justice
of the peace in South Butte. Around 1915 he took up land a mile west of Gregson, where he engaged in ranching
on a small scale.
W. H. Lockhart was known to hundreds of friends in all parts of the state as a man of sterling
character, his integrity and honesty having won him the title of "Honest John". Honest John passed on just
short of the age of 82, on Feb. 11th, 1926. *From Leeson's History of Montana 1739-1885, Published 1885, pg.-1183
I am proud to carry on my great, great, grand uncle's ("Honest John's") pioneering spirit
in the Great State of Montana. - God Bless