chapter  4
“We had no Assistance from Anyone–Happier to Do It Alone”: Montana, the Missions,
Byand Mother Amadeus ANNE M. BUTLER
Pages 30

On a cold January day in 1884, six Ursuline nuns, led by Mother Mary Amadeus of the Heart of Jesus, stepped from the train at Miles City, Montana. These members of the Order of Saint Ursula, leaving the familiar shelter of their Toledo, Ohio, convent, had traveled three days and nights on the Northern Pacific railroad, its tracks only recently extended to this western hinterland. Here, in an uninviting town wedged between the Tongue and Yellowstone Rivers, the women planned to take up life as Roman Catholic missionaries in the Rocky Mountain West.