March 15th, 2023
Spend the afternoon in Cascade, Montana
It’s Mary Fields Day!
Mary Fields chose March 15th for her birthday. The Mary Fields Statue Committee will hold a fundraiser March 15th, 2023 to honor Mary. She was a prominent citizen of Cascade in the early 1900s. Born in Tennessee, growing up a slave, she found her way to Montana in 1884. She was the first African American mail route carrier in the United States. Her route was 17 miles from Cascade to St. Peters Mission in all kinds of weather. She was honored every year on her birthday by the closing of the Cascade school. The Cascade men’s baseball team chose her as their mascot.
The Statue Committee plans to recognize March 15th as Mary Fields Day in Cascade. A statue of Mary will require a large sum of money. This fundraiser, as well as grants and donations, will be put towards the statue. You can also send a donation to: Mary Fields Statue, PO Box 515, Cascade, MT 59421.
Mary Fields Activities at the Masonic Hall, 1:00 to 6:00 pm, #18 1st St. North in Cascade:
Purchase small fresh flower bouquets for a donation of $10 or more.
Order of Eastern Star Ladies will serve pie and coffee for $5.00 donation.
The Honeymoon Cottage of C.M. Russell tours on request. Free.
Channing Hartelius will speak at 5:00 pm at the Masonic Hall, Stories of Stagecoach Mary.
Frank LaLiberty will speak at 11:15 am and 2:15 pm to Cascade school students, The History of Mary Fields.
Kitsons Clothing will be open for shopping.
Driftwood Bar will offer lunch from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Your lunch dollars will be donated to the statue.
The Angus Cafe will donate a percentage of the day’s sales to the statue.
The Homestead Cafe will also be open and will contribute to the statue.
Visit the Committee’s Facebook page for updated information as the project moves along: Stagecoach Mary Fields Statue | Cascade MT | Facebook.
Read more about Mary Fields: Women’s History Month: Mary Fields, Montana Legend – Great Falls Rising (greatfallsrisingmt.org).
Great Falls Rising has adopted a section of I-15 near Cascade in Honor of Stagecoach Mary Fields: ‘In Memory Of Stagecoach Mary’ Highway – Great Falls Rising (greatfallsrisingmt.org). We will schedule another highway cleanup date soon. Watch for details!
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