Lewistown News Argus -27 Apr 1977

   Joseph Latray, 88, Lewistown, died Monday afternoon at the Central Montana Hospital.

   Funeral services will be Friday at 2pm at the Creel-Morrison-Retz Chapel with the Rev.  Ed Pangburn of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

   Latray was born Oct. 19, 1888 in Fort Maginnis, the son of Moses and Susan Latray. The family moved to Maiden in 1900, where Latray's father worked in the gold and coal mines. In  the early 1900's, he worked in the mines also.

   He moved to Gilt Edge in 1902. In 1914, he married Grace Movern in Lewistown. They  homesteaded in the Plum Creek area, where  they ranched for 48 years. In 1962, they moved to Lewistown and retired.

   Latray's parents migrated from Winnipeg, Canada to Fort Maginnis. His father built the first post office in Lewistown, was a fur trader and well-known pioneer.

   Survivors include the widow of Lewistown; one daughter, Thelma Fordyce, of Lewistown; two sons, Leslie and Howard, both of the Lewistown area,; 25 grandchildren and 16 great  grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and three daughters.