Died in his Placer Hotel Apartment
f rom his April 8, 1931 Helena Independent Obituary...
Curtin was born in Richwoods,Mo., near St. Joseph, on March
6, 1848. He moved with his family to St. Joseph at the age
of 12, and received his education in that city. Coming to
Montana in 1862, Mr. Curtin remained only about a year before
returning to St. Joseph, where he engaged in business for
several years. He returned to Montana in 1867 and located
in Helena. He has engaged In business here ever since.
Mr. Curtin's name has been linked closely with the history
Helena from that time. His public
spiritedness won him many friends in the city and throughout
the state. Mr. Curtin was beloved for his genial nature, hisiInherent
kindness of heart and his sterling character.
in Helena by team and wagon from Fort Benton [in 1867], he
first took employment in a hardware store. Later he worked
for the J. R. Boyce Dry Goods company and after a short time
with that firm, began his business career.
first undertaking was a carpet shop. This he sold in 1878
and left to attend the Paris Exposition. After spending several
months in foreign travel, he returned to Helena in 1880 and
entered the furniture business.
expanding business necessitated his construction of a five-story
building, running from Grand to Breckenridge streets, which
opened on November 20, 1895. His later enterprises included
a book and stationery store, a music and art establishment.