For the Love of the Bitterroot


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Why This Book?

“I felt there is very little local history written of Montana’s oldest community in Ravali County, which was named for Father Ravali of St. Mary’s Mission. This mission is located in Stevensville, Montana. The church still stands and is the oldest structure in Ravali County. In fact, Stevensville is purported to be the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi and has a rich, historical background that lacks documentation on how it was settled. It is why I pass on the oral traditions, and why I wrote this book.” – Johnny Bitterroot Seed Stroud

About the Author

Dyslexic all his life, but despite this handicap, Stroud has overcome his limitations, graduated high school, learned by hands on experiences, and careful observation. It was due to his observational skills, good memory, and shadowing his mentor, Henry Grant, who is featured at the end of Chapter 1, Stroud came to love the Bitterroot flower, and the valley in which it grew so abundantly when it was still the wild west. Stroud enhanced his knowledge through stories handed down through oral tradition, which he keeps alive by regaling locals in venues such as community programs, state-wide garden talks, and radio appearances.

Featured Stories include:

Henry Grant’s chickens and the Rocky Mountain Fever Epidemic … Ch. 1

Fishing in the Bitterroot, Huckleberrying, and the Kimmel Bears … Ch. 3

Working at the Dairy Farm and the Snedigar Sawmill … Ch. 7

Building my Log Cabin home and Water Witching … Ch. 8

Stories of Inspirational People in My Life … Ch. 10

Epilogue: Tribute to a Fallen Hero

How to order:

Email the author directly at:

Cost is $19.95 plus $5 for S&H via First Class USPS … based on current postal rates at time of shipment.

For an additional $5, John will autograph your copy of “For the Love of the Bitterroot”

If this is to be shipped internationally, please contact John via email for more information.

To read more about Johnny Bitterroot Seed crusade to save the Bitterroot Flower, visit these links:

Read about Frank Lloyd Wright, the Big Ditch Irrigation Company in Ravalli County and John Stroud here:

To read more of John’s love of the Bitterroot Valley history and to explore his first book “Twice a Mail Order Bride” click on the link below:

Click on this link to read how John found the grave of his uncle who died from Rocky Mountain Fever:

For the Love of the Bitterroot