Frank and Flossie Vincent’s Home on the Ranch
815 Vincent Lane, Hamilton, MT 59840
Clinton and Jennie's House
Frank & Flossie's House
Frank and Flossie Vincent’s home at 815 Vincent Lane, used to be a bunkhouse on the property next door that belonged to Frank's parents, Clinton Joy and Jennie Vincent. Frank had the house moved to its current location and he remodeled it about 1920. Originally, the home was on 160 acres of land that was part of Clinton and Jennie's original 320 acre ranch. Today the home is on 1.61 acres. Together, Frank and Flossie raised five children in this home. My dad, Charles Herbert Vincent was born on the kitchen table on Groundhog Day, February 2, 1928.
Below is an excerpt from the book, “We Remember Jennie and Clinton Vincent” Flossie and Frank’s daughter, Marjorie Vincent - Coombs wrote in 1977, that describes their home. The book can be found in its entirety on my web site, www.GrandmaFlossie.com.
The Challenging Years, 1929 - 1933
Hard times fell on Frank and Flossie during the years of the Great Depression, 1929 - 1933. They grew potatoes on their land and usually harvested about two train carloads of potatoes. During the depression they were unable to sell their crops at any price and in the fall of 1934. They had to give up their home and approximately 160 acres of the original 320 acres that my great-grandparents originally owned. My great-grandparents were able to make ends meet by renting out Frank and Flossie’s home.
After they lost their home on the ranch, they moved closer to Hamilton on ten acres known as the, “Nichol’s Place.” My grandfather died two years later on May 7, 1936 at the age of 45. Shortly after his death, my grandmother moved the family to Southern California so that my Uncle Frank could attend Aviation School. Frank later became a pilot for Continental Airlines and flew for them for over 30 years.
In March of 2018, Robert Vincent reached out to the current owners of 815 Vincent Lane, Franklin and Cara Shambles. He sent them the stories of their home that was almost 100 years old. They delighted to learn the history of their home, and shared with him that when they purchased the home it was so run down that the lender made them paint the outside of the house before the bank would fund the loan! Franklin and Cara have breathed new life into Frank and Flossie's home. During the Pandemic of 2020, Cara sent word that they had purchased two new calves. They named them Flossie and Vinny in honor of Frank and Flossie Vincent.
View of the back of Frank and Flossie's home, 1992
Flossie and Vinny, Spring 2020
Frank and Flossie's Home in 2018
Note: The front porch was a later addition
Property Overview - Classic & Charming! Built in 1920. This two-story Country Farmhouse is on 1.61 acres and located at 815 Vincent Lane in Hamilton. It has 1768 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a covered front porch, back deck, and irrigation. Remodeled in 2018, this beautiful home has hardwood floors in living room, kitchen, dining area, large kitchen. The garage is detached.
Updated by Robert Vincent
June 13, 2020
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