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Visitors get a glimpse of a woman's life at Fort Assiniboine

Loy Chvilicek was dressed in a black hat and long black dress as she spoke in front of a good-sized crowd at Fort Assinniboine Saturday afternoon.

Chvilicek was playing the role of Eliza Dodd, the wife of the chaplain at Fort Assinnibone in the 1880s

The attire may have seemed out of place for the fort, which was isolated on the nearly desolate Montana plains, but there were women on the fort — generally officers' wives — and they did dress up on occasion.

Mrs. Dodd, Horace Bivens, an African-American soldier from the mid-1880s, a Canadian Mountie and a foot soldier from the same era, w...


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