The Pony Express operated from April, 1860 to October, 1861. Mail was delivered horseback from St. Louis, Missouri to San Francisco, California, a distance of 1,800 miles. The riders had to endure bad weather, Indians and outlaws. They completed the journey in an average of ten days.
Last summer, a package was mailed to me from Livingston, Montana to Miles City, Montana. A distance of 280 miles. It arrived here in Miles City thirteen days later...I guess that would be called…Read More
When I was a kid, the 4-H meeting was something to look forward to all month. The parents of the community all took turns hosting the monthly get together. After the meeting, there was always good food laid, and while the parents visited all of the kids went outside and found various ways to entertain ourselves.
When I was twelve years old, I was allowed to take a steer for my yearly project. My dad was a talented stockman and in…Read More
Bryan Tucker was an old timer that occasionally worked for my dad. He was one of those endearing people that never had much money but did have a multitude of friends and a real fondness for Eastern Montana. It was Bryan that told me the following story that happened sometime around the turn of the last century.
Mae Moore was a little girl residing on her father’s ranch located approximately 90 miles southwest of Miles City, Montana. She became deathly ill…Read More
Brian Claypool was one of the great rodeo cowboys from Canada during the decade of the seventies. He was a two time NFR qualifier in the bull riding as well as the Canadian champion in the same event. Although he didn’t enter the saddle bronc and bareback riding as often, he was equally talented in those events as well. Brian was one of those “confident” guys that believed he could accomplish anything, and he was never hesitant about offering his…Read More
Will traces back to Tooke bucking horse bloodlines. He started his career as a three-year old Pracțice bronc for the Miles Community College rodeo team. After a year he loaded onto a trailer of broncs bound for the JS Rodeo Company at Great Falls, Montana. Two years later Will found himself closer to home in the Newman Rodeo Company at Melstone, Montana. Newman’s company eventually went to breeding bucking horses instead of contracting. Being a gelding, Will was temporarily homeless…Read More
The year was 1967. Ronnie Rossen was the reigning World Champion bull rider. In the decade of the 1960’s, Rossen was the dominant bull rider in an event where ‘toughness’ was obviously a requirement.
Ronnie had also won the World Championship back in 1961 as well as the National Finals Rodeo in 1964 and 1965. Following his second championship year, he geared back on his rodeo travels and was staying a little closer to home. The first week of…Read More
An Irish colleen, given a $10 gold piece by Copper King Marcus Daly and bounced on the knee of a Cheyenne warrior who helped kill Custer, remembers Montana in the making.
Mrs. Margaret Daily, widow living at 14 Jefferson Ave, recalls a childhood touched by the degradation of a once proud people on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
Mrs.Daily’s parents were Mahoneys and Lynches, natives of the Auld Sod who fought to make a poor living in Waterford County, Ireland.
ACROSS THE BOG lived…Read More