HIRAM NEASE GILMORE
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Hirmay Gilmore
Hiram Nease Gilmore was born May 16, 1857 at Jolly Rock, Ark., to Dan Nease Gilmore and Mary Jane Gilmore. He was married in May, 1881 to Mary Merrifield who was born Dec. 31, 1856, near LeRoy, 111. Their children, all born in Miles City, were Ralph, Eleanor, Jessie, Olive. Alice and Hirmay.
The Hiram Gilmores arrived in Miles City, Jan. 2, 1882. They first located near Signal Butte, operating a dairy farm. In 1884 they went to Livingston, Mont., by team and wagon and returning to Miles City in 1886. He wintered his stock in the Chalk Buttes and Ekalaka country. Dan McKay was herding sheep for him. He had two pack mules he used to pack grain and groceries on. Mountain lions were quite numerous in this country. They moved again to the Yellowstone Valley, locating southeast of what is now Kinsey, and accummulated many acres of land in a few years. Hiram conceived the idea of putting in a dam at what is known as Buffalo Rapids of the Yellowstone River. Some of the concrete work is still evident.
The Gilmores first ran sheep then cattle and horses. He sold many teams to the builders of the railroad. Breaking horses was a constant operation for his ranch.
Prior to the advent of the Milwaukee Railroad, the Gilmore's nearest railroad was across the Yellowstone River at Shirley. It was necessary to ford the river to get to that station for trips to Miles City and other points.
In 1907 he sold his ranch to George Burt. After selling his ranch he went into partnership with W. B. Jordan. They located at the junction of Taylor Creek and the Little Dry, building up a fairly good stock ranch. Considerable money was spent for a dam on the Little Dry, near Taylor Creek, for the use of the community but highwater completely destroyed it.
Mr, Gilmore said once in a while I catch up with my thoughts traveling back on the old trail to the old times and I am perfectly satisfied. We were not satisfied with the easy things in me, we enjoyed watching man go up against the hard spots, we knew it was necessary because it was everyone's desire above everything else to stay in this country. He told of how his old milk cows got out of the pasture and hunted up a range bunch of cattle and acted like the wildest of the lot. He said he formed the opinion that the old milk cows wanted to get back to the old life. He also thought that if people would anchor themselves on the middle ground that a natural life is possible, it would make for happiness and even profit.