JOHN AND EVA GRIFFIN GOLD
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Mrs. John Gold Sr.
My father Lewis M. Griffin came to Montana from Missouri in 1882. My grandmother, Mrs. Julia Daley; my mother Anna R. Daley and two brothers, Stephen and Peter F., came from Nebraska in 1884. My grandmother took up a homestead on Little Pumpkin Creek, which is now our ranch south of the old Stacey post office. My father worked for Hitzfeldt and Loud Cattle Company for six years before he and my mother were married Dec. 4, 1889. My first home was the old SL Ranch near Volborg where we lived three years. My brothers, Roy and Elmer, were born there. We moved to a new home about four miles south of the Stacey post office. There was no school near this ranch. My brother, Roy, and I lived with our aunt, Mary Hamilton, who taught school on the Horkan ranch about 12 miles from our home. Our parents came for us on weekends. My father raised cattle and horses and did some farming. John Gold came to America from England in 1904 and purchased my grandmother's and my uncle's homesteads in 1907. In July, 1910, John and I were married in Miles City, Mont. We have added more land to the homesteads. We raised cattle and farmed the ranch until November, 1950, when we moved to Miles City. We have retired and our son John Jr. is now operating the ranch. We had five children: Mary Anne (Mrs. Lynn H. McFarland), Miles City, Broadus Stage; Eva Catherine (Mrs. Alvin C. Howard), Volborg; Jessie Irene Gold (deceased); John Henry who married Mary Ellen Uffleman and resides at Volborg, and Agnes Mae (Mrs. Eugene Wood), Volborg. We have 12 grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.