HENRY JAMES GOODALE
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
Henry is the son of George C. and Floy Barbour Goodale, born Nov. 5, 1912, in Big Timber, Montana, at the home of the maternal grandfather, John E. Barbour, the first attorney in Big Timber, Sweet Grass county.
For the sake of conversation Henry is better known as Hank. He spent his boyhood at the family home on Tongue River. The nearest neighbors were the Hart family. Mrs. Ralph Conley of Miles City, daughter of Rollo and Blanch Hart, is one of Henry's life-long friends. They grew up and went through grade school together at Brandenberg and high school in Forsyth.
As a boy and young man he worked for Mitch Ball and Ray Oxford on the Ball ranch, haying and cowboying besides the seemingly endless job of the same at home and grandfather's place and there was always plenty to do in the fall getting the winter's supply of wood and coal, on into the winter feeding the stock, harvesting ice for the hot summer to come. Occupying the long, winter evenings were card games, mostly pitch, auction bridge and cribbage, of course with a generous supply of coffee, pop corn and apples.
During the drought years Hank worked on cricket poisoning crews on Custer National Forest near Ashland. Then for the Soil Conservation Service in the original mappings (chain and plain table -no aerial photos then) and start of the land program in Rosebud and Treasure counties.
Starting about 1938 Henry gave up the ranching because of hay fever and got into service station and farm gas-and-oil-delivery business.
He married Laura Ledford in February, 1941, and answered his draft call almost immediately. The army had no use for him either -health again. So after a short session in training at Fort Lewis his army career was terminated.
There followed several years of the service station and bulk delivery business, first as manager for the Farmers Union Oil Co. in Hysham and then the Big Horn Co-op Branch in Greybull, Wyo. The superb hunting and fishing to be found in Wyoming gave Henry plenty of reason to practice two of his favorite pastimes during most of his leisure time, even to ice fishing, which can be rugged when the temperature is below zero and the wind blowing about 40 per across Buffalo Bill Reservoir above Cody.
Henry and Laura have a son, John Wilbur Goodale, born July 1, 1949 in Greybull. At this writing, July, 1970, John is a fourth year Cadet at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. His position bespeaks his ability and his parents' pride in him.
Henry and Laura separated in 1954, and he went back to ranching which seems to be his true vocation. He had taken up square dancing for the love of dancing, the associations and companionships. Through the dancing he met Beverly Trueblood at the dances at Cartersville. Hank and Bev were one of the dancing couples in the historical presentation at the ball park during the Stock Growers Diamond Jubilee.
Henry and Beverly were married in November, 1958, and have made their home in the Yellowstone valley northeast of Miles City. Beverly is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Henerson, prominent ranchers of Sunday Creek, original old-timers of southeast Colorado.
Henry and Beverly are ranching-cattle and hay-in conjunction with the Henerson Ranch Co., but are running their own original Goodale brand, the Pear, .
Beverly is active in various clubs and organizations in Miles City. Henry is a member of the Episcopal church, Yellowstone Lodge No. 26, AF&AM, is presently Junior Warden, also a member of Shrine of Miles City, Al Bedoo in Billings, Range Riders and member of the Miles City Club.