PAUL FETTER
From 'Echoing Footsteps', published 1967, Powder River County Extension Homemakers Council
By Mrs. Clarence Melle
Paul Fetter was born in a village by the name of Klek, in Austria, in 1901, to Mathias Fetter and his wife Elizabeth Treir Fetter. In 1905 Paul Fetter's mother died.
The year of 1909 found Mathias Fetter and his second wife on the way to Canada, where they stayed only a little while. They lived in Hebron, North Dakota, until they located on a homestead near Medicine Butte (Indian name for a high hill) north of Hebron. The first winter in their one-room home was full of hardships beyond words.
From this place Paul Fetter worked for other people in the grain fields of eastern North Dakota. He also worked in Wyoming on construction. Then he worked for Jack Crowley for six years. At the end of that time he married Hilda Buchli, and to this union were born Wallace and Jean Fetter. This new family lived on a leased place from 1927 to 1929, when they moved to Shirley, Montana, to what was the Hi and Glen Farnum ranch. Here the children grew up healthy and strong, with lots and lots of rattle snakes. Every day in the summer from eight to ten snakes were killed-but the snakes never got any fewer.
III health on the part of Paul Fetter's wife forced him to sell the ranch to a Mr. Reno. The Fetters bought a ranch in the Stacey country, seventy miles south of Miles City, hoping that the high country, with the evergreen trees, would help the asthma of the wife. This place was known as the Scott ranch.
Wallace Fetter married Roberta (Bobby) Clarke and Jean Fetter married Clarence Melle.
The Paul Fetter family continued to live on the ranch until the year of 1950 when they moved to Springdale, Montana. Paul Fetter was killed there in a baler mishap in August of 1951.
The Fetters sold their ranch to Art Kolka.