FRANK BIRCHER
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
Frank Bircher was born in 1889, 16 miles southeast of Miles City to the parents of Emil and Marie Bircher.
Our family lost father and mother at an early age. We older children took care of the younger ones. We raised cattle and horses on our 61 sections of land Dry summers and hard winters were a struggle, but my life was a very interesting one. I rode, ranched, broke saddle horses and teams. Life out in the open cannot be beat, living and working with nature is very rewarding. I would not trade for any other way of life.
I rode for the LO, TN, and SY horse roundups many seasons. I rode for the Miles City and Terry rodeos and parades for many years. I helped organize the Mizpah Pumpkin Creek Grazing Association. I helped build the Range Riders Museum, Town and Country Club and Barn Players. I am a member of the Kiwanis Club, Miles City Club, a life member of the Stockgrowers Association, a life member of the Elks, a charter member of the Range Riders and have remained a director over the years. I have contributed financially to many civic projects such as the Ft. Keogh historical building and the sales yards.
In 1951, being sole owner of the ranch, I sold it and retired. I moved to Miles City and have lived here since retiring. While I am enjoying my retirement, I think of the many hardships endured in the early years, but perseverance and hard work were the keys to the top. "SUCCESS."
I have experienced the beauty and freedom of owning my own ranch and riding over the prairie range on my private saddle horse. To me nothing can compare to this free way of life with nature surrounding you.
Now that I have retired, life in Miles City is good. Some of my old-time friends are here and I have many new friends, all are the caliber of people that make Miles City, Mont. the friendliest town in the world.