JACOB AND ALICE BATSON BIRCHER
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Alice Bircher
Jacob Bircher, son of Emil and Mary Bircher, was born on the family ranch in the Pine Hills in 1902. He lived on the ranch until 1936, moved to Missoula and later to Deer Lodge where he operated a gas station. He is now semi-retired but operates a small motel in Lincoln, Mont., in the summers but spends most winters in Arizona.
He married Alice Batson at Sisseton, S. D., in 1926. Alice was born in Minnesota and moved to Montana in 1913, when her father, who was in the Indian Service, was sent to the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. She taught in the Montana schools for a few years.
Their oldest son Frederick was killed in an accident in 1945. A baby daughter had passed away in 1933. Daughter Alice Bircher Shepherd graduated from Powell County High School in 1953 and attended the University of Montana two years. She married in 1954 but divorced a few years later. Since then she has made her home in Missoula where she is employed by the Northern Pacific Transport Company. She has one son. John was born in Missoula in 1938. He graduated from high school in 1956, has B. S. and M. S. degrees from Montana State University. He served in the Air Force 31/2 years. He is now completing requirements for his doctorate in Mathematical Statistics at the University of New York in Buffalo. He did some part time teaching at S.U.N.Y. and also at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he did some graduate work. This fall he expects to go to England for a year when he will be a guest lecturer at the University of Essex. He is not married.