GERNIE RUSSELL AND N. LOREAN HANLEY BOGGS
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
I was born Apr. 8, 1904, in Iowa to Clark C. and Ollie Dickey Boggs. I arrived in Ekalaka, Mont., about Sept. 15, 1909, along with my parents, brother Orville S., twin brothers Lee and Leslie and sister Mona. My father filed on a 320 acre homestead in 1910. We built a house out of sod which we lived in until 1918. My father then had a two story, seven-room frame house built. That house was moved to Ekalaka some years ago and is at present the home of the banker in Ekalaka.
In the early years of my life I helped my father and brothers plant crops in the spring. The first crop I remember planting was a field of corn. My father sharpened broom sticks and we punched holes in the sod and dropped kernels of corn into the holes. We also plowed potatoes under the sod. All crops did well when there was enough moisture to mature them. The first school I attended was in a 12x18 building made out of pine logs and my teacher was Josephine Banere. My third year of school was held in an abandoned homesteaders sod house. During the early fall I had to miss some school to help gather in the crops. At age 12 1 took a team of horses and hay rack and helped in threshing. The grain crops were cut and bound with a binder, then shocked and left to dry for a period of time before threshing. Sometimes the threshing lasted until the snow fell. I worked for wages on various farms west of Ekalaka from 1918-1922, average was $30 per month, sometimes less. In the spring of 1922 1 rode a saddle horse to Arminto, Wyo. I helped build fence on a homestead there and then took a job stacking hay for the summer. In 1923 1 drove a mail stage from Arminto to Kaycee, using Spanish mules and a retired saddle horse on a buck board wagon.
I returned to Ekalaka in 1924 and I continued working on ranches until Sept. 16, 1934, 1 married N. Lorean Hanley, a school teacher from Minnesota.
She was born July 12, 1898, in Dundee, Iowa, to Daniel J. and Minnie Nolan Hanley, above the general store where her family lived and which her father owned. Her father sold the store and bought a farm near Lamout, Iowa, residing there for about 10 years. Then he traded the farm for a hardware and machinery store in Newhall, Iowa. After living there for a year they moved to a farm at Lansing, Iowa. Here she went to a country school a mile from home and then to Lansing where she attended Immaculate Conception High School, graduating in 1918. Lorean graduated from the two year course at Winona State Teacher's College in Winona, Minn., in June, 1924, and taught school for four years in Minnesota, also attended summer sessions at Mankato Teachers College in Minnesota and at Winona State Teachers College.
In September, 1928, she traveled by train to Montana as far as Baker, then by stage to Carter County where she taught school many years. She also taught in Custer, Rosebud and Prairie counties in Montana.
We farmed, ranched and she taught school in the Ekalaka country until October, 1943, when we sold out and I took a job in the Milwaukee Railroad store department in November. I was laid off that job in November, 1949, in Miles City. In June, 1951, 1 went to work for Northwest Airlines in Miles City and I retired May 1, 1969, after almost 18 years as an equipment serviceman.
On Dec. 6, 1936, a son Daniel Clark was born prematurely and lived only one day. Feb. 1, 1941, twin daughters were born to us, also prematurely and Joan Mary died the same day. Our surviving daughter, Judith Ann, is married to Robert Bruce Morris and lives in Billings, Mont. We have three grandchildren.
At present we are living in Billings and enjoying retirement.