OSCAR AND LAURA YATES BROADDUS
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
Oscar was born in Howard County, Mo., the eldest of a large family born to John and Bettie Haston Broaddus. His parents came from southern families and were fairly wealthy. He received his schooling in Howard County and soon after completing high school he decided to move out and earn his own living. He headed for Texas and went to work for the N Bar Ranch owned by H. L. and Ezekial (Zeke) Newman and others.
The headquarters was in St. Louis and the stockholders were mainly men from Missouri. The El Paso ranch was the assembly point for the Texas and Mexican cattle which were trailed north to feed and grow oil the free range. The cattle were trailed north over the old Chisholm Trail and later turned westward to Montana as settlement in Nebraska grew. Oscar Broaddus was one of the cowboys under the employment of his uncle, Haston. Haston and Oscar and other cowboys rode through the cattle country of Texas and the Mexican border buying cattle that had to be sorted, branded and trailed to other ranges. Oscar's employment took him to the Mexican side of the border on many occasions. He did not care for association with the Mexicans and therefore very gladly accepted the opportunity to come to the Territory of Montana in November, 1885, to the N Bar on Powder River. Young Oscar was one of the trustworthy cowboys under his Uncle Jessie Haston.
Twenty of those years were spent as a cowboy riding the range. He was a colorful figure on the roundups, through the cold drizzle of the late fall rains and the snow and blizzards in winter. He was a prominent pioneer rancher, business man and was always civic minded. Oscar Broaddus left an indelible mark throughout Powder River country and the county seat town of Powder River was named after him. He owned several ranches at different times.
He married Laura Yates in 1904. She was born in Nashville, Tenn., and came to Miles City in 1903. Their children were: Alta Monteel of Truth or Consequences, N.M.; Esther Toennis of Miles City, Mont.; Elizabeth Gibson of Lead, S.D.; J. H. Broaddus of Yuma, Ariz.; Ray Broaddus of Ontario, Calif.; and Helen Evans who passed on in 1927.
Laura Broaddus passed away in 1957 in New Mexico. Oscar Broaddus passed away in 1934.