FRANK L. BUSCH
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
I was born on my father's farm five miles north of Canton, Mo., Jan. 27, 1880. My father came to America in 1844 on his eighth birthday, from Becholt, Germany. My mother was born in Elringhausen, Waldeck, Germany, and came to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wagner, in 1846.
At 11, I began driving a team in the field and always missed the first month of school to assist with the seeding. I graduated from Canton High School in 1903, then did some work at the Teachers College at Warrensburg, Mo., and taught two terms before going west in 1905 to teach in Montana. I first taught 11 miles north of Deer Lodge and then came east to teach on the south side of Powder River.
I filed on a homestead on Powder River; it included the land where the school house was situated. I acquired other land and built my holdings up to about 2,000 acres. After teaching a few terms there, I was elected to the principalship of public schools in Ekalaka, Mont.
Beginning the second year at Ekalaka I introduced one year of high school work, the following year more high school subjects were added and it was under my administration in 1916 that Ekalaka first became an accredited high school.
In 1916 I married Norma Maye Moore of Ekalaka, a teacher. Two sons were born to us, Frank Jr. who served in World War II as a bomber pilot is presently assistant professor of history at Western Montana College at Dillon, Mont. He is married and has one son and three daughters. Charles Grover, born April 27, 1923, passed away May 20, 1928.
I discontinued teaching after 1917 and I and my wife moved to our ranch. I had previously bought a surveying outfit and had acquired a knowledge of surveying and water engineering and newcomers gave me a profitable side-line for the next several years.
In 1919 when the legislature created Powder River County, I was named in the bill as County Surveyor and held the office through several elective terms until I resigned.
In 1939 we sold our ranch and moved to Missoula and the next year bought a small farm and engaged in the small fruit business. We still own the farm and operate it for a home. I do that instead of taking medicine. I am now 90 years old and have no aches or pains. I attribute my long life to eating lots of apples and drinking lots of water when growing up.
Though I discontinued teaching in 1917, 1 am still interested in furthering my own education. I have written many papers and my little booklet, "Where Did Powder River County Come From?" gives the clearest pictures of how Powder River County was put together, geologically now torn down.