JACK ELMORE
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
I was born in 1902, in Kentucky to Lonnie and Enola Elmore. We came to Montana in 1909 from Oklahoma. My dad homesteaded south of Ekalaka on Beaver Creek near the Chalk Buttes. There were four children and we attended country school there.
When I was 16 years old I went to Texas and got a job on the X Ranch on the Canadian River north of Amarillo, owned by Lee Bivins Land and Cattle Company. After a few years there I left and went to Arizona to work on the CO Ranch owned by Babbett Brothers north of Flagstaff. Their range was from south of Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon north and the Navajo Indian Reservation on the east. Then after a few years I came back to Montana and went to work for Bryan and Badgett on Otter Creek at the Bug Ranch. Then Holbrook and Lockies bought the outfit and I worked for them for a time, then went to work for the McRae Brothers on the Rosebud River between Lame Deer and Forsyth. From there I went to Livingston and went to work for the Armstrong Ranch in Paradise Valley south of Livingston.
In the meantime I had gotten married to Martha Petros in 1943
in Billings so thought I had better settle somewhere so we came back to Miles City and bought a home here. After we came back I went to work for Sherman Hunt as manager of his brother H. L. Hunt's two ranches, the Ball Ranch on Tongue River and the 71 Ranch.
In the early 1950's I bought 1,000 head of steers from Dan Lockie. Dan delivered them at Rosebud, Mont., and I took them to the 71 Ranch. I ran them for a year and snipped them east to a feed lot to be finished out. Then another year I bought 800 steers from Glen Monte and they were taken to the Ball Ranch. That was the last big bunch of cattle that I bought. After that they were bought through the Miles City Auction and Billings Auction.
Our daughter Cindy married Sid Smith and lives in Oklahoma. We have one grandchild.