CHLOE MAIN DAILY
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Chloe Daily
Chloe Edna Main was an early day school teacher in the rural schools of Montana. She taught her first school in Montana near Stacy in 1910 and over a period of 30 years she taught 15 school years.
Chloe was born in 1887 in a sodhouse on the plains of Kansas near Dodge City to Franklin and Bertha Main. Their claim was won by her grandfather, D. E. Main, when he raced from a certain line to stake out a claim when Kansas was thrown open for settlement. The water supply was from a well which was 1000 feet deep and there was a cyclone cellar in the yard.
Chloe attended grade school in Hamilton, Ill., where whites and blacks studied together. One year she sat in front of a Negro boy whose name was Gueber White; they called him Gubber. He overheard Chloe tell her teacher she was a Kansas Sunflower. He laughed at her and stuck her pigtails in his ink well. Another time he tied them together to his desk so she couldn't rise to recite. When the teacher scolded him, he told her he was having some fun with the Kansas Sunflower.
Chloe planned to be a teacher and was sent to the Western Illinois State Normal School. Her uncle, Dr. Bonser, was at the head of the training department for rural schools. She completed this normal training in 1908 and taught her first school in 1909 at Mazon, a town 30 miles south of Chicago. She had 21 pupils and her pay was $50 per month.
While in high school Chloe met some students from Montana who were attending a preparatory school to earn extra credits so they could enter the State Univeristy of Iowa. They visited her while she was teaching in Illinois and convinced her that Montana needed trained teachers. She signed up to teach a school near Stacy in the fall of 1910. That was where she met Hugh Daily, a cowpuncher who rode herd for A. R. Kelsey. Hugh was sure enough a cowboy and by the time school was out Chloe had promised to marry him and they were married the next fall, Nov. 15, 1911.
Hugh purchased a relinquished claim from the Jordan boys on Daley Creek and they became Montana ranchers on the Custer National Forest.
Amy, their first daughter, was born the next fall and when she was five years old Chloe began teaching in her own home. When she was ready for the third grade they moved to Oregon but moved back to Montana in the spring. It rained so much out there Hugh said he was getting out before he grew web feet. Amy finished her grade school in Ashland, Mont. Hugh worked at Shys until he was hired as maintenance man by the Ranger of Custer National Forest.
Amy was graduated from Custer High in 1930 and entered nurses training at the Holy Rosary school for nurses. She was employed in the Holy Rosary Hospital and is now supervisor of help at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings. She was married to Harold Oliver who has passed on.
During the years of Amy's schooling, Chloe was back teaching until Hughette was born at the Darcy Hospital in 1925. Then school teaching had to take a back seat for a few years but Chloe soon got back in the harness again. By 1948 when they moved to Miles City she had taught one year at Stacy, one at Cook Creek, two at Willow Crossing, six at East Fork and five in the Ashland School. Those state exams for seventh and eighth grades were a bug bear but no one flunked.
Chloe worked with the Ash Creek Homemakers Extension Club for 22 years and belongs to many other clubs besides her lodge and church.
Hugh and Chloe have found Miles City to be a wonderful place to live. They enjoy their daughters and grandchildren and all the kind friends that make life worth while.