CHRIS AND SALLIE (GENTRY) DAILY
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Chloe Daily
Chris Daily, a farmer from Missouri left St. Joseph, Mo., while the North and South were fighting over the slave question. Since Missouri was located between the two sides and some Missourians were divided by the question, Chris decided to join a wagon train and build a new home in the west. Many other Missourians felt the same way as they had seen their neighbors lose their stock and crops by raiders from both the North and South. Even farm houses had been destroyed by fire if they resisted.
The Gentry brothers, John, Tom and Ben, also the three Shy boys were among Missourians who left Flat Creek near Sedalia, Mo., and headed west reaching Northern New Mexico. In due time Chris Daily met these men and learned that the Gentry brothers had a sister, Sarah, with them. You can guess what happened; Chris and Sarah (Sallie) got married.
The Gentry brothers and the Shy boys did not remain long in New Mexico but headed north for Montana where the Homestead Act of 1862, made it possible for settlers to become ranchers and make cattle raising their new project. Descendents of Gentrys and Shys still live in Montana. Sam and Ike Shy were ranchers who ranched on Foster Creek not far from Garland, Mont.. on the Tongue River. They are retired now and reside in Miles City. Oral and Laura Gentry reside in Billings. They have children who have moved elsewhere.
Chris Daily and Sallie remained in New Mexico living on ranches in the Vermajo Park but working for the Southern Pacific Railroad. They too finally decided to go north since they had received many glowing letters about the New Sky Country, open to settlers. Before they left New Mexico their family had increased; it consisted of six boys and one girl. The women folks rode in the wagons while the boys rode horseback and drove their horses and cattle to the new ranch home.
It took them three months to make the trip and it was late summer before they reached the Tom Gentry ranch not far from Sheridan, Wyo. They camped, looked the country over and decided to continue north down the Tongue River country. They camped again at the head of Otter Creek. This was the scene of the great sheep carnage, when cattlemen of that area beat sheep to death. The sheep belonged to Selway and Daut and were being grazed on grasslands claimed by cattlemen.
Dailys traveled north down Otter Creek until they reached the Ben Gentry ranch at the head of East Fork Creek on Oct. 22, 1902. They soon discovered that Walter Shy had a spread near by. They looked the country over and decided this would be their new home. They lived that winter in a log house on the Gentry ranch. The boys worked for ranchers through the winter and Chris traded a saddle horse for the log house and the boys helped their Dad move it about two miles down East Fork Creek. In time this became the home ranch as the boys filed on claims above and below it and on both sides, Harvey filed to the north, Percy and Floyd to the south, Eben to the east and Loren to the west. Florence, the only daughter, married Vest Shy, the youngest son of Walter Shy. Since Walter's wife, Jennie, had passed on, Florence and Vest took over the ranch and Walter lived with them. Aunt Jennie was buried in the front yard and Hugh Daily helped move her body to the Willow Crossing Cemetery.