Dusting Off the Old Ones was published in 1961 by W. B. Clarke, Miles City, Montana.
Where the Rosebud Got Its Name
Our stories are usually dated during that period when Miles City's streets were mud holes whenever it rained and when there was no moisture, they were dust bowls. Continuing with Montana names--the town of Wibaux, as well as the county by that name, were named for Pierre Wibaux, pioneer and cattleman, who was rated as having owned more cattle at one time than any other individual in the United States. Mr. Wibaux was also prominent in business circles here in Miles City, having been for many years the president of the State National Bank, and also responsible for the erection of the building on the corner of Seventh and Main, called the Wibaux Building. The town of Wibaux was originally called Mingusville, reputedly named after Minnie and Gus, a couple who were early day residents of that community. In Mr. Wibaux' will was a bequest to the city of Miles City in the amount of $l0,000--this money was used for the purchase of the land now included in Wibaux Park. During the past summer, a grand nephew of Mr. Wibaux visited this community after his graduation from Harvard University, and it was the pleasure of the author of this story to show the gentleman through the Wibaux building and around Wibaux Park, as well as other points of interest in our community. Sidney, the county seat of Richland county, was named for Sidney Walters, the son of a pioneer family in that vicinity. Roundup, the county seat of Musselshell county, was given its name by reason of the fact that many a roundup camp was held on the flat on which the town is located. The Rosebud river was so named because of the profusion of wild roses along the banks of the stream--the town of Rosebud on account of its being at the mouth of the river, and the county was given the name because of the early history of the Rosebud valley.