GEORGE CONRAD GOODDALE
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
George was born Feb. 6, 1889, at the Sharp place on Tongue River, about 50 miles south of Miles City, Montana Territory at that time, a son of Henry Charles and Rachel Blair Goodale. His father was with the Indian Service in the Dakotas and also at Lame Deer, so George spent his early years and received most of his schooling at Indian Agencies. One of his school companions at Lame Deer was Miles Horn, better known as White Crow, the noted Cheyenne artist, also George Burns, rancher and former Rosebud County sheriff and State Livestock Inspector. This was during the time of much unrest among the Indians following the Custer affair. George recalled the soldiers and Indian police at Lame Deer. As a young man he worked with his father at the home place on Tongue River. He was also a partner with Henry Trapp on one of the first steam threshing rigs in the area. About 1909 George met Floy Barbour, teacher from Big Timber who taught in Rosebud, at Garland and also the Terrett ranch. Her father, John E. Barbour, came west in a buggy and became a prominent attorney in Big Timber. Her mother, Alice Cline Barbour, came west in 1878, over the Bozeman Trail and as a girl of 17 told of stopping at Custer's battlefield. George and Floy were married in Forsyth, Dec. 27, 1911, and homesteaded on Tongue River near Henry C.'s place. Two children, Henry James, born Nov. 5, 1912, and Dorothy Rose, born Sept. 23, 1922, were born to this marriage. The family continued to live on Tongue River until 1938, having survived hard winters, depressions, droughts, grasshoppers on one side of the ledger, but far outweighed by true neighbors with a western spirit that has nearly vanished but which old timers needed for survival of spirit in work or play, good times and bad. In 1938 George purchased a ranch on Sarpy Creek south of Hysham and spent his remaining years there with his devoted Floy, his cattle and alfalfa. On occasion his two children, who were married, would come home for a visit or even to stay awhile. George's brand,
, the Pear, is one of the older brands in eastern Montana. Location of the brand is LR on cattle, LS on horses, first registered to Henry Charles Goodale, then to George and now to Henry J., three generations of Goodales.
George answered the final call of his Maker Sept. 2, 1957, peacefully, in his last evening "nap" and as he had lived, with the respect of all who knew him and exemplified by the many who came to give their respect to a highly regarded man, on his last earthly journey.