From 'Echoing Footsteps', published 1967, Powder River County Extension Homemakers Council
By Walt Nuxoll
John Rathbone and Herman Toennis rode horseback from Hailey, Idaho, to Montana in about 1912. John had been working in the sawmill before leaving Idaho.
John Rathbone took up a homestead, which he soon sold to Ben Toennis, and moved to a place just across the line in Custer County where he established a horse ranch. The French government furnished him some stallions with the agreement that he would sell them all the eligible horses he raised. He left the country in 1921 or 22.