From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
My parents Mr. and Mrs. Abner R. Farnum homesteaded near Shirley, Mont. I was born Apr. 6, 1886, at Miles City. I attended elementary and high school in Miles City. After finishing school at 17, 1 attended National School of Business at Concord, N.H., graduating in a commercial course.
Upon returning to Miles City in the spring of 1905, 1 accepted the position as bookkeeper with the W. B. Jordan Merc. Co.; I held this position for three years.
On Jan. 15, 1908, I married Reg Billing at Miles City, where we lived until December, 1908. My husband Reg came from Quebec, Canada, to work in a livery stable with his cousin, Pete La Valley.
We then moved to a ranch on Taylor Creek in the Cohagen, Mont., vicinity. My husband bought sheep which we ran until 1911. In August of that year we moved to "squatters rights" on the Big Dry Creek, 35 miles east of Jordan, where we ran sheep and cattle. Later when the country was surveyed, my husband filed and proved up on a homestead. Mr. Billing passed away Nov. 25, 1958, and I am living on this homestead with my son John W.
We had eight children; Howard F., Edith J., Ross A., Curtis, John W., Ruth Hagaman, Mary D. and Thomas B. We have 40 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.