EMIL AND MARY (BAUER) BIRCHER
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Charles Bircher
Emil came from Switzerland and settled in Glendive, Mont., in 1881. He was a butcher by trade and stayed there several years before coming to Miles City. Mary Bauer Bircher came from Germany at the age of nine and settled in Iowa with her parents. In 1883, she came to Montana and married Emil. They bought a homestead in the Pine Hills east of Miles City, where they ranched, milked cows, churned butter, did everything by hand. They peddled from 50 to 60 pounds of butter a week in Miles City. They had ten children; all went to school in the Pine Hills. In April, 1909, Emil passed away, leaving the mother to take care of the children and the ranch. Their oldest daughter was married and away from home by this time. In December, 1910, the mother passed away, leaving the older children to care for the younger ones and take care of the ranch. The children born to this union were, Bertha, now living in California, who had four children; Fred passed away in 1913; John was killed by a horse in 1909, Lou passed away on the ranch in 1951; Elizabeth Bircher Farnum passed away in 1951; Frank lives in Twin Falls, Ida., Jacob (Jake) lives in Lincoln, Mont.