BOYD AND MARGARET MICHAELS BLUM
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
Boyd Blum was born Apr. 3, 1917, on the Old Blum Ranch south of Miles City to Alvin E. and Gertrude E. Blum. He attended the Weaver School and Custer County High School. Boyd and I were married July 20, 1947, at Miles City. We have three children; William Robert, Michael Boyd and Richard Alvin, all living at home. I was born Sept. 4, 1919, at Miles City to R. H. and Kathryn Michaels. I attended the Lincoln and Washington elementary schools and Custer County High School. I also attended the University of Montana at Missoula. My parents came to Montana in 1911. My father was a mechanic with the Milwaukee Railroad for several years. He later left the railroad and was an elected county officer and later was postmaster here in Miles City for 13 years. When my parents came to Miles City it was still a fairly "new" town in the west. The building of the Milwaukee Railroad lured many people to this part of the country. There were so many coming into Miles City that homes were hard to come by and many spent that first winter in temporary shelters of boards and canvas. One of their first "homes" was in a boarding house called "The Bucket of Blood". They later moved to what was called "The Old Hospital". As soon as they could they built their own home at 118 No. Merriam. The old Miles house on South Lake, across from the high school now, was considered the edge of town and freighters coming in from the south country crossed the N.P. tracks at Pearl and 10th Streets. A wooden footbridge, crossing the old slough, starting where La Grandeur's Grocery now stands and going for some distance, was necessary for those living in that part of town to use to reach downtown Miles City. They saw Miles City grow from a frontier town with horsedrawn freighters, cowboys on horses, wooden sidewalks, swinging bar doors, muddy streets not very well lighted, to a town of paved streets, schools, churches, well-lighted streets, parks and a budding junior college. Father was a member of the Custer County High School board when the principal at that time, Mr. R.H. Wollin, offered the idea of a new type of college, a junior college. After much planning and investigation this school was opened in September of 1939. My parents were members of the First Presbyterian Church and worked hard to keep the "wolf" from the door of the church. The cornerstone of the present church was laid in 1918. Father taught a boys Sunday School class for many years, served as an elder, trustee and secretary-treasurer. Mother worked in the ladies' aid, helping with dinners, bazaars and the many activities connected with the women's work. Both were active in the Eastern Star, having served all the chairs, becoming worthy patron and worthy matron. Father was also a member of the Masonic body. They had three children; Kathryn Jean Olson, now deceased; Margaret Ann married to Boyd Blum; and Robert Hartman now living in Bartlett, Ill., Chief Engineer of Track for the Milwaukee Railroad (he couldn't get the railroading out of his blood).