From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
I was born in Medina, N.D., and when my mother, Ella Egge Haglund, died I lived with a grandmother and aunt, coming to Montana in 1922. 1 attended grade school at Soda Creek and Wilson, high school at Brockway and graduated from Holy Rosary Hospital School of Nursing.
My mother had taken up a homestead in 1912, west of Brockway and my folks had decided to make their home there. Two and a half years after my mother's death my father married Louise A. Hoffman, who also had a homestead in the Brockway area. My dad and step-mother continued living on the original homestead until 1962, when my dad passed away. My step-mother lived there until her death in 1964.
They had five children, my half brothers and sisters; Earling, who was accidently killed in a fishing accident in 1938 at 22; Phillip, who resides on the ranch with his wife, Beatrice Melton, and has three children; Ruth, who married Cliffort T. Orton, a veterinarian, has four children and lives in New Jersey; John married Mary Fowler, lives on the ranch and has five children; Elizabeth married Philip L. King of Hawaii. He is with the Honolulu Advertiser and they have three children.
Every summer my dad packed up the whole family in his 1916 Overland for a two-week vacation. We visited Yellowstone Park, the Black Hills and made many trips to North Dakota and Iowa to see relatives.
Our ranch grew from a one-half section, a few horses and cows, to a large cattle and wheat ranch, covering some 20 or more sections today. In spite of hardships my parents were able to give all their children a college or form of higher education.
I married Edward Brekke of Portland, Ore., in 1939. Edward was an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is now an attorney in Oregon.
We have two children. Karen Jean married L. E. Williams of Portland. Richard Edward married Kathie Megee of California. We have two grandchildren.
My husband's parents both came from Norway and were early settlers near Milwaukie, Ore., in 1908, residing south of there since 1914, on the Brekke place. Ed's father passed away but his mother, near 90 years old, is still living.