From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Zola Stone
Miles Standish Brown, who said he couldn't remember when he couldn't ride a horse and who was never happier than when he was on a horse, was born in Montana Feb. 7, 1886, at Belle Prairie.
Miles' father, Nathaniel R. Brown, was born in Pennsylvania in 1827 and his mother, Mary Dixon Brown, in Ireland in 1839. They lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota and then came west through South Dakota to Montana in 1873, settling on a ranch at Belle Prairie, 12 miles northeast of Glendive. It was on this ranch that Miles was born, the 13th of 14 children.
The father of the Brown family and the older brothers hunted buffalo and would be gone on hunting trips for weeks at a time. This pioneer family also had a special distinction. Miles brother, Grant, was the first white child born in Glendive.
Miles attended school in Glendive and came to Miles City, Mont., about 1910. He went to the Powder River country, eight miles below Broadus, about five years later and acquired land and made additions to his ranch.
Miles and Edith Louise Olson were married Oct. 28,1922. Edith came to Montana from Red Wing, Minn., the same year Miles moved to Miles City. She came with her sister, Helen, a college friend and her widowed mother. They each took up a homestead near Circle. She taught school at Circle and in the surrounding area for several years and was a stenographer in the office of the County Superintendent of Schools, Ina Seeley. Mrs. Seeley was the first County Superintendent in McCone county.
Miles built up a large stock ranch, good pastures and good water. He accepted responsibility and was very capable and successful in his life work. He worked with horses his whole life through. He was interested in horses and his knowledge and love of them was invaluable in his ranching operation. He said some would say you can lose 100 per cent of your cattle every ten years and still make money out of the cattle business and it was true in those times. Many a man built up his range and herds to where success was assured.
Miles loved his fellowman and the spirit of helping was always with him. He was a real "Montana cowboy" and had a part in the early history of Montana. He realized Montana was a good cow country and a dangerous one at times, even if you were prepared for the range got over-stocked in many areas. He prospered buying land and building up a herd, hard work thrown in. Miles' brand is . Edith's brand is the . Miles Brown is a charter member, on the roster of the first Range Rider's reunion.
Miles, being the son of a pioneer family, loved the colorful west of the early days and all his days associated with old timers. He believed that without livestock and the old time cowboy sitting on his alert cow horse there would not be much of a story of the west. They played a vital part in the early-day stock business. The rugged cowboy earned an important place in Western history.
Miles and Edith maintained a home in Miles City although their ranch holdings were in Powder River county. Miles passed away Oct. 29, 1961. Edith maintains their home here in Miles City.