From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
My parents, Elmer and Persis Clark came to Montana in an immigrant car from South Dakota. They homesteaded on the Little Powder River. I came with my parents in 1921, at the age of 12.
I worked on ranches during the summers and went to Rocky Butte School. When I came to Miles City, I went out to work for Ben Woodcock. In 1927 1 started working for Barney Manaige. E. C. Owen bought the business in 1928 and it went under the name of Custer Motors, I worked for him until 1933.
In July, 1933, 1 started an independent repair shop with Leo Sumer. We named the shop the Square D. Garage. During World War II, I bought Leo out.
Mamie Berg and I were married Oct. 15,1933. Mamie was born in the old Darcy Hospital. Her mother was born in North Dakota and her father came from Norway as did her mothers' parents.
Over the past 35 years I have been interested in the history of Montana. I have been collecting mostly old firearms and branding irons and some antiques. I have one of the largest collections of old firearms in the state. Most of the guns, many of which have a lot of history behind them, the branding irons and antiques, came from this part of the country. In the beginning some were given to me, then I worked on cars and was reimbursed with some of these things and when I could, I bought them. I have collected these things with the idea of some day having a museum.
We have two children. Philip married Dorothy Lampaert and lives in Kent, Wash., and Barbara married Robert Plummer, and lives at Forsyth, Mont.
My mother has passed away and my father lives here in Miles City.